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“I'm not Scrooge” says councillor as ECHO readers slam Coca-Cola truck ban call

A Liverpool politician has been forced to declare “I’m not Scrooge” after facing a barrage of criticism for wanting to ban the Coca-Cola truck from visiting Liverpool. Liberal Democrat leader Richard Kemp[1] has stated that the iconic red lorry should not be allowed to visit Liverpool, because the city is in the grip of an “obesity epidemic”[2] . Backed by his party colleagues, he described the annual visit of the illuminated vehicle to the city[3] as a “cynical stunt” which is designed to promote a “grossly unhealthy” product.

His comments have not gone down particularly well with ECHO readers, many of who have described him as “Scrooge” and said the visit of the iconic vehicle is simply a “bit of fun.”

The Coca-Cola truck in Williamson Square.

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Reacting on Facebook, Liam Pinkham said: “Not a single less calorie is going to get consumed by this truck getting banned. “They tend to only give out Coke Zero for free at these events these days anyway.” Nikki Fahey said: “I drink coke cos i enjoy it, my decision is not based on whether i have seen the coca-cola truck once a year.

The cola truck is a Xmas tradition[4] for lots of people these days, these councillors need to get a grip – there’s a McDonalds on every corner, think they have more to do with the obesity epidemic not a yearly visit from a Coca-Cola truck.” Stephen Hollyoak added: “Get a grip, were turning into a political correctness gone mad society, i worry for the future. If you don’t like something don’t complain just get on with it.”

Calls to BAN the Coca-Cola truck from visiting Liverpool this Christmas

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Kim Brett was one of a number of readers to compare Cllr Kemp to Charles Dickens’ famous Christmas-hating character Ebenezer Scrooge.

She said: “People are still going to drink coke regardless of the truck coming. It’s a bit of fun to get in the Christmas spirit. Not cancelling the Christmas food markets are they?

What’s the difference? Scrooges!”

Hundreds turn out to see the Coca-Cola in Liverpool

Carole New agreed, writing: “Call him Scrooge. Children love seeing the Coca Cola truck all lit up.

It’s part of Christmas coming to them.” The ECHO decided to put the claims that Cllr Kemp is a modern-day version of the Christmas Carol character to the man himself. He said: “I am definitely not Scrooge – I really enjoy Christmas.

“I love sitting around with my family and having a happy and healthy time.”

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He added: “It is a special time of year but I believe that the Coca-Cola truck is designed to get kids going on and on about Coca-Cola.

“My opposition is about having a debate about all carbonated drinks and I think this will help with that.”

References

  1. ^ Richard Kemp (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  2. ^ is in the grip of an “obesity epidemic” (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  3. ^ the annual visit of the illuminated vehicle to the city (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  4. ^ The cola truck is a Xmas tradition (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)



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