- McLibel -

Recent exhastion of defendants - letter to Helen and Dave

Posted by: Nigel McFarlane ( Australia ) on May 04, 1996 at 17:56:20:

Please could you forward this note of support to Dave Morris and
Helen Steel. Thank you.

Dear Dave and Helen,

I remember well being in the scouting movement at age about 10,
and McDonalds supplying a veritable flood of free food vouchers
to be distributed to the most successful "Bob a Job" participants.

Compare this with my Father's generation (now in their 60s) who grew up
on a diet of fish and chips for lunch on the building site. Before they
retired at 55, nearly half had had some form of cancer or a heart attack.

Is this the same future our young folk today can look forward to?

I'd like to thank you for your inspirational defence of common sense,
and hope you can find the strength to continue. You have my total
support and thanks for your hard work. It must take some really special
form of determination to pursue the matter as far as you have, and I can
only hope that one day I will able to intertwine my own daily actions and
ethical beliefs to such a close degree. In the meantime, just think
of 1000s and 1000s of computer literate people like myself, reading the
information about the trial and McDonalds. It may seem like all sound
and fury and stress from your point of view, but out here in calmer
waters, the side effects are a huge information distribution. Even if
you fire the imaginations of only 0.01% of the people reading the
information, that'll be hundreds and hundreds of new supporters and
activists. No matter the outcome of the trial, you've won - a success
in the trial will just be the icing on the cake, and possibly write
a new chapter in the fast (crap) food industry as well.

You'll have my first donation as soon as I get a postal response from the
Australian chapter of your support group.

Just think of thousands of people like me, reading about your efforts,
learning, being inspired and motivated. Compared with when you started,
there'll be a huge organisation against McDonalds, and you'll be able to
have your reward of a well-earned rest and the wonderful vista of a
dedicated group of organisers, should you wish it. Meantime, guard your
energies, and don't let the bastards get you down.

All the best, Nigel McFarlane.

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