Former Welsh Secretary suggests supermarkets are ‘disguising’ EU food
A former Welsh Secretary has suggested that supermarkets are disguising food from the EU.
John Redwood, the Tory MP for Wokingham in Berkshire, claimed that they have a “keen enthusiasm to display the Union flag”, but a “marked reluctance to celebrate” food from the continent with an EU flag.
He argued that this “implies” that they “think there are plenty of people who want to buy UK food”, but that they want to “disguise” from the European Union.
On his blog, he said: “I notice in my local supermarkets a keen enthusiasm to display the Union flag on many foods the retailer can claim are home grown.
“There is a marked reluctance to celebrate the EU origins of continental food with an EU flag, or even to put a Dutch flag on the salad items and a Spanish flag on the vegetables that come from there.
“This makes it a bit more difficult for home grown food enthusiasts to spot the import. It implies the supermarkets think there are plenty of people who want to buy UK food, but not enough who will insist on EU food so they seek to disguise it.”
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It’s only Redwood and his cronies who think that sticking a flag on things is necessary.
For those who cannot read, probably.
Those of us who can read, do so.
Not a politician for whom I have much respect.
Early stages of Dementia?
Senility was also my first thought.
I can not look at that man without remembering him attempting to mime singing the Welsh National Anthem because he couldn’t be bothered to learn it.
You can’t un-see a thing like that.
That was when the term ‘swivel eyed loon’ was born
I wonder what he’s on.
Oh dear, Mr Redwood becomes ever more demented. Most produce with an EU origin or further afield clearly states this. Thus, printed on the packaging of, for example tomatoes, you’ll see the Netherlands, Spain or Morocco, The print might be small but it’s there. The union flag is prominent on some products probably as an added reminder that food produced in Britain, though the Union Flag usually means product of England. Other flags are available for food products produced in any of the other three constituent nations of the UK. I personally tend to gravitate towards those products displaying Y… Read more »
I don’t like buying food with a butcher’s apron on it, puts me off what might be inside it
I’v got a feeling the Spaghetti I bought might have been made in Italy!!
Those darn Europeans messing with good honest traditional British food!
What a strange perspective the man has. Is he hoping that European flags on food will cause people to reject it? Incitement to racial hatred?
The poor man’s obviously been driven to insanity by his own rabid anti-EU xenophobia playing over and over in his mind.
Such a shame that today was the day he had to lend Liz Truss his brain cell.
He should do an essay on this for that silly book that Uncle Ifan’s been treating us to selections from.
Desn’t he know that it states where the food comes from. Unfortunately if it has the Union Jack it generally comes from England. If you want Welsh produce you have to specifically look for it.
I was in Tesco once, and there was a banner above some of the shelves saying “Supporting British Farmers” with a big Union Jack on it.
Looking at the fruit and veg underneath it, the strawberries and blueberries said “Spain”.
Back in the Eighties, there was a theory that this idiot came from Venus.
It would appear that he’s copying his illustrious leader, got out of the firing line, and gone back there to immerse himself in Venusian reality.
Deluded. This man’s warped views, along with many of his deranged colleagues, are trashing the country. If you can’t get a turkey this christmas or fill your car – blame this lot. Honestly, let’s get out quickly.
Drivel. I read that as JR’s so nationalistic he want’s everyone to hate anything that’s not ‘British’ (he really means English). There was someone similar around in the early 20thC.
John Redwood, the Mr Bean of politics, thinks stores are disguising EU produce, lol.
Odd, went to my local supermarket the other day bought some “Brussels” Sprouts, or should we rename them, British Sprouts to ape the Americans with their anti-French “Freedom Fries”. Man’s a right plonker!
He found a shop with food???!!!