Following on from the decision to ban cigarette displays in newsagents and supermarkets, the busybodies of Stockport Council have come up with a health drive to hide salt in restaurants and takeaways. Proprietors have been asked to remove salt shakers from counters and table-tops, and only supply them to customers if they specifically ask for it. The idea is part of the wider ‘ASK’ campaign, which sets out the following modus operandi:
“ASK is a unique Greater Manchester initiative to reduce the amount of salt added to food by customers in restaurants, cafes and other catering establishments. Participating businesses display the ASK logo in their windows and use tent cards on table surfaces to demonstrate their support.”
This is the natural progression from the ruling on cigarettes. People are no longer allowed to make a decision for themselves on how much salt to consume. Instead they must be treated like children and have anything which might be bad for them hidden away behind counters. Not to mention the hassle of staff being constantly asked where the salt is. Perhaps sweets will soon be placed on the highest shelves in supermarkets so children cannot reach them.
Whoever is being paid out of taxpayers’ money to come up with ideas like this should be the first to go when the cuts start to hit.