(My apologies to DK for dropping in and out of his blog at perhaps indecent intervals, like an unwelcome dinner guest or a bad smell. Readers who get the impression that this post is not very libertarian should note that its author is NOT The Devil's Kitchen).
On tonight's BBC 'Six O' Clock News', its 'Rural Affairs Correspondent', one 'Jeremy Cooke', reported on the apparent absurdity of how scampi caught off Grimsby is being sent to Thailand for processing by hand before its reimportation to the UK.
So far, so not news; I blogged on the effect this practice was having on the Scottish langoustine industry over a year ago.
However, what really struck me about today's report was the thrust of its focus. Cooke's report was based on the effect this practice is alleged to have on Mother Gaia in terms of the energy spent on hauling molluscs around the globe; not on why seafood processors should actually be doing so.
Perhaps nearer to the mark, it reported that this practice is creating 'hundreds of jobs in Thailand'; as if anyone really cares.
A fat Geordie in big glasses and an ill-fitting suit was wheeled out to mutter some guff about the costs of machine-processing langoustines in the UK being the same or greater than hand-processing them in Thailand; while all the time the thump of breasts being beaten across the Anti-British Broadcasting Corporation at the effect that horrible industry was having on Mother Gaia, raping her, despoiling her so that greedy British bastards like us can enjoy cheap prawn cocktail starters with our Christmas dinners, was so loud I nearly had to put my TV on Mute.
I might have come into the report late; but at no point in that part of the report that I saw did Cooke make any mention of how British people, British factory workers, widely assumed by all sundry to be the scum of the universe, might be losing their jobs because of this. Which they will be doing.
I might be wrong, but The Anti-British Broadcasting Corporation gives every impression that is a nest of elitist anti-British Briton haters, for whom the creation of a job in Thailand is of vastly more importance than the fact that that job is only being capable of being created through the loss of the same job in Lincolnshire.