Fintan O’Toole: Tories' appetite for farcical fodder is insatiable

Reversion to old postures of English belligerence is absurd but dangerous

Boris Johnson confronted Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit over the weekend: ‘How would you like it if the French courts stopped you moving Toulouse sausages to Paris?’. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson confronted Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit over the weekend: ‘How would you like it if the French courts stopped you moving Toulouse sausages to Paris?’. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Blessed are the makers of processed pork products, for they shall come to symbolise British pluck in the face of the foreign foe. The invention of the “sausage war” as a cover for the flagrant breach of an international treaty is absurd. But we have to remember that we are trapped in a nightmare where the more absurd the imagery is, the more seriously we have to take it.

To understand what is going on with the Northern Ireland protocol we have to ask: why sausages? Why did Boris Johnson confront Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit over the weekend: “How would you like it if the French courts stopped you moving Toulouse sausages to Paris?”

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