One good thing about a recession - bad restaurants go bust

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<p>There's plenty that can be difficult in an economic downturn, so it's worth trying to look on the bright side wherever you can. &nbsp;</p>
<p>Bad restaurants, pubs and cafes are second only to sellers of obscure financial products in their use of language to obscure the truth and screw you for all your hard-earned cash. &nbsp;I'm sure there must be a book out there which explains all the ways you can add perceived value to dishes on a menu, whilst actually adding no value at all. &nbsp;Liberal use of words like "home-cooked", "our very own..", "specially selected" can make a menu look appealing - and add 30% to the price. &nbsp;Then there's the "us-too" dishes - Foodservice rubbish full of palm oil and preservatives which is a poor imitation of proper, well-cooked food. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
<p>You might have guessed that I've had a couple of bad eating-out experiences in the last couple of weeks. One of the places I went to had the word <em>sublime</em> in its name. &nbsp;It had some marketing guff with a dictionary definition of sublime - something about causing an emotional reaction in an individual. &nbsp;They certainly managed that. &nbsp;</p>

<p>Anyway, it may sound a bit callous, but there are some businesses out there that we're all better off without. &nbsp;And surely that must be as true in the social economy as elsewhere. &nbsp; I do what I do because I want a better society. I do that in part by working with organisations to help them to stick around so they can create change. &nbsp;I don't do it so that they can stick around full stop. &nbsp;</p>
<p>I &nbsp;know it's not a very popular thing to say but there are some highly uninspiring third sector organisations out there who haven't thought beyond their own survival for years. &nbsp;Will it be the end of the world if some of them fold in the next few years? &nbsp;I doubt it. &nbsp;Of course, economics and funding regimes aren't always logical or fair - and some good organisations will unjustly go to the wall. &nbsp;But I bet there'll be plenty of others where, three months down the line, hardly anyone will remember that they were there in the first place. &nbsp;</p>
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