Boris Johnson’s inaccurate claim about pork pies got the response you’d expect

After Downing Street complained about Channel 4 describing the Prime Minister as “a known liar”, you’d think Boris Johnson might have made extra efforts to be accurate, yet this comment he made at the G7 summit suggests otherwise:

“Melton Mowbray pork pies, which are sold in Thailand and in Iceland, are currently unable to enter the US market because of, I don’t know, some sort of food and drug administration restriction.”

BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme checked out his statement by interviewing someone who would surely have all the facts straight, the Chairman of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association.

It seems that, although a small number of the pies were sold to those markets many years ago, the company had long since realised that their shelf life made them unsuitable for export, including to the US, and had prepared them solely for the UK market.

There was, of course, an obvious joke, which quite a few people made.

Not everybody made that joke – there were plenty of other things to be said about it.

The incident inspired Twitter user Sue Marsh to make this response.

Sounds like good advice.

Source: BBC Images: Guardian, GBBO, screengrabs

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