Tuesday, 10 November 2009

The Winekers!


For the past couple of years the Government's health Nazis have been smashing us over the head with a wine bottle, accusing us all of drinking far too much wine, especially the wicked and evil middle classes who underpin most of the Government's profligacy.

Now in a breathtaking piece of sheer cheek, the Government-backed Waste & Resource Action Programme (WRAP) has accused Britons of wasting £470 million of wine each year by throwing away left over wine. It seems that most people cannot be bothered to finish off bottles of wine and tip the remainder down the sink instead of storing it in the fridge. Instead, they'd like us to freeze the wine so that we can then use it later in sauces, soups, casseroles and stews.

Now that has to be the most bare-faced cheek I've ever heard from a Government quango that. But what do you expect from a bunch of liberty-hating control freaks?

27 comments:

  1. In which case they will love me. I notice the bottle left over from the weekend and take a swig, just to make sure it's not Gone Off. And that's when the bloody vicar turns up.

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  2. I'm a good girl. I drink my wine right to the end of the bottle...

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  3. That does indeed take the biscuit. What is this "left-over wine" of which they speak, though? Weird.

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  4. Morning ETM

    Well, I can assure you (and anybody else who cares to ask) this serious problem does not arise in my house! Any of my family or friends will vouch for me on this - we drink up all our juice of the grape like good citizens!

    PS thanks to Mr Ocado delivery man for the fresh supplies last night!

    Happy Tuesday!

    PS how goes with the physio/walking??

    Best regards, Cats' Mother

    (NB Cats do not partake of any wine though Tommy did steal my straw from a G & T the other day which resulted in a strange, revolted cat face from him - yeauch, he said).

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  5. I've never come across this waste problem. I too take my responsibilities as an obedient and upstanding citizen of Comrade Brown's utopian paradise very seriously. Just watch your units.

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  6. I always watch my units. I watch 'em as they're poured, and I watch 'em as they disappear down my gullet. Very satisfying! (ooops sorry X-man, don't worry you'll be out of there and quaffing with the rest of us in no time!). (Well not with me because I'm in the wrong country, but metaphorically speaking...).

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  7. we just can't win with this totally inept government can we?

    "don't drink too much-it's bad for you"
    "a glass of red is good for you"
    "...wasting £470,000,000 worth of wine a year"

    so, we all drink every drop of every bottle we open, what will they do in the next budget? that's right, increase the duty on wines because we as a nation are drinking too much...

    best of it is, we as tax payers are already paying for westminsters wine lake...

    as a poor, working class person, i'll stick with my lager and 'newky brown' thanks...

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  8. They just don't get it, do they?

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  9. A case of the right hand not listening to what the left hand said? We have that with our Alberta Health Services & the Provincial Government bungling the H1N1 vaccine distribution.

    I wonder if they're worried that the fish are getting too much wine? And that the fish are mixing whites and reds might be against some wine-type-peoples' rules.

    When I first saw the cube I thought it was your breakfast! I must say it looked better than usual--I'm still trying to block out the "hot pot sausage" from yesterday (& keep my food down)

    Have a fine upright day E-TM! (It's 5:46am here in Alberta)

    LK from Canada

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  10. ... is this freezing lark so we can use it in all the food we don't know how to cook because the government actually BELIEVES that people buy ready meals cause they're cheaper?

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  11. I'd love to know where the Government get these figures. That is a lot of wine. Without doing the sums, it must be at least 2 bottles per houshold per week (even more if we're talking 3 for a tenner, some of which are perfectly quaffable).
    Like other posters, we never have leftover wine (it gets used next day or in cooking if not up to scratch)

    As Wayne says, we just can't get it right, can we?
    F

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  12. Leftover wine? Now there is an amusing thought!

    Gill

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  13. One bottle = 6 glasses, or 4/5 big ones. So having a glass with dinner each as couple, the contents of the bottle disappear within three days and the bottle itself goes in the recycling bin. Healthy, green and enjoyable.
    Haven't they got more important stuff to worry about?

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  14. "I am not drunk dear, I have merely been saving the planet by finishing the wine."

    Perfick.

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  15. What about the recession, if people freeze wine instead of drinking or dumping it then they will buy less, therefore are being terrible consumers and adding to the woes of the country, putting wine warehouses out of business and more people on the dole..Ok so I am over aggagerating but seriously Britain gets worse, than god i moved to america, land of the normal lightbulbs and bins you can chuck anything in, well for now anyway.

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  16. What is this "leftover" wine? I share my family curse that I have never met a drink I did not like... On the other hand I am a Mathematics Teacher so perhaps that explains it!
    TTFN :)

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  17. Hellloooo, are they mad, insane, pour wine down the plug hole, jeez I hold the bottle above the glass making sure the last drops come out.

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  18. @ Anonymous:

    I was practically teetotal myself till Real Analysis course at university :-)

    I don't know of anyone in mathematics who doesn't find that at least one topic tempts him reach for the happy juice.

    If the world ever runs out of coffee and wine, mathematicians will run out of ideas!

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  19. er, should be "tempts him to reach for the happy juice"

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  20. Wasen`t it reported in some newspaper a few months ago , that the houses of parliament had a phenominal drinks bill to the tune of 45 grand or something ???

    Does the government employ a certain breed of plebs, especially trained to look for ways to piss the public off, by coming up with howlers such as the wasting wine ?

    These plebs are an insult to the human intelligence, plus making the UK an even bigger laughing stock than it already is.

    Ness..

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  21. Yes they do. She's called Harriet Harman and she is in fact the niece of Lord Longford and educated at an elite public school. WIth impeccable aristocratic connections, she seems hellbent on no one else being allowed to escape their origins if that's what they want to do. She's such a dreadful bint!

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  22. Nowwwww Shee Ere....Wots allll dish abowt Left owver Wiiinnnne...???..Shorrry you..rrr (Burp) Honor...

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  23. Aha, that explains it then XTM, the answer to all these educated plebs and not forgetting judge`s, is that they do not live in the real world and need a good old reality kick up the jacksie.

    These types of people should be made to swap lives for a month with the ordinary hard working, strugling person, perhaps then they will realise what the real world is all about.

    Ness..

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  24. It's hilarious that you alcophiles think that you're in some way discriminated against due to your particular personal choice of chemical relaxant.

    Wine? I'd love to, but I can't afford booze at all, either financially or physiologically. £10-worth of medium-quality cannabis and I can get happily out of my gourd pretty much every night for a week, and still be right as rain for work the following day.

    Legalise it, persuade Afghans to go back to growing it instead of poppies, tax it and solve several problems with one stone, so to speak!

    Plus, I'm sure that I'd be happy to eat some of the chundersome cuisine that TM has been sharing with us, once I've got the munchies...

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  25. Ummmmm, I don't get it? That sounds like a good idea to me! I didn't know that you could freeze wine. Saves spending a load on a big bottle of wine when you just need a bit for some sauce, what a great idea!

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  26. It's a great idea. I've been doing it for years. It's just a bit of a cheek that the government has harangued us for ages for drinking too much wine, then they slag us off for wasting too much. Make your minds up!

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