Hold on to your hats, everyone. I have discovered the source of all our national ills. Not bankers; not a messed-up education system; not the Tories; not bad sportsmanship in football; not a culture of skiving; not people spending too much time on Twitter and Facebook; not dishonesty in public life. No, it goes much deeper. Yesterday, in conversation with WotN, I learned of the fact that Waitrose now sells those fruits that some call tangerines and satsumas but that I still call naartjies, as Easy Peelers. Then my friend Chris put me on to this (from 2008):
Oranges are being struck off shopping lists because people are losing the patience to peel them, according to suppliers.
Consumption was down 2% over the last 12 months - the third year of decline in a row, trade magazine The Grocer reported.
The drop has been countered by growth in the market for smaller, "easy-peeler" varieties.
Readers, I ask you! I am not an especially strong or rugged person. But is an orange really hard to peel? What has happened to the moral fibre of the nation if the young and even middle-aged are now finding it so? I can only conclude that we were a tougher generation, born as we were during the war.