This evening, Andy Burnham has whipped social media into a frenzy after the Labour MP decided to wade into ‘barista-gate’. Following reports that the Home Secretary is considering plans for ‘barista visas’ — which would allow young Europeans to work in the hospitality industry after Brexit — Burnham has taken to Twitter to let it be known that he is unimpressed.
The former shadow home secretary says the ‘right-wing’ policy is bizarre as ‘God forbid the idea of waiting longer in the morning for their posh coffee’.
Bit bizarre hearing these right-wing calls for a "Barista Visa". God forbid the idea of waiting longer in the morning for their posh coffee.
— Andy Burnham (@andyburnhammp) April 17, 2017
Alas (as tends to be the case with flip flop Burnham) the Labour candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester’s comments don’t appear to be particularly well thought through. The ‘posh coffee’ industry employs 110k people and there is a booming artisan (aka ‘posh’) coffee scene in Manchester. What’s more, Burnham appears to be partial to a ‘posh coffee’ himself — recently been snapped out with one.
What is that in Andy Burnham's hand? Surely not a posh coffee? https://t.co/n7op1rn6kW
— Stephen Clark (@HABSpolitics) April 17, 2017
And the baristas of Manchester (particularly those who have served him) are not best pleased:
Especially stressful when you know andy burnham has purchased coffee from your place of work @ ME BINCH
— sam (@SamanthaJJA) April 17, 2017
What’s more, it wasn’t so long ago that Burnham was calling for more coffee shops:
Mr S hopes Burnham wakes up and smells the coffee before it’s too late…