Magazine article The Spectator

Beware the Cheese Police

Magazine article The Spectator

Beware the Cheese Police

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Let's hope that Gordon Brown was too busy trying to hex Cameron this week to notice the story about the Sainsbury's staff member who refused to sell a pregnant customer cheese. Sainsbury's defence was that it might be bad for baby, but it's just the sort of incident that gives our desperate Prime Minister ideas. For all Labour's devotion to guidelines and chivvy-ing, not many of their bossy initiatives have much effect on behaviour - drinking. So why not introduce state inter-vention at the point of purchase instead?

It's not difficult to imagine armies of Labour monitors waiting for us at the till, not just to prevent pregnant ladies having fun but to save us all from irresponsible, pleasure-seeking consumerism. …

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