Thursday, 30 September 2010

Politics, posthumous and people

Today the fish turns its eye on to the mayhem that is current British politics. We have a coalition government of two parties who on the surface were inimical to each other, Labour elects its new leader and his brother goes off in a sulk- dressed up to look like a dignified retreat.  Come on, David, who are you kidding?  And now the Guardian gives us news that the far right British National Party(BNP) is in disarray after a leadership feud and questions about it's finances.  They are £500,000 in debt. Not long back we had the furore when BNP leader Nick Griffin was given and then refused an invitation to a Buckingham Palace garden party. Then the Equality and Human Rights Commission ( EHRC) investigated the party for racist clauses in it's constitution. Mr Griffin is now appealing desperately for funds from the party faithful to fight the EHRC, saying, 'if we don't fight we will be shut down and killed off.' This little fishy sincerely hopes so.

Farewell today to Tony Curtis. Let's hope he's remembered for more than his naff Cary Grant impression in Some Like it Hot.  Also  Katherine Zeta Jones reports hubby Michael Douglas is doing well with his battle against cancer. Mr and Mrs Douglas, the fish wishes you both well. 

Dr Landeau has made himself piggy in the middle

The New York Times reported yesterday that Dr Eli Landeau has written the first ever Israeli pork cookbook. In a country where keeping kosher is not an alternative lifestyle this has, naturally, led to a storm breaking over the head of the retired cardiologist and food writer with one rabbi accusing him of deliberately taking a pot shot at religion, another dismissing him because he's from Tel Aviv; and "what goes on in Tel Aviv , nobody cares."  Dr Landeau himself writes of the recipes with such passion and care it is hard to imagine he meant anything except, as he claims, to teach people to cook it in a country in which pork sellers face regularly face protesters and even arsonists.

There is something ironic and deeply fitting about the humble pig highlighting the dangers of entrenched thinking - which is divisive and suffocating weather it be in religion, politics or any other field in which one group says this is right and closes their ears to all other thinking.  Dr Landeau says that twenty years ago his book would not have been possible, twenty years hence it will be natural. Perhaps it could be pork today and peace tomorrow? Could it be that, to paraphrase holy writ, 'a little piggy shall lead them?'