Via email, your humble Devil has learned that the Tories are now mounting a campaign against this anomaly...
When you buy a 'British' pork pie, you probably assume that the pork comes from Britain.
In fact, meat from abroad can be imported into Britain to be processed into bacon, sausages and pies which can then be labelled to suggest they are British.
We think this is dishonest. People have a right to know where their food comes from. Meat labelled 'British' should be born and bred in Britain, raised to our high welfare standards.
Consumers should be free to choose food from any country, but real choice requires real information.
So the Conservatives are demanding honest 'country of origin' labelling to restore trust and allow people to choose British food with confidence.
The Tories are even urging you to sign a petition to the House of Commons. Well, this is all very worthy, of course. There's just one snag...
This particular area of food labelling comes under the EU, so there is absolutely fuck all point in sending a petition to the House of Commons.
Sure, our government could insist that retailers put an extra "made in Britain" mark on their produce, but this is going to confuse consumers and hardly counts as clear labelling, does it now? Besides, we don't really want to be encouraging these power-hungry cunts to "gold-plate" EU legislation any more than they already do.
So, how is Cameron going to persuade the EU to change its rules?—it won't be by sending a petition to our regional government, that's for sure. Mind you, since the Tories' campaign doesn't mention the EU anywhere, I assume that they are hoping that they can gloss over this inconvenient fact—and then they will blame NuLabour for not being able to deliver this "right to know". And then, when the Tories get into power, this campaign will, I am sure, be quietly dropped...
Whilst I think that "honest food" is a good thing, I would rather prefer to see some honest politics, frankly.