A good pommy bastard

There are some good pommy bastards out there. UK Food Minister Owen Paterson is one of them:

Genetically modified food should be grown and sold widely in Britain and consumer opposition to the technology is a “complete nonsense”, the Cabinet minister in charge of food and farming has said.

Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, made the remarks as ministers prepare to relax controls on the cultivation of GM crops, which he said had “real environmental benefits”.

Some senior Government figures privately believe that the technology — which can increase crop yields and prevent disease — is essential in assuring Britain’s future food security and to avoid dependency on imports.

Any move to allow the use of GM crops could be highly controversial, but Mr Paterson dismissed critics of the technology as “humbugs” and said that the case for GM food now needed to be made “emphatically”.


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  • Mike Smith

    Leave out the racist epithet!!

    • Bafacu

      Bastardus Originous as Barry would say

    • Gazzaw


      Where are you coming from Mike? You obviously haven’t integrated enough to know that ‘pommy bastard’ is almost term of endearment downunder.

      Lighten up & learn a bit about your adopted country if you intend to stay here.

      • Mike Smith

        “‘pommy bastard’ is almost term of endearment downunder. ” – FAR from it!

    • Whafe

      Mike, grow some balls, you “whinging pom” :D :D :D

      • Mike Smith

        Made you feel good typing that didn’t it?

    • Lion_ess

      Not a proud pom then? There’s only one other variety and that’s the whinging variety who don’t like it over there – and don’t like it over here. Clown – piss off back to Londonistan.

      • Lofty

        Careful Lion_ess, that particular whinging pom is connected to the newly found labour internet police, and they will track you down and deal to you when the infants wake up and vote them back in again……be afraid, be very afraid. ;-)

      • Mike Smith

        “Londonistan”? LOL. Yet,another who believes the steroptypes!

    • phronesis

      The Rosbeef is revolting!

    • manuka416

      Indeed, “Kiwis”. Your colonial slang is intolerable. Kindly refer to Mr. Paterson in a manner befitting his stature as an Englishman and a member of Her Majesty’s Government in the Mother Country; a good “English” bastard, thank you.

  • RockyFist

    I find it interesting that the discussion of this blog is all about some irrelevant Whinging Pom and not about the issue of Genetically Modified foods. Times are a changing – Next we will be tollerant of same sex marriages.

  • Dave

    Mike Or, try being a kiwi living in Aussie, its FIT IT or FUCK OFF. You arrived in NZ knowing you were coming to another country, with a different culture, norms and rules. Go figure, stop trying to change it. See Gazzas’s comments, its a term of endearment, I agree with him.

    In Aussie, its Ping Pong Poms. A lot come to the driest hottest land, and then whinge about the heat and beaches, and after 3 to 5 years return to mother England.

    • Gazzaw

      On thinking this through Dave maybe we should cut Mike some slack. As we know there are ‘bastards’ that you go to the pub with and there are ‘real bastards’ that you wouldn’t cross the road to talk to. I think Mike is more than likely to associate with ‘real bastards’ at the Stranded.

    • Lofty

      Ahem…do we actually know if Mike is a Pom? Just askin.

      • Lion_ess

        I know 3 other Mike Smith’s and they’re all poms – kinda reverse SFNS where John was thought to be too common to go with Smith, so they all get called Mike. He comments like a Pom – “indeed” & “tut-tut” and so on. He describes himself as “well-travelled” and, whatever he is, he should go and social-engineer somewhere else.

    • Dave

      Lofty and others. You are correct, I assumed mike was a Pom. Mike, if your not an english gentlemen, please ignore my post and accept my apologies. I also reiterate the comments Gazzaw made around a term of endearment. PS: Mike seems of english decent, he comments regularly in “The Independent”

  • Has there been any actual evidence anywhere that GM has caused any long term harm? If it is too early to tell then how long is long enough to wait?

    • phronesis


  • Lion_ess

    Genetically modified food? Great idea as long as I don’t have to eat it.

  • blazer

    I smell a Monsanto kickback.