Exaggeration for rhetorical effect? Or an actual physical desire? You decide:
Some supermarkets are also experimenting with ideas to boost supply. Sainsbury’s shoppers in Kent have been introduced to 2.4kg tins of baked beans supplied by Brakes Group. Until recently, Brakes was one of a number of national wholesalers that provided up to a third of food eaten in the UK as suppliers to Britain’s work canteens, cafés, pubs and restaurants. Brakes was valued at £2.2 billion when it was sold to Sysco of the United States in 2016, but such companies have seen their businesses models crushed since the government closed down the hospitality trade and many people started working from home.
With a corresponding spike in demand at supermarkets, it makes sense for them to start supplying retailers…
Yes, this makes sense. We’ve still – minus what is it, a couple of thousand? – the same number of people in the country eating the same number of meals a day. So, we’ve a food collection, preparation and delivery system that can cope with pushing that many calories a day through the system.
However, it is specialised into at least two different systems, those feeding us through cafeterias and those of us who prepare our own at home. Given that we’ve the same available calories, the same demand for calories, we should indeed divert that now redundant cafeteria capacity into the at home one.
Cool, all very sensible. Then we meet government:
…although supplies have been curtailed by stricter labelling rules for food sold directly to the public. The Federation of Wholesale Distributors has been in talks with the government this week about relaxing these rules amid fears huge amounts of food could go to waste.
Do we get to shoot them or not?
For why is there even a discussion about whether said rules are to be relaxed right now? If government actually is efficient then why didn’t it, three weeks back, shout, loudly, to all concerned that such rules were not applicable right now?
Sure, there’s the idea that we’re about to find out all sorts of regulations that we don’t need in extremis and therefore don’t need at all. But for those who tout government’s ability to, umm, well, govern, observing what it actually does is a useful antidote.
We’re in the middle of a pandemic. We have panic buying. We have plenty of food. The food can’t meet the buyers because bureaucrats are mumbling about whether the packaging meets standards.
Shoot them, shoot them all.