Food has the greatest impact upon people’s lives. When five people have died from eating bad food, and critically ill patients being cared for in NHS hospitals, where medical staff are doing their best to restore them to health, are being fed contaminated food, we are naturally deeply concerned.
When patients are dying from eating sandwiches contaminated with listeria, it is immaterial to us if the food was infected in the factory where is was prepared, or stored and handled inadequately whilst in the hospital kitchens, we are alarmed that people are dying from eating food.
Everyone knows how important it is to feed sick people wholesome, fresh and healthy food, to boost their recovery. Why are seriously ill patients being fed poor quality factory produced sandwiches?
This mass produced food no doubt contains preservatives, is made with cheap and quite probably imported products, and certainly lacks nutritional value.
The chief executive of Public Health England is rightly being hauled before the Commons Select Committee regarding the outbreak. I would suggest he should also check out food and feeding regimes in care homes.
Increasing numbers of senior citizens require full time care, many as dementia takes hold. Most arrive reasonably physically fit and agile, but within a relatively short time some become grossly overweight due to over feeding on a poor quality diet of processed food; often against their will.
The policy in some homes is to encourage residents to eat all meals, even if they choose not to. They get little exercise, as they no longer walk to the shops, or exercise the dog. The staff are too busy to take them out, and management too risk averse to allow them out of their sight, let alone to wander into the gardens. They spend their days sitting on their back sides.
The result is their legs no longer hold them up and they are prone to fall, with obvious consequences. The staff and carers struggle to handle them due to their excessive weight, and often damage their backs whilst doing their best to support them.
I am still curious to learn more about the ‘invisible population’ which still does not appear on the official government population data. According to the latest statistics the population of the UK at the time of writing, is 66,942,788. However, according to the combined data from the food industry including major supermarkets, is that they are feeding well over 77million on a daily basis.
It is time these statistics are checked out. A succession of Home Secretaries have chosen to ignore these facts, probably recognising this is a stone under which they fear they will find many undesirable and problematic worms.
Scott Wightman retired this month after four years as British High Commissioner in Singapore. Interviewed by the BBC last week, he openly criticised the UK for leaving the EU.
He implied that Singaporeans are baffled as to why the UK plans to sever ties with the EU, rather than remain part of the ‘federation’.
Considering Singapore became self-governing in 1967 and has since thrived, becoming one of Asia’s economic “tigers”, renowned for its independence, conservation and strict local laws, and prides itself on its stability and security, one should ask why they would question the UK’s wish for our independence from the stultifying and corrupt EU.
The answer is that Singapore is fed a daily diet of left wing ‘Remain’ propaganda by the BBC, which unfortunately they believe to be accurate. Perhaps now Mr Wightman has returned to the UK, his more intelligent friends will put him right and he will send dispatches back to his Singapore contacts giving a more balanced and accurate view.