29 comments on “Yes, you should

  1. Done, though that was long and tedious. Sadly short of questions about whether it’s a good or desirable idea in the first place.

    It did start me thinking though: did the USSR (for example) have national rules on whereabouts in shops particular food had to be? Did they plan down to that level of detail, or are we currently going past peak-Soviet central planning?

  2. The survey seems to have been designed by an anally-retentive moron. Or someone paid by the question.

    Who is actually going to spend time carefully answering this sort of drivel?

  3. Amazing. But extremely tedious. And many questions are phrased in a manner which makes it clear that the proposals are a Very Good Thing and so it’s only the details which need pinning down.

    A government which will believe in this nonsense … Bloody hell!

  4. All the above

    My main reply was that ‘This is not government business.’

    Effectively, no consideration of whether the policy should not be implemented.

  5. They should have used the “strongly agree/disagree” format. Leaving a box enabled me to tell them what I thought. And I put something in nearly every box. They clearly think they are a gift to the Universe. I pray I have done my bit to disabuse them of that notion.

  6. Alas, lads, since we’re not appropriately certificated gentlepersons of the appropriate opinion our thoughts and desires will be discarded. It’s like the Brexit referendum – those who voted to leave are stupid or white or filled by Putin’s propaganda or….

    Still, one must try.

    I found it bizarre that they didn’t require an acknowledgement from the mail address before apparently accepting the submission.

  7. Done. If one didn’t know better, one might assume that it wasn’t structured to accommodate the viewpoint “Fuck off – this is nothing to do with you!”

  8. Done. But good grief; 80 weighted questions! Presumably designed to stop us ordinary people from commenting.

  9. “It is simply no business of the State to interfere in everyday normal food purchasing decisions”

    That was my response to most of those questions.

  10. Sorry, not done. They don’t want our opinion, but they do want to be seen to want our opinion. It will change nothing.

    We could have a national referendum, all vote No, win it, and they would say that not implementing these controls is “undeliverable” and just ignore the fuck out of us. Because that is what they do.

  11. ‘It did start me thinking though: did the USSR (for example) have national rules on whereabouts in shops particular food had to be? Did they plan down to that level of detail, or are we currently going past peak-Soviet central planning?’

    Funnily enough my mother said the other day that what she likes most about Aldi is that wherever you are they are all laid out the same so she can always find what she wants

  12. “Because that is what they do.”

    Not without consequences tho’. Remember –their goal is us lower than whaleshit –and people are waking up. The French see it.

  13. I also responded along the lines of other commenters:-

    “In my opinion this is a dimwitted response to a non-existent problem. Where’s the proof that one third of children are obese: some “studies suggest” wishful thinking on the part of rent seekers? Why are these fat kids seldom seen?

    Also, it penalises those at the lower end of the income scale (single mums trying to eke out whatever little they earn from zero-hours contracts just to make some nasty, doctrinaire point),

    Common sense, really. You lot should try it sometime.”

    I doubt my response will even get read, Ian B nails it above.

  14. The obese kids come from the fact that the BMI scale was incorrectly formulated from the start. It would work if it was being applied to cardboard cutout people. As a consequence it is biased against short people and is not suitable to be applied to children.

    On the radio news this morning there was a story about another “charity”, a new one that I hadn’t heard of, declaring that the shops are stocking Easter Eggs too early and this needed to be stopped.

  15. OMG – how have we fallen to this:

    “77. Do you think that any of the proposals in this consultation would help achieve any of the following aims: – Eliminating discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act 2010 – Advancing equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it? – Fostering good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it?”

    Scum !

    (But scum who are in the driving seat and robbing your wallet. Read and weep.)

  16. Done. Just as everyone said, by heck that was tedious. good to tell them where to get off, though.

    Note, by the way, the small reminder that we have plenty of home-grown prod-nosed idiocy to compete with the supply from Brussels, whether that supply is cut off or not.

  17. Done that, in much the way others have done here. With suggestions that if government wants to do something useful then scrapping agencies such as PHE would be a start!

  18. Why do you bother? The only reason for “public consultations” is to introduce a policy that “has been the subject of a public consultation”. It’s not an attempt to consult the public. They’re not interested.
    Area I lived in London was to have a Controlled Parking Zone. But a public consultation was required. Result? 70 of private residents opposed. 98% of businesses opposed. CPZ was brought in 2 weeks after the consultation result. The lead time on supply of Pay-and-Display machines is in the region of a year. The CPZ was coming in whatever. The consultation was pure theatre.

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  20. @ gareth
    That 77 is nothing to do with me
    Answer to 78 (ways to reduce inequality of opportunity)
    “Ban sales of confectionary and sugary drinks to young females of colour as they are disproportionately liable to suffer Type 2 diabetes” – interestingly a highly-gendered problem.

  21. I nearly gave up. I only have so many hours left before I pop off. I had fun with the answers but I suspect that it is another government consolation and they have already decided anyway. It’s almost as if there is no democracy in the UK.

  22. I can’t believe that you guys didn’t make the most of this. Every single question came with a box to let them know what you really think. FFS, let them know what you think.

  23. @ Stonyground
    Not *every* question. I did write something in scores of boxes, mostly to the effect of “this is the wrong solution”

  24. I could not complete the questionnaire as I could not keep my Tourrettes under control. All I wanted to say is FOAD U SDHeads.

    Oh, and they so miss the power they had during rationing in WWII. Closet Natzis, the whole ficking lot of them.

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