Equality at work

November 16th, 2012 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Food News reports:

A school lunch lady in Falun, Sweden has been told by education authorities to get in step and stop serving better quality meals than lunch ladies at other schools.

Horrific. That means there is no food equality. It is not fair kids at one school get better meals than kids at another school.

She has been told to stop baking her own bread in favour of the store-bought version and to reduce the range of vegetables she offers in her now famous vegie buffets.

In spite of working within her budget, and meeting all health and nutrition standards, Annika Erikson has been told her super lunches are unfair on students at other schools, and she must stop such anti-social behaviour immediately.

Yes, initiative and excellence are anti-social behaviour.

Katarina Lindberg, head of the authority which overseas school meals in the region, told local news media, “A menu has been developed. …It is about making a collective effort on quality, to improve school meals overall and to try and ensure everyone does the same.”

Oh yes the collective effort, This is the same collective effort that argues against performance pay for excellent teachers because it is all about the collective effort.

Another article on this has a great quote:

The “same,” even if everyone is worse off. Or as Winston Churchill put it, “socialism is the equal sharing of misery.”

Equality, comrades!

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21 Responses to “Equality at work”

  1. Agent BS (10 comments) says:

    Shearer has a similar edict – No one can perform better than Mallard.

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  2. Lance (2,620 comments) says:

    Teachers Nirvana

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  3. Longknives (4,686 comments) says:

    I bet even the lunch ladies are hot in Sweden…

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  4. Bob R (1,360 comments) says:

    Is there a Pravda version of the Onion?

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  5. Harriet (4,777 comments) says:

    The next generation in Sweden won’t be making Skodas – but Ladas – the pinnacle of marketable soviet technological excellence, right when the ‘free westeners’ were buying ABBA records.

    Expressing ones ‘individualness’ is now no longer a socialist standard – generation x and y have just been told so – not by the music industry – but rather the government! :cool:

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  6. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    Horrific. That means there is no food equality. It is not fair kids at one school get better meals than kids at another school.

    So you agree that providing free and nutritious food in all schools is good policy and you are just quibbling around the edges?

    That’s good to know.

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  7. mpledger (429 comments) says:

    It wasn’t about working harder, it was about costing too much. By standardising the meals across schools they could save money. She’s still allowed to make bread and salads just with fewer options.

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  8. cha (3,933 comments) says:

    I bet even the lunch ladies are hot in Sweden…

    You wish….. and it looks like there’s more to the story….

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  9. RRM (9,774 comments) says:

    Curious – wouldn’t “equality” be better served by making her the trainer for all the other school lunch makers?

    As they’re doing a poorer job at greater cost, there is clearly some scope for learning and improvement there.

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  10. hmmokrightitis (1,585 comments) says:

    “providing free and nutritious food in all schools”

    1. Youre making an assumption based on free – the parents may well pay for it. Fail

    2. Your lefty brain equates ‘someone else paying for it’ as ‘free’. Fail

    But noice try there Luc. Back to comrades class 101.

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  11. Elaycee (4,353 comments) says:

    @Luc:

    Do you ever stop and think about the crap you’ve written before you hit the ‘Submit Comment’ button?

    Nah – thought not… You’re just lowering the bar further and further with each effort… :(

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  12. burt (8,199 comments) says:

    RRM

    Curious – wouldn’t “equality” be better served by making her the trainer for all the other school lunch makers?

    No… Unions and socialism don’t want improvement…. they want mediocrity…. We are all the same….

    Ideally there would be one place (govt run) that makes the lunches and each student would need to go to that place to queue for their lunch. Socialism without queue’s just isn’t right you know.

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  13. burt (8,199 comments) says:

    This is actually exactly what the teachers unions have been fighting for here… lower the bar for the incompetent so they don’t stand out.

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  14. Harriet (4,777 comments) says:

    “…..So you agree that providing free and nutritious food in all schools is good policy and you are just quibbling around the edges?….”

    Yep…….vouchers will do just nicely!

    How’s the appetite now Luc….spewing yet? :cool:

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  15. Reid (16,224 comments) says:

    Well you see, having variation upsets the Five Year Plan and if that happens, the socialists lose track of what’s going to happen next and chaos results, in their thinking.

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  16. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    @LAC

    I simply replied in kind. These dumb and dumber posts don’t deserve any better.

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  17. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    @Harriet

    Isn’t that essentially what that system is? I’m sure they are even transferable!

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  18. burt (8,199 comments) says:

    You simply can’t give the people vouchers – they might choose to redeem them at the wrong place…. How can we guarantee the survival of sub standard suppliers (aka: Union dominated work places) when people have choice.

    Luc … Surely vouchers can’t be acceptable to you ? Or is your world view such that you equate vouchers as being only redeemable at a single state provider ?

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  19. OctagonGrappler (84 comments) says:

    It sounds like a great idea:) Also It is hoped that boys in High School will get Govt Funded Meds to lower their Testosterone levels so they are not aggressive or angry. This has been mentioned and I understand teachers in Sweden support the idea of boys taking Anti-Testosterone medication to lower the levels in the body:)…

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  20. burt (8,199 comments) says:

    OctagonGrappler

    What an excellent idea, why train teachers to effectively deal with teenage boys when we can turn teenage boys into something easier for mediocre teachers to deal with…. Perfect socialist approach…

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  21. uglytruth (4,551 comments) says:

    Swedish law is based on civil law, which in turn is based on Roman law. In Rome, the state religion embodied the principle of universality, i.e. absolute consistency. In other words, the motivation for diminishing the quality of school lunches is based on a religious idea, as applied to furthering the interests of the state.

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