Should I be stock­pil­ing?

Brexit panic buy­ing could reach fever pitch this month, but not in this cor­ner of Nor­folk

EDP Norfolk - - TALK OF THE COUNTY - Rachel Buller

In case you haven’t heard, as it has hardly been men­tioned in the news, this is a rather sig­nif­i­cant month in the whole Brexit de­ba­cle. B-Day is loom­ing.

It seems un­likely at the time of writ­ing that a so­lu­tion will ever be found – but one thing is cer­tain, should there be some sort of in­sane Brexit Ar­maged­don come March 29, leav­ing shop shelves bare and Bri­tain on the brink of so­cial col­lapse, one group won’t be wor­ry­ing one jot.

They may be scorned by some, but the stock­pil­ers can smugly gaze at their bulging larders and garages full of emer­gency sup­plies, while oth­ers fight over the scraps. Ap­par­ently, we should all be stock­pil­ing – and look­ing in my own kitchen cup­boards yes­ter­day, to be greeted by a pal­try jar of pesto, a tin of cherry pie fill­ing from Pan­cake Day last year and herbs and spices of vary­ing ages, we are go­ing to strug­gle should all food and drink sud­denly dis­ap­pear from the shelves overnight.

Liv­ing in a house with two con­tin­u­ally hun­gry grow­ing boys I can hardly stock­pile enough food to last two days, let alone two months.

There have been some ex­cel­lent ex­am­ples of emer­gency hoard­ing in re­cent weeks. Take one gen­tle­men who has taught him­self to hunt squir­rels, I as­sume just in case he has to go with­out his usual steak. He has also stock­piled tents, sleep­ing bags, tarps and win­ter cloth­ing. I may be wrong, but if we crash out of Europe, I’m pretty sure that our houses won’t be in­stantly de­mol­ished. I con­cede per­haps there might be a short­age of baked beans and toi­let roll, but for now, I will as­sume bricks and mor­tar won’t face im­me­di­ate de­struc­tion.

Then there was a lady who was stock­pil­ing food with a long shelf-life just in case. It al­most sounded sen­si­ble, un­til she added some ‘nice vine­gars’ to the list. Imag­ine the hor­ror – you head to a cer­tain high end su­per­mar­ket on March 29 to dis­cover that not one sin­gle bot­tle of posh vine­gar re­mains. How will we go on? Per­haps that should have been a slo­gan for Re­main­ers dur­ing the ref­er­en­dum: Leave Europe and face a chip shop vine­gar fu­ture.

Peo­ple are stock­pil­ing all sorts; you name it, some peo­ple are hoover­ing it all up – I sus­pect the same peo­ple who strip the shelves of bread and milk like a swarm of lo­custs af­ter the mere men­tion of the word snow in case of a short­age – iron­i­cally caus­ing said short­age.

It’s hard to take it se­ri­ously and I refuse to give in to panic – that would re­quire too much plan­ning. Be­sides, there is plenty of great food and drink be­ing made lo­cally which won’t be stuck in a lorry in some sort of no man’s land ei­ther side of the English Chan­nel. Booja Booja choco­lates, lo­cal gins, Mrs Tem­ple’s cheeses and freshly picked sam­phire and as­para­gus – hang on a minute, sud­denly a week or so of Brex­itged­don doesn’t sound that bad.

And if not, there’s al­ways a packet of dried lentils and pearl bar­ley circa 1989 some­where at the back of the cup­board. We could flavour them with the net­tles which my hus­band cul­ti­vates, al­legedly for the wildlife, at the end of our gar­den. Who needs fancy vine­gar and fil­let of squir­rel when you can have lentil-a-la-weed ev­ery day?

N‘Liv­ing in a house with two con­tin­u­ally hun­gry grow­ing boys I can hardly stock­pile enough food to last two days, let alone two months’

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