Today, I finally snapped.
Our Government is involved in an occupation of Iraq which is, to say the very least, of dubious legality, while the ongoing presence of ‘coalition’ forces in the region begins to resemble nothing more than the US legacy in Vietnam. And what’s it all about? Despite right-wing media protestations to the opposite, it’s all about the dark, gooey stuff.
This is how the story goes, at least as far as I’m concerned: Internationally, we’re facing a massive medium term oil crisis. Independent scientists predict that there will be a peaking of World oil production between 2010 and 2020. With this in mind, and with the US already a net importer of oil, so-called “Energy Security” plays a pivotal role in that country’s foreign policy, both in terms of of national security and economic stability. In the aftermath of 9/11 Donald Rumsfeld argued at a National Security Council meeting that an invasion of Iraq was necessary to secure oil reserves, a perceived necessity that gained even greater credence politically when the subsequent instability of the Venezuelan oil industry was considered. And that, in a very small nutshell, is why we’re there.
Basically, it’s a mess. So today, I decided to do something about it. I wrote a letter. To Pret A Manger.
I was very disappointed to discover today a ‘new’ version of the banana cake I’ve been eating almost daily for the last couple of years. Gone was the deliciously moist, even-textured masterpiece of before, to be replaced by a dryer, roughly-hewn impostor featuring a lot less icing and nuts. Nuts? I hate nuts! If I want nuts I’ll go and buy some – I certainly don’t expect them in my banana cake. Is it still a banana cake? Shouldn’t you be advertising it as a banana and nut cake? Or did honesty go out the window when McDonald’s purchased the company?
Within 45 minutes I had a reply:
Thanks for your email.
I am really sorry to hear about your disappointment with our New Banana Cake – I will pass on your comments to our Food Development Team for their consideration.
Thanks again for letting us know your thoughts!
Suffice to say, I’ll keep you abreast of any further developments. I will make a difference.