3 August 2020 – the overnight press release

Liberal Democrats: Public health ignored in Government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme

Commenting on the Treasury’s “Eat Out to Help Out” discount scheme for restaurants starting on Monday, Liberal Democrat Health, Wellbeing and Social Care spokesperson Munira Wilson said:

We all recognise the need to support the high street through the pandemic, but the Government should have been more discerning with this scheme.

Obesity is already an immense challenge for people and the NHS, but the latest research suggests it also contributes to the deadliness of coronavirus. With a number of fast-food chains signing up to the scheme, it seems clear that public health did not factor into the Government’s decision.

The Government must put public health first and exclude from the scheme meals and drinks proven to contribute to obesity. We cannot afford to risk lives as we re-open the economy.

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  • richard underhill 3rd Aug '20 - 9:41am

    Mark Valladares | Mon 3rd August 2020 – 7:30 am
    What about a cook who feeds her children burger buns containing ice cream? (as on tv on Saturday) She said (about herself) that “it is useful to have hips”.
    Is there a role for the father?

  • I politely suggest we mind our own business and don’t tell people what to eat.

    Eating the occasional burger will not lead to deaths from obesity.

  • Chris Perry 4th Aug '20 - 7:48am

    Surely everyone working in the kitchens and serving should be wearing masks? But this does not seem to be the case.

  • richard underhill 4th Aug '20 - 10:01am

    John Hume MP, MEP could have been the leader of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament, probably unopposed. What is not realistic is that a party of the or four MPs could have been part of a coalition in London in 2010 led by (knackered) Gordon Brown.
    The numbers would not have worked, even initially, and the possibility of instability caused by one MP, such as Jeremy Corbyn, was too high. Paddy Ashdown negotiated with Labour.
    It is possible that the stress of negotiating with Gerry Adams Sinn Fein (Ourselves Alone) caused substantial damage to John Hume’s health.
    The Independent reported on a Sinn Fein conference. Ardfheis
    There was a poster with a picture of a gunman saying
    “The IRA call the shots.”
    John Hume’s courage was political and personal.
    I recall him speaking at a cross-party lunch in London at a time when our party was recovering from the Liberal-SDP merger and the split with David Owen, who formed what we called SDP2.
    John Hume said that when he was 21, as an adult living in his parental home, he was not entitled to vote because he was not a rate-payer. He made no reference to the possibility of introducing the Poll Tax in Northern Ireland, which could have caused riots.
    He also said that the most northerly part of the island of Ireland is in the Republic. I have been there. There are some ugly fortifications built during the Napoleonic wars.
    Gerry Adams was defeated in Belfast West in 1992. He tried to persuade Speaker Betty Boothroyd that he should have the full rights of an MP and lost in court repeatedly. What David Cameron said is in Hansard, to the amusement of other MPs.
    Gerry Adams has since been elected to the Dail in a multi-member seat previously held by Sinn Fein (informally known as “The Sinners”, pronounced Shinners).
    The late Ian Paisley became First Minister in coalition with Sinn Fein.
    The DUP and SF agreed to APNI leader David Ford becoming a minister (who else was trusted to be impartial?)
    I emailed David saying that Gladstone had won the support of those who wanted to abolish the income tax and of those who wanted to make it permanent.

  • Antony Watts 4th Aug '20 - 12:41pm

    Stop being negative. This is a tendency for anyone, but if our restaurants can be saved by a financial scheme like this, then why not.

    I would personally prefer the money to go into people’s pockets so they can chose what to spend it on – meals at home?

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