Import Tariffs Aren't Just Set Up To Unfairly Protect Commercial Farmers - A Response To Neva Makgetla
To suggest that food tariffs are there to favour farmers at the expense of the poor is an attack on state institutions that play a vital social function.
When the rand is weak, the price of imported grains typically increases, which adds further strain to an already strained indigent population.
Unilever said it and Tesco said it and Nestle said it: prices are going to go up. Tesco is the biggest retailer in the land, Unilever and Nestle are two of the biggest food companies on earth. These companies are packed with experts in possession of facts but we are no longer interested in experts and facts.
Although the conflict was quickly resolved, 'Marmitegate' could be the beginning of supermarkets hiking prices in response to the fall in the pound. Before the referendum the sterling against the euro was 1.30, with the pound falling to €1.12. The sterling has fallen to a 31 year low.
With the referendum really heating up in recent weeks, there has been a surplus of outlandish claims coming from both sides. With plenty of column inches already dedicated to the Prime Minister's scaremongering about the dangers of World War 3 if we Leave the EU, the ordinary voter can understandably come to the conclusion the whole referendum issue is a bit of a storm in a teacup...
Propaganda about food prices going up if Britain chose to leave the European Union has moved beyond scaremongering to utter lies.
Every day, dairy farmers Andrew and Jane Charlesworth lose £130. They're not even close to making a profit. "Milk has become a throwaway commodity," says Andrew. "It's cheaper than water." The Charlesworth's story is typical. Dairy farmers up and down the country are struggling.
There's a Reason Why Supermarkets' 'Value' Ranges Are So Cheap - And It's Got Nothing to Do With Value
No more could the aforementioned baker afford to love baking if he were to sell his loaves at the supermarket price of 75p a loaf. "If this was an industrial bakery," he observed tartly, "we'd employ three or four people and it would be automated."
The Co-op is in trouble again. Just months after its financial arm all but collapsed, the company has been forced to admit it's completely haemorrhaging cash. And facing some £2bn in losses, it only makes sense Co-op bosses have decided it's time to go into shutdown mode.
Scots will have to pay more for their food if Scotland gains independence next year, as Britain's biggest supermarket chains