Squander bug

PUBLISHED: 09:40 11 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:51 24 May 2010

I was talking to my father on his birthday, which is VJ Day, 15 August. He is now 92. When reminiscing about the Second World War in which I was a child, we talked of the Government's absolute policy of continually reminding everyone that, nothing should

I was talking to my father on his birthday, which is VJ Day, 15 August. He is now 92.When reminiscing about the Second World War in which I was a child, we talked of the Government's absolute policy of continually reminding everyone that, nothing should be wasted. Everything that could be reused or saved, was reused and saved, no second thoughts about it. Every item that was used we were told may cost a life to get it to us in Great Britain. The Coalition War Government spent considerable sums on national and local advertisements to encourage all to join in; it was of course a back-to-the wall situation. So nothing can be wasted. I still have the original pig bin we had issued to our family. It was used to collect any small amount of food that could not be used, it was not a matter of left over, and food that was unusable for humane consumption. It was then collected for farmers to feed to pigs when the food was recooked at high temperature. People were asked to conserve and save, and use beyond a point of use that would not be understood in today's throwaway society. I asked my father what the Squander Bug looked like, as this was something that I had a memory of. He recognised the term of Squander Bug but he could not bring a picture to mind. I now ask will you please publish this letter for the following reasons.I would like to know what the Squander Bug looked like; I have a vague uncertain memory. It then occurs to me that such a large historic event and selected parts of the event could be used to assist both older and younger elements of our society to join together, children and grandparents and great grandparents, once again in an effort to assist the North Somerset Council through a community involvement of parish and town councils to see what can be saved, in a way that will assist the abused local taxpayers of North Somerset.Robert G Coleman - Con member for Nailsea East

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