I don’t do politics; that is, I don’t make political statements on my blog, though it could be said that I have, on occasion, crossed my self-imposed line when I criticised NHS admin procedures but I would defy any of my readers to deduce from my posts how I voted in the EU referendum. However, there is an area within the debate which is particularly interesting me at the moment – the stockpiling of food.
The Guardian ran an article as long ago as July last year entitled A no-deal Brexit survival guide: what to stockpile. I missed it at the time but happened across it just the other day whilst seeking unconnected information. The report confirmed that the Government had drawn up plans to stockpile processed foods and medical supplies pending a possible no-deal in which a free flow of goods is not achieved resulting in shortages of essentials. At the time this seemed a little like scaremongering but just this week it’s been reported that Tesco and Marks & Spencer have joined other food retailers in stockpiling packet and tinned food.
The Telegraph reports that Majestic Wine, by the way, announced their intention of stockpiling £8 million worth of European Wine to address an ’emergency’. Good to know that they’ve got their priorities right – we might all starve but at least we’ll be happy doing it!
But seriously, should we be worrying? And if so, how worried we should be? The fact is that we don’t actually KNOW what will happen. If there are shortages then there are shortages so it would affect everyone regardless of how they voted. A friend told me before Christmas that she had started stocking up her cupboards more than usual. Another friend thinks this is insanity. I’m on the fence on this one – I don’t know what to think.
I’d love to hear what you think, but please be aware that, on this occasion, comments may be moderated if there is any Brexit reference other than to the issue of stockpiling.