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Sack this person – now!

June 11th, 2010 Posted in UK Politics by

In case you hadn’t noticed, today a certain football tournament kicks off in South Africa. Thankfully this fact hasn’t escaped the attention of our Food Standards Agency (FSA). No, indeed not. Such was the concern about our wellbeing at the FSA that someone has generously spent tax payers’ money preparing a guide on how and what we should drink during the festivities. How kind. Never mind that Homo sapiens have managed feed and water themselves for around 200,000 years now, what we’ve always needed is a ten-year-old government body to help us through the trauma of mealtimes. A full copy of this egregiously patronising document is here3045948221_4b3bc27ba2, but the highlights include:

“If you’re throwing a party for friends and family to watch a game, there are lots of tasty and healthy options you can tuck into as you cheer your team on. Why not serve a vegetable curry with boiled rice or a tasty chilli with plenty of kidney beans?”

“When you’re engrossed in the game it’s easy to sip your way though more [drinks] than you realise. Remember that bottled beers come in different sizes, so you might be drinking more that you think.”

And my personal favourite:

“You might feel as if you are kicking every ball and covering every blade of grass along with the players, but that doesn’t count as being active! So why not use football fever as an excuse to get active yourself?”

What on earth is this all about?! Easy to lose count of how many drinks you’ve had… forgetting that bottles come in  different sizes…! I would feel embarrassed using this tone with my four year old cousin, let alone preaching about the type of party food you should or shouldn’t serve in your own home. As for using football fever to get yourself active, nothing makes me want to remain ensconced in my arm-chair more than a jumped up public servant reminding me of my “duty” to keep myself fit and healthy. Whoever spent a morning writing this paternalistic nonsense, at our expense, needs sacking. Immediately.

8 Responses to “Sack this person – now!”

  1. Ben Says:

    A morning? I bet this took weeks to produce. I wounder if anyone will FoI the costs?


  2. George Speller Says:

    Hells bells – thought I’d send them a snotty email, but I got presented with a complete telephone book of departments. Did you know they have a whole person to do almost nothing but instant coffee. As for writing fatuous leflets I couldn’t find the perps.

    Unbelievable.


  3. Tim Cox Says:

    I’m inclined to agree Ben. I’ve submitted a FoI request and am waiting to hear back from them. Unfortunately, I fear it may transpire to be “impractical” to disseminate the costs of this particular project from their general operating costs. Opacity has always been the pointless bureaucrat’s best friend.


  4. Cookie Says:

    It’s like a negative advert – they’re just asking to be cut back. Cut! With the biggest scissors to be found!


  5. Dick Puddlecote Says:

    I’d second that. You just know though, don’t you, that the cost of getting rid is likely hideously expensive.


  6. christian louboutin Says:

    well,he is a little fat
    thank you for your share


  7. Julian Harris Says:

    I’d like to know how many visits they get to this website (discounting links from here!) Irrespective of the absurd content, how many football fans think “ooh, I’ll have a quick butcher’s on the Food Standards Agency website before watching the game”?


  8. bottes vernies Says:

    en personnel, je dois dire que votre poste est assez belle, vous pouvez apporter de nouvelles idées il fera de votre post plus mieux.


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