In French class last week we were talking about ‘alternative foods’. A fellow student had eaten worms and grasshoppers (vers et sauterelles) in Central America.
‘Are more people turning to alternative foods in your countries?’ our French teacher asked.
To which I replied: ‘They will after Brexit.’
And how we all laughed. Ha ha ha.
Edible insects: Do insects actually taste any good? (BBC) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-42639877
For such times will soon be upon us: the sunlit uplands of Brexit in which we redefine which animals we think of as food.
In light of this, the UK Government has belatedly launched its new Get Ready for Brexit information campaign. Yes, on Sunday 1 September, while other European nations were marking 80 years since the outbreak of World War Two, plucky little Britain was preparing to go it alone once more. Alone in the belief that Brexit is a good idea.
Some might say it’s a bit late to be launching an information campaign on Brexit. Perhaps three years too late. According to the Guardian, government-funded polling revealed the following:
“just a third of the British public have looked for information on what they will need to do, suggesting large-scale ignorance of what Brexit will involve with less than two months to go until the expected departure date.”
Who would’ve expected to find ‘Brexit’ and ‘large-scale ignorance’ in the same sentence?
Let’s Get Ready for Brexit!
To confound our ignorance, the government has unveiled a new website to prepare us for Brexit. I had a quick browse through this website, most of which just links to web pages that were already online. One new feature is a questionnaire which you fill out, giving details of your personal situation, and at the end the website will tell you how badly Brexit will screw you. How handy is that!
Check out the website yourself, for all the good it’ll do you. It contains little information of value, because even now, two months before we supposedly leave the EU, no one has a clue what’s going on. Ah, would that it weren’t so…
The final insult
Brexit is, of course, a collective loss of rights. And as if to highlight this, on the government’s own web pages for UK nationals living in the EU, the following phrase crops up with tantalising frequency:
“There will be no change to your rights and status as a UK national living in the EU until after Brexit. You can still work, access healthcare and collect your pension as you do now.”
Doesn’t that sound great! How reassuring! Couldn’t we just keep it like that?
But no, the people have spoken. Large-scale ignorance roams free.
Now pass me that tasty bowl of grasshoppers!