Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

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A weekly survey of the things our rulers want to prohibit

CUTTING red tape is a frequent election cry, and an admirable one. It is just a shame that it is so often accompanied by little plans for new strands of red tape to replace those which have been scissored. In its attempt to haul aboard the patriotic voter, the Conservative party proposed in its manifesto a plot to catch out all those nasty foreign food producers who flood our island with their foul and poisonous nosh. Henceforth, all food producers would be forced to list the country of origin and the `method of production of main ingredients' on their packaging.

For the bossy bureaucrat, a more appetising measure could scarcely be imagined. Have Mr Hague's advisers ever sat down with a packet of chicken tikka masala and read just how many ingredients, even main ingredients, go into it? If the method of production of every one of them has to be listed, every processed foodstuff will have to be accompanied by a short book. …

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