Buildaburger Conference Away Day Tramlines Weekend Day 2 – 21st July 2013


It’s a bit late I know, but day two of the away day weekend was much more successful, simply by betting on a safe horse (ho ho) and going for a double cheeseburger from the Twisted Burger Company based at The Harley Hotel, Sheffield, UK.

The only fly in the ointment for me it was that the bun was not toasted, so the relish, served underneath the burger (why do they do that?) soaked into the bread and made it fall apart in a gluey mess. Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of the Twisted Burger Company but they were missing one important detail that is there for a very good reason. Toasting the bun prevents the bread from collapsing before the burger has been consumed. They need to take their own advice from the explicit etymology of their own “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it burger”.

Easily remedied in a well-equipped kitchen, but not so in British politics, which is characterized by professional busy-bodying aka changing things and making claims in order to look as though something is being done, regardless of whether it is broken or already fixed. My favourite recent example of this kind of grotesquely misguided, high-sounding rhetoric was Nick Clegg’s plea for companies to take interns from poorer backgrounds. Clegg reduced his credibility by an order of magnitude by missing the irony of encouraging companies to take unpaid workers from backgrounds where they are already relatively deprived. Another example of how out-of-touch the millionaires of Westminster are. They don’t understand that the headquarters of Broken Britain is on Downing Street, and all we need to do now is fix it.


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