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Piers and Greggs: A Trans-Atlantic Guide

by | January 16, 2019

Greggs and Piers, Piers and Greggs… where do I begin? As some of you will know, I am a British guy transplanted to Ohio three years ago. In that time, I have had to learn some of the finer points of American and Buckeye societal norms. At the same time, I have introduced some elements of British life, lingo, and culture to this neck of the woods.
While my American wife and step-kids are now used to “trousers” and “petrol,” some British cultural aspects remain shrouded in a London fog-like blanket of confusion to many Americans. Such as the Piers Morgan/Sausage Roll Twitter feud that burst into life this Veganuary 2019.

So please allow me to explain to those caught up in the Piers and Greggs cultural fog.

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Piers and Greggs: A Trans-Atlantic Guide

Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan, let’s call him Piers, is an ex British journalist and national newspaper editor who is now something of a controversial television name on both sides of the Atlantic. Piers seems to have an enormous amount of (hopefully vegan) red ants in his pants about cruelty-free living – his Twitter tirades about vegan things, in general, are becoming notorious.

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Greggs, let’s call them Greggs, are a British high-street bakers chain found up and down the country. For years, they specialized in cheap, savory baked meat-based goods – pies, pasties and, of course, sausage rolls. They used to throw in a veggie slice to placate the vegetarians but it was always likely to have been fried up in something very un-vegan. Greggs have now, like so many other regular meat product retailers, recognized the importance of the steadily growing vegan market and unveiled their new vegan sausage roll. Why would they not? This has caused one or two, including Piers, to get rather hot under the collar about this apparent attack on the very fabric of Western civilization. An attack that is especially virile because of the sausage roll element to it. Rogue asteroids hurtling toward Earth have nothing on this, at least as far as Piers is concerned.

The Piers and Greggs drama is equal parts hilarious and facepalm-inducing. The reality is, Piers and the other vegan nay-sayers out there, be they in the UK, the USA, or anywhere else at that, are becoming increasingly noisy as they become increasingly less in number.

Expect the volume to get even louder in 2019.

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An Ohio-based British Masters post-graduate, and ever since I was a little kid growing up in 70s England, I’ve always hated animal cruelty and injustice, and vegan for six years. The sense of sticking up for the voiceless, the persecuted and the powerless remains as strong as ever. Married to Monica, my vegan life partner who works for NASA, we’ve been in Ohio since 2015, and have managed to drive on the other side of the road without incident thus far.

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