Sugar coating bitter lessons
I saw these treats in Smith’s today, I can’t but help but think they highlight a moral weakness at the heart of British society. In the olden days Rowntree’s fruit pastilles were randomly packed pot luck thing, you had to take your chances and eat the next one in the tube as it was revealed; be it red, black, green or even yellow.
Of course you only wanted the red and black ones but had to learn to accept the yellow and green as they gave moral balance and structure to life. Fruit pastilles were a small philosophical lesson in a paper wrapper that life isn’t easy that you have to take the rough with the smooth.
But no in this New Labour world of all shall have prizes no one needs to suffer to attain anything quick fix hoody wearing mobile phone ringtone blaring alcopop sodden xbox playing tattooed touchy feely world you can have just the red and black ones or worse still just black!
God help us if there’s ever another war