Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Keeping on the move. Or trying to. The cost of Brexit.

 So Wednesday was not so much busy as very active. I got up and cycled through the morning sunshine to the market in Uppermill. Home again not long after 10.00 for a late breakfast. At 12.30 I was on a bus to my oldest granddaughter’s house. Our plan was to walk her dog to her small sister’s school, collect the small girl and walk back to her house, where her mother would come along later to join us.

It all went according to plan apart from my oldest granddaughter having joint problems, so that by the time we arrived at the school her feet hurt, her knees hurt, her hips hurt. (We’re working on getting her to go back to her GP to see of she can get specialist help!) We arrived at the school with time to spare so we popped into a local pub for refreshments. The young lady who served us promised a bowl of water for the dog. This never materialised. We were disappointed. However, I managed to fish ice cubes out of my fizzy mineral water. That seemed to keep her going.

Our progress homewards was very slow. If we do it again we must consider catching the bus for the return trip. But half way home we came across a chippy van, the fabulously named “Cod in a Trap” with pictures of Elvis all over the place. Even fish posters featured Elvis. We bought chips and continued on our way. Eventually we made it home without major upset or upheaval, and this despite stopping to chat to numerous dogs en route! 

Earlier in the day, at the market, I overheard someone bemoaning the fact that the price of fish had gone up. Again! The price of everything is going up but few seem to relate any of this to Brexit. (Yes, I am aware thatvthere are other factors but Brexit remains a big one!) However, Richard Murphy has tweeted that “give or take the odd pound or two the Bank of England admitted yesterday that Brexit is costing the UK about £1,650 million a week. That’s £1,280 a year for everyone, babies included, in the UK. Some Brexit “bonus” isn’t it? What could you do with that?”

If the Bank of England is beginning to blame Brexit, maybe we should all do the same.

Meanwhile the social media group Save British Food has put out this bit of information:

“Former Sainsbury’s boss when asked why food prices are soaring confirms that it started with Brexit (pound devaluation) and now #Brexit border friction and labour crisis are making food costs soar.

Not only do we import half our food, we also import much of our agri inputs. Weaker pound, labour shortages, reduced exports are all exacerbating inflation.”

It was also reported elsewhere:

“The Daily Express got a rude awakening this week after the former CEO of Sainsbury’s told Sky News that Brexit is to blame for the cost-of-living crisis.

Justin King, who has also been director of food at Marks and Spencer and involved with both Mars and Pepsi-Cola, appeared on the news broadcaster on Monday to discuss the worsening situation.

It comes as people living in the UK face the biggest drop in living standards in decades.”

My granddaughter told me she had received £150 from her local council - money the government promised would help out with the rising prices. I checked our  bank account on line when 8 got home. We too have received £150. It won’t go very far in covering the rising price of everything but I suppose it’s a gesture. Now, we personally don’t really need to, truth to tell. Not that we’re rolling in money but we’re actually more than getting by and can help out the offspring if need be. How many more people of my generation are in that same situation? Is everyone who can helping out their children and grandchildren? 

 But should it be necessary for us to help out? And what about those whose parents cannot do so? It’s a strange world. Oh, and how do the energy companies still make huge profits and nt feel ashamed at keeping prices to the rest of us so high? 

Life goes on. Stay safe and well, everyone!

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