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Knock, knock - "Nanny calling"
Posted by: McQ on Monday, January 12, 2009

The UK's descent into Nanny-state hell continues apace with this new little gem:
Householders are to be visited by officials offering advice on cooking with leftovers, in a Government initiative to reduce the amount of food that gets thrown away.

Home cooks will also be told what size portions to prepare, taught to understand "best before" dates and urged to make more use of their freezers.

The door-to-door campaign, which starts tomorrow, will be funded by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), a Government agency charged with reducing household waste.

The officials will be called "food champions". However, they were dismissed last night as "food police" by critics who called the scheme an example of "excessive government nannying".

In an initial seven-week trial, eight officials will call at 24,500 homes, dishing out advice and recipes. The officials, each of whom has received a day's training, will paid up to £8.49 an hour, with a bonus for working on Saturdays.
Don't laugh. There are probably plenty over here bent on at trying to "stimulate the economy" who might view this is a perfect way to do so.

In fact, it may fit the Robert Reich proposal perfectly. Think about it - you take a "long-term unemployed person" or a poor person, give them a minimum wage job and one day's training, put the power of the state behind them and send them out to "do good".

What could go wrong with that?

And why am I serious about thinking it isn't too much of a stretch to see this sort of nonsense crop up here?
Tim Burns, from Waste Watch - the contractor carrying out the scheme for WRAP - said: "Food waste has such a high impact on climate change and it is something we can all do something about."
It is the new "for the children" by which any absurdity is justified.

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Householders are to be visited by officials offering advice on cooking with leftovers, in a Government initiative to reduce the amount of food that gets thrown away.
I know that several of my friends in the UK will have the response of "Sod off, gimboid".

My friends watch too much Red Dwarf...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Shouldn’t the category for the post be humor?
Written By: Grimshaw
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too much Red Dwarf...
No such thing my friend, this yank loves that show.
Written By: josh b
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No such thing my friend, this yank loves that show.
Then I highly recommend Netflix and Instant-watch... All 8 seasons are available for instant watch... If you have an Xbox 360 and a Gold account, it’s even better...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Maybe they should institute limitations on the amount of food one is allowed to purchase in the name of saving us all from AGW. Hopefully, I will be the first mugged by a glutton with a glandular disorder who is geeking for a Snickers and a pint of Ben and Jerry’s.
Written By: Is
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1 days training? I’ve owned a restaurant for almost 3 years and can tell you, 1 days training is laughable.

And I agree with Josh, there is no such thing as too much Red Dwarf.
Written By: Jamie
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£8.49 an hour isn’t minimum wage. These one-day-trained nannies are getting up to $12.56/hour even without the Saturday bonus, which translates to over $25,000 a year full time. That isn’t rich, but it’s 71% of median earnings in Britain. Not bad, for pushing leftover food advice on citizens.

Quick Google says Britain min. wage is:
* £5.73 per hour for workers aged 22 years and older
* A development rate of £4.77 per hour for workers aged 18-21 inclusive
* £3.53 per hour for all workers under the age of 18, who are no longer of compulsory school age
Written By: Bryan Pick
McQ, quit pulling stories off the Onion Network. Surely, this story cannot be true.
I wish.
Written By: Mal Gusto
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£8.49 an hour isn’t minimum wage.
Never said it was, Bryan - I posited minimum wage for the American version of the program.
Written By: McQ
I wish some idiot would knock on my door and try to tell me what to do with my leftover food. It’d be a rare opportunity.
Written By: Dave
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Rationing would be so much cheaper and easier.

Not to worry, though. As Britain becomes more and more Sovietized, the leftover and food waste problem will take care of itself.
Written By: timactual
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I say it again and again: this is the kind of mind-numbing crappola that you get when you install liberals into power. This is because liberalism twists the mind into doing things in an inhuman and abnormal way.

Sort of like voting for Barack Obama, an empty suit, for President. That is the perfect model for what is wrong with liberalism.
Written By: James Marsden
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Okay, McQ. You said it would fit the model of a Reich program perfectly, so I thought you were establishing it as a perfect equivalent.
Written By: Bryan Pick
1. Does the homeowner have to let these uneducated oiks into his home for "education"? If he politely tells them to get off his lawn, will the police be his next visitors?

2. Who, exactly, will be vetting and training these "food champions"? What steps will be taken to ensure that (for example) the government isn’t sending a serial rapist out to tell housewives how to better manage their food budget? Sort of like the crackheads that ACORN uses to (ahem) register voters for the democrats (spit).

3. I wonder if anybody will track the statistics on food poisoning to see if there’s a increase due to guilt-ridden Britons eating spoiled food because they’ve been told that doing so will save the planet?

4. Um... Doesn’t this all assume that the average British consumer is a bloody idiot who can’t understand food packaging labels much less his own budget? I can just see it now...

[Scene - a typical London flat]

FOOD CHAMPION (Home Counties accent) - I say, old chap! Why are you ordering a pizza? You have a pack of sausages in your refrigerator that would make a delightful supper if prepared correctly and served with healthful fruits and vegetables. Otherwise, they will go out of date tomorrow, and you’ll have to throw them out, contributing to landfill congestion and global warming.

HOMEOWNER - ’ow the ’ell do you know when they’re gonna go bad, eh? Wot are you, some kinda bleedin’ psychic?

FOOD CHAMPION - Why, no, my dear fellow. I’m only a humble civil servant, sent here by our beneficent government to show you how to have a more healthy diet that will cost you less money AND help save our environment. I have some pamphlets here about understanding expiration dates on food packages that I think you’ll find most interesting.

HOMEOWNER (face shining with gratitude) - Thank you, Food Champion, fer helpin’ me learn new ways to stretch me food budget AND save the planet that we all share! Hey! ’ow about gettin’ a pint w’ me to celebrate this groit occasion?

FOOD CHAMPION - I’d love to. Let’s walk to the pub, shall we?

HOMEOWNER - Tha’s roight, Food Champion! Because walking is good, ’ealthy exercise...

FOOD CHAMPION - ... and doesn’t require the burning of fossil fuels that lead to global warming.

[The two shake hands and exit, arm-in-arm]

[This message paid for by the Ministry of Butting Into Everybody’s Business And Generally Running Their Lives For Them]

Thank God our noble ancestors got us the hell out of the British Empire if THIS is what it would lead to.
Written By: docjim505
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Thank God our noble ancestors got us the hell out of the British Empire if THIS is what it would lead to.
Now we will have a Clown™ for President next Tuesday who will try to install just such a government on the backs of the American people. Itwill be like having Gordon Brown in drag, with the BBC (MSDNC) and the rest of the dimwitted American media giving the big cheer to his socialist programs.

Someone wake me up from this nightmare. I cannot believe this Empty Suit is going to be President next week.

Written By: James Marsden
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I wish some idiot would knock on my door and try to tell me what to do with my leftover food. It’d be a rare opportunity.
Written By: Dave
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Oops, pardon the duplicate post. Or delete it and this, too. S’what I get for using the refresh button.
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