Where’s the beef?

pigThis has got to stop.

The city of Randers, Denmark’s 7th largest city made headlines this week with their ridiculous decision to force kindergartens to include pork on their menus.

Not all publicity is good publicity, and this is just the latest in a stream of anti-immigrant news coming out of Denmark, potentially destroying the strong brand value of our country.

Who on earth wants their politicians to mandate what you should eat? Even less so, what your kids should eat? I don’t eat pork, and I sure as hell don’t want politicians telling me what I should eat.

Some things are best left untouched; it is incomprehensible that Venstre, branding themselves as Denmark’s Liberal Party, would vote for such micromanagement. There is nothing liberal in this; it is pettiness and apparatchikism of the worst kind.

In the age of single issue politics, social media, and shitstorms, politicians on all levels seem more concerned with scoring points in the endless public debate than fixing real problems.

It is thus even more sad is that the city of Randers apparently has quite a poor reputation of neglect in its childcare services, notwithstanding its reputation as one of Denmark’s most violent cities.

Perhaps this is a portent for the end of local democracy. The scenario is all too common: Give people power, and suddenly they believe it is their mandate to meddle in anything that comes to their attention.

City councils are not elected as dictators; we might be better off with a real dictator if he had the right skills. Or in this case, either limit their powers by law, or abolish self-governance altogether, replacing it with bureaucratic or professional rule.

Author: Kenneth Mollerup Birch

Living north of Copenhagen, Denmark. MA in Information Science. Interests include communication, internet, sociology, language, politics, religion, theology, travel, music, and food.

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