Monday 22 December 2008


Diane Abbot, MP of Hackney East London has brokered a deal between the Home Office and newsagents to either move all 'lad mags' with nearly naked women on the front cover, to the top shelf, or to cover them up.

Although the deal is not legally binding, trading standards will be able to reprimand offending outlets.

I welcome any legislation that prohibits children from viewing sexually explicit images. However, there is a flip side to this coin. In a country fuelled on fast food and with a strained health budget, I would choose to leave these magazines where they are. Perhaps then, the images of beautiful models on newsagents' stands would act as a deterrent to the increasing obese female element of our society to eat less chocolate and to go out and buy some fruit instead.

Torquay Herald Express