It’s not just about horsemeat, is it? asks Simon Sweetman. The parallels drawn so far with Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle (about the meat packing industry in Chicago) take us right back to a world of adulterated food where what’s not fit for human consumption one day goes round to the back door and reappears.
We thought we’d lost that, but no: The urge for more profit whether for the abattoir, the wholesaler or supermarket will override any demand for quality (unless you’re going to pay a lot more): and each link in the chain will blame the others for their unreasonable demands.
But what does this have to do with tax, you ask. Well first of all it gives us a new metaphor for political behaviour, a more polite term than bullshit - we can ask if that speech was 40% horsemeat or George Osborne’s Budget 95% horsemeat.