But to discard a hugely sophisticated article of silicon, wiring, glass and plastic, whose computing power would have filled a room at a Sixties university, because I cannot mend it, is surely terrible. Go to any big waste tip and you'll see glinting, glittering mounds of computers, laptops, printers, never mind mobile phones and digital cameras, chucked because they're out of date, or because some comparatively tiny thing has gone wrong, and no normal person can mend them.
No previous generation could have imagined doing this. It's the equivalent of finding a seatbelt snagging on your Ford Cortina, so throwing the car away; or discarding a typewriter when the ribbon runs out; or an expensive, gleaming lawnmower with blunt blades.
Er, no it's not, Andrew. If you threw the printer away when the ink cartridge ran out, then you might have a point but I'm afraid that most of us don't. The breakdown of your printer was far more like a car being totalled in a crash than having a snagged seatbelt. You twat.
If you ever need to explain socialist idealism in action to a young person, don't despair. You don't need to trek off to a small town in Cuba, or try to describe life in Czechoslovakia in the early Fifties.
Just go to a successful council recycling dump. There you'll find the bright re-education posters, the self-certain officials and the apologetic middle classes waiting in line. Here, the workers really are in control. Presumably, fortnightly rubbish collections are meant to produce more of that.
I'm as self-flagellating as the next man, but isn't the bigger issue the packaging used by supermarkets? And shouldn't politicians target them, not old ladies worried about the smell from bins?
Well, just possibly, you lkazy fucking journo cunt, you might like to mention why that packaging is there? Maybe you'd like to inform us that it is, in fact, an EU regulation that stipulates the wrapping of food?
No, of course you wouldn't, because you a piss-fuck piece of journo shit; a fucking dilatente cunt who doesn't give two shits about reporting anything other than the most superficial facts. It is because of pricks like you that the true extent of EU influence goes unreported and thus unacknowledged by both populace and politicians. I hate you.