The Right-Minded View: Cuts To The BBC’s Recipe Site

by richardhutton


The recent decision to remove food recipes from the BBC’s website deserves to be given a fair-minded hearing, in my view. Naysayers can contest if they wish; but I – for one – applaud this commonsense scheme. If anything, it is long overdue. The reason for this is simple.

The BBC’s recipes have a pronounced political bias: with pro-Labour messages inserted into cooking directions, ad nauseum. Look no further than the following, if you don’t believe me:

Salt and pepper x 1 teaspoon
Eggplant x 1/2 Kilo
Xylocarp x 1/3 Kilo
Yogurt x 1 tablespoon

Cabbage x 1
Onions x 2
Radish x 3
Beetroot x 1
Yam x 1/2 Kilo
Nutmeg x 1 pinch

As one recipe for a popular soup would have it. We all know what message they are trying to push up the noses of the unsuspecting, hard-working, decent, silent majority here; through acrostic means.

And let us not overlook the foreign influence, either – falafel this; tahini that; Jersey Royals the other. A clear pro-EU sympathy is apparent throughout – not least of all due to the incorporation of metric machinations; rather than the good old-fashioned measurements, such as cups, handfuls, and cubits. ‘Why should the taxpayer have to fund this sort of thing?’, I ask. It is not a question I can answer.

And that’s before we get down to the socialist shadings on offer, with soup and a side-helping of bread: something created through the endeavors of one aspirational person – the fruits of whose labour must be shared, equally, between all present; instead of being broken-down into dividends: each awarded according to individual merit.

The absence of private-sector involvement therein is all the more perplexing, precisely because it would have made the distribution of any bread the more efficient – by requiring people to earn their own crust. The crust-production sector could but benefit from a performance-related contract of some kind, or another, being introduced to the nation’s dinner table.

And don’t get me started on hand-wringing, left-wing meals; such as green curry, or vegetarian anything. There was none of this nonsense in my day. No, we kept it simple – British bread, from British trees; served with British water, from British taps. With a dash of patriotism. It’s what gained us the empire.

I know this plan of action may sound radical to some; but if you ask me, it couldn’t happen soon enough.