The Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, while speaking to a consultation of medical professionals previously this week, signalled a disturbing retreat by Government from effectual action to help in curbing heart disease, cancer and obesity.
Attacking Jamie Oliver's attempts to bring improvement in school food, Lansley revealingly said that there is lack of knowledge in relation to the transformation, that is in progress in Britain's schools to improve kids’ knowledge, appreciation and the kind of good food they should be consuming.
Oliver has good reason to feel offended. He has been a great champ of making improvements in school food standards, ever since his 2005 television show aired for public watching and political attention revealing about the terrible state of school dinners.
With Oliver's control and guidance, and with the support of no less than 300 organisations functioning in co-operation with each other in the Children's Food Campaign, legislation was introduced to mandate good food for school going kids.
It took a Channel 4 series and a 300,000-signature appeal, before Tony Blair authorized new standards, and entrusted £280m towards decent ingredients, equipment and training availability.
In attacking standards for school food, Lansley is in reaction, attacking the headship of Oliver himself, and of these local leaders already taking action.