- Jul 29, 2008
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I visit the Isle of Man a lot. I have clients there and have quickly come to love the place such that me, the wife, and dog go over there when I'm across on business and make short breaks out of it. It's a stunning island. As much because of it's 'attitude' (it's like the bulldog of all islands), as it's outstanding beauty.Well, well...Boris's stunt with the kipper turned out to be a bit...er...fishy. Boris brandished the Isle of Man-produced fish, declaring it to be an example of the intrusiveness of EU laws and how they hamper British producers, exactly the kind of thing that won't be happening after Brexit. Those faceless evil eurocrats demand that the fish be shipped with an "ice pillow", you see, thus inflicting inconvenience and expense on already put-upon British producers.
The trouble is...(a) the Isle of Man isn't part of the EU and isn't bound by EU laws, and (b) the law requiring the "ice pillow" comes from...wait for it...Britain. Not that these factual revelations will bother Boris or his supporters, who seem to have barely a nodding acquaintance with the concepts of "truth" or "facts" anyway, but it is a neat and timely illustration of just why it is that Brexiteer utterances tend to be met with mockery from those outside the cult.
This is probably a good time to repeat the statistic that Britain has voted in favour of 85-95% of EU laws. In terms of examination grades back in my day, that would have meant Britain scoring an "A" in the subject of agreement with the EU. Funny kind of slavery, eh?
All that said...I nearly dropped my coffee cup when, during a visit to the IOM Creamery there I asked how Brexit would impact them, to which they responded "minimum, mainly because we're not part of the EU". I had no idea and felt rather foolish. But probably not quite as foolish as that moron Johnson feels now. Not that it will matter.