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