Thursday, 9 June 2016

Nobody move or your ice cream gets it!

Via MBK, from

“Take one of our … products, Magnum,” Polman said, sending a (raspberry) ripple through the Brexit debate. “If you have trade restrictions, because undoubtedly if the U.K. will leave the conditions will not be as good as if they stay in. That is a fact that I think is broadly accepted.”

“How does that affect ice cream?” asked Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow.

Polman’s chilling response was: “For example, you will have import duties on dairy; anybody from outside the EU has import duties that could be up to 40-50 percent. So the price of dairy products will go up, the price of ice cream will go up, and ultimately the consumer will pay the price for that.”

He's taking it as a given that the UK would impose import duties on milk from overseas, false assumption, fail.

And it's a good thing the internet never forgets, from The Guardian five months ago:

Unilever, the consumer goods group behind Persil and Magnum ice-creams, has said it will not scale back its UK operations if Britain votes to leave the EU.

The comments from Paul Polman, the chief executive of the Anglo-Dutch business, echo those of Akio Toyoda, his counterpart at Toyota, who said the Japanese carmaker would continue to produce cars in Derbyshire even if Britain left.

In an interview with the Guardian, Polman said Britain should remain in the EU, but that Unilever’s UK sites, including three research and development centres, would not be affected by a vote to leave. “The effectiveness of my research centre is the quality of the people I have there and the ideas coming out in terms of the innovations that we produce. We don’t make a decision on moving research centres around depending on if you are in the EU or not,” he said.


Sobers said...

What a stinking liar. He will know full well that the price of wholesale ex farm liquid milk in the UK is on the floor at the moment, there is massive over supply by dairy farmers. Basically dairy farmers are far too efficient - modern dairy farms can produce more milk using the same inputs, and increasing production is marginally very cheap - once you have the capital invested in the buildings and the milking parlour its very easy to add a few extra cows to the herd and increase production for little marginal cost. So every time the price move up a bit every dairy farmer thinks 'I know I'll get a few more cows in' and production rises and the price drops back a bit. There have been protests by UK farmers about the very low milk price for goodness sake, there is no way someone intimately involved in using milk in their products would not know this.

As I said they are lying through their teeth. This more than anything is why I'm voting out, its the bare faced lies the Remainers are coming out with