Brendan O’Neill
Brendan O’Neill

Spare us Ben & Jerry’s lecture on the Channel migrant crisis

Spare us Ben & Jerry’s lecture on the Channel migrant crisis

Multi-millionaire virtue-signallers Ben and Jerry are at it again. Once again the ice-cream capitalists are doing their woke schtick in the hope that even more of the right-on middle-classes will buy their expensive tubs of cream and sugar. This time they’re taking aim at Priti Patel, lecturing her on Twitter about immigration. Thanks, but no thanks — we don’t want vast corporations butting into our democratic politics. Ben & Jerry’s UK gave Patel a haughty ticking-off in a Twitter thread published yesterday. In response to Patel’s promise to reduce the number of migrant boats crossing the English Channel, B&J said the ‘real crisis’ is ‘our lack of humanity for people fleeing war, climate change and torture’. They went on to remind Patel that, according to the 1951 Refugee Convention, the fact that someone crosses a border illegally should not impact on their right to claim asylum.

Brendan O’Neill

Spare us Ben & Jerry’s lecture on the Channel migrant crisis

Spare us Ben & Jerry’s lecture on the Channel migrant crisis

Multi-millionaire virtue-signallers Ben and Jerry are at it again. Once again the ice-cream capitalists are doing their woke schtick in the hope that even more of the right-on middle-classes will buy their expensive tubs of cream and sugar. This time they’re taking aim at Priti Patel, lecturing her on Twitter about immigration. Thanks, but no thanks — we don’t want vast corporations butting into our democratic politics. Ben & Jerry’s UK gave Patel a haughty ticking-off in a Twitter thread published yesterday. In response to Patel’s promise to reduce the number of migrant boats crossing the English Channel, B&J said the ‘real crisis’ is ‘our lack of humanity for people fleeing war, climate change and torture’. They went on to remind Patel that, according to the 1951 Refugee Convention, the fact that someone crosses a border illegally should not impact on their right to claim asylum.

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