Britain is being consumed, not so much with a food safety scandal, as it is with a culinary cultural nightmare.
To their horror, the British have discovered they have been eating horse meat in their burgers, their frozen lasagnas, and who knows what else. Perhaps for months, maybe even years.
Britons may have had to eat horse and donkey meat during the Second World War — although they would have kept a stiff upper lip about it — but generally viande de cheval, as the French say, is taboo.
“No horse meat please, we’re British,” proclaimed the Guardian.
The Bumi saga deepened on Friday with allegations that hackers broke into the chairman's computer to steal documents used to spark a crisis at the mining group. An investigation by a private security company suggests hackers retrieved information from Samin Tan's laptop, which was sent to a member of Bumi's board by an unnamed "whistleblower", plunging the company into chaos.
This week the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) made a horrifying discovery — three meat processing plants had somehow allowed horse meat to get into beef burgers that were then sold in supermarket chains in the UK and Ireland.
Britain's satirical cartoonists are sharpening their pencils for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, but are likely to keep their cruellest portrayals in check.Partly reflecting the British obsession with class and status, the butt of most cartoonists' jokes are usually those occupying high office and the monarchy, so a royal wedding is fertile hunting ground for mischievous illustrators.