Rishi Sunak became Chancellor of the Exchequer earlier this month following Sajid Javid’s decision to resign from the role. Mr Neil questioned the logic behind calling for a boycott of a company that had done nothing “wrong”. The BBC Presenter was astonished by the “abuse” anonymously directed at the company following the picture.
Mr Neil said during the start of The Andrew Neil Show on BBC2: “There is nothing more British than a cup of tea even though the leaf comes from China via India for some reason horrible histories do not think we know that.
“Tea is pretty much a cross party drink from Tony Benn to Margaret Thatcher so you could be forgiven for thinking that a photo of the new Chancellor in front of a bag of Yorkshire Tea, a bag as big as the fiscal deficit he is about to inherit was hardly controversial.
“I mean he is even a Yorkshire MP but this is the age of permanently outraged keyboard warriors on social media and the left-wing variety hurled abuse, anonymously of course, at Yorkshire Tea and some tried to mount a boycott.
“Just what the company had done wrong was never clarified.”
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He continued: “It is hard to know where this will stop.
“Here is a picture of the countries chief Brexiteer with a certain brand of sausage, should Remainers now boycott Heck bangers?
“I wouldn’t rule it out.
“Look at this a tribe of central defectors dinning in a popular chicken restaurant.