I felt that the programme I watched on T.V. last night – Fake Britain – was biased and unfair in the way it reported the sales of fake fish in Britain. I don’t normally have a problem with programmes that tell us of the myriad ways in which we are being ripped off, but last nights ‘fish’ report was downright misleading.
First of all, I don’t doubt that tons and tons of fish is being sold in this country as ‘fish’ – unidentified by any other name. Well done BBC for pointing that out – we really should care more about what we eat.
To prove their point, the BBC turned up a guy who had suffered anaphylactic shock from eating some kind of unidentified (until forensic laboratory examination had been performed on it by the BBC) Vietnamese fish IN A PUB RESTAURANT. He’d assumed it would be cod because the pub served cod when he had worked there. Fair enough – the pub should tell the customer what kind of fish they are serving up, even if it has a weird name.
However, the programme then went on to investigate the misrepresentation of fish IN FISH AND CHIP SHOPS. As far as I remember, they visited seven shops in north Wales and found one to be serving haddock, when the investigator had asked for cod. So what! The poor shopkeeper agreed that she hadn’t told the investigator the fish would be haddock (she sold haddock because it is slightly cheaper than cod) and the programme highlighted this fault as if she (and by implication all of the fish and chip shops in north Wales) were child molesters. In reality, they didn’t find the problem of fake fish in any of the shops visited – but they implication was that they did. That was pure misinterpretation of the facts.
The report would have been fairer if it had followed up on the tons of far east Asian fish sold in pubs and pub restaurants – rather than fish and chip shops. I wonder if that was because the pubs are owned by massively influential pub-chains and the fish and chip shops (usually) owned by less influential individuals.
Shame on you BBC. You used to provide balanced reports. This was rubbish.