They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Friday, June 22, 2007

English Tomatoes vanish from Tescos

Group sales, including VAT, increased by 16.7% to £43.1 billion (2005 – £37.0 billion). At constant exchange rates, sales grew by 15.0%. Group profit before tax increased by 18% to £2,235 million (2005 – £1,894 million). Underlying profit before tax (excluding IAS 32 and IAS 39 and the non–cash elements of IAS 19, which are replaced by the normal cash contributions) increased to £2,277 million, up by 18.3%. Underlying diluted earnings per share grew by 15.1% to 20.30p and diluted earnings per share increased by 15.1% to 19.92p.

A final dividend of 6.10p per ordinary share (2005 – 5.27p) is proposed. Together with the interim dividend of 2.53p (2005 – 2.29p) already paid, this brings the full year dividend to 8.63p (2005 – 7.56p) an increase of 14.2% on last year.

British Tomatoes don't give Tescos sufficient margin to justify them stocking them and selling them to us eager punters. Instead, at my local store, there is a mountain of toms from Poland. Sorry Polish friends but for once I am prepared to venture into rabid nationalism: English Toms are best.

Tescos, you bastards - where are they?

Update: It has been pointed out to me that in fact at Tescos you can still buy English toms - but alas it is only via the rip-off Tescos "finest" range. Given that they charge eight quid for four, my tomato sauce, which I make in huge quantities, would end up costing me more than a 2 week 5* holiday in Naples - with money over.