18 July 2015

TMB chairman's Skiathos visit will go ahead

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has defended his decision to go ahead with his two week fact-finding tour of Skiathos early next month.

Sir Norman Wrassle
Speaking at a media conference in Southport earlier today, Sir Norman said it was important not to let recent events in Greece cast a shadow over his trip.  "This visit was planned many months ago - one of a number of fact-finding missions I am obliged to undertake as an ambassador for British tripe.  I'm not going to be bullied into cancelling it just because the editor of Offal Monthly thinks it's a waste of the TMB's funds," he said.

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.

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