|The Early Days of a Better Nation|
Sunday, March 02, 2008
It's the little things that'll do it, you know. When the revolution comes, it'll be fuelled by tiny peeves. Some that I'm saving wood for barricades over:
Pointlessly bilingual signage, now infesting the best small country in the world.
Foods now with reduced salt/fat, in accordance with Government/EU guidelines. This has made several traditional brands of pie uneatable (not enough shortening in the pastry), and ruined salted peanuts.
Bars without ashtrays. Mind you, it's amazing how much roomier pubs have become. And quieter.
And one that has nothing to do with politics: book review sections of broadsheet and Sunday papers that every so often are devoted entirely to children's books. I read review sections to see what smart adults are thinking about. Children's books are important. If I want reviews of them, I could buy Parenting or Mother and Baby. (In theory. I never have, and have no idea what books if any they review.)