Getting Irate So That You Don't Have To

Getting Irate So That You Don't Have To

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Praise Be !

OK, I know I'm a grumpy old sod (in fact, Mrs Womble On Tour has reminded me of that fact again only this evening) and when it comes to the EU I'm not likely to be the first in offering praise.

I have to say though that I did give a little cheer when I heard this story about the scrapping of some rules about the shape and size of fruit and vegetables. Our beloved European rulers appear to have woken up to the fact that throwing away 20 per cent of our produce just because it's the wrong shape doesn't make a shed-load of sense.

I did get a tad frustrated when I read during the summer about the hard-working grocer in Bristol who'd been forced to throw away his consignment of kiwi fruit because they failed the size test.

We needn't get too many flags out. The most popular fruits (including kiwi fruit, actually) are still subject to some rules, which means that a retailer will have to put some sort of label on items that do not reach EU "standards". But they will at least be able to sell them. Well, it's mighty small mercy, but I'm still grateful for it.

One utterly ridiculous EU regulation down, a few thousand still to go.

Note to Hazel Blears: this is my one semi-positive post of the year. From here on in I'll be back to my usual form, showing my corrosive cynicism, my contempt for political discourse, and my hatred of politicians and everything they do and stand for. OK ?

1 comment:

hazel blears said...

I'm going to close you all down.