Many people might be tempted to avoid the advent election, but a potential shortage of pigs in blankets should remind us how our everyday lives are affected by Brexit and get us out the door to vote, says Isle of Wight farmer Matt Legge.
This week’s announcement that there could be a shortage of ready-prepared pigs in blankets this Christmas may well have resulted in a different referendum result, if only voters had known.
The continued limbo situation, and the uncertainty around any exit date, has seen migrant workers returning home in their thousands.
The resultant labour shortage has seen fruit unpicked, vegetables rotting in the fields and ‘pigs’ not wrapped in their ‘blankets’.
The lack of processing labour has also been cited as one reason for abattoirs reducing their throughput.
For any industry, uncertainty breeds problems, but with agriculture, our lead time on getting products to market exacerbates this.
Crops are being planted without knowing what the rules will be on bringing in labour to pick or process the product, or who will serve this product to the end consumer.
Much has been said about many aspects of the Brexit issue, but lies and speculation could prove as damaging as any potential end result.
I am with the NFU, and many of the politicians, in wanting to avoid a no-deal scenario, but I am also keen to get through the stalemate our country is currently stuck in.
This week’s politics may have given us a clue as to what comes next.
The imminent General Election will see the commentators earn their corn, overseeing the positioning and manoeuvres of the various parties, undoubtedly all focusing around the big ‘B’.
Will Boris Johnson’s Conservatives really campaign on a no-deal policy, just to appease the Brexit party and avoid their competition at the polls?
Can Corbyn really rally support on ‘we’ll give it some thought and come up with a position later’, or could we see the revival of the Monster Raving Loony party, who, quite frankly, might look a pretty good option in this field of runners!
Whatever your thoughts, consider the options which are laid before us before going to the polls.
Could we really go back on the referendum, or should we just get on with it and accept the best we can get in some form of a deal?
The parties will lay out their case and we should all go out and vote.
It would be very easy to avoid anything political, but we need to focus on our pigs in blankets and put our ‘X’ in the box which gets a resolution to allow the country to get on with business.
Matt can be found tweeting at @Duxmore