Wednesday, July 8, 2015

1984 Wasn´t Meant As A Manual

Dear British people, 1984 was meant as a warning, not an instruction manual:

Teachers can lawfully “confiscate, keep or destroy” unhealthy snacks in children’s school lunch boxes, a Government minister has said.
Lord Nash, an education minister, said that the child in question and a second member of staff should be present during the search. Parents must also be warned that the searches might take place.

The peer was answering question in the House of Lords about the powers that “teachers in the state sector have to inspect children's lunch boxes and to confiscate items that they deem unsuitable”.
Lord Nash said it was up to school governors “whether to ban certain products to promote healthy eating`.

Since British children presumably still eat breakfast and dinner at home with their parents, shouldn´t the government officials  also have legal power to search their cupboards and refrigerators and `confiscate, keep or destroy` anything they `deem unsuitable` as to `promote healthy eating`?´With their consent, of course.

Every time I think things are going downhill in my country I only have to look to UK to realise how lucky we are over here. To begin with, the majority of our schoolchildren eat their lunches at home, with their mothers and siblings.

 Here is the link to the whole article.  


  1. Housewife from FinlandJuly 8, 2015 at 5:43 AM

    Love the headline. :)

    Otherwise: one is speechless. Once again. I mean really.

    Here in Finland kids get free lunch at school. Ordinary food like potatoes and meatballs or maybe soup, salad, bread and milk. Something like this:

    I think it is good thing. It started 1948, because Finland was so poor country and kids had long walks to go school, so goverment decided that they need a decent meal midday.

  2. Here many children go home during lunch break so they eat there, some whose mothers work do stay over but I'm not sure we have free lunches anywhere. In Holland, you have to pay for everything. Anyway, it's one thing for a school to provide lunches, and quite another to search the children's personal possessions and confiscate the items some government official deems unhealthy.

  3. I'm talking about primary school children, btw.

  4. Housewife from FinlandJuly 8, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    I ment that if goverment wants to rule what children eat during schoolday they should pay the food. I totally agree that nobody should search kids lunchboxes and throw their food away.

  5. This whole situation is just so bizarre that when I first read it I thought it was some form of parody/trolling. I had to read the original article twice to realise it was true. I mean I simply can't imagine it happening in my country, I think the school would burn.

  6. Figuratively speaking, of course.

  7. After 9/11, the British government greatly expanded their already highly intrusive CCTV program, and the London Buses boasted with these posters:

    Is that not truly Orwellian?

    Many Brits realized so, and so the publicity campaign was dropped, though I'm sure they kept the CCTVs...

  8. I seriously don't know what's wrong with the British. Weren't they always for freedom? They had Magna Carta, the first parliament, abolished serfdom very early, what's going on over there?

  9. I have no idea what happened, but as an Anglo-Celt descendent, I find it most dismaying and sad. :(