Over at BloggingBaby, Jay Allen shines a harsh light on the grim specter of lunchbox tyranny in ye olde Englande:
An ominous new trend is taking shape in the empire of old: [Britain's] Education Secretary Ruth Kelly wants schools to adopt "whole-foods" policies that could regulate the types of foods parents are allowed to pack for their kids….
Sadly, [food impresario Jamie] Oliver himself is on board with lunchtime totalitarianism, saying kids and parents should have no say in whether students eat healthy. I'll take off my libertarian hat for a moment and simply ask: isn't this a lot of fuss to make over one meal a day? So long as parents and kids control what they consume on mornings, nights, weekends and holidays, how much of an impact can lunchbox dictatorship make?
As a parent who packed a lunch heavy on Little Debbie snacks, post-expiration-date Trix yogurt, and Batman-shaped Spaghettios for a four-year-old, I say you can pry the Scooby-Doo fruit-flavored snacks from my kid's cold, rickets-ridden hands.