Chinese goods were banned because of their trade restrictions and South African because of apartheid, even Japanese goods because 'they won't buy ours'. The discriminating shopping had its effect on my wine-drinking habits. I whiled away the late hours with wines from New Zealand, Australia and Germany.
With the coming of democracy in eastern Europe, positive discrimination introduced wines from Bulgaria, Romania, Czechoslovakia and Hungary. Yugoslavia enjoyed a brief appearance but is back on the banned list. Now she has banned German wine because we were booted out of the ERM. 'We chose to leave the ERM,' I pleaded. 'We did not have a choice,' she retorted. 'We should be buying British anyway,' she said. 'How can we expect jobs if we keep buying foreign goods. If the housewives in Britain thought like me we could have chucked out the Germans instead.'
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