Tesco sell something English

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

imag0036_2.jpgSitting down after dinner last night Mrs Sane said “I bought some English butter from Tesco today.  You won’t like it though.”

Yep, you guessed it – it says English butter and has the union flag on it.

Tesco have already said that anything that has a union flag on it is English.  A Welsh company was told that it had to change the labelling of its Welsh Dragon Sausages because they didn’t have dragon in them but Tesco can label something as British when it’s English and get away with it.

I think a call to Trading Standards is in order.


  1. Alfie the OK (19 comments) says:

    I’ve already tried that – I complained saying that their labels were innaccurately labelled.

    Trading Standards got back to me saying that there was nothing they could do as England was in Britain – and the British flag was the Union Jack.

  2. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    I’m going to give it a try. They label Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish products as coming from that country. It’s therefore logical to expect that something with a British flag on it comes from more than one “British” nation. If it only comes from England then that’s not the case and it’s misleading labelling.

  3. axel (1214 comments) says:

    Is the ulster flag not the St George cross too but with a badge?

    Would that confuse a thick jock like me?

  4. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    Yep, the Ulster flag is a Cross of St George with a 6 pointed star topped with a yellow crown and a red “Hand of Mordor” in the middle of the star.

  5. JD (1 comments) says:

    I’ve been thinking about this… maybe there’s a new approach.

    All the supermarkets are bending over backwards to be as “green” as possible – if we could pressure them to put England on English produce as a method of helping the consumer to reduce food miles and their carbon footprint blah etc.

    Might work?

  6. axel (1214 comments) says:

    I don’t understand it myself, why they don’t do it, I would and I’m sure I’d make a bucket of money out of it.

    English cheeses, Somerset hams! These are well known brands that should be marketed. If i was into them, I would but badged cheeses and be prepared to sopend a bit more on them, like I do with tghe premium scottish things I buy.

    I am actually suspicious of the union flag on foods, what does it mean?

    To me it implies that the Melton Mowbrya Pie in my fridge is not real Melton Mowbray but some kind of faux Glaswegian construct.

    Remember the M&S advert for high quality christmas food? It started off with ‘Alaskan Smoked Salmon’ but when that proved to be a controversial choice in scotland, where our own salmon aint to pishy, that part was pulled. So there is consumer power, use it, be strong

  7. Charlie Marks (365 comments) says:

    I note that some are better than others on this. M&S have the St George’s flag on their milk. Not that I shop there, or anything. Too expensive. I get milk from the unfortunately-named Dairy Farmers of Britain – it’s cheap and of good quality, too.

  8. Charlie Marks (365 comments) says:

    Some are better than others in this regard. M&S have the St George’s flag on their milk, I recall. Don’t shop there myself – too expensive. My milk’s from the farmer’s co-operative – Dairy Famers of Britain. Cheaper than supermarkets and of top quality.

  9. Charlie Marks (365 comments) says:

    oh fuck. I’ve posted the same thing twice. Wonko, does it really need to be so confusing to make a post?

  10. A brummie (75 comments) says:

    I think the reason the supermarkets do it is because if produce that was made in England was marked as such – the Scots & Welsh would not want to buy it.

  11. axel (1214 comments) says:

    I doubt that but…..

    The supermarkets are huge, absolutely enormous, so alternate labelling would be easy. Have you ever seen a Scothch Pie in your local shop? Guessng you are from Brum, you probably have’nt however you may have seen Mutton Pies, they are identical, made in the same factory but we get different labels up here on them.

    And anyway there are 50 million of you and only 10 million of us grumpy savages. Surely the maths say, you buy and eat more?

  12. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    Charlie, I don’t know what you’re doing to have so many problems! Just click on the register link on the bottom right and register. Once I’ve activated your account you can log on and you won’t have to fill in the captcha box.

  13. Charlie Marks (365 comments) says:

    Ah, I must be stoopid. I’ll register now.

  14. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    Not at all, I turned the registration on a while ago and then turned it off a few days later because it got spammed. I turned it back on last night after tweaking it slightly (and temporarily breaking the admin pages) to make it less recognisable to spambots.

  15. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    Incidently, I made a call to Trading Standards yesterday and I’m waiting for a call back.

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