It’s none of your damn business mate

Caffè Nero’s policy not to stock milk from farms in the badger cull area because of pressure from animal rights activists was “utterly unacceptable”, a Cabinet minister has said.

It’s a private business. Who it buys its milk from, on what grounds, is fuck all to do with you matey.

We’ve hired you to do the scut work of society, to organise having the bins taken out. Get on with that, what we’re paying you for, and get your nose out of what doesn’t concern you.

14 thoughts on “It’s none of your damn business mate”

  1. It’s mildly amusing (although not surprising, given the nature of the electoral map of the UK) to see the Tories immediately ditch all their nominal free-market principles whenever anything vaguely to do with farmers is involved.

  2. Grayling is one of the nastier pieces of scum in BlueBall’s gang. If arrogance and stupidity were lobbyists he’d be their boy.

  3. So, what did he ACTUALLY say?

    “He said: “It is not acceptable, in my mind, for companies to give in to pressure from a very small number of activists in a way that can damage the livelihood of people who may in reality have no connection at all to the issues being raised.

    “What took place was utterly unacceptable, and I am glad that Caffè Nero has changed its mind, but I wish it had not taken that decision in the first place.””

    There you are. An opinion. That’s all. No threats to change the law. Just an opinion on the folly of trying to appease nutters. One I myself share.

    Or is he not allowed one of those?

  4. Well said, Julia!
    It’s perverse and bizarre to accuse a minister of infringing the liberty of a company to trade as it decides when he is only expressing an opinion about the acceptability of appeasing fascistic intimidation.

  5. Its still none of his business. He should concern himself in getting the country out of the mess that the ZaNu/BluLab shower have got us in. If a private business wants to waste money on pandering to idiots that’s their affair not his.

  6. Ecksy

    Such businesses are not only pandering to idiots but also – and more importantly – appeasing fascistic intimidators. By doing so, they undermine the rule of law and ultimately diminish the liberty of all. So the matter is Grayling’s concern and every other law-abiding person’s, too.

  7. I agree with Theophrastus. If you give in to intimidation, you impose huge costs on others (the subsequent victims of the same). I’m not saying there’s any possibility of a legal remedy, but it’s not an ethically neutral act either.

  8. Julia,

    > No threats to change the law.

    He’s an elected law-maker. If he’s not interested in changing the law (or defending existing laws) then he should keep his trap shut. I’d prefer to hear an MP actually propose something concrete (no matter how hare-brained) rather than just mouth off an opinion.

  9. @AndrewM, so MPs are some sort of sub life who are banned from having an opinion, or even just thinking, oh wait….. 🙂

  10. So Much for Subtlety

    Theophrastus – “Such businesses are not only pandering to idiots but also – and more importantly – appeasing fascistic intimidators. By doing so, they undermine the rule of law and ultimately diminish the liberty of all. So the matter is Grayling’s concern and every other law-abiding person’s, too.”

    Except those Fascistic intimidators are only so intimidating because idiots like Grayling have the power to do something they should not be doing. We see that with the “Are You Beach Ready” campaign. Some 240 angry chubsters complained and the advert got pulled. Sales soared. The British public spoke and they spoke for the ads but the government still pulled it.

    The solution is less government power, not more. Having called in the spider to deal with the fly, Ministers like this one are stuck. The solution is to get rid of the fly.

  11. “Except those Fascistic intimidators are only so intimidating because idiots like Grayling have the power to do something they should not be doing.”

    So political correctness and leftist ideology have nothing to do with the fascistic intimidation? It’s all to do with the size of the state, is it? I am all for a smaller state, but a smaller state would not mean the fascistic intimidators would disappear – indeed, they’d just become even more hysterical.

    And the ‘are you beach ready?’ ads were pulled on the recommendation of the ASA, which is the advertising industry’s self-regulator and funded by an industry levy – not the government.

  12. So Much for Subtlety

    Theophrastus – “So political correctness and leftist ideology have nothing to do with the fascistic intimidation? It’s all to do with the size of the state, is it? I am all for a smaller state, but a smaller state would not mean the fascistic intimidators would disappear – indeed, they’d just become even more hysterical.”

    I am not sure they would be more hysterical. They would be ignored and once ignored, they would go away. By giving in to them we enable them to become more hysterical and search out more victims. Allowing them to fire one Nobel Prize winner will just encourage them to fire them all.

    You have failed to get the point. The Leftist bullying we see is a direct result of the power of the state. Without the State behind them, they would just be sandal wearing weirdos everyone crossed the street to ignore. Once the State gets involved in regulating individuals’ private lives, they open themselves up to control by Politically Correct lobby groups. The solution is to take the power to ruin people’s lives away from the state.

    “And the ‘are you beach ready?’ ads were pulled on the recommendation of the ASA, which is the advertising industry’s self-regulator and funded by an industry levy – not the government.”

    Even you can figure out why that is dishonest.

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