An offshoot of Extinction Rebellion has managed to just show us the intellectual calibre of those involved in the movement. For they’ve crept upon on an idea and got entirely, wholly and completely, the wrong end of the stick.
They want to tell us about the fragility of the food supply system. Well, OK, maybe it is fragile, maybe it isn’t, that’s something we could discuss. They then go on to insist that this capitalist free market globalisation stuff is the fragility of the system. Supermarkets and all that – unstable, d’ye see?
A new political party was launched in London on Thursday by a group of activists from Extinction Rebellion, who marked the event by shoplifting a haul of supermarket goods to highlight the instability of global food distribution.
It’s a quite remarkable piece of idiocy, isn’t it?
So, where in the world is there actually food just piled up that you can go steal? In a supermarket, obviously. So, a supermarket is evidence of the instability and fragility of the food provision system or of its stability and strength?
Those of us who can count to three without taking out mittens off will take it as evidence of the strength of course. Those of us – as all here have – who have actually been to other countries where there isn’t this supermarket system – from varied Third World places to the remnants of the Soviet system – will note that it is only this capitalist free marketry, drawing upon the farmers of the entire globe, that is able to produce food in the abundance that we currently enjoy it.
We could even point to more recent events. Back a couple of months some vast portion of the food supply system of Britain closed down. Works canteens, sandwich shops, restaurants, caffs, the entire commercial food preparation and food service industry closed. That how ever many calories it was of the population’s feed bags – 10% say? 20%? – now had to be funnelled through the retail system. Yes, there were a few empty shelves but none of them lasted longer than it took to get the lorry from the distribution centre. The notable problems were things like it being illegal to sell catering packs of baked beans in stores. The labels aren’t right, d’ye see? This not being the sort of law that anyone is going to worry about if food is actually in short supply.
So, biggest test of a food system in 70 years and it passes with flying colours. This is the sort of instability that must be protested against through theft is it?
Seriously, we should help these folks tie their shoelaces and onto the short bus where they can go to the special place for those who dribble into their gruel. For we are, all, now too civilised to laugh at those unfortunates who simply cannot deal with the world, aren’t we?