I can’t help but think that this…
Promoting products such [as] snacks, soft drinks and confectionery could soon become a thing of the past, according to leaked details from a Department of Health (DoH) meeting.
Susan Jebb, who chairs the food network of the DoH’s Public Health Responsibility Deal, warned at a meeting earlier this year that she will “go to ministers” if the industry is not quick to reduce the promotion of “products that people don’t need”.
…has got something to do with this:
(Reuters) – The euro zone economy ground to a halt in the second quarter of the year, drained of vigour by contraction in Germany and stagnancy in France.
Zero growth reported by statistics agency Eurostat on Thursday was alarm bell for politicians and policymakers in the 18-nation economy, which is already bracing for the impact tit-for-tat sanctions against Russia over Ukraine.
Germany, Europe’s largest economy contracted by 0.2 percent on the quarter, undercutting Bundesbank forecasts that it would stagnate, with foreign trade and investment notable weak spots, the German Statistics Office said on Thursday.
With so much uncertainty surrounding Russia and Ukraine, a quick rebound is unlikely.
After all, when armies of zealots are given free rein to demonise and ban “products that people don’t need” (like tobacco, alcohol, meat, sugar, salt, and anything else anyone wants rather than needs), would you not expect sales to decline, and company profits to fall, and the economy to contract. After all, what these zealots are trying to do is stop people buying stuff.
Plain packaging, display bans, and health warnings (on tobacco or anything else) are forms of anti-marketing or anti-advertising which have the explicit aim of hindering or stopping people spending their own money on things they want. And when people have internalised all the health warnings and stopped smoking and drinking and eating anything other than brown rice and beans (or doing anything else they might actually enjoy doing), they have ceased to participate in the economy.
Environmentalists, Greens, climate alarmists, antismokers, and associated healthist killjoys may all pray for this. But as unemployment rises because nobody can sell anything to anyone any more (there’s something like 50% youth unemployment in countries like Greece and Spain), responsible governments will need to start looking for ways to boost economic activity by getting people to spend their money more freely, if they want to avoid riots and civil disorder.
And if they are to do this, they will do no better than to dispense with the services of all the environmentalists and greens and climate alarmists and antismokers and associated healthist killjoys who are currently doing their level best to throttle Western economies. Most of them are state funded anyway. None of them sell anything that anyone wants to buy. Outfits like Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth and ASH should not just be de-funded, but condemned as terrorist organisations (for what else do they do but terrorize everybody with nightmares and hobgoblins?). Health warnings and other restrictions should be removed from everything everywhere, and businesses allowed to freely advertise and sell their products.
This would not just slash state spending, but, as unnecessary and stifling restrictions are lifted, it would provide just the right boost to the ailing economy, as people are again allowed to buy what they want, as opposed to what some interfering busybody thinks they need.
As Chris Snowdon writes in the linked piece:
They think they know what people “need” and what they don’t “need”. Take away their state funding and throw them out on the street where they can return to their natural calling of howling at passers-by. Don’t feather their nests. Burn their nests, smash their eggs, kick them out of public life. The lot of them.