Ofcom's procrastination over the decision on advertising to children was the main talking point at the Food Advertising Unit's tenth annual conference. Andrew Brown, chairman of the Committee of Advertising Practice, was just one to vent his spleen, comparing the wait for Ofcom's decision to being "in a state of permanent pregnancy".
Meanwhile, the venue for the event - the Courthouse Hotel in London - was formerly a magistrates court, prompting Advertising Standards Authority director general Christopher Graham to recall a visit to the very same court as a trainee BBC reporter. It was not that different to being involved in the advertising industry today, he declared. "Here we all are, sitting in the dock and waiting to see if we are going to be taken down."
At the Westminster Diet and Health food labelling seminar chairman David Amess MP introduced Tesco's government and community affairs manager Andrew Smith as a "self-confessed sinner". But, he added, Tesco could get into his good books by subsidising bus routes in his Southend constituency. Smith retorted that he was already in discussions about it. It's all a game of politics, you know.
'Impartial' chair Amess certainly had no problem nailing his colours to the mast. Introducing Waitrose nutrition manager Moira Howie, Amess waxed lyrical about the retailer. "They are always very helpful in giving to charity in Southend," he said, though he could not resist adding that Waitrose was a bit expensive.