Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Writing - 'I told you so' & HSBC

I laughed out loud this morning when a news item came up concerning the foods that we should or shouldn't eat.

I actually heard a scientist from a university say that we should be eating red meat, saturated fats and fewer cereals and less bread. She also actually said that the human body was evolved to eat those things and that obesity had more to do with the over-indulgence in carbohydrates. I can hear my late mum saying 'I told you so'.
She lived a hard life, being orphaned at the age of eleven and then passed to relatives who weren't that enthusiastic about taking her on. But she lived until she was the grand age of 90 years and I feel sure that if asked what secret there was to longevity she would say simply 'Eat natural foods'. By that she would talk about fresh unpreserved and unrefined foods and meat. She even lamented the lack of marbling in meat in her later years insisting that the fat in the meat enhanced the flavour. She never removed fat from meat, always ate full fat salted butter and in fact ailed very little until her final year or so.
The research that was announced this morning seemed to be supporting an old-fashioned style of eating when there were fewer choices and food was produced seasonally and eaten fresh.

We bought our first fridge when I was around five or six years old in the mid 1950s and like people who lived around that time you bought fresh and ate fresh.
This was one of my Mum's 'soap box' issues and I've always felt that if we humans introduce chemicals into food which are not occurring naturally and then ingest them surely we are putting things in our bodies that may create adverse reactions. Throughout my life I've seen increases in allergies, asthma, cancers, unnatural behaviours in school children, obesity and many other health issues and it would be too simplistic to put them all down to food additives however we were never intended to absorb and digest food colourings etc.

Another soap box issue. 

It was announced yesterday about the tax avoidance behaviours of HSBC that apparently occurred around 2007 and has been investigated since resulting in a prosecution in this country and the recovery of millions of pounds. Apparently, it was the Swiss banking arm of HSBC that provided sanctuary for many millions of undeclared pounds. 

Am I stupid or cynical or both? 

If a person comes into money irrespective of from where what is the first thing that they do? They look for a place to get a high interest yield and then they look to avoid losing too much of that yield through heavy taxation. How do they go about that? They hire an accountant or go to their bank for advice. The banks and accountants then do their best to fulfil the wishes of the newly well-off. 

Am I saying something new? Definitely not! So then it is hardly surprising that financial institutions will do their best for their customers. They want to keep customers and try and get more and of course they are run by human beings who are weak and open to temptation. So we shouldn't be surprised. I'm not justifying illegality in any way and feel sure that there will be further announcements but it just astounded me that it was such a surprise announcement.

God Bless