People are talking. The press is reporting. Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall must be delighted.
Sane people are appalled. It would be funny, if it wasn’t so very peculiar, a symptom of odd thinking.
A little known fact about Transport for London’s ban on ‘junk food’ advertising is that a company doesn’t have to be selling food to fall foul of the rules. If an advert for a West End musical used a picture of a custard pie, it would be rejected.
The rules also apply to TfL’s own advertisements. The campaign shown below ran in 2016 but would not be permitted today because cakes have too much sugar for Sadiq Khan and the neo-puritans of ‘public health’.
Banning the depiction of normal food products in adverts that are not advertising food soon leads to absurdity. To get an idea of quite how absurd things get, I used a Freedom of Information request to ask TfL how many of its own adverts it has had to edit to comply with its own daft rules. The documents I received are mind-boggling.
The story begins in late November 2018 when someone at TfL with the mildly sinister job title of Customer Marketing & Behaviour Change Executive realised that her organisation could be caught short by the impending changes. She e-mailed staff requesting a comprehensive review of TfL’s in-house advertisements to weed out any depictions of ‘junk food’ that could violate the new rules and embarrass the Mayor. To be on the safe side, it was decided that ‘junk food’ would not only be scrubbed out of TfL’s adverts on public transport, as the ban required, but from all its marketing materials.
Do read more…it gets pretty crazy – LINK
First they came for the smokers…..when ARE we going to be allowed to be normal, ordinary people, safe from maniacs?
There is a massive ignorance by black people of their own History in South Africa.They maintain that White people stole their land. There is nothing further from the truth. Basic History exposes the myth.
It was only in the 20th Century, the nasty Apartheid overcame South Africa. My husband and his family (who are white) were forcibly removed from their homes and dispersed so the area could be proclaimed “Indian”. So removals worked both ways! People always think it was only Black people who were “moved”.
Apartheid was not a good thing. But South Africa is not a “Rainbow Nation” now that the people are free. It’s a mess. And it’s going to be a bigger mess.
The Government is going to take the “stolen” land back, without compensation to Whites, and eliminate property rights. They have not issued property rights to millions of Black people either.
The people do not want to work the land, they want to live in the cities. Farming is essential for feeding the people – but when offered land or money, 97% of Black people take the money. And successful commercial farmers (White) are going to have their operations removed/transferred to Black owners who might not be farmers. Who will feed the people?
The South African Government has gone bonkers – it’s South Africa’s worst enemy. Of the land it has “taken”, only 6% has gone to Black people and millions of black people are living in homes in townships that have not been granted any property rights at all. A swamp? Oh yes…..
If you want to get educated, watch this Documentary. It is full of astonishing details.
I feel grief. I am not religious. But this is a sort of a 9/11 moment for me somehow. The fire started 6 minutes after closing up, in two? places…I wonder what we are going to be told?
What do you think?
Time to grieve by watching a video without a commentary, except the quietness of the watching crowds….
Very interesting post, thank you. The host at our last year’s holiday rental was an avid golfer. Just before we left to come home, he had a whole lot of squamous cell cancers removed from his head. He shot to my mind as I read your post. He spent most of his time on the nearby golf course. Cancer in dogs is on the increase. They have to deal with weed killer along the roads. I have reblogged this to Life on an Alien Planet.
This is my current favourite political commentator – most entertaining! And always with a fresh perspective.
Should non citizens be able to vote in the UK?
Thoughtful thoughts about victims archived here. It’s not a long video, but well worth watching. Enjoy.