Timmy elsewhere

At the ASI:

An open letter to Dr. Sarah Wollaston MP.

She really needs to have a word with the Daily Mail for the paper has made her views sound like those of an idiot.

Quite clearly you’ll want to make sure that the Daily Mail corrects this terrible misrepresentation of what any sane or sensible person could possibly believe on this subject. My suggestion is that you start by calling 020 7938 6000 and ask for a certain Mr. Paul Dacre. He should be able to sort out matters for you.

16 comments on “Timmy elsewhere

  1. Good letter, but you should have added cheap cuts of meat to your list of things that were literally cheaper than chips.

    When we had pretty severe money troubles some years back we found that a kind of eternal stew – basically some unfashionable part of dead animal plus carrots and onions, boiled up anew every day – kept us going quite adequately. However imaginatively one tries to use spices, it’s boring if you have it every day, but it is actually a rather healthy diet and very cheap.

  2. However imaginatively one tries to use spices, it’s boring if you have it every day, but it is actually a rather healthy diet and very cheap.

    My Dad (a widower who never learned to cook) maintains that he can happily live on stew for the rest of his life provided he has enough gin and tonic to drink before and enough red wine to drink during.

  3. You’d be surprised how many natural Tory voters endorse the idea of the state intervening to determine what we should and shouldn’t eat, based on the fact that the bill for unhealthies is picked up by everybody. A guy I was at university with, who I really thought was better than this, professed this precise view last weekend much to my disappointment.

    Small government, liberty, and personal responsibility is dead in the UK. I comfort myself with the fact that I emigrated partly for this reason.

  4. You’ve overlooked the fact that when a middle class twat says “healthy food”, they don’t mean “food which is healthy”, they mean “food that middle class twats eat”, which is indeed more expensive.

  5. Tim Newman-

    A lot of people labour under a misapprehension that Conservatism is somehow aligned to small government and even libertarianish thinking, because of the short Hayekian phase under Thatcher and the similar rhetoric of the Reagan years in the Colonies.

  6. Wollaston is my local MP and a recruiting agent for Ukip. Whilst it’s true our neighbourhood is strewn with organic grocers charging eye-watering prices for artichokes and Romanesco broccoli, the local Morrisons is always doing deals on fruit and veg. Unfortunately some kids prefer pizza and chips.

  7. You’ve overlooked the fact that when a middle class twat says “healthy food”, they don’t mean “food which is healthy”, they mean “food that middle class twats eat”, which is indeed more expensive.

    Indeed. It’s just a continuation of the vicar’s wife lecturing the poor on good housekeeping practices, it is class-ridden snobbery of the worst kind.

  8. Have you no5tced that in more affluent areas, there is a preponderancy of free food ?
    Richmond Park and hampton Court has loads of it running around, as well as lounging around on the banks of the Thames.

    There must be some inverse proportion to the number of Waitroses and available swans.

  9. Small government, liberty, and personal responsibility is dead in the UK. I comfort myself with the fact that I emigrated partly for this reason.

    Didn’t you emigrate to France?

  10. What’s the goal of the NHS though? The implied target seems to be “maximum number of QALYs for a given budget”. Thus encouraging fatties to slim down probably makes sense.

  11. Didn’t you emigrate to France?

    Kuwait, Dubai, Russia, Thailand, Nigeria, Australia…and now France. But paying tax either not at all, or in Switzerland. 😉

    But that aside, I find France more tolerable for a few reasons. Firstly, whatever fuckwittery they come up with I have the comfort of being able to say this is not “my people” doing it; in the UK, I have to hang my head in shame at what my countrymen are doing. Secondly, I think there is actually something to show for the tax money: better roads, for a start. Thirdly, in some small areas the French are more individually free than in the UK: nobody is haranguing us here for drinking too much wine and eating unpasteurised cheese, for example. When it suits them, the French ignore petty laws or at least nobody enforces them. The Brits, by contrast, have a section who delight in nit-picking and snitching on the slightest infraction.

    That said, I’ll probably be utterly fed up of the place in 2 or 3 years.

  12. @TimN
    I do regard France as a country gets its democracy good & hard. Broadly speaking, the French get what they ask for. And broadly speaking, they’re enjoying the consequences.
    One day they’ll connect one to t’other

  13. She proves the concept that Tories are authoritarian and want to control how you live whilst Labour are authoritarian and want to control how you think.

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