The collective myopia of senior Tories over the possibility of Britain leaving the EU without a deal has been brought into sharp focus, not by our free and fearless press, or, whisper it quietly, the broadcasters, but the HuffPost UK, whose deputy political editor Arj Singh has revealed the disturbing detachment from reality of those who have, until recently, held cabinet rank in the Government, as they discuss a mythical “clean Brexit”.
Someone Singh describes as a “Remain-voting ex-minister” is quoted as saying “Everyone can see this agreement is a disaster … Whilst I think it was right to vote the way I did, actually in the end we have got to say that faced with the only option that we have, which is the deal or WTO and lots of smaller deals, would we rather have a clean Brexit?”
Remember, no country in the world trades exclusively on WTO terms. None. Zero. Zilch. Zip. Nil. Nada. Not a sausage. Bugger all. But the delusion extends to a “senior backbencher” who says of WTO rules “that it is what most of the world have got”. Wrong.
And the biscuit is well and truly taken in no style at all by “a Leave-backing former cabinet minister” who has claimed “To a certain degree but people aren’t going round and saying no deal is going to be a cakewalk … But when people are seeing the technical notices they are asking, how much will this actually impact people’s lives?”
Pizza ... with lots of tomato in the topping
Well, indeed. Who’s bothered about a few hundred thousand job losses, Sterling going through the floor, the economy tanking by over 9% - the Government’s own figures - and the flight of manufacturing industry? But this former minister had more to say.
“We won’t be able to get certain foods like bananas or tomatoes but it’s not like we won’t be able to eat. And we’ll be leaving at a time when British produce is beginning to come into season so it’s the best possible time to leave with no deal”. Most of our food is imported. British produce could not possibly make up the shortfall.
Leaving aside, though, the assembled stupidity of those who are paid from taxpayer funds to make decisions on the peoples’ behalf - as opposed to blindly following political ideology - that last statement lets slip that most takeaway favourites would become unavailable in the no-deal Brexit scenario the ex-minister has outlined. I kid you not.
Curry - with a can of tomatoes in it
“We won’t be able to get certain foods like bananas or tomatoes” he said. Tomatoes. No tomatoes. Tomatoes, or tomato paste, is one of the basic elements of what goes on top of a pizza. No tomatoes, no pizza. Therefore, no deal means no pizza.
And it gets worse: all those who look at an impending pizza shortage, shrug, and decide to go for a curry instead are also in for a nasty shock. Why so? Er, ever seen your curry being put together in the restaurant or takeaway? Tomatoes. Almost every curry has tomatoes, or tomato paste, in it. You make curry at home? Look at the ingredient list on your curry cook-in sauce or curry paste jar. No tomatoes, no curry.
That’s just one example of how the Tory right is out of touch with reality. How many more of our favourite foods are in danger from this convocation of bone-headed idiocy?
No deal means no pizza or curry. And they don’t care. Be afraid, voters. Be very afraid.
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