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Stockpiling food for Brexit

Discussion in 'Personal' started by BelleDuJour, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    They are doing it because the government told them to do so (in order to stoke up so much fear of a no deal that it won't happen - and thankfully they seem to have succeeded):

    U.K. Tells Supermarkets to Maximize Stockpiles Before Brexit

    Theresa May’s government has told supermarkets to keep as much stock as possible in warehouses around the country in case the U.K. crashes out of the European Union without a Brexit deal, officials said.
  2. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    I remember eating really well in the 1970s. My mother cooked from scratch every single day and we ate seasonal produce, as that is what was available. And oh did we soooooo look forward to the first strawberries of summer! Takeaways, fast food and ready meals did not exist as such and the microwave was yet to be invented.
    My mother taught me how to cook cheap cuts of meat, which have become quite trndy now yet are still inexpensive in comparison to other cuts.
    So yes, I'd be happy to revert ot the diet of the 1970s when obesity was the exception, not the norm
  3. Brunel

    Brunel Lead commenter

    I wish I shared your confidence in predicting the future. In the years up to 1914 there were many speeches and articles from respected thinkers and politicians explaining that since a war was in nobody’s interests it simply wouldn’t happen. A No Deal Brexit still remains a possibility, even though a majority of MPs are against it Amongst other reasons, despite what you claim there are plenty of MPs who would be perfectly happy with No Deal - do you not find it suspicious how quiet and cheerful Rees-Mogg, Duncan Smith et al seem to be? And while the EU may be willing to help Britain find its way to a deal, it’s perfectly possible that we’ve overestimated just how much help they’re prepared to give us.
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  4. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    I doubt if the government or the supermarkets want to inspire disorder as was suggested above
  5. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    I entirely agree with you in the respect that cooking from scratch is always superior and that cheap cuts of meat are usually tastier. What I was referring to was that in winter, vegetables weren't always at their best. I can remember my mother complaining bitterly one year that she'd either had to cut so many black bits out of the potatoes she'd purchased that it effectively doubled their cost and having to throw away onions that she discovered were rotten when she peeled them.

    This was of course before supermarkets had taken over and we were reliant on greengrocers individually buying their stock from whatever Covent Garden had to sell, rather than supermarkets arranging contracts directly with farmers in all four corners of the world.

    There was a paucity of choice back then, that we don't experience now. I was 20 when we joined the EU and can tell you in all honesty that up until that age, I had never seen a courgette or aubergine, nor okra, fresh chillies or herbs for sale. Again, they are not on our supermarket shelves now solely as a consequence of joining the EU, it's just that the EU made it simpler to import such produce, and by doing so, enriched our lives.

    We mostly cook from scratch as my mother did, but our choice of meals are far more varied than she was able to provide, excellent and imaginative cook that she was.
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  6. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    I agree 100%

    Even in 1981, when Mrs FW came to the UK for the first time, living in what then (& now) is a pretty depressed area, she was horrified by the range of food available in local shops (even supermarkets), and saw the UK as then many years behind France. :eek:

    Not sure that is true today...though in future, who knows...;)
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  7. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    No, as I have said (repeatedly) the government want to stoke up so much fear of a no deal that there is no chance of anyone wanting it - and judging from some of the comments seen here, they have thankfully succeeded.
  8. lexus300

    lexus300 Star commenter

    Looks like a chicken leg to me:p
    Squirrel pie is delicious BTW.
  9. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    Courgettes were introduced to the UK in the 1930s. They are easy to grow here and don't need to be imported. Aubergines (which I first tasted at a Greek restaurant in Hackney some time around 1958) can be grown here in polytunnels although they are often imported from Spain.

    I think the advent of cheap flights enabling foreign holidays, and the arrival in the UK of Italian, Greek, Spanish and French restaurants, developed the British taste for more exotic foods and in so doing enriched our lives.

    The EU may have facilitated imports, but I don't think it ever did much to cultivate tastes.
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  10. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    Stockpiling is an understandable reaction, when levels get low and prices soar theres money to be had! Although if things still arent sorted in a decade or two climate change will give us the citrus fruits back and the bananas will be ready by about 2055.
  11. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    My point wasn't about whether it's possible to grow common European vegetables in the UK, or whether specialist restaurants took the trouble to acquire the ingredients they needed for their recipes. It is this:

    I had never seen these vegetables available in our shops when I was young, but I can guarantee I can venture out to Tesco this evening, in the middle of winter with the certainty I can buy them. I couldn't when I was in my early 20s, because they were such a hassle to import and their cost would have consequentially have been so much higher that greengrocers generally didn't offer them.

    Incidentally, if the arrival of Italian, Greek, Spanish and French restaurants with their exotic foods enriched our lives, don't we require the free movement of European chefs to remain with enriched lives?
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  12. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter


    they are reported

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  13. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    I spent some time with a couple of workers from various parties in Westminster over Christmas, ans one thing I heard is that steps have been taken to prevent anyone gaining a monopoly over particular crops, such as turnips, carrots and potatoes.
  14. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    If we can't enforce our own laws now, leaving the EU and its crime fighting organisations is unlikely to help us enforce them better in the future.
  15. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Could you link to the EU directive, trade policy or ... anything... that demonstrates this please?
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  16. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    I have no comment bout that, I simpl saw your post asking if I knew any migrants who wre forced here against their will, and paid less than the minimum wage, and so I answered you, thats all
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  17. sparklesparkle

    sparklesparkle Established commenter

    If you are referring to post 79, I stated that they might want to sell us more food. I said nothing about inspiring disorder and I haven't seen anyone else suggest this either.
  18. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    My Post Numbers might be different to yours. This is what I was referring to, I must have misunderstood what you meant.

  19. sparklesparkle

    sparklesparkle Established commenter

    You are referring to post 74 on the previous page. I discussed individuals who are preppers, or who are spreading social media messages about prepping. I've copied the post for you below. Please indicate where I mentioned supermarkets and governments.

    "This isn't a comment directed at you personally but I wonder how the preppers voted.

    If you are angry about leaving the EU, the prepping/civil disorder message is a good way to spread disruption and get your own back."
  20. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Rule two: Find out who else is prepping so if the balloon goes up you can always go and nick their stuff. :)

    Personally I don't think we have a blind clue about the effect that social media will have an all this, especially if it's stirred up by those who have an interest in destabilising the UK. Never mind civil servants, I bet all leave has been cancelled at the Kremlin Troll Bunker, eh Vlad?

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