These ‘experts’ voice fears that these plans, due to be introduced in 2020, will put public health at risk. They use as an example the so called ‘scandal’, which four years ago exposed the sale of beef burgers by Tesco, which contained imported horse meat. This was clearly not a health risk as there was nothing wrong or dangerous with the burgers, other than they were wrongly labelled.
The pity is that some members of the public would prefer not to know that the food on our plate was once upon a time alive and kicking. And the idea of eating our equine friends does not sit comfortably with the British psyche, unlike our more down to earth European cousins, who happily consume vast quantities of horse, particularly in the form of salami!
At the time of the ‘horse meat scandal’, many rather practical people did make the point that if horse meat were part of the British diet, the instances of cruelty would be significantly reduced. If this were the norm, retired, injured or horses’ surplus to requirement, would be looked after and well fed until they were in tip top condition and ready to go to the butcher.
However, instead the instances of horses and ponies ending up neglected and starved, rises insurmountably, as there is no practical end game for our loyal friends. This matter should be re visited.
The ongoing dispute between the RMT and Southern Rail is not only causing misery to commuters who have struggled for months with their journeys to Gatwick, and London. As a direct result of the dispute, about who closes the train doors, is now causing the value of properties along the route from Brighton and Eastbourne to London, to drop significantly. Not only is the sale value of properties falling, but the rental market has also been effected.
Many farmers have diversified by converting redundant farm buildings into dwellings, and rent out properties which were originally occupied by farm workers, to boost cash flow. Some of our tenants are now struggling to get to work by train, and there are instances where people have lost jobs, or taken a cut in salary as they have elected to work from home, during this ridiculous industrial dispute, which is not about pay but egos.
I wonder if those responsible for creating the on-going chaos have any idea about the misery they are causing. There is little light at the end of the tunnel, and any suggestion that Southern Rail should lose its franchise has little hope, as there are no other operators willing or able to take on this route.
There are very strict rules governing how farmers and transporters handle livestock when they are moved by road. Anyone taking farm livestock in either a trailer or cattle truck must take a national proficiency test. If we treated our cattle, sheep or pigs in a similar manner to how commuters suffer at the hands of Southern Rail, or on the London underground, we would have our licences removed, be prosecuted, fined and probably forbidden to keep, let alone transport livestock, for the rest of our lives.
It is fairly shocking, and no doubt against Health and Safety regulations how commuters are crammed into carriages with hardly space to turn around, let alone breathe. It is also quite unacceptable for passengers to find themselves squashed tight up against some large, sweaty bloke who has probably not washed for a week.
I think that the bevy of females who have been emerging out of the wood work, to accuse ‘The Donald’ of inappropriately touching them at some ‘do’ twenty years ago, would quite obviously become quite hysterical if they had to travel at rush hour anywhere in London or the South East! However it seems that British women are made of more robust stuff.