A NEW Scotsman struck the country’s supermarkets’ Union Jackery as they struggled with the aftermath of Brexit, calling them “the new canaries in the coal mine in Brexit / Pandemic Scotland”.
Mark Frankland also criticized the “tenacious determination” of most of our media to uphold the Brexit Fantasy Island story they shared in 2016, accusing the BBC of being a “crouching dog trying to protect itself from the Tories”.
On his blog, Frankland, who came to Scotland in 1977 and runs the largest grocery bank in Dumfries and Galloway, wrote that as the world changes around us, he was looking for clues in our supermarkets as to where the shelves became newsworthy in the first few weeks Lockdown as the spirit of Dunkirk became a “stamp for the bulk purchase of toilet paper”.
“The slow thinning of the shelves in the wake of Johnson’s pathetic Brexit deal took longer to reach the pages of the press,” he said.
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“The main reason, of course, is the persistent determination of the majority of our newspapers to keep up the Brexit Fantasy Island story that they sold in 2016 …
He said it would be a lot harder to take 60,000 EU truck drivers off the road, deliver whatever you wanted and while our Westminster guides were “making all sorts of gossips about training an army of great British drivers “said he doubted any of them had ever had anything to do with a 38-ton truck.
“To produce a new class one truck driver, many things are required. A clean driver’s license, at least four years old. A couple of thousand pounds. No problem medication. And even if you pass the test, there will be relatively few carriers willing to give you the £ 60,000 worth of equipment alone. ”
Frankland said last week that he is supplying people his grocery bank works with in Kelloholm, where most of the food they distribute comes through fareshare. Every week they go to Glasgow to refuel their long wheelbase van: “Last week they drove home about 15% full. Why? Didn’t the supermarkets have short date items to pick up? No. Instead, the supermarkets did not have replacement vehicles to deliver the short-term groceries to Fareshare. ”
And when supermarkets were frantically advertising for drivers, he blamed Brexit for the crisis.
“The UK workforce is around 30 million. The other 30m of us are either too old, too young or too sick to deliver for Tesco. In the last 18 months the number of 30 million has fallen by 2 million – all the EU citizens who have left these beautiful coastlines and are not particularly interested in returning … The Vote Leave team is about to become well educated People opening the doors? and young Europeans motivated to come across the English Channel to get us out of prison?
“Hardly. Instead, the immigrants throw Italian teenagers into Yarls Wood and deport them … Our press seems reluctant to cover such things.
“The press in Europe has no such reservations. European newspapers are filled with all sorts of horror stories about how their young people are treated on the British border. You wonder if Britain will be the next Hungary. Maybe we are. ”
Frankland said flags are becoming increasingly important in supermarkets as they try to serve their customers.
He said they are struggling to hire people to drive their vans, adding, “Their food is 20% more expensive and is increasing. And their brains are really fried when it comes to which flag to fly in their Scottish shops.
“There are fewer cars in their huge parking lots every day, with the exception of the two German supermarkets.
“Your parking spaces are full. Their prices have stayed low.
“And they’re all Saltires.”