Sunday 21 February 2010

St Ives - Politically Correct Chippie

St Ives has gained its first politically correct chip shop.

The Balancing Eel has been awarded the CHEFS (Cornwall Healthier Eating and Food Safety) award by Cornwall Council's Food Safety Police.

To achieve a gold award "food establishments must satisfy council food inspectors that they not only offer healthier dishes but through preferential pricing that they actively encourage customers to choose them".

Cornwall "cabinet member for stronger communities" - Lance Kennedy (Con - Bodmin East) said: "This is a great scheme and I'm delighted that we have added the traditional fish and chip shop to the list of award winners".

At last somewhere that middle class mummy can safely take little Toby and Pandora to enjoy a free range fairtrade sustainable organic ethically sourced zero carbon footprint low food miles quorn fritter with baked chips. While at the same time celebrating diversity.

I'll be sticking with St Ives best chippy - The Albatross in Chapel Street. Pukka steak and kidney pie, proper chips cooked in industrial strength dripping, mushy peas and afterburner curry sauce. Yum.

Finally - on a serious note:
My daughter is at Truro College studying photography amongst other things . They seem to be so short of money that she (or we) have to pay for basic items such as sim cards and photo paper. St Ives day centre for pensioners is set to close. The council tax increase for 2010 has been set at the maximum 2.9 % (again!!) to "boost council coffers".

Cornwall Council leader Alec Robertson (Con - Helston North) said "the annual council budget of £451.9 million, including the decision to increase council tax, was "a good one, founded on good Cornish common sense and pragmatism".

But Cornwall Council are still happy to waste our money on stupid politically correct schemes like CHEFS and many others. Like many of you I'm about to get a bill through the letter box for something approaching £1500.00 - can't pay won't pay ?

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