Smartie sandwich debacle reveals hypocrisy
A few teachers in Lincolnshire, UK got a little worked up when a mother sent her kid to school with a Smartie sandwich. Yeah, the candy. Bread, butter and Smarties.
This prompted health workers to visit the school, where they keenly observed that lots of kids were eating junk food and that those same kids were (quelle surprise!) obese. In turn, people started bleating about reform and news articles with words like “appalled” and “horrifying” were published, as if that one single Smartie sandwich had suddenly stripped all the cobwebs from their eyes in a blinding flash of satori.
Cue the hand-wringing and the wondering-where-it-all-went-wrong.
Meanwhile, T-Mobile commissioned a poll to discover the top 50 things that Britain loves most. The number one thing on the list — which was not limited to food — was a bacon butty (for those of you who don’t speak the Queen’s English, a “butty” is a sandwich with butter). Not a BLT. No vegetables in sight. Bread, butter and bacon.
Somehow a Smartie sandwich is bordering on child abuse but a bacon sandwich is the most beloved thing in the entire nation.