British journalist Nick Cohen has a funny story about his socially conscious mother scouring the supermarkets in the 1970s for “politically reputable citrus fruit“.
She refused to buy oranges from Spain because of the fascist regime of General Franco. South Africa was off the list because of apartheid, as was Israel due to its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Even Florida oranges were on the banned because of his mother’s hatred of Richard Nixon.
“My sisters and I did not know it, but when Franco fell ill in 1975, we were in a race to the death. Either he died of Parkinson’s disease or we died of scurvy. Luckily for us and the peoples of Spain, the dictator went first, although he took an unconscionably long time about it.” Continue reading