Life in the bureaucratic state

People around the world are facing food shortages but, in the magical bureacracy that is the EU, food is being destroyed for being a millimeter off of Brussels regulations:

A market trader has been banned from selling a batch of kiwi fruits because they are 1mm smaller than EU rules allow.

Inspectors told 53-year- old Tim Down he is forbidden even to give away the fruits, which are perfectly healthy.

The father of three will now have to bin the 5,000 kiwis, costing him £1,000 in lost sales.

Speaking yesterday from the stall in Bristol he has owned for 20 years, Mr Down said: ‘It’s total nonsense. I work hard enough to make a living without all these bureaucrats telling us what we can and can’t sell.

‘They’re saying I’m a criminal for selling this fruit, but the real crime is that all this fruit will go to waste  –  all because it’s 1mm too small.

‘It’s a terrible waste, particularly when we’re all feeling the pinch from rising food prices and I’ve got to throw away this perfectly good fruit.’

This is life in a world regulated, not by the marketplace of real sellers and buyers, but by the government.  This, incidentally, is what Barack Obama would like to bring to all of us, since his fellow travelers are all statists — people who want the government to play an overarching role in our lives, including in the marketplace.

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  • Ymarsakar

    Families in Russia starved, men, women, and children died while Stalin’s Five Year plan had perfectly good grain rotting in silos, unable to be transported because the bureaucracy just didn’t seem to get to it in time for one reason or another.

    People care, Book, they really do. Fake liberals even more. They care that if other families are starving because of the government policies they themselves have put into place, that those families would have the good grace to drop off the face of the Earth without making a public nuisance of themselves.

  • Mrs. Happy Housewife

    The poor soul whose job was to take a ruler to each of the 5,000 kiwis.

  • Quisp

    And now the poor guy is probably violating some law about how much rubbish he’s allowed to have in his bins …

  • suek

    Reminds me of “The Taming of the Shrew”…

  • Danny Lemieux

    As somebody once pointed out to me, the more daunting and insoluble the big challenges in life appear, the more that people (and government bureaucrats) obsess on the small and irrelevant issues in life.

  • Ymarsakar

    the more daunting and insoluble the big challenges in life appear,

    It should be added that it is the “more daunting and insoluble the big challenges in life FOR OTHER PEOPLE that appears, the more people and govs obsess on a lack of perfection to their standards.

    It’s easy to demand perfection to your standards when you are spoiled and pampered and it is only the servants and serfs that are going to get their teeth knocked out trying to fulfill your wishes.

  • benning

    The Brits have surrendered hook, line, and sinker to the PC, Leftist, Dhimmis in the EU and their own Labor Party. So ends one of the greatest, most positive influences the modern world ever knew.

    Good night Britain.

  • Tap

    Speaking of the Brits…

    I was clicking around on a British newspaper site yesterday when I happened on one of those ‘ask the experts’ type columns.

    Apparently, a mother wrote in about her 14 yr. old daughter who wasn’t attending school regularly…she was, in fact, not attending at all anymore.

    The ‘expert’ informed the mother that the daughter was suffering from a recognized disorder termed SR Disorder. Apparently this devastating disorder is becoming all too common and the parents were advised to seek professional treatment in the hopes that the daughter would eventually be well enough to return to a productive life.

    Oh…what does SR Disorder stand for?

    School Refusal Disorder. It’s a clinical diagnosis. Really.