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Happy Brexmas

From Don Adamson, Brexorcist in Chief from Yorkshire.

This week’s quotes: “Richy Scumbag pretends Brexit is going well … Tories want to present the Thick Lizzie era as a weird aberration … enormous damage to the NHS … being behind rather than leading public opinion is a bad place for political leaders to be … thanks to their shared Brexomerta that is where Richy Scumbag and Starmer position themselves …bands, lawyers suffer Brexit damage … Brexit barriers to trade in goods … caught the attention of the media … UK is not a manufacturing economy … services make up 80% of British economy … Brexit has chipped away at its importance …  something unpleasant is happening to our services based economy … British government failed to negotiate a deal on services with EU … smaller companies simply stopped trading with EU … huge grey areas … changes have hit every industry …  expensive and waste of time and effort … Music artists will find it harder to break through … Thatcher promoted the Single Market … for decades that was a huge win for UK economy … criminal investigations into Michelle Mone continue … Michael Gove distancing himself from the tycoon … he referred her bid what turned out to be unfit PPE to the ‘right channel’ … Johnson sees a return to journalism as infra dig … he genuinely harboured intentions to be the next Secretary General of NATO … former PMs with dubious reputations are proving harder to place these days … Cameron, May, Johnson, Thick Lizzie have little more to say in their bios than ‘former PM’ … Liam Fox notched up 400,000 air miles without bagging any deals … Starmer cannot claim to be on the side of ordinary people if he is determined to ignore the blindingly obvious … Twitter descends into the hellscape that is Elon Musk’ fevered inferiority complex … Economists line up to show how well the NHS is funded … people waiting to see GP, lying in ambulances for hours or dying before cancer treatment provide the reality check … We have sent thousands of doctors and nurses packing … consequence of Brexit … failure to train enough people … Jeremy *unt’s laments sit oddly with the fact that he was Health Secretary for over six years … there is reason to doubt integrity of ministers investigations into dodgy equipment …Is Nadhim Zahawi OK ? …billed the taxpayers thousands of pounds to heat his horse’s stables … is he the best person to say that overworked and underpaid nurses should suffer yet more privation? … More reasons why the government should not go on strike …if they are so poor they should marry somebody rich … people tip waitresses … patients should slip a tenner down the nurse’s apron, like you do with a stripper’s g-string… Scores of Afghans who helped the British fled to Iran. Now Iran is sending them back to certain death …

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Richy Scumbag

From Don Adamson, Brexorcist in Chief from Yorkshire.

This week’s quotes: “ Richy Scumbag … softening his line on China … these include Indian IT business in which his wife owns £750M stake … Scumbag omits to declare his wife’s large holdings … large amounts of public money have been funnelled into intentionally opaque corporate structures to hide their beneficiaries … politicians particularly slow to react … Farage UK Independent Wealth Portfolio  had substantially underperformed … since it started two years ago … anybody following Nigel Garbage’s investment techniques would be 7% worse off after two years … still not as bad as the 15% that Office for Budget Responsibility calculates Britain is worse off after Brexit … Elizabeth Holmes founder of Theranos, a revolutionary health diagnostic kit that turned out to be a giant scam … R Murdoch invested an eye watering £125M … George Eustice signed Britain up to free trade agreement with Australia … others warned that it would lead to a loss of business and lower safety standards … Eustice now appreciated that he lumbered Britain with a disaster … ‘It is time to admit that Brexit has been a disaster … and have another referendum … would surely result in a majority voting to return to the EU ‘ (Tweet by Piers Moron) … complacent City regulators blindsided by crisis triggered by Kwarteng mini budget … depressing picture … inaction … buck passing … risk modelling … inaccurate … woefully inadequate … nobody anticipated that British government would create such extraordinary instability … complacency … neglect …  You are stupid, you are bored, you are drunk … if that sounds like your idea of fun the Tories have much to offer … R&D Row that looms largest for scientific researchers is that row over Brexit … the uncertainty over British participation in Horizon …the opportunities for collaboration that Horizon offers cannot be replace d… the realisation that Britain is not a rich country by North European standards … is rising … no wonder people go elsewhere … all sides are fed up … Labourites despair, Europhiles seethe … Brexiters moan … a recession looms … UK was hideously poorly prepared for the pandemic … one of the worst public health disasters in UK history … Hancock must explain why he did not use all available labs … clear indicator of poor preparedness … how many health and care staff died after contracting the virus at work wearing inadequate or no PPE? … Lack of staff, space PPE and testing…. meant vulnerable patients and staff were sitting ducks for Covid … piss poor pandemic purchasing … shady middlemen … evidence of poor value for money … Hancock could have derailed the vaccine project … Hancock might well still have been Health Secretary steering us through the worst crisis NHS has known … Public and businesses grow more and more convinced Brexit was a mistake and is an economic disaster. Both government and opposition determined to double down against a serious attempt to fix the damage … Brexomerta … a code of silence about criminal activity … lies, crimes, misdemeanours … nobody held accountable… “

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Brexit Broke Britain

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From Don Adamson, Brexorcist in Chief from Yorkshire.

