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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Celebrating the differences

Yet another example of devolution at work. Whilst England plans to end subsidised school milk for 1.2m Primary School children, Wales continues to offer free milk for all children under the age of seven, thanks to a Welsh Liberal Democrats initiative whilst we were in government. School children in Wales also benefit from free fruit and of course, the more controversial free school breakfasts.

Independent consultants, London Economics, may consider this provision a waste of money but what are the odds that they employ highly-paid executives who can afford to ensure that their children are well-nourished? The Welsh agenda is about preventing ill-health and improving classroom performance. The evidence is that our approach is working.
"There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies." Winston Churchill, demonstrating why he was a great Prime Minister, but not so great at counting beans.
Given that obesity is a more current problem than malnourishment, it is pure posturing.
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