These popular ‘fast food’ businesses are also a significant market for sheep farmers, and no doubt the vendors and they are holding their breath, waiting to hear the result of a vote in the European parliament any day soon. It is anticipated that MEPs will for health reasons, vote to outlaw this product across the EU.
The reason for this debate is based upon a scientific review in 2012 which suggested, but remains inconclusive, that there is a possible link between the ‘phosphates’, used to season the donor kebab and keep the meat moist.
We must hope British sheep farmers are not getting too dispondent by this impending vote. I suspect as donor kebabs have been a much loved food which has been enjoyed since the 8th Century BC, the EU’s vote will fall upon deaf ears.
No doubt the British Government will dismiss any silly ban by MEPs in Brussels, as we shall shortly step nimbly out of the clutches of the EU.
There is encouraging news for the British leather industry. The push to replace plastic with natural products as we battle to save the natural environment, should see the value of leather escalate. This trend should also increase the price of sheep fleeces, which in later years have become almost worthless.
Vegans may well be upset, but let us hope they recognise that sometimes we need to embrace the whole picture, not just selfishly cherry pick which sections we think we approve of, at the cost to an entire sector and environment.
I had no idea until last week how important it apparently is to be seen with the ‘right’ handbag. I was shocked when a very successful businesswoman told me that when she attends meetings with potential clients or fellow professionals, before even opening her mouth they will have judged her and her business by the label on her handbag. I honestly thought she was pulling my leg, but no, she was deadly serious.
The following day I read the headline: Fledgling handbag firm catapulted into big league as tote sells out. A Scottish company, Strathberry, run by husband and wife Leanne and Guy Hundleby have hit the jackpot. Mrs Hundleby sent Meghan Markle a selection of their handbags two weeks before the announcement of the Royal engagement.
Last week as she strolled hand and hand with Prince Harry in Nottingham, Meghan carried a Strathberry bag. The effect upon this small Scottish company was instantaneous; the tri-colour leather handbag costing £495, sold out within minutes. As the story reported, Meghan has not only put Strathberry on the map but catapulted them into a league of which many designers can only dream.
These bags had apparently already been carried by B list ‘celebrities’, but as with the Duchess of Cambridge, a fine ambassador of British fashion, and voted the UK’s most influential female style icon, it looks like Prince Harry’s fiancé will also help promote the British fashion industry and small companies.
It is encouraging to watch such trends filter down to British agriculture, as fashion trends encourage those who do get out and about, and wish to be seen wearing or carrying the right labels, if they are to be judged by what they wear. But let’s keep it British.
The only ‘fashion statement’ which counts amongst farmers as far as I can see, is the make of off road tyres, and the colour of the tractors we run!
The Brexit negotiations are becoming bogged down by detail. What was a straightforward decision, made by a majority of the electorate is becoming unnecessarily complicated. It is time Mrs May takes advice from those who clearly see the most direct route to the exit door.