When hamfisted multiculturalism meats thinly veiled racism, the result is often mind-boggling. This week’s case in point is Hvidovre, a suburban local council in Copenhagen, where a candidate for the Danish People’s Party now demands that at least one in five meals in council institutions should be served with pork. Needless to say, that would mean that muslim children and adults would go starving one or two days a week.
The story about institutions not serving pork (actually, in Danish we are not so French about it: We eat pigs. End of story) for fear of offending muslims is an old one, but I have never seen any precise figures detailing the possible extent of such behaviour.
What I do find interesting, though, is that is seems impossible to Danes to administer a system where people have a choice in the delivery of meals. In Sweden, you will be met with a form where you can enter special wishes or needs. One reason is that the place is full of vegetarians and people with allergies (I, for one, have an issue with apples and nuts). Another may be that the Swedes on this issue have somehow been able to break out of the one-size-fits-all way of thinking.
As I don’t have any children myself, I haven’t followed practices in Sweden and Denmark, but it really ought not to be that hard to introduce an element of choice in day-care and and other meal services. Except for a party which wants to turn us all into leverpostej.