There’s a growing campaign against the ‘Hooters’ restaurant which opened in Bristol a little while ago, amid the new development on the Harbourside. I’ve not been there – why would I? – but it certainly doesn’t sound very edifying.
What do people think? Should it be closed down? Here’s the Say No to Hooters petition.
This also ties in with the Government’s proclaimed campaign against the over-sexualisation of children. I know this is something David Cameron cares deeply about – or rather, has gone on about before, for reasons best known to his spindoctors and strategists; cynical me says it’s a rather convenient distraction from all that is going on in government.
I agree with the broad thrust of what’s being said, although it’s rather inconsistent of the Government to be arguing that market intervention is needed to ban certain products being sold, whereas in so many other areas they’re all in favour of consumer choice and leaving it to the market. And is there so much difference between silly parents buying seven year olds padded push-up bras, and silly parents over-feeding their obese kids on junk food and additives? Shouldn’t food products that are full of crap (that’s the scientific term) and are clearly aimed at children be vetted in the same way? If not, what’s the difference?