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Those burgers are “neigh” good…

Another day another “horse meat in the food chain” story.

This time it seems that “Findus” have been selling beef burgers, which are 100% horse meat. In the UK this seems to be more of a challenge since horse meat isn’t generally eaten here.

Think horse and you think of a flat course racing horse or a Clydesdale or a pony that your daughter has/wants/must have or else. Frolicking probably comes into it. Jumping. Pulling a plough. That mental dressage thing. Very small men and ladies wearing unfeasibly tight trousers and incredibly loud shirts whilst carry a small whip.

We don’t think of horses as being bred for their meat. In the UK they have been promoted above mere food chain status, rightly or wrongly. The fact that thousands of horses a year are sent overseas from the UK for slaughter for food isn’t mentioned.

I’m not altogether sure if I’d eat horse although I may/probably already have.

I’m sure that the present sets of circumstances were inevitable. Mainly because horse meat is cheaper than beef from cattle and the like and if a supplier was under pressure financially they might slip in the odd bit here or there to increase their profit margin. Organised crime might go the whole hog and sell horse meat as beef from cattle making a lot of money in the process.

But the food chain tracks each and every carcass does it not? Foot and mouth and all that stuff? It has to be done. The UK and EU governments say so. Very true but those who wish to get around the system always will with no regard to anything other than their profit.

The greens are of course secretly delighted. Vegans and vegetarians are now entitled to adopt a smug pose. What do you mean they already do? Had any soya recently? Do the veggies really know what’s in soya? It’s the most unnatural foodstuff ever apart from pot noodles, that cheesy macaroni stuff and mashed potatoes that come out of a packet as dust.

Horse meat hasn’t or won’t kill anyone unless it’s not been handled correctly. Will the crims do a better job of maintaining the quality of meat and avoid contamination?

Look no further than the drug trade. The quality is all over the place. Very pure at times and it kills people and it gets cut with anything handy lying about and it kills more people.

The vast majority of the time though, the quality is near enough right. How do I know? I’ve never had any drugs in my life apart from what a Doctor prescribed for me but I can still recognise the quality of the illegal drugs sold.

It’s very simple. Supply and demand. Fags are going the same route too. Basically if you want to sell illegal drugs or imported tax free fags they have to be of a good quality enjoyable to use without any downside and not be of a standard which will kill the user or smoker.

They have to do this because they want to sell more of their product. Killing or ticking their customers off because the drug/fag (soon to be joined with alcohol, fizzy juice, chocolate bars, Frosties etc.) isn’t “right” means they will go elsewhere. Profits grown down.

Swapping beef for horse meat gives the crims a bigger profit. They won’t stop.

Think on though, this might just be the start of the event. The starter is in position and the horses are at the start line.

If it isn’t horse meat that they are selling instead of beef what else could they potentially swap instead? Mince would be a good target. You could scrunch up pretty much anything and put in it mince. Butchers have been doing that for years.

What a jolly note to finish on.

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We’ve entered into the Mars bar economy.

I’ve mentioned before about my like of Mars Bars and how I’d have one everyday when I was at secondary school. A pint of milk and as many white buttons as my dinner money allowed finished lunch off just fine.

Mars, as a company, were kind of different from the other confectioners. They had a policy of reducing the size of the bar to match a price point rather than whacking the price up. It was a kind of cheat really especially when they started to make the giant Mars bars which were major chocolate hit and then they reduced the size until it was little bigger than a normal Mars bar.

At the moment Mars bars have shrunk a significant amount and the giant one has long since gone due in no small part to the calorie Nazis. Other manufacturers have also jumped on the bandwagon and reduced what you get for your money rather than putting the price up.

Everything now is made to a price point. T-shirts from Gap bought a couple of years apart are not the same quality they seem to contain the same amount of fabric. It’s the same with everything apart from the premium brands who reduce their quality and put the prices up!

You’ll remember quantitive easing? That much used tool by the Bank of England? The idea was to print money and pump it into the economy to get it moving again. But they gave the money to the banks and it didn’t reach the wider populace.

 

That’s bad enough but what is much, much worse is that printing money leads directly to inflation. Not the paltry 2-3% we see at times but the 20% range that some of us have seen in the past. Inflation pushes prices up and then wages follow.

But if we are now in the Mars bar economy the prices don’t go up or at least they don’t go up by nearly as much. We just get conned into thinking we are buying the same as we did last week or last month when in fact we aren’t. Is this a good thing?

Do we have to keep a check on quantities and quality of what we buy? Looks like we do. Of course, none of what is happening at the moment can be sustained longer term; unless of course something else comes along to distract us.

Maybe the establishment, the political class and rich will ensure a great catastrophe takes place. Like climate change? They didn’t do so well with that apart from convincing those who are easily led or who thought they could use it to bring about societal change, which they so desperately want.

Money talks is a well know saying. What does it actually say? Goodbye. It says goodbye. We are all frantically trying to ensure we say as few goodbyes as possible but we may not be in as much control of that as we think we are.

Since I wrote this the horse meat in burgers thing has been in the news. I can’t help think that it’s linked to trying to keep the prices down by supermarkets and in turn, their suppliers trying to keep their margins up.

I’ll follow this up a bit more in a couple of blog posts time.

 
 

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