Friday, March 16, 2007

Eat Up Your Teabags Children

Good to see they're enjoying themselves- the Board of WRAP

I must admit that until 7am this morning I'd never heard of the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP). But that was before the BBC R4 news led on the startling fact that we British households throw away a third of all the food we buy.

A third! How profligate is that? We must be VERY BAD people indeed, and no wonder we're DESTROYING THE PLANET!!!

Children, you must all eat up all your greens! You mustn't be so selfish! Think of all those starving children in Africa.

Except... sorry... what was that last bit they said? Half the wasted food is actually vegetable peelings and teabags?

We have to eat them? Are you sure this is going to help those starving children?

WRAP, huh. Who they?

Ah yes.

You guessed. The Waste Resources Action Programme is yet another of our crackpot government's nanny state quangos. Their annual report is here, and it grudgingly reveals:
  • It costs taxpayers £80m pa
  • There are c200 employees
  • Jennie Price, their CEO, got £212,000 in 2005-06, and eye-watering increase of 21% over the previous year. Which is even better than those Town Hall guys
  • They have a great time- see pic of Board above

You know what? I don't want to be forced to eat teabags. And I don't want to be forced to pay for this outrage.

PS As we know, today's government propaganda campaigns operate through quangos, "research studies", and "exclusives" fed to friendly msm outlets like the BBC. It's all pretty crass, and the more they do it, the less we believe anything we hear from the msm. But it used to be even crasser, and for a few chuckles it's always worth revisting the Central Office of Information classics online at the National Archive. They all look very crude from today's "media savvy" viewpoint; in fact, some look sinister- eg the famous "Coughs and sneezes" film, where some middle aged bloke with disturbingly slack lips gets pepper thrown over him to make him sneeze. A favourite of mine is the 1948 offering "Pop goes the weasel", where New Jerusalem Mr Attlee attempted to explain why he was imposing all those crippling taxes.

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