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Parents must support obesity fight, says minister

Link: Parents must support obesity fight, says minister | Health | SocietyGuardian.co.uk.

Only in New Labour's fairyland would a Minister call on parents for "support" in looking after their childrens' health. In the real world, it is parents who take responsibility for their childrens' well-being. Any government intervention is as likely as not to be counterproductive. As a libertarian, I would prefer government to stick to its knitting, but these days that's far too much to hope. The most a government which understood its place in the world might consider is how to "support" parents in doing their job.

Reducing taxation and liberalising planning controls so that parents with young families could afford to divert money from artificially scarce housing to better quality food might be a start....

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