Christian Calgie - talks well, but lies badly
To no surprise at all, the story - shortages at a Carrefour outlet in Brussels - has been seized upon by the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog. “Senior Reporter” Christian Calgie, in reality former assistant sandwich monitor promoted to teaboy as a replacement for Tom “Hardwood”, who has gone to Gammon Broadcasting™ News (“Bacon’s News Channel”), proclaimed “Explain This, Remainers”.
Er, explain what? “Remainers have spent weeks now telling us the UK’s HGV driver shortage was caused by Brexit. For a group so keen on calling 52% of the population thick, they’ve been impervious to facts. Guido’s been reporting for a while now that some countries on the continent have been even worse hit by the Covid-caused supply chain issues, and now there’s photographic evidence to prove it”. Oh yeah? Do go on.
Another failure of Fawkes non-journalism
“From the heart of Brussels, Twitter user James Holland shows us that shops in the heart of EU-capital Brussels have also been struck, with near-empty shelves”. That would be one shop. But Calgie is not finished. “A sign tells frustrated shoppers that due to logistical problems, some products are temporarily unavailable and apologise for the inconvenience. Good luck blaming Brexit for this one”. But sadly, the story is crap.
The outlet shown is a Carrefour. Rather less than Two Minutes’ Googling™ would bring the news that the supermarket chain is currently affected by strike action. As the Brussels Times reported - last Monday - “Carrefour Belgium is struggling to supply some of its shops with enough products following a strike at its logistics provider, a spokesperson for the company confirmed to the Belga news agency on Monday”.
For Brexiteer Tories, there's one born every minute
So the problems were known about, and reported upon, four days before The Great Guido excreted his latest steamer. As was reported, “Kuehne+Nagel, a logistics subcontractor for Carrefour Belgium, wants to close its warehouse in Nivelles. This threatens to lay off 549 employees. In response, the employees immediately stopped working last week and colleagues in other distribution centres did the same out of solidarity”.
This latest lack of journalism comes hard on the heels of the Fawkes massive making claims about Novara Media’s pay rates without bothering to check first. On that occasion, the reaction was to double down and come over all righteous. How dare the Rotten Lefties™ question the accuracy of The Great Guido’s reporting?
But there will be no credible pushback this time. “Guido’s been reporting for a while now that some countries on the continent have been even worse hit by the Covid-caused supply chain issues”. No he hasn’t, because there aren’t “some countries on the continent … even worse hit”. The Brexiteer desperation has descended into flat-out lying.
And the Fawkes rabble aren’t even capable of doing that convincingly. Another fine mess.
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