Blog: Farewell, freedom fighter

Catherine Sleep | 15 March 2004


I was really sad to hear that “Metric Martyr” Steve Thoburn had died at the weekend.

He was only 39, and he had three little kids. This in itself is tragic, but he will be missed not just by his family but also by the many people in Britain who supported his cause. For those of you who have never heard of him, Steve was arrested by a Trading Standards officer who caught him selling fruit and veg from his greengrocer’s stall by the pound instead of by the kilogram.

Despite the fact that hardly any of his customers even knew what a kilo of bananas looked like, his stubbornness earned him a criminal conviction. He joined up with a few other traders and appealed against this conviction in a number of courts, right on up to the House of Lords and ultimately the EU Court of Human Rights.

Yes, laws are there to be observed, but many people over the age of 30, say, are only comfortable with pounds and ounces, so was it really worth taking him to court? He dies a criminal but, at the risk of sounding melodramatic and maudlin, I’d say that in many people’s eyes he was a hero.

Metric Martyr


BLOG

US food agency hints at direction of travel with "policy roadmap"

It's light on specific details but a new "strategic policy roadmap" for 2018 from the US Food and Drug Administration should give manufacturers a sense of where the agency could be looking to act this...

BLOG

Vegan tourist tales

I sampled some of the products launched in the UK in the New Year, aimed at those seeking to eat more healthily or cut down on their meat consumption....

BLOG

"We're evolving" - flagship US lobby group insists change coming as more members quit

Hershey and Cargill are the latest US-based food majors to have decided to leave The Grocery Manufacturers Association - and the lobby group says it is looking to change to meet the "disruption" in th...



Forgot your password?