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Roll out the next shortage.

Do some people still have toilet roll that they bought at the height of the mad rush? It was a rush sparked largely by the media and those same journalists, desperate for a story, have decided to run the supermarkets out of vegetables instead.

According to Sky, “Asda is temporarily limiting the purchase of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, salad bags, broccoli, cauliflower and raspberries to three of each item per customer.” Watch out for bin loads of rotting fruit and vegetables in about ten days’ time as the lemmings in society rush out to buy far more than they could ever eat.

"Like other supermarkets, we are experiencing sourcing challenges on some products that are grown in southern Spain and North Africa," an Asda spokesman said.

Some of us are old enough to remember when certain products were not available in the winter – only recent times have seen this consumer-led demand that everything is available all year long.

So, before the obsessive Remoaners start blaming Brexit for this chaos, let’s look for the true culprits. The amusing thing is the correlation between the high numbers of vegetarians who also believe that extra tax will change the weather. This extra tax, in the form of VAT and green subsidies – applied to farmers’ energy bills – has left them unable to afford to maintain greenhouse production at previous levels, hence the shortage.

Instead, supermarkets are forced to source these products from warmer climes, bringing them in on diesel-powered ships, a double whammy for those who campaign to stop oil.

Actions have consequences and in this case, the green (or greens) lobby has shot itself in the foot. Me, I’m off for a bacon sandwich.

Martin Day – Party Secretary

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