This week’s quotes: “Ahead of us is the worst two years economically in living memory … British Toryism has come to the end of a long era … failed as a trustworthy government … Tories lost control of the economy … become an instrument for political elite self preservation, a machine to keep people like Boris Johnson in power … Brexit is the triumph of ideology over economic self interest … Tory Utopian  cult … Tories have very few sources of intellectual renewal …  there is money in climate change denial … there may be  conservative thinkers who understands the profound damage Brexit has done … but they have nowhere to go …  Tories must be paid for this with a generation out of power …  at every stage Tories doubled down on crass xenophobia and legalised corruption … what is missing is a critique of Brexit …UK economy is hobbled … every week brings worse news for Brexit believers … widely viewed as a mistake … Andrew Neil said *unt’s Autumn Statement was the ‘day Brexit died’ …. Telegraph says ‘we’re in this mess because of Brexit … Brexit free trade deals … ‘hopeless’ … met year Britain will be ‘the sick man of Europe’ … sharpest economic decline in the continent … Piers Morgan, who vehemently opposed the Peoples Vote comment ‘it is time to admit that Brexit is a disaster … without question there is mounting public disenchantment with Brexit …  there is clearly a large public appetite for a major reset with the EU … economists maintain Brexit has deepened economic crisis … George Eustice, head of DEFRA at the time said the trade deal with Australia ‘was not very good, nor was the one with New Zealand.’ … After years of being told that Brexit was a triumph we now find that a) when you are desperate and b) led by people with the negotiating skills of Neville Chamberlain, a disappointing result is guaranteed … it was not in our economic interests … neither Australia or NZ had anything to offer in return … if this was the only damage Brexit was heaping on the UK farm industry they might count themselves lucky but it is not … effortless lies of the Brexit campaign … result is appallingly badly negotiated trade deals giving huge rivals massive advantages … a raft of other problems … UK government seems intent on making it worse not better … prospects for small farmers grim … one in 8 jobs is not filled … £60m worth of food left to rot in the fields last year … slaughter and waste of tens of thousands of pigs … government is taking huge risks with the industry … illegal meat on 21 of 22 lorries coming into the country … the chances of African Swine Fever another devastating disease getting into the country much higher than they were … post Brexit food checks at the border are just not happening … just like the fishing industry the farming industry was cast aside the second the referendumb votes were in … a government desperate to leave the EU at any price and signed trade deals no matter how bad in a pathetic attempt to show that Global Britain really existed … betrayed the industry … Eton College invited Nigel Garbage to speak … girls from visiting state schools invited to the event subjected to misogynistic abuse and racial slurs … ‘top private schools’ are a big part of what is wrong with Britain … Richy Scumbag is busily pretending the economy was swimming along nicely prior to Ukraine War and Kamikwaze Trussonomics … Thick Lizzie’s biography will be lucky if it sells a few hundred copies … books on contemporary politicians do not sell … Paul Dacre’s loathing of Richy Scumbag for his betrayal of Johnson … Tories are not going to win the next election … Johnson has still to land the job worthy of his dubious talents, wanted to see Murdoch … at his cattle ranch in Montana … Murdoch obligingly paid £11,000 for Johnson and two flunkies to make the visit … Gove is taking luxury breaks … two nights … £2,036 …paradoxically an attempt to distance themselves for responsibility for the failures of Brexit … Murdoch dictates politics both in the UK and the US … beyond scandalous … One of the strangest things about Britain, a country obsessed with immigration, is that we have no way of counting things … Office of National Statistics figures show a net immigration record of 504,000 are ‘experimental and provisional’ … Brexit was achieved on a promise to cut immigration to ‘tens of thousands’ … you would expect a rise of half million to cause riots in the street … Brexit was supposed to decrease immigration and drive up wages of least skilled Brits. The opposite has happened … engineering factories in England could double their workforce, earning very decent money, if they could find the people … an A & E department in Wales that will soon close because … cannot attract doctors … 165,000 missing care home workers … as for skilled welders, forget it … Britain is an aging society … two decades of flirtation with right wing populism brings division and self hate … I hope the Tory failure by their own metrics  will convince Tory voters that Brexit was a chimera … number of people that see Brexit as a mistake is steadily rising … makes the cross party omerta on the subject bizarre … a clear majority believe Brexit was the wrong choice … a unanimity that Brexit was going badly … elephantine problem sitting defiantly in the room … dropping turds … Nick Robinson asked Michael Gove to explain Brexit benefits … Gove was a key architect of Brexit … his failure to explain was stunning … skewering of Jeremy *unt … exposed *unt as Trumpian … based his entire strategy on OBR … accepting OBR figures when it suited him and rejecting them when it did not … fiscal black hole … Brexit black hole is an economic reality … hard to discern what Sunak’s point might have been … Dominic Raas faces three separate allegations of bullying … hardly an isolated  case … Priti Patel … multiple proven  investigations … public money used to pay settlements against civil servants she abused … wider culture of ministers being railing and dismissive Jacob Rees Mogg … apparently unaware that government had sold off large amounts of office space … ministers dysfunctional and abusive … to denigrate people who cannot answer back is textbook bullying … clash between ideology and reality … civil servants deal with the world as it is … put it on the wrong side of Brexiters … alarmingly few of the people running the country have worked at the coal face … no former doctors, teachers or administrators … how can you run an  organisation if you have no idea how … dysfunctional work environment  will produce dysfunctional work … consequences of bad ministerial culture are everywhere … austerity … underfunding … and Brexit chaos … toxic culture of British politics … Brexit has damaged British construction through a self inflicted skills shortage and higher prices for raw materials … Brexit has hit construction industry hard … EU exporters decided …. red tape, expense and bother of trading with the UK not worth it … stopped supplying the Brits … pathetic attempt by British government to change regulations by abandoning EU scheme … and introducing UK specific scheme … harebrained notion is damaging every sector of the economy … nobody beyond the Brexiters can see the reason … to change at huge expense and end up with a system that is worse than the existing one … skills shortages … UK has been unable to train enough Brits … the system just does not work … government’s inability to reform the planning system and make it work … many firms are just not large enough to train apprentices … complete failure of reforms to the apprenticeship system … has added insult to injury … Brexit ultras insist that there is a vast pool of labour and people just need to be forced into the workplace … just kidding themselves … problems Brexit has imposed … disastrous UK regulatory regime … delay the construction of homes and switch to low carbon heating … one more powerful incentive to stop supplying the UK market … British economy heading towards a slowdown … made worse by problems coming down the track … government that makes changes for no good reason … solid foundations and good sense do not interest this government … when Richy Scumbag came out for Brexit he made it very much about him giving his word to his constituents that it would work out for the best … I can see a lot of disillusioned Tories switching to the Lib Deems or not bothering to vote … Buyer’s Remorse is worrying Tory local associations … Labour activists have been trawling through Scumbag’s 2016 Brexit literature … finding its way to the press … bold promises to local farmers … concept of non tariff barriers notably absent at the time … Scumbag demonstrated how ignorant he was … Tory grandees once queued up to pay court to Michelle Mone, now with allegations that she made millions after lobbying ministers … she has become Baroness No Mates … If Lords Commissioners or National Crime Agency find her guilty she will be booted out of Lords … Thick Lizzie’s aides described Michael Gove … a troubled and dark soul with a streak of sadism … Daily Mail trying to build bridges with Labour … requires Rothermere to swallow bitter pills, not least in relation to non Dom tax status … when will somebody tip off Starmer that Brexit is a disaster? … Sick man of Europe … It has not taken long for Britain to revert to the state it was in during the 1960s and 1970s … Labour has spent years trying to make a round Brexit fit into a square non Brexit hole … Economic cheer is thin on the ground. Household incomes … pummelled by soaring energy costs … rising interest rates … rising taxes … Office for Budget Responsibility predicts steepest drop in living standards on record … only Russian economy would fare worse among G20 countries … Thick Lizzie’s disastrous mini budget … after 12 years of Tory rule Britain has limited political imagination. When a government source suggested closer ties with the EU a weeklong bloodletting followed … that a clear majority of Brits think leaving the EU was a mistake barely influences the debate … both Labour and Tories plough on with an argument in which public opinion is irrelevant … NHS and CBI are crying out for more workers … polls indicate that Brits, on the whole, are happy for immigration to go up if needed … talk of looser immigration rules are pooh Poohed by Tories … Labour discuses the subject with the caution of a hostage negotiator talking to a suicide bomber … for Tories only voters that count are immigration sceptic Brexiters … Britain is ruled for elderly for whom economic growth feels like an inconvenience  rather than a necessity … Labour will govern within Tory parameters …people have begun to notice that things are not going well. They will get worse. The country is about to witness its biggest drop in real incomes since records began … Britain may be strategically closer to the USA and Germany stronger economically but post Brexit France is the military heavyweight … Europe can learn from Britain about the folly of leaving the EU …

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