A mate of mine has been saying for a while that if/when we leave, the food supply chain is eventually going to take a catastrophic hit and prices will spiral way out of control. £5, £6 for a loaf, etc. Throw in hyperinflation, market turmoil, rising costs and disappearing wages and jobs, racial tensions, etc, and the broth is very bubbly.
He says this could lead to malnutrition, starvation, people in poor areas of UK cities rioting over lack of food, and eventually could tip us into full on uprising, even civil war. I was like, “Alright, 1990s Russian dissident.”
Then I just saw this:
The importance of food price rises around the world should not be understated. The Arab Spring of 2010 was, for a long while, described as some spontaneous uprising in pursuit of democracy. In truth it was a response to food price rises and the increasing inability of authoritarian governments in North Africa and the Middle East to subsidise those costs, which had been used as a tool to keep populations in line.
I’ve never seen this argument before. Jesus Christ, is that true?