IF YOU’RE one of the lucky pub-goers to have wangled a table without a weeks-long wait, we doubt the question of how many calories were in your drink even occurred.
After a few down the hatch, some will have struggled to pronounce the word calorific, let alone care much.
Health chiefs plans to force pubs to display counts on drinks are futileCredit: LNP
For some reason, though, the issue is preoccupying health chiefs, who plan to force pubs and supermarkets to display calorie counts on their drinks.
For consumers, it’s a harmless enough idea — indeed The Sun has previously backed a similar move for restaurant menus, if only as an alternative to extra taxes on fattening grub.
But it is futile nevertheless — even the Government’s own study admits the benefits are “not quantified”.
And the estimated £92million cost to industry of the change is anything but harmless to pubs already struggling for survival after a year of lockdowns.
Nearly two thirds of boozers remain closed, and even those able to serve in outdoor areas are set to run at a loss until they regain the other 80 per cent of their capacity indoors.
There could hardly be a worse time for the nanny state meddlers to stick their Size 10s in.
Calorie counts for pints? Count us out.
BREXIT was always going to have teething problems, although no one quite predicted the depths of pettiness to which our Continental cousins could stoop.
Notoriously, a trucker arriving from Britain had a ham sandwich confiscated by Dutch border officials, one of whom sneered: “Welcome to the Brexit, sir.”
No one quite predicted the depths of pettiness to which our Continental cousins could stoop after BrexitCredit: Alamy
So the signs from the latest economic data are promising, with UK exports to the EU in February surging 46 per cent month on month, to £11.6billion.
There’s much progress still to be made but we have no doubt that if businesses keep displaying grit, ingenuity and a can-do attitude, there is more to come.
Add to that Britain’s swift progress in signing trade deals around the world, and the night and day contrast between the EU and UK vaccine rollouts and it’s those Dutch officials who are looking one sandwich short of a picnic.
Welcome to the real Brexit, sirs.
AFTER Europe’s panicky reaction to the Oxford AZ vaccine, yesterday’s “pause” in the rollout of the one-shot Janssen jab by its American maker feels all too familiar.
Of 6.8million doses of Janssen — said to have been on the brink of gaining approval for UK use — there were six US blood clot cases, including one death.
But that is negligible compared with the risk of death to Covid cases in their 40s, which is over 1,000 times higher.
In a global race against the virus, waiting for a perfect fix is a luxury we don’t have.