Friday, 30 September 2011


eric pickles, originally uploaded by Dru Marland.

Sometimes, you have one of those 'did I really hear that' moments. One of them came along for me this morning, as I was listening to Radio 4 while cross-hatching some ocean on a drawing. The bit of ocean in question had to be big enough to sink a liner in, so it was taking a fair bit of time and concentration, let me tell you.

"Did I really hear that?" I asked myself. (You can see why you call them 'did I really hear that' moments, can't you?)

I Googled a bit. Yes. Eric Pickles, who is an Important Person in the Conservative Party, really said it:

"It’s a basic right for every English man and woman to be able to put the remnants of their chicken tikka masala in their bin without having to wait a fortnight for it to be collected"

Craaazy, as Speedy Gonzales might well have said.

Here in Bristol, we went over to fortnightly waste collection a few years ago, with a weekly recycling collection, which includes the contents of the compost bin, where, if you were throwing out a chicken tikka masala (the dinner of choice for Conservative MPs), is where it should be found . Which is more than adequate.

It's a bit worrying when a Tory thinks that human rights are about TV dinners. There are surely more important ones to worry about. Like, maybe, equality, work, the right to peaceful protest....

Here's the cross-hatched ocean in question.