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KEEPING YOU IN TOUCH - YOUR FREE MONTHLY NEWSPAPER DELIVERED DOOR-TO-DOOR FOR 31 YEARS


Car park at the front of the Tearoom


Syke Farm Tearoom, Buttermere Sykefarm.Buttermere


We offer Traditional


Farmhouse style food with a variety of homemade cakes scrumptious breakfasts afternoon teas and lunches


These include Gluten Free and


Vegan options, introduced at the beginning of 2018 and these have proven to be a huge success!


Our experienced cook Cathy is the creator of our unique cake display and diverse lunch menu. She makes everything on the premises, including the fruity chutneys and savoury pastries


Cathy’s aim is to ensure that all our customers leave Syke Farm Tearoom smiling and sustained!


We offer generous afternoon


teas, these are booking only on 017687 70277


Serving a variety of loose leaf tea and locally roasted seasonal espresso blend


Dogs of all shapes and sizes are lovingly welcomed


The Brexit protest on the Thames reminded me of the final episode of Blackadder.


HORSE AND FISH TRADING General


Melchett went into the World War One trench and said: “What we need at this stage of the war is a futile gesture.” This gesture turns out to be ordering Blackadder’s platoon to mount a frontal assault on an unassailable German position, with the inevitable result seen in numerous such futile gestures on the Western Front.


The Brexiteers are good at futile gestures and slogans on buses but sadly, their level of competence and economic foresight so far, is on a par with the battlefield tactics of General Melchett. The fact is that this country is now embarked on the biggest horse trade it has ever conducted with a whole range of countries including the EU. In any horse trade, just like in battle, there will always be casualties.


When the serious horse trading begins, some horses are worth more than others. The winner


CONSIDERED WORDS BY OAKTREE


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of the Gold Cup commands a higher price than a 15-year-old nag with a lame foot. In terms of the UK economy, I am afraid to say that farming and fishing is the equivalent of the lame 15-year-old nag and no amount of futile gestures can alter this fact.


The combined output of farming and fishing to UK GDP is just under 1% of our total economy, compared to roughly 80% from the services sector. So, when it comes to the crunch it was always going to be the case that the fishermen would be sold down the river to net a larger catch elsewhere.


OUR OPENING TIMES


9.00am until 5.30pm, 7 days a week Breakfast served from 9.00am to 11.00am Lunches served from 11.30am to 5.00pm


The fundamental lie many Brexit voters fell for was that this sort of industrial horse trading would not harm them. It was a lie at the time of the vote and it is still a lie now. If farmers and fishermen had voted with their heads, they would have voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU. Mostly they did not do that and they are just one element of a bigger picture. In my view, the economic damage from Brexit is going to be greatest on precisely those regions and sectors most likely to have voted to leave the EU.


Logically, the best option for these regions and sectors of the country is a ‘soft’ Brexit. This, for example, would not force us into trade deals which result in massive imports of cheap food from the USA at the expense of British farmers. Overall, I fear for the prospects of the lame nag when the going gets tough.


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Call Chris for a free chat on 07889 181 080or 01900 268 086 www.oakacc.co.uk ISSUE 425 | 26 APRIL 2018 | 8


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