Fresh from his history-making speeches advocating "showing more love" to adolescents and fathers showing up at the birth of their kids, UK Conservative Party leader David Cameron is taking a bold stance in favor of home cooking.
"Instead of valuing fresh, quality food, carefully prepared—the kind of food culture you see in other European countries—we've created a junk food society. "Some people say that junk food is at least cheap food. But in truth, it's a false economy. There's a price to be paid for it—in our health, our environment, and our culture."
"And in any case, it's simply not true to say that fresh, quality food is more expensive than pre-packaged, processed products. But while it doesn't cost more money, it sometimes takes more time. And I think it's important to make time for good food." Signalling Tory policy plans to help deliver his vision for the good food society, the Tory leader said his party's previous call for proper food labelling made before the 2005 general election was "just the start".
Cameron isn't all awful—as Jacob Sullum noticed, he's probably the UK party leader most open to drug decriminalization. That doesn't excuse his relentless goo-goo "I know what's good for you"ism, though, and makes it even more confusing from a political perspective. Tony Blair's Labour Party only got off the mat when the leader started ditching the party's soft positions on criminal justice and no-strings welfare programs. Cameron is trying to rebrand the British Conservatives as the party of cuddly "new dads."
As Iain Murray noticed earlier in the week, this is starting to kill them in the polls as working class voters roll their eyes and go back to Labour.