NO one can deny the need to tackle Britain’s expanding waistlines.
But Public Health England’s 100-page proposal dictating caps on calorie levels for everything from onion bhajis to salad dressing is insane.
It will hit restaurants, manufacturers, supermarkets and, inevitably, customers.
Brits ate more in the 1970s but were slimmer as we led more active lives.
Getting people off their couches would reverse our obesity problem far more effectively than punitive meddling.
The Tories are supposed to be the party of free choice.
They should remember that.
IT is indefensible that almost half of hospitals have hiked their car parking fees in the last year.
Some may argue that they need to charge something, if only to stop shoppers and commuters nicking the spaces.
But the fees are extortionately more than is necessary to act as a deterrent.
Every year, the Government makes the right noises about the need to slash fees… and every year nothing happens and they rise even further.
Hospital patients and their families should not be clobbered for being sick.
What’s more, it means low-paid NHS staff, many unable to rely on public transport as they work anti-social hours, are being fleeced by their own bosses.
How can that be right?
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THE use of therapy goats in prison to teach lags how to “take responsibility for others” is almost beyond parody.
But at a time when our prisons are grossly understaffed, some bright spark thought spending taxpayers’ cash on farmyard animals was a priority.
It really gets our goat.
REMEMBER when the Tories stood for low taxes rather than being obsessed with dreaming up new ones?
As The Sun has previously argued, there is little practical justification for hiking the charge — but it is yet another little nibble at the pockets of hard-pressed shoppers when we should be encouraging them on to the high streets.
Whatever happened to the Government’s vow to help the “just about managings”?