EU kettle ban gives Brexit campaigners a PR coup…

You can waffle on all you like about trade tariffs, migration controls, budget rebates, etc but to the general public this tedious stuff goes in one ear and out the other. But tell them you are going to monkey around with their tea and toast and you get their attention.

From today’s Daily Express:

The UK accounts for a third of all European kettle sales, with Britons drinking six times more tea per head than their continental cousins. The ban might also include powerful hairdryers, mobile phones, patio jet washers and internet routers.

Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson said: “We shouldn’t have to put up with this nonsense about banning kettles and toasters.”


The proposals do make some sense. Having more energy efficient devices is better for consumers and the environment. Correct me if I am wrong, but a 2k kettle will use the same amount of electric to boil water as a 3k one, it will just be slower. So the high power kettle ban does seem a bit pointless to me.

Expect to see a lot of these soundbites over the next few weeks:

“They may take our tea and toast but they will never take our freedom”
(Brian Monteith, cited in The Telegraph)

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