We previously discussed whether England was becoming a “Nanny State.” (here and here). As much as I love London (and Londoners), it appears to have plunged into realm of government regulation of virtually every aspect of life and family management. An example is the new directive from the British government to school officials that they can and should use their “common law powers” to search student lunches to remove and destroy “unhealthy or inappropriate.” Education minister Lord Nash issued the directive to cover unhealthy items listed by the school that are now barred. Teachers can now “confiscate, keep or destroy” such snacks.
As the parents of four, my wife and I tend to be fairly strict about junk food, but we try to find a happy balance. We work hard to put together healthy lunches. A couple days a week, the kids may have a cookie or other treat to jazz up their lunch. The idea of a teacher then overriding our parental judgment and confiscating such an item is otherworldly.
Nevertheless, Education minister Lord Nash has said that such searches are permitted, though he added that they should be done with the consent of the pupils: “There is nothing to prevent schools from having a policy of inspecting lunch boxes for food items that are prohibited under their school food policies. A member of staff may confiscate, keep or destroy such items found as a result of the search if it is reasonable to do so in the circumstances.”
On the list are such items as sausage snacks and the delicious English breakfast of Scotch Eggs (something I enjoyed virtually every morning recently in London). Cereal bars have also been seized.
We have seen similar moves in the United States, though there appears far greater public backlash to trend. I am not one of the critics of the First Lady for her effort to improve the healthy content of school lunches though the management of program has been rather . . . well . . . hamhanded. I think it has been a great idea to remove soda machines and candy machines from schools and reduce fried foods. However, the resulting menus have often been distinctly unappetizing. If the kids are not going to eat the lunches (which appears a widespread problem), it defeats the purpose. Regardless, there must be a line preserved around parental authority and family choice in the rising (and feeding) of their children.
What do you think?
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Just big government doing what big government does. Get over it. Much more to come.
Rick Arllen – the UK government has become more and more of a nanny. You have to see what they do with ‘elf and safety.
Great Britain has been a nanny state for many, many years. Socialist habits over time will always end up removing the voice of the people. It is happening here – it is called “political correctness”. Similar to a nasty virus what is difficult to get rid of.
Most food in England is inedible.
Beldar – England has a fine collection of American fast food places. So, some food in England is edible.
First the English banned guns, now they want to control all the food the school kids eat, plus guess what, they now want to ban knives. ……yep, What next, baseball bats, croquet balls, bricks, etc., etc. Surely it has to end somewhere!! The English may as well tell ISIS they surrender but. . . . how are they going to control the foods ISIS eats? Might be a wee bit difficult.don’t ya think.?……….. Oh my dilemma, dilemma!.
We Americans may not realize it but we really should all thank GOD for the BOSTON TEA PARTY!. Also the Slogan, “THE BRITISH ARE COMING”. America saw it coming but little did they realize we would get a Pres in our own white house that now has that beautiful building lit up like a bill board with lights that is a reflection of some carnival that has come to town. Gaudy, Gaudy, ugly ugly. UGH !!! Don’t you think the wrong flag is being reflected on our capital? Why not just light it up with RED, WHITE, and BLUE and make most of the people happy, especially the families of all those whose fathers, sons and daughters fought in all the wars in the last 70+ years under the present flag. just thinking, such a move might even make the majority of the people happy to celebrate Independence Day again !!!!!!!! Just a suggestion
Well, that comment flew off into the ether! Sooo, what I said was that we shouldn’t knock the English because they raise some really healthy kids!
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