Whitty ‘never had a day’s fun in his life’ says Mike Graham
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Leaked plans revealed health officials will consult on introducing calorie counts on beer pumps, menus and prepackaged alcohol with a warning from Professor Chris Whitty accompanying the drink. The Government estimates the move could cause a £92million loss for the hospitality industry which has already been ravaged by the pandemic. Radio host Mike Graham erupted on air against the measure adding health professionals like Prof Whitty should resort back to giving wavering interviews on whether one glass of red wine is good for you or not.
Speaking on talkRADIO, Mr Graham spoke to host Mark Dolan during his show.
Mr Graham said: “You give these idiots in the health business the right to tell you how to make yourself feel better every single day.
“Yeah, I don’t want to feel better every single day, I want to feel the way I feel.
“I don’t wish to be told by Matt Hancock or Chris Whitty, a bloke who’s never had a day’s fun in his entire life, what I should I be doing with myself or how long I should be doing it.
The next thing, you know, I’ll have this app that says I’m sorry you’re not allowed to order a third drink you’ve already had two – it’s now time for you to go home to your bed.”
According to The Sun, the Government will hold a 12-week consultation to decide whether calories should be displayed next to alcohol in pubs.
They hope the move will tackle obesity among those in lower-socioeconomic households stating between seven and eight percent of a drinker’s daily calories comes from alcohol.
Some alcohol sold in shops already have nutrition information on it but it is believed they will be put front and centre on bottles with a health warning attached.
Mr Dolan agreed with the point and added the Government’s centralised authority over the handling of the pandemic may continue long after it has been health with.
He said: “Well, I agree. I’m worried that the overreach we’ve seen in the course of the pandemic is going to spill out into our daily lives when it’s all over.”
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Mr Graham then joked: “I absolutely love it, I mean this is what they do and you have to remember before this all happened before this pandemic the Chief Medical Officer his basic job was to give an interview about once a week.
“[Either to] the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail to tell them whether one red blob one glass of red wine is good for you or whether one glass of red wine was bad for you.
“Then they will talk about whether you should remove sausages from your diet or possibly bacon.
“You know I don’t need any advice on how to live my life and neither does anybody else.”
Mr Dolan then pointed out to Mr Graham and to listeners: “And when you go to the pub it is a treat isn’t it Mike and you know that a pint of Old Speckled Hen or a Stella is probably going to be quite calorific.
“But it is a pleasure and life is there to be lived and it’s very important that people, like with Covid actually, can manage the consequences for themselves.
“Many thousands of people listening to this show go to the pub once or twice a week and they fill their boots and then perhaps the rest of the time they go for a run or they are a little bit careful about some of the meals they’re eating.
“But in the end, they decide, not the government.”
Think tank the Adam Smith Institute opposed the plans and said: “Brits backing their locals are well aware that too many pints make beer belly more likely.
“We don’t need government-enforced calorie counts to tell us something we already know.”
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