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AIBU to just want to be asked if I still want the fish...

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Anja Sun 11-Aug-19 14:22:05

I’m not saying there wasn’t a democratic mandate for Brexit at the time.

I’m just suggesting that if I narrowly decided to order fish at a restaurant known for chicken, but said it was happy to offer fish, and if so far I’ve been waiting three hours, and two chefs who promised to cook the fish have quit, and the third is promising to deliver the fish in the next five minutes whether it’s cooked or not, or indeed still alive, and all the waiting staff have spent the last few hours arguing amongst themselves about whether I want battered cod, jellied eels, grilled salmon or dolphin kebabs, and if a large part of the restaurant appeared to be on fire but no one was paying attention to it because they were all arguing about fish, I would quite like, just once, to be asked if I definitely still want the fish....

RosieLeah Sun 11-Aug-19 15:53:24

Anja....great analogy.

I think the answer would be to go into the kitchen and cook your own fish.

Alternatively, go to another restaurant and try to get what you want there.

Meanwhile, while the staff are dithering, someone has crept in by the back door and stolen the fish.

Namsnanny Sun 11-Aug-19 16:09:33

Yes it is a good analogy.

In this restaurant you didn’t pay an exorbitant entry fee I see.
Nor were you barred from leaving until you agreed to when the fish was served or how much it would cost you and how many years after you’d eaten the fish you had to go on paying for it!!

Not a restaurant I would visit if I could avoid it smile

jura2 Sun 11-Aug-19 17:52:32

well, I'd never have chosen the fish in the first place- don't like it ;)

But yes - you should be asked, for sure. And if they don't aks- you need to take charge and tell them ;)

Gonegirl Sun 11-Aug-19 18:09:05

I'm sorry, I can't get my head around that analogy. As far as the restaurant is concerned, I would have walked out long ago

A second referendum might be good, but the result would probably be the same. Certain sections of the British community will still hold the same views.

FarNorth Sun 11-Aug-19 18:30:32

It's a pity for Theresa May that she didn't borrow your crystal ball before deciding to call an election, Gonegirl.

Gonegirl Sun 11-Aug-19 18:31:37


Gonegirl Sun 11-Aug-19 18:33:49

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Moocow Sun 11-Aug-19 19:00:00

Best laugh I've had in years! Thank you Anja grin

Callistemon Sun 11-Aug-19 19:14:16

On the assumption that the chefs had gone to catch the fish but failed to get even a nibble I would have said I was leaving and was going to the reliable chippie down the road .

Were you with us that night Anja? We sat in a recommended restaurant, tried to order but the waiter insisted he had to see to a party of 20+ people who had arrived after us. They pacified us with flavoured olive oils and artisan breads but still failed to take our order.
So we left and went to the fish and chip shop.
They didn't charge us for our bread, oils or drinks though!
And said that they hoped we'd be back again one day.

Abuelamia Sun 11-Aug-19 19:14:21

Think the OPs comment may have come from Social Media post!

Anja Sun 11-Aug-19 22:55:01

Moocow thank you!
Abuslamia yes, did post it, or a version of it, on other social media.

Callistemon Sun 11-Aug-19 23:04:31

Oh, why did *Gonegirl's post get deleted?
I can't remember what it said but don't remember gasping when I read it.

Minniemoo Sun 11-Aug-19 23:19:26

Did you write it yourself. Abuslamia? I thought it was rather an odd analogy to be honest.

jogginggirl Sun 11-Aug-19 23:35:47

Very clever analogy Anja ☺️

Anja Mon 12-Aug-19 07:37:21

Minnie you either ‘get’ it or you don’t! 🤣😅😂

Nothing to do with me about any post being deleted.

Abuslamia posts on social media do not spontaneously appear or erupt....guess what? They are all written/created by people. Food for thought?

Minniemoo Mon 12-Aug-19 07:43:05

Oh I perfectly get it, Anja. Didn't think it worked. I am sure someone has a better one out there somewhere.

Abuelamia Mon 12-Aug-19 08:34:56

Anja No problem with posts on social media whatsoever. I just thought it should be referenced as such, if you are not the original creator of the analogy.

DiscoGran Mon 12-Aug-19 09:47:47

Mmm, dolphin kebabs, wink

Callistemon Mon 12-Aug-19 09:59:56

Btw, I understand it perfectly, but thought what happened to us in RL rather reflected the situation too.

Gonegirl Mon 12-Aug-19 10:53:09

Oh! I said someone's remarks were sometimes - (a word beginning with b and ending in y)

Thought that would get reported.

Nonnie Mon 12-Aug-19 11:01:32

I think it worked, saw in from Jay Rayner on Twitter this morning and got it straight away.

crazygranny Mon 12-Aug-19 11:29:31

Sadly, so many who voted in all good faith to leave the EU were totally let down by those who offered this as a possibility. Farage, Johnson etc. simply had no plan in place to implement their promises. So after three long destructive years (just think about the 8500 jobs lost to Jaguar workers) we are still in limbo and suffering all round.

humptydumpty Mon 12-Aug-19 11:31:44

No matter who originated it, I think it's a great analogy!

Blondie49 Mon 12-Aug-19 11:38:14

Brilliant Anja 😂😂

JulieMM Mon 12-Aug-19 11:39:04


Diane227 Mon 12-Aug-19 11:44:49

You ordered the fish, but discovered it had gone off but couldnt then re order the chicken because you had MADE YOUR CHOICE !
The chefs are now in the kitchen trying to make the old fish edible , but you are going to be forced to eat it, anyway even if it kills you.

jane1956 Mon 12-Aug-19 11:59:58

but it is not best of three whether you want fish or not, you/we asked for fish, no matter what has happened since we still want the b...... fish

Gonegirl Mon 12-Aug-19 12:00:40

FarNorth It's a pity for Theresa May that she didn't borrow your crystal ball before deciding to call an election, Gonegirl.

