Great apes

The Guardian’s piece on Lord Stern’s comments about climate change also raises the current controversy over palm oil production. I am proud to report I purchased orangutan-friendly black pepper oatcakes this morning, which are made with olive oil rather than palm oil like most oatcakes. Now we need David “oatcakes are my favourite biscuits”* Cameron to confirm likewise.

*They’re not biscuits.

Speaking of apes, the adorable and fluffy AA Gill has upset people by revealing he shot a baboon on safari in Africa “to see what it would feel like to shoot a person”. This gives me not only the opportunity to re-use my favourite holiday snap, taken in Victoria Falls a couple of years ago and previously used to illustrate a particularly insightful blog post on men sitting with their legs apart on trains…

… but also to draw attention to the fact that the delightful Mr Gill also confirmed what we all know, that arguments in defence of fox-hunting are just spurious efforts to justify bloodsports: “The feeble argument of culling and control is much the same as for foxes: a veil for naughty fun.” While Mr Cameron is answering my question about oatcakes, perhaps he could also reveal how many live animals he’s shot and killed for sport?

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