There’s no Ques­tion about it – Fiona’s got what it takes

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Lorna Hughes - Greggs ve­gan sausage roll

Fiona Bruce took on Ques­tion Time and showed she was more than up to tak­ing on David Dim­bleby’s seat.

Fiery, sharp and with more than a hint of sar­casm, she han­dled the mot­ley bunch of waf­fling waf politi­cians and com­men­ta­tors com with skill.

But Bu even she might be ques­tion­ingq her­self after get­ting up­staged by “the woman in the yel­low jacket” who in 90 sec­onds de­liv­ered more in­sight into Brexit than the Prime Min­is­ter has man­aged in 31 months.

I don’t think ques­tioner Di­ana Good, a lawyer, wants Fiona’s new role.

But she could clearly do Theresa May’s job.

I’ll try hard not to ram it down your throat. But it is time to spill the beans. So here goes… I only eat meat once in a while. Chicken mostly but I’d much rather have a bowl of pasta or piece of fish than red meat.

Flex­i­tar­ian was coined to de­scribe semi-veg­e­tar­i­ans or those who eat a mostly veg­e­tar­ian diet but oc­ca­sion­ally eat meat. I only found out I was this a few days ago. Ex­cit­ing, isn’t it?

So now you know. I’ll try not to bore you with all the rea­sons why. And I’ll do my best not to lec­ture you to do the same. It’s been hard but I have re­sisted set­ting up a blog or Face­book page to try to con­vert oth­ers. Or post­ing ever-so-slightly smug mes­sages on Twit­ter sug­gest­ing my eat­ing regime makes me a far bet­ter per­son than you.

Pity that can’t be said of thee on­slaught of ve­g­an­ism that’s come our way this month. Didn’t you know it wasas Ve­gan­uary? You’d still have too be in a post-fes­tive booze and choco­lateate haze to have missed it.

It’s the new thing. Well, it’s not. There are 3.5mil­lion ve­gans in Bri­tain and that num­ber is grow­ing fast.

It’s just be­come a big talk­ing point. And the more vo­cal ve­gans among them can’t stop shout­ing about it. I’ll get to the real zealots later.r.

What we eat and how we eatat has be­come ev­ery­one’s busi­ness.ess. We have Bey­once and Jay-Z tellingng us all the rea­sons why to save the worldd we have to eat a ve­gan diet. What we are do­ing to our bod­ies and the en­vi­ron­ment. Easy to say when you have a per­sonal chef on speed dial and prob­a­bly haven’t made a meal in more than a decade.

Be­cause it must be dif­fi­cult to be a com­mit­ted ve­gan. Ex­haust­ing, in fact. Cook­ing for a fam­ily sounds like a full-time job. You don’t eat meat, eggs, dairy prod­ucts and all other an­i­malderived in­gre­di­ents. Many ve­gans also do not eat foods that are pro­cessed us­ing an­i­mal prod­ucts, such as re­fined white sugar and some wines.

It’s all grains, beans, legumes, veveg­eta­bles, fruits, oh, and tofu. Yum. So you have to be com­mit­ted. Luck­ily, Greggs and their ve­gan sausage roll and the McDon­ald’s Happy Meal veg­gie wrap might make things eas­ier. Tesco and Asda have launched a ve­gan range of food. Wall’s now have a non-dairy ice cream and dozens of new food brands base their very be­ing on hav­ing no dairy. So noth­ing to do with big busi­ness spot­ting a trend and milk­ing it for all its worth. But why are ve­gans so in­tol­er­ant of other peo­ple’s food choices? Some of them seem out­raged by oth­ers who ei­ther don’t share their culi­nary habits or sim­ply choose to eat meat. A wait­ress at a Pizza Hut who made a mis­take telling a cus­tomer their ice cream was ve­gan was vil­i­fied on so­cial me­dia. Kori Paul Swabey was “heart­bro­ken”. Pass me the sick bowl. Most dis­turb­ing are those ve­gans who take it to an­other level, ac­cus­ing dairy farm­ers of rape and at­tack­ing and de­fac­ing busi­nesses who sell meat. In­flu­en­tial doc­u­men­tariesdo such as Cowspiracy aand What The Health have thrown­thr a spot­light on the in­ten­sivee meat and dairy in­dusin­dus­try,s ex­pos­ing the im­im­pactsm on an­i­mal anandn hu­man health and the wwider en­vi­ron­ment. We know we should bee eat­ing less red meat. And then there is the anan­i­maln cru­elty side, all thee very valid eth­i­cal rea­son­rea­sonsn why we should all adopt a more plant-based diet. But lis­lis­tent to the farm­ing ex­perts whow say that calls for us all to swswitchw en­tirely to foods such asa soya, maize and grains that re­quirer high in­puts of fer­tiliser, fu­fungi­cidesu and ppes­ti­cides which­whii go into our soil also don’t help tthe en­vi­ron­ment. They ad­vo­cate sus­tain­able forms of meat and dairy pro­duc­tion based on tra­di­tional ro­ta­tional sys­tems, per­ma­nent pas­ture and con­ser­va­tion graz­ing. I feel for my car­ni­vore-lov­ing friends. You will know them, the ones who think a meal isn’t com­plete with­out a piece of meat. That’s their choice. As it is with ev­ery­one who is ve­gan or de­cides to give it a go. Just if you are, try not to force-feed your food choices on other peo­ple. It’s all be­com­ing a bit hard to stom­ach.

NO MESS­ING Fiona han­dled panel with ease IN DE­MAND

SKILL Fiona on Ques­tion Time

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