Why would you think I have a crystal ball? Are you insinuating that I'm some old gipsy woman?

Also, I don't understand the relevance of your remark about Theresa May calling a general election. How is that relevant to this thread?

Gonegirl Mon 12-Aug-19 12:01:47

(your post Sun 11-Aug-19 18:30:32)

Mamo Mon 12-Aug-19 12:18:04

Another analogy you may all have seen already....apologies if so

LEAVER: I want an omelette.

REMAINER: Right. It’s just we haven’t got any eggs.

LEAVER: Yes, we have. There they are. [HE POINTS AT A CAKE]

REMAINER: They’re in the cake.

LEAVER: Yes, get them out of the cake, please.

REMAINER: But we voted in 1974 to put them into a cake.

LEAVER: Yes, but that cake has got icing on it. Nobody said there was going to be icing on it.

REMAINER: Icing is good.

LEAVER: And there are raisins in it. I don’t like raisins. Nobody mentioned raisins. I demand another vote.




LEAVER: Right, where’s my omelette?

REMAINER: I told you, the eggs are in the cake.

LEAVER: Well, get them out.

EU: It’s our cake.

JEREMY CORBYN: Yes, get them out now.

REMAINER: I have absolutely no idea how to get them out. Don’t you know how to get them out?

LEAVER: Yes! You just get them out and then you make an omelette.

REMAINER: But how?! Didn’t you give this any thought?

LEAVER: Saboteur! You’re talking eggs down. We could make omelettes before the eggs went into the cake, so there’s no reason why we can’t make them now.

THERESA MAY: It’s OK, I can do it.


THERESA MAY: There was a vote to remove the eggs from the cake, and so the eggs will be removed from the cake.

REMAINER: Yeah, but…

LEAVER: Hang on, if we take the eggs out of the cake, does that mean we don’t have any cake? I didn’t say I didn’t want the cake, just the bits I don’t like.

EU: It’s our cake.

REMAINER: But you can’t take the eggs out of the cake and then still have a cake.

LEAVER: You can. I saw the latest Bake Off and you can definitely make cakes without eggs in them. It’s just that they’re horrible.

REMAINER: Fine. Take the eggs out. See what happens.

LEAVER: It’s not my responsibility to take the eggs out. Get on with it.

REMAINER: Why should I have to come up with some long-winded incredibly difficult chemical process to extract eggs that have bonded at the molecular level to the cake, while somehow still having the cake?

LEAVER: You lost, get over it.

THERESA MAY: By the way, I’ve started the clock on this.

REMAINER: So I assume you have a plan?

THERESA MAY: Actually, back in a bit. Just having another election.

REMAINER: Jeremy, are you going to sort this out?

JEREMY CORBYN: Yes. No. Maybe.

EU: It’s our cake.

LEAVER: Where’s my omelette? I voted for an omelette.

REMAINER: This is ridiculous. This is never going to work. We should have another vote, or at least stop what we’re doing until we know how to get the eggs out of the cake while keeping the bits of the cake that we all like.


REMAINER: Fine, I’m moving to France. The cakes are nicer there.

LEAVER: You can’t. We’ve taken your freedom of movement.

Molly10 Mon 12-Aug-19 12:20:22

Shouldn't have gone in there in the first place as it always smelt a bit fishy.

Nonnie Mon 12-Aug-19 13:04:07

Mamo I think that's longer than the one I saw. I seem to remember more 'EU: its our cake!'. Probably lots of these around. Keep them coming, we need the laughs

JohnD Mon 12-Aug-19 13:10:37

FarNorth. Maybe she called the election and hoped she would be defeated and , then, the problem had gone away.

jocork Mon 12-Aug-19 13:20:51

My daughter shared the original post on facebook this morning. I guess it will appear in many places. I think it's a great analogy and I never ordered the fish!

chrissyh Mon 12-Aug-19 13:36:12

That's doing the rounds on facebook.

hapgran Mon 12-Aug-19 14:04:11

Yes- I also saw it on facebook, thought it was brilliant and shared it. I never wanted the fish or the omelette!

Emerald888 Mon 12-Aug-19 17:39:22

Just annoying that MPs are not doing what their constituents voted for. Should be deselected.

4allweknow Mon 12-Aug-19 17:43:40

But, what are all the other diners doing?

Tillybelle Mon 12-Aug-19 19:52:35

Please... somebody, help... I don't feel too great... get me some water... I think I'm dying of starvation and haven't been offered anything to drink since I ordered... help...

Grannyrebel Mon 12-Aug-19 20:46:35

I would say I don't want the fish any more and decide not to have anything. Just go home and carry on fishless!

Magrithea Tue 13-Aug-19 18:43:01

If you're preferred political party had lost the election by the same margin (52% to 48%) would all their supporters be whinging on about a second election? NO!

RosieLeah Tue 13-Aug-19 18:58:34

If we do have another referendum and the result is Remain (which I don't think will happen), the leavers won't accept it and the situation won't change. The Brexit party will gain support and we'll keep going round in circles.

Perhaps we should make an agreement with the EU leaders, that we will leave in the autumn with an understanding that if things don't work out after a certain length of time, we can re-join.

crystaltipps Tue 13-Aug-19 19:03:15

If your preferred political party had lost, you’d moan and keep moaning, but you’d know there would be another election in a few years time, so you’d put up with it for the time being.

varian Tue 13-Aug-19 19:29:44

Just cancel the order. Go back home. Whoever told you to go there and order fish lied. That is now perfectly clear.

FarNorth Tue 13-Aug-19 21:30:37

varian I've a nasty suspicion that a large heap of assorted malodorous fish would then be delivered to the house.