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The return of 'free' school milk. Ish...

Readers of a certain vintage will remember being force-fed with milk because our overlords in the 70s wanted to inflate demand for milk 'make sure we grew up with strong bones'. The greatest peace time PM of the 20 century did away with it, fortunately.

So much for the history lesson. Our overlords in Brussels are now trying to to inflate demand for fruit 'combat child obesity' by dishing out 'free' fruit and veg to Euroyouth, and some €90 m has been earmarked for the scheme, and "Governments would have the choice of whether to participate or not. The programmes would be co-financed, either on a 50/50 basis, or 75/25 in the so-called 'convergence regions', where GDP/capita is lower".

For the sake of easy maths, let us say that there are 100 million Eurochildren out of 500 million Eurosubjects. Reasonable? So, that would mean less than 80 pence, per year, per head. Hardly worth all the hoo hah, but for the fact of the €90 m not having been magicked into life by Agriculture and Rural Development Commissar Mariann Fischer Boel.

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Blogger Letters From A Tory said... 8:44 am

...or (and I know this is radical) we can tell the EU to sod off and mind it's own business while we run our own country.

Any takers?  



Anonymous nomad said... 10:30 am

Us oldies who grew up in the 1940s and 50s each had a daily one-third of a pint of milk at school morning break time. I suspect that the reason for this was to ensure that young bones got some solid nourishment in the austere times of those severely rationed days. It is very noticeable how much taller those fortunate enough to have been born post 1970 are than their elders.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 10:57 am

Pa Croydonian, God rest his soul, was an impressive 6'2, and deemed his son & heir dwarfish at 5'10. Gah...  



Anonymous verity said... 2:31 pm

Some schools that have been dishing out bunches of grapes, apples and oranges and bananas as three or four of the daily "requirements" have been told to stop it because young children need actual food to grow strong bones and healthy systems and shouldn't be filling their stomachs with all this roughage.

Anything socialist and trendy ends in tears.  



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