EREMIAH James Colman was once asked how he made such a vast fortune from the sale of mustard. ‘I make my money,’ he replied, ‘from the mustard that people throw away on the sides of their plates.’
Certainly Colman became a very rich man. When he took over the Norwich business in 1856 it had 200 employees, and by his death in 1898 the workforce was close to 2,000. He built this family concern into a global brand through innovative marketing, hard work, honesty and integrity. He helped restore the economic fortunes of the city, where large numbers of cloth workers made redundant by the decline of the textile industry were suffering great poverty.
Colman was not merely a successful entrepreneur. When he died, he left £2,000 to his employees’ trust. His social welfare legacy was a system of nurseries, schools, medical care, food provision, housing and pensions, fully 50 years before the creation of the welfare state.
Colman was a devout Christian. His Protestant faith drove his belief in a strong work ethic coupled with compassion. He believed in giving money to help people, but that they then had a duty to help themselves.
A genuine philanthropist, and fine role model for all subsequent millionaire leaders. Sadly, there are few today who can stand comparison.
This was highlighted by statistics concerning the huge quantities of unused Covid-19 vaccine doses which are being thrown away as out-of-date or simply out-of-demand. Karsten Montag, writing in Multipolar has identified the vast profits made by many German Covid vaccine ‘profiteers’, including BioNTech, Merck and Evonik, the Strüngmann brothers, even the City of Mainz. The original article is headed by a photograph of the whooping and cheering beneficiaries.
Montag also highlighted the fact that their marketing has given rise to a great deal of ‘mustard left on the side of the plate’. While Germany ordered more than 430million Covid doses under Health Ministers Jens Spahn and Karl Lauterbach, he reveals that it has used only 192million of them. The Berlin government admitted that 114million doses had been discarded having reached their expiry date by August 31, and a further 128million had been donated to other countries. This means that a total of 242million doses were discarded or donated – 50million more than were actually used!
This degree of wastage was confirmed last year by the GAVI Vaccine Alliance. Its editorial team has published data collected by Airfinity, a global health surveillance firm, suggesting that some 1.1billion Covid-19 vaccine doses are likely to have been wasted since the global roll-out began.
Airfinity’s CEO Rasmus Bech Hansen said that while no one wants to waste doses in any amount, ‘it’s a by-product of an unprecedented level of vaccine production that has saved millions of lives’.
Mr Hansen is not alone in extolling the wondrous effects of all this Big Pharma activity. The internet is awash with reports celebrating the lives allegedly saved worldwide. But medical experts have reached very different conclusions. Dr Angus Dalgleish has stated that ‘it is very clear and very frightening that these vaccines have several elements to cause a perfect storm in cancer development in those patients lucky enough to have avoided heart attacks, clots, strokes, autoimmune diseases and other common adverse reactions to the Covid vaccines. To advise booster vaccines, as is the current case, is no more and no less than medical incompetence; to continue to do so with the above information is medical negligence which can carry a custodial sentence.’
Even Bill Gates himself, ‘the world’s most influential public health advocate’ and self-styled philanthropist, doubts the technology behind mRNA injections. In a 2021 interview with Policy Exchange, he said: ‘We didn’t have vaccines that block transmission. We got vaccines that help you with your health, but they only slightly reduce the transmission. We need a new way of doing the vaccines’, thereby washing his hands of any involvement in what has in effect been a world-wide experiment.
TCW went on to expose the extent to which global organisations, such as WHO and Gates’s GAVI alliance, now ‘have in their sights total control over world governance, steadily shifting away from their original philanthropic goals towards corporatism and ditching any pretence at democratic legitimacy’. Gates has boasted that the GAVI is ‘the best investment we’ve ever made’. Unlike those of J J Colman, the philanthropic credentials of these individuals and corporations are just self-aggrandising pretentiousness.
On a more local scale, Gillian Dymond made available the letter she sent in reply to Dr Nikita Kanani, MBE, Deputy Lead, NHS Seasonal Vaccination Programmes, requesting that Dr Kanani adjust her department’s circular ‘to conform with the facts’, since ‘for the government to conduct publicly-funded campaigns to promote indiscriminate medication . . . flagrantly defies these principles [of fully informed consent]’.
Dr Kanani has stated that she ‘wants to help provide the time and support for GPs and others working in primary care to develop and improve the services that practices provide’. She was appointed deputy head for the NHS’s vaccination programme in 2017, and later accepted an MBE for services to primary care. Actually rather modest, considering that elsewhere it was knighthoods all round.
It’s quite clear what JJ Colman would have thought of all that. When in later life he was offered a baronetcy by his close friend, Prime Minister William Gladstone, he refused it, saying ‘anything I can do to promote the principles I have always supported, I am glad to do, but I much prefer that it should be without the reward or rank a title is supposed to give’.
This is entirely in keeping with the sense of civic responsibility he maintained both in business and his private life. ‘Men should go into municipal affairs,’ he stated, ‘to see what they could do for the town, instead of seeing what the town could do for them.’
Today’s would-be philanthropists have much to learn from the mustard king.