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Boris Johnson has declared war on France, leading the charge in a flotilla of pedalos. Fearless Johnson was reported to have said:

We will fight them in our britches. We will fight them with our swans. