Via The Belmont Club, we learn in The Telegraph of the latest example of nanny-statism run amok in Britain: food police who will come into your homes to make sure you don’t eat the wrong thing or waste leftovers.
Home cooks will also be told what size portions to prepare, taught to understand "best before" dates and urged to make more use of their freezers.
The door-to-door campaign, which starts tomorrow, will be funded by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), a Government agency charged with reducing household waste.
The officials will be called "food champions". However, they were dismissed last night as "food police" by critics who called the scheme an example of "excessive government nannying".
In an initial seven-week trial, eight officials will call at 24,500 homes, dishing out advice and recipes. The officials, each of whom has received a day’s training, will paid up to £8.49 an hour, with a bonus for working on Saturdays.
The pilot scheme, which will cost £30,000, could be extended nationwide if it is seen as a success. If all 25 million households in the UK were visited in the same way, 8,000 officials would be required at a cost of tens of millions of pounds.
It’s one thing to educate people on good nutrition and the economical use of food, though it makes me wonder what became of all those "Home Ec" classes we took in school years ago. But to harass people in their homes like culinary Neighborhood Watch is more than a bit much. Someone coming to my door to nag me about what’s in the fridge is likely to get a half-grapefruit in the face, a la Cagney. Wouldn’t want to let it go to waste, after all.
Really, hasn’t the British government got a better use for their money than training a bunch Kitchen Keystone Kops? And what happens if you let some eggs go bad? Will your neighbors turn you in? Or will Jack Bauer and Jamie Oliver kick in your door to make you cut back on the butter?
Together at last, saving the world from sloppy kitchens!
RELATED: at Sister Toldjah, a lively discussion of the merits of restricting cell-phone use while driving. Having been nearly run over several times by people yakking on their phones, that’s one bit of nannyism that I may be willing to accept.