Education needed, not bans

Dear Editor,

If killjoy former public health director Professor John Ashton had his way, not only would he ban the iconic Coca-Cola Christmas truck from Carlisle but I suspect he would ban the entire holiday season too.

Every Christmas, many of us overindulge on the mince pies, chocolates and an assortment of festive alcoholic beverages. Should we therefore ban Christmas as it encourages us to over-eat each year? Of course not. 

We all know that sugary, fizzy drinks are not the cornerstone of a healthy, nutritious diet but banning products we don’t like will only drive children into wanting them even more. What we need is to better educate children and parents on healthy alternatives to drinks such as Coca-Cola. 

People are just about fed up with so-called experts telling them what they can do by calling for a ban on anything that takes their fancy. Spoilsports such as Professor Ashton should instead stick to insulting people on twitter – it’s what he’s best at.

Yours faithfully,

Louise Bours MEP

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