Thursday, 8 December 2011
The Answer To 'Disgusting' Sandwiches
A Police Federation report, called Lessons From the Front Line, asked officers how they coped during the summer riots. More than 8,500 responded to the federation's request for information and one of the most mentioned concerns was the poor quality of sandwiches on offer. Fillings like tuna, chicken and egg had 'limited shelf life' and exposed our protectors to the risk of food poisoning. Others complained the fillings were poor.
Surely some of these officers must have been seconded from Lothian and Borders Police, who feel sandwiches deserve high priority. They used a 45 page document to detail their request for sandwiches, crisps and a drink in its recent tender specification.
Who writes this nonsense? Is it some equalities department which has to substantiate their large salaries?
Lothian and Borders force insists that officers will need a baguette measuring 11 inches (photo) and containing one of the 17 fillings outlined, a 34.5g packet of crisps and mineral water supplied from Scottish wells or springs. The healthy eating lobby won't be happy to know that only 25% of the baguettes are to compose of brown bread. Not a mention of wholemeal in sight.
A Scot, Dr George McGavin, has solved the problem (a must-watch video) and perhaps saved the treasury a few thousand pounds too.
If they're good enough for the military - albeit the US military at present - surely they're good enough for our police? They sound rather good to me although I hope the filling isn't only strawberry jam. Reminds me too much of my childhood when 'jeelie pieces' (jam sandwiches) that filled the corners of a child's stomach between meals, consisted of home made strawberry or raspberry jam - no butter of course. When my mother was short of a few pennies - which was often - our sandwiches composed of sugar sprinkled on an exceedingly scant layer of buttered bread. We were always reminded by my father that butter was very expensive although was needed in the interests of 'science'.
Maybe that's when my interest in chemistry and other related sciences developed along with my interest in politics. One has survived - nay thrived - and the other is responsible for much of my cynical outlook.