A liberal arguing against competition

Melton Mowbray pork pies, stilton cheese and British-made chocolate such as Cadbury’s could be under threat from Brexit, the former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has warned.

Speaking to a food and drink industry conference on the impact of leaving the European Union, Clegg said it was possible that European rivals would start producing lookalikes to British foodstuffs if they lost the legal protection from imitation offered by EU rules.

“Outside the EU they won’t enjoy the appellation bestowed on those products and I would have thought other countries would take advantage of that pretty quickly and put products into the European market that directly rival those protected brands,” Clegg said.

Then again, it is Nick Clegg, not an actual liberal.

Clegg said that food import tariffs were there to protect British as well as German and French farmers. He added that it would not be in the national interest to unilaterally remove them as this would remove the UK’s bargaining power when it was trying to gain access with trade partners for exports such as legal services and accountancy.

This is the fucking heir to the party of Cobden. Oh Woes, Eheu Fugaces, tempora mores.

33 thoughts on “A liberal arguing against competition”

  1. Annoyingly though, those new products (e.g. French cheddar) would only be available in the EU, not in the UK. Unless we also scrap the appelation rules.

  2. Umm.. isn’t that the same list of products that his party desperately want to see taxed and/or banned?

    All we need now is Gordon and Tony telling us how brexit will be a disaster for British American Tobacco and the great British boozer.

  3. Clegg is lying leftist scum.

    Time for treason/sedition charges to be handed out to the Remainiacs.

    And the only danger Cadbury’s is in is from the septic pukes who own it arsing about with the formula’s.

    I bought some Flake’s recently and the taste of them seems to have changed for the worse. Were I PM it would be made clear to these colonial lads that they are dead men if anything happens to Cadbury’s. In fact one or two of them would get a kicking from mystery “muggers” to be sure they understand the seriousness of the situation.

    After all–these are the bunch who assured Camoron they wouldn’t close a factory after they took over, promptly did so and then laughed in his face when the wanker “summoned” them to Downing St to explain their actions. They didn’t even reply to him –so the story goes.

  4. Simple answer: any sparkling wine in the UK can be called Champagne.

    Do I have your attention now, motherfuckers?

  5. Nick Clegg also referred to the Bill of Rights as “some law dating from 1689”. He described control over our own interest rates as “meaningless”.

    The man has no feel for the history of this country or of liberalism. I wish he’d emigrate to Belgium, there to fawn over the Eurotrash he doubtless thinks are so much more sophisticated and worthwhile.

  6. “National interest” . .”UK’s bargaining power” – he only needs to add the word “control” and he’s practically endorsed UKIP.
    And hasn’t Clegg heard of tribute brands – the lookalikes, the own labels, the tastealikes e.g. Dairyfine, Belmont, Holly Lane are already on our shelves in similar packaging, this appellation stuff is surely just about what you can put on the label.

  7. But doesn’t that mean UK manufacturers can make copies of EU protected foods and sell them the UK too then? So given we import more food than we export (not sure about balance with EU, but suspect its negative too) surely thats an overall win, if we can’t agree mutual terms to respect each other’s ‘local’ food brands?

    Parma ham from Wiltshire anyone?

  8. There is little kudos in knowing more about a subject than Nick Clegg.

    He could have learned something about the EU’s snappily named Protected Geographical Indicators if he had listened to Farming Today on R4 this morning.

    There is no reason to think that PGIs in the UK need cease after Brexit. Au contraire, Switzerland is part of the scheme without being an EU member.

    But for Remainers no lie is really a lie if it upholds the Faith.

  9. Oooo, the things we can’t manage to do without the EU doing it for us. It must be terrible being unable to, youknow, maybe pass a UK law to protect consumers. Such a shame we can’t rely on common law on passing off and need furriners to protect us.

  10. Any food sold in the UK will have to meet UK labelling requirements. So they can’t sell fake Stilton made in Denmark and call it Stilton over here. In theory they could sell look-alikes in our export markets for Melton Mowbray pies but if they try to sell forged Wensleydale in the USA as genuine the yanks will fine them a $billion.

  11. Correct me if I’m wrong, but AOC has nothing to do with EU.
    Food and drink is just part of it. You wouldn’t want to be on the runway when your captain announces that the plane is made mostly f dodgy spare parts.

  12. Only a matter of time before Clegg gives a speech to the RSPCA saying that it was only the EU that prevented the British from kicking puppies. When all you have is a hammer…

    I had a lot of respect for Clegg after his formation of the Coalition Government and his behaviour in it. He demonstrated that he understood and respected democracy. He’s destroyed all that in recent weeks.

