|Sir Norman Wrassle|
Sir Norman was responding to comments made during a debate on Lancashire Radio's Friday Night Argument show, in which the wisdom of the visit going ahead was called into question. He said it was important that the TMB learned how economic conditions in Greece were impacting on tripe sales there. "We've long said that tripe is the perfect austerity foodstuff. Now that the Greek government has passed the EU's programme of budget cuts, it's crucial that we learn the lessons. What happens in Athens today could very well happen in Blackburn tomorrow," he said, going on to predict that sales of tripe were likely to improve as a result.
Sir Norman promised to return with as many facts as he could reasonably assemble during his fortnight on the island, and to make a full report to the board in September. "This isn't just about sitting round on a beach sipping cocktails, I can assure you," he said.