On Supermarkets

What would we do without the ubiquitous supermarket?

We are repeatedly reminded by farmers that supermarkets are the enemy of British farming, forcing down prices and dictating trading terms. Perhaps this is true. As I have said in my article ‘There’s No Way Out’, we have the society we deserve.

Some farmers have used their imagination and gone organic, produced their own sausages or even opened to the public. Others seem to think that the government should bail them out, create some kind of nationalised industry.

For my part I am jolly glad we have supermarkets, most of our lives have been improved by them, sorry farmers, my morals buckle a bit when confronted by the alternative. Supermarkets allow me to buy my groceries, clothes, toiletries, medication, housewares and much more in one stop. I can wheel them to my car and drive from door to door. As a conscientious consumer I can’t easily make my ‘opinion’ known about the fact that I would prefer to buy local produce, British goods etc because my local supermarket doesn’t offer these goods. If it did, I would buy them. If supermarkets charged more for these products, I would pay it. Simple. But I’ll be blowed if I’m going to traipse all over town to find them, too time consuming, too frustrating. Food shopping is a necessity not a pleasure, not for me anyway. Continue reading On Supermarkets

Education, Iím a Dinosaur

I was somewhat surprised after writing my article ‘There’s No Way Out’, to discover that I appear to be a socialist. But when I start to think about education I see that I am a ‘grey area’, a floating voter, a dinosaur. Is that a bad thing?

As my two children are both at very different stages in the state school system I have an interest in education. Actually I still remember my own secondary education and measure that of Horace against it, not altogether favourably.

The present system attempts to give all young people the same opportunities. It insists that they all take GCSE’s regardless of their ability. Continue reading Education, Iím a Dinosaur

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

This is really good low fat food for any diet and a great way to use up slightly over ripe tomatoes from the reduced counter. It is good as part of a salad, as a starter served with crusty bread or as part of a mixed hors d’oevre.

Large, ripe tomatoes, sliced in half across the ‘core’
clove of garlic
Olive oil spray and fry
sage leaves 1 for each tomato half
Salt and black pepper
Balsamic vinegar

Pre-heat oven to hot

Arrange the tomato halves face up on a greased baking tray. Put a couple of slices of garlic on each tomato and top with a sage leaf.
Squirt with spray and fry and season well
Bang in the oven until the tomatoes are slightly singed round the edges.
remove from oven and transfer the tomatoes, in a single layer, to a cool plate.
Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and leave to cool.

There’s no way out!

This country is financed by a pot of money provided by The Tax Payer. The money is spent on our behalf by The Government.

The poorest members of our society are the Non-tax Payers. These people, often through no fault of their own, need extra money from The Pot. Proportionally their health is poorer, they need benefits and services to help them survive and many are poorly educated.

The whole of society, including The Tax Payer, expects certain benefits to be provided by the Tax Payer. It wants decent health care, education, roads etc.

The Non-tax Payer and the less able members of society need these services as well. In addition they need extra Social Services such as Care for the Elderly and Youth and other Social Workers. Continue reading There’s no way out!