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'Rights' - such a difficult concept

The BBC has an item in which the Soil Association carps extensively about the meal options available for children at 'family restaurants' (one of those terms that freezes the blood....)

The Soil Association is part of the 'green' environut lobby, so one knows what to expect from it, but oddly enough it has soiled its hands by co-operating with a commercial enterprise called Organix Brands in producing its report. It seems fair to ask about agendas, does it not?

Anyway, the stand out comment from the report is this "Soil Association policy director Peter Melchett said parents had the right to be offered healthy options for their children". Hmm. The Right? An interesting conception of rights, I would think, when applied to how a commercial enterprise conducts its business. I wonder if this Melchett character also thinks that parents visiting vegetarian eateries have the right to be offered bacon sandwiches for their progeny? Somehow I doubt it.

It would seem that 'Peter Melchett' is not the name he was born with, as he is in fact Peter Robert Henry Mond, 4th Baron Melchett. One might note his near namesake, Mustapha Mond, World Controller for Western Europe in 'Brave New World'.... The Baron has been arrested for criminal damage, and his exit from the board of Greenpeace coincided with his taking on a role for a PR company that had worked for Monsanto, so it seems as though he has no great ethical objections to making a living through trade, even though old money regards such as frightfully common, apparently.

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Anonymous Anonymous said... 2:45 pm

lord Melchet , baaaaaaaaaa  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:57 pm

Thought someone might pick up on that....  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 3:17 pm

What sort of freelance writng do you do?
If that isnt being too nosey  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 4:04 pm

Get a room for you two .  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 5:32 pm

Neither C nor I play thay way newmania ,probably wishfull thinking on your part, although having just flicked channel 4 on and copped an eyefull of lorraine kelly and having found her sexy I obviously have other "issues"
heterosexual issues but still "issues"  

Blogger Croydonian said... 6:41 pm

PH - business to business stuff, mainly involving accountants. However I'll happily go wherever the work is.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 6:44 pm

PH - Indeed. I mentioned a former MP (female...) I used to find attractive to Dizz yesterday, and he told me I was sick.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 7:19 pm

C - Going back to the original issue - speaking as someone who cooks for a living I find it objectionalbe when parents impose their veggie ideals on their kids in the 1st place. I could quote from the Scottish Bard of the Stoves about veggies but I wont. I am all for kids eating healthily but that involves a balanced diet not just veg and pulses.

As for what you find attractive - well.....  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 9:19 pm

Interesting "c"
I sell data to IVA practioners
I gather information on people who are up to their necks in doo doo and sell them on. Come up with a source of leads and I will pay for them, really!
We have a 3 year trading record have customers such as Egg / Tesco and MBNA
"Peter Hitchens" is just me playing not who I really am. Let me know if you have any ideas, IVA's bring in good money.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:45 pm

Evening anon at 7.19, or might I call you Mr R? (which would be a suitably semi-opaque identity..) Wise words anyway.

P - I doubt there's anything I can think of that you are not already using, but thanks anyway.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 12:56 am

old money seldom has money left today.. as for the comparison with mustafa mond i sincerely do not think that the 4th baron has an intellect that could be compared with former.. though conditioned it was.. as for eating only veg/organic or health foods.. thtz absurd.. and sad.. imagine never having tried a brilliant medium rare sirloin!!  

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