Barber shops have seen explosive growth in England lately, but it’s not exactly a sign of an economic recovery.

Unless Covid caused accelerated hair growth, there’s likely some nefarious activity driving the sudden, rapid growth of this industry, according to Reform leaders Nigel Farage and Richard Tice. The same, they argued, can be said of the suddenly-ubiquitous candy shops selling counterfeit goods at startling markups.

“You can see high streets with five, six, seven barber shops in them,” Tice told a reporter at the party’s immigration policy launch. “How come they’ve got no customers in them? How come they all want cash only?” Suffice to say, the EU’s money-laundering crackdown may be missing its target.