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The mission to get the health minister to eat unhealthily

7 February 2019

11:40 AM

7 February 2019

11:40 AM

Today, the think tank Resolution Foundation hosted an event which asked, after Brexit ‘Where are the Conservatives heading?’ Inevitably, the debate quickly turned to a vital issue which has become a battle for the heart and soul of the Party: whether the state should be telling people how much food they eat, and how big their pizza should be – after Public Health England suggested portion sizes be reduced over Christmas.

Batting for the big pizzas, was the Treasury’s Liz Truss, who argued that people should have the freedom to eat what they like, and as much of it as they want. When asked by the Resolution Foundation host, Torsten Bell, who was the biggest, ‘most out of control nanny’ in the cabinet: environment secretary Michael Gove or health secretary Matt Hancock, Truss demurred. But she did reveal her new mission to get Hancock to live more vicariously, and her success at recently getting him to eat a fry-up. Even more impressively, she said, was that he:

did have a black pudding. That is promising signs as far as I’m concerned.’

Having seen a picture though of the fry-up in question, Mr S is not sure that Truss’s mission is going very successfully. With only two rashers of bacon, a piece of black pudding and a lonely egg, it’s a plate the nannies at Public Heath England would be proud of:

Mr S can only hope that Hancock will treat himself to a more substantial breakfast in future.


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