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Department of Health takes on corner shops...next stop the breweries

Not a day goes by it seems without the latest drip feed of news on the Government’s plans to cure the nation of its unhealthy habits.

Already we’ve had the healthy towns initiative, where from beer swilling sailors in Pompey to the fag fuelled citizens of Manchester, residents are to be guided onto a new path which will doubtless soon see them living on a diet of broccoli and acai berries.

Another spending binge will see 20 so called alcohol hotspots, from Birmingham to Bolton, put through a spot of mass rehab that would surely be enough to transform Amy Winehouse into a candidate for junior health minister.

But the latest announcement may be a step too far.

Not a day goes by it seems without the latest drip feed of news on the Government's plans to cure the nation of its unhealthy habits.

Already we've had the healthy towns initiative, where from beer swilling sailors in Pompey to the fag fuelled citizens of Manchester, residents are to be guided onto a new path which will doubtless soon see them living on a diet of broccoli and acai berries.

Another spending binge will see 20 so called alcohol hotspots, from Birmingham to Bolton, put through a spot of mass rehab that would surely be enough to transform Amy Winehouse into a candidate for junior health minister.

But the latest announcement may be a step too far.

The Department of Health is spending £800,000 in a bid to teach corner shops in the north east how to sell fruit and veg.

Apparently a dozen stores have already signed up to the scheme, with the seemingly huge incentive of the Government sending in its finest economic experts to help them run their businesses better.

A bit rich this given the perilous state of the country's finances.

Apparently soon to be announced the Government is to invest millions helping drinks firms run big parties in their breweries, although some think it could be beyond them.

Cheers: here's to yet another new initiative Cheers: here's to yet another new initiative

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