A bit hypocritcal or not?

@ruby222 (4848)
July 12, 2008 4:23am CST
Our government leader here in the United Kingdom said a few days ago that every family could save at least £8gbp on their weekly shopping budget.He says this can be done by cutting back on the food we waste.The very next day there was a world conference,which our government leader attended,where a banquet of eight courses was served up to all who attended!!!..now do you ever have eight course meals in your home??..we certainly dont!!..and is this a little bit two faced on the part of our government leader to tell us one thing,and then promptly tuck into an eight course meal,where the waste was probably enough to feed a family of ten for a week!!!What do you think???
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@gemini_rose (16193)
12 Jul 08
Yes ruby it was extremely hyprocitical of him and this has done nothing to endear him to his country. It makes me laugh you know, he was so desperate to be prime minister and it all just blew up in his face! Anyway I do have to say in defense of his suggestion that he is quite correct, and I had already realised that I was wasting a lot of food a couple of months ago and had changed how I did my shopping. As a result of my changes I am saving a whopping £18 - £25 a week and I am putting this money away.
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@ruby222 (4848)
12 Jul 08
His desperation to become Prime minister was obvious to us all .The only thing that I would like to say in his defence is that the inheritance that he has been left to deal with is going to take a long while to even make a dent in.The country is in an appalling mess,and we need someone strong who will say what he means and stand up for what he knows is right.The only problem is that the two little words keep coming into my head about this issue..human rights...and sadly they have been taken too far..im a tolerant person,over tolerant if anything,but my worm is turning so to spaeak,and its time that we got some of this all back into perspective.I dont doubt for one moment that you have managed to save money on the weekly shop,last week I did a trial run,and for each day I just bought exactly what I needed and no more..and for me that was a very good way forward,the fridge was quite empty,but the waste was nil,and we still ate well.
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@gabrifvg (167)
• Italy
12 Jul 08
if we want to be practical, his was not a huge waste. i don't think governants go about eating eight courses every day, and his advice was probably about big numbers of people wasting a lot of stuff and money. but, if we want to look at the symbolic side of the medal, and i think we should, yes, he is a hypocrite, because being public figures, governants should give a good example. here in italy, for instance, politicianstalk a lot about saving, and our economy is pretty weak, many families have trouble getting to the end of the month. and what do our politicians do? they raise their salaries, eat out every day, are full of privileges... i'm afraid most of them forget that they are the ones that should give the good example
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@ruby222 (4848)
12 Jul 08
They are there to set a good example to the people of the country that they represent.I see what you are saying about the eight course meal not being an everyday occurence,but it still doesnt seem to good,when in one breath you are telling your country to be frugal,and then in the next breath you are living off the fat of the land.
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@gabrifvg (167)
• Italy
13 Jul 08
you are perfectly right, it's symbolic importance is huge. i was just pointing out the practical side, which is of little impact.
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@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
12 Jul 08
I agree with you ruby...I don't think so a poor family can afford to waste where I have seen a lot of families who cannot even eat 3 times a day! I do know if that is also happening in your Country but for sure, with this crisis, most people are wise enough to save whatever they have do something with their left over..
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@ruby222 (4848)
12 Jul 08
Some eat eight courses yet some have not even one course..it doesnt seem a good balance to me.
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@Bluepatch (2481)
• Trinidad And Tobago
12 Jul 08
The politicians in Trinidad are just as stupid. When people here complain about the cost of food instead of trying to cut the cost increases they say things like eat locally grown stuff or eat less or some such stupidity. I really don't know how people like that get elected to public office. They are perfect hypocrites.
@ruby222 (4848)
12 Jul 08
The lifestyles that they lead are very different to you and me,the majority are living a fairly affluent lifestyle,and have few if any financial worries .If they intend to tell us to cut down on ur spending ,then they should set us an example to follow.That is why we elect them,we think that they have standars that they can teach us.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
12 Jul 08
I daresay, in the spirit of non-wasteful living, our Gordon cleared his plate for every course..... but, to eat that much could be considered wasteful in itself.!! I started a thread on here a week or so ago wondering what was in the bins at Number 10. I'm surprised some journalist has not found out yet.
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@ruby222 (4848)
12 Jul 08
Im sure that every single course of that meal was a small portion,but never the less it is till a considerable amount of food for them to waffle in one sitting.I didnt see the thread about the bins at Number Ten..but what a good question!!I would be intrugued to see what lurks under the flip tip of the green wheelie bin at number ten!There are probably guards around it to prevent anyone from ever taking a peep!
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@GreenMoo (11842)
12 Jul 08
I might go up for 8 helpings, but never have 8 courses! Perhaps that's why the PM would have difficulties finding £8 worth of food waste in my house - I eat it all
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@ruby222 (4848)
13 Jul 08
He would have a bit of a job to find much waste in my fridge either!its like Mother hubbards cupboard ..the mice are sat at the door with their begging bowls.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
13 Jul 08
I did find that frozen caterpillar in mine the other week, but even that wasn't wasted as the chickens scoffed it!
13 Jul 08
Yes it is. But that is affluent people for you in general. Look at "two jags". It is easy to preach, but to practice needs a bit more effort. Same old story, with this credit crunch anyway. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Won't be long til we are like russia, paying £40 or whatever for a loaf of bread. A lot of my friends either have or are thinking of leaving the UK for good. Canada, Australia and New Zealand seem to be the places of choice. Cheaper cost of living apparently.
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@Rosekitty (19443)
• San Marcos, Texas
13 Jul 08
I'm sorry i was in between my 5 course meal and didn't want to stop but to respond unless i must...lol..now what may i ask do they need an 8 course meal for? What do you think they serve..i can't even imagine 5 things but 8? This is like saying to a poor person.."see all that food over there..looks good doesn't it?..but you can't have any"
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@ruby222 (4848)
13 Jul 08
We al have had special occasion meals now and again,that may have more than the two courses,but to have eight,and to freely make it known to the press,that whilst Rome is burning,our leader is fiddling with his eight course meal..I say get back here and start to sort this mess out that our country is in.
12 Jul 08
Amenu for that G8 meal was in our paper and it made interesting reading,one of the dishes was a G8 pate.There were umpteen chefs cooking the banquet,and it was very posh.But it doesnt help anyone that is going hungry today does it?
• China
7 Aug 08
Hi,there ruby, For me I don't agree with what the government have done in that conference as I think that even though they have banned some sort of limations on the shopping budget for the common folks in your area .It is of course the government who set that ban would set an example for common people ,then everyone of us would probably follow their examples and make that kind of conduct more effected.
@Abby123 (261)
13 Jul 08
The world which they live in is so very different from the world that we live in ,and if they had to manage on what we spent in a week there is very little chance that they would be able to do it.The budget they set aside for there shopping is an entirely different kettle of fish than the amount that we set aside.They shop in very different places to where we shop,there methods are very different to ours.The government ministers have incomes that far exceed ours,and that is because by and large the pay awards that they get are devised by themselves,so therefore they dont have to settle for a one and a quarter percent rise.