I learned a lot about Campylobacter today. I hadn't realised it could invade the body tissues of poultry, especially the liver and the muscle. In my grandmother's day it was never a problem because she cooked chicken until you could smash the skin with a fork, and every work surface was spotless at all times.
These days, the problem is less with the home cooking and more with production. There is nothing that can be done during processing, not because there is nothing that can be done but because EU rules don't allow anything that can be done, to be done. Good old EU, eh?
Many producers are in denial, some make silly claims such as 'organic birds don't get Campylobacter' or that they only get some mythical 'benign' form. The supermarket buyers want something done but won't increase their price to the farmer, so the farmer can't afford to do anything. Profit margins in poultry farming are desperately thin. So there is an air of denial around the problem which is gradually breaking down.
The air of denial around the Labour party shows no such signs of breaking. They banned common sense years ago and have really thrown themselves into the role of reality-deniers with total dedication.
One week before the election, the Gorgon insults a pensioner then issues apology after apology without ever actually apologising. That's pretty bad but was anyone really surprised? Many of his voterdrones will shrug it off as 'well, he's a bit of a git but he's not a Tory' and vote for him anyway. Even though he is considerably richer than many Tories.
His snide and spiteful attitude towards the electorate is reflected in his party at all levels, and now they are on Twitter they can really let the stupidity rip. So we have one of them quipping 'I guess we have lost the bigot vote' without realising that for the past thirteen years, they have called everyone in the country a bigot. So I hope they have lost those 'bigot' votes. That's all of them.
Daniel Zeichner plays the 'I am superior and I have the Power of Smug. Watch me sneer at the proles' game, accompanied by a picture that really does match his words. Unfortunately he's up against Old Holborn in this election and OH is not going to let the matter drop. Not for a moment.
Then we have the Labour candidate who has been arrested and bailed for suspected drink-driving after crashing into a roundabout. She discharged herself from hospital and plans to continue her campaign because it's such a little thing. Nobody will notice. Besides, she is on bail until July 10th, and if she can get elected before then she'll claim Labour MP immunity from prosecution. There are still people who will vote for her, you know.
Finally, the sublime expert in avoiding reality herself, the Twitter Tsar of the Labour Party, the master of the online message, she who directs the Labour technophobes in blogging and twittering, has been referred to the Electoral Commission for publishing postal vote results a week early.
So the Gorgon's gaffe is relegated well down the stupid list for Labour this week. It was a thoughtless comment from a mindless buffoon and nobody at all was surprised that he did it, denied it, spun it, shifted blame and weaselled a false apology. He's been doing the same thing for years. The two follow-up morons who don't realise that insulting the electorate isn't going to win them votes have the Gorgon beaten. His remark was made without thinking. They not only thought about theirs, they considered them the height of wit.
I think crashing your car, being arrested and bailed on suspicion of drink-driving and then carrying on with your campaign as if nothing has happened trumps those. Especially if you are campaigning on behalf of a party who insist they are going to do something about such things.
Top prize for stupid must surely go to young Kerry McCarthy. This was not an off-the-cuff smartass comment made when she thought nobody was listening. This was not a continuation of Labour's unending 'shout down dissent by being intolerably smug and calling everyone a bigot' campaign. This was not a 'Roundabout? What roundabout?' moment.
She really did send out the postal vote results she'd seen, on her Twitter account. Listed, with numbers.
Seven days to go. Can they top this? Can they possibly come up with anything to exceed the level of stupidity they've shown in just the last couple of days?
If anyone can, Labour can.
And yet there are people still voting for them! I mean, there's stupid and then there's just plain dense.