    Met that Norman Lamb the other day. He said “Brexit means Brexit,” though laughingly. I said “And of course a party that supports proportional representation has to respect the Referendum result,” and he said “Absolutely, yes.” Maybe he needs to have a word with his old boss and his new boss and his entire fucking party.

  13. S2 I had a lot of respect for Clegg after his formation of the Coalition Government and his behaviour in it. He demonstrated that he understood and respected democracy. He’s destroyed all that in recent weeks.

    He destroyed it when he lost his PR referendum and then reneged on his matching pledge to support the boundary review.

    His volte-face on student fees wasn’t elegant, of course, and his nonsense on free school meals even when demonstrably unworkable was rather contemptible.

    Could we crowd fund orange lozenge-shaped posters that read “Liberal Democrats – Whining Here” and stick them up in Richmond?

  14. “S2 I had a lot of respect for Clegg”

    Nick was so clunky. You could hear the whirring in his head as he attempted to pull voters’ levers. Even when he clicked into attack mode against Cameron it was like the crocadile dundee knife scene. I’m not even sure he would have made a half good minister, certainly no way near Vince Cable or Danny Alexander or even Chris Huhne.

  15. “Correct me if I’m wrong, but AOC has nothing to do with EU.
    Food and drink is just part of it. You wouldn’t want to be on the runway when your captain announces that the plane is made mostly f dodgy spare parts.”

    a) yes, it’s more than the EU but b) it’s about food and drink. And not in a sense of being safe to eat and drink, but just that it meets certain rules of the appelation (like grape varieties allowed in Bordeaux).

    For anything but wine, it’s pretty daft. It’s not like there’s something magical about Cornwall in terms of making pasties.

  16. Anything, anything at all, will do for this has-been nonentity to poke a stick in the wheels of democracy.

    We should just point and laugh.

  17. “Melton Mowbray pork pies, stilton cheese and British-made chocolate such as Cadbury’s could be under threat from Brexit, the former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has warned.”

    Just give up, for fucks sake. You lost. Enough of these pathetic scare stories! No one gives a shit!

  18. > For anything but wine, it’s pretty daft.

    I love that when a bunch of cheesemakers decided to make proper old Stilton the way it used to be made, it was illegal for them to call it “Stilton”. Hence Stichelton. Which is dead nice, by the way.

  19. Bloke in Costa Rica

    My mother in the IoW likes Aldi chocolate. My friend from Rochester, NY likes Aldi chocolate. Membership of the EU does not appear to figure very prominently in this.

    Clegg should have had the decency to fold his tent and slink off after the drubbing his lot were given. You could fit the entire LibDem Parliamentary representation in a Renault Espace.

  20. “Clegg should have had the decency…”

    But he doesn’t. None of these people do. Miliband lost an election and destroyed his party, Mandelson resigned in disgrace twice. Tony Blair. But none of them has a single qualm about trying to play the wise old statesman.

  21. FFS – the boy needs a history lesson. Check out the terms of the Treaty of Versaille. You may (or may not) be interested to note that one of the clauses states that only champagne grown from certain grapes IN FRANCE’S CHAMPAGNE REGION can be legally sold as champagne. Any other fizzy white wines have to be called something else.*

    That was agreed back in 1919 for crying out loud.

    *seriously, we lost over 700,000 good men fighting, in part, for the French booze industry.

  22. I’ve heard that the northern French only really started drinking more wine than beer because that’s what they were issued in WW1. Before that, there was much more of a divide. That may be bollocks, though.

  23. Continentals may look down on our choc but Cadbury’s have developed a taste that really goes down well in the UK. It also sells abroad – the brand licencee of Cadbury’s in the US (Hershey!) have had to clamp down on importers of the real UK stuff.

    Personally, I like to suck cubes of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, but I prefer Tesco’s dark choc to Bournville. Those who prefer Lindt & other high-cocoa continental brands may be in shock here but I do have rather a sweet tooth. Each to his own.

  24. “Parma ham from Wiltshire anyone?”

    Why not? It’s just a technique, like Venetian glass-blowing.

    “but Cadbury’s have developed a taste that really goes down well in the UK. It also sells abroad…”

    Chocolate-based products from Nestles, Cadbury’s etc, are actually different depending on the target country, to account for differing national tastes. Single market? Ha.

  25. @ Charelie Suet
    Brittany and Normandy are substantial producers of cider (the Normans introduced cider to England).

  26. There is a Cadbury Factory here in Dunedin, New Zealand I don’t know what they put in it , but it tastes awful.I much prefer the local Whittakers brand.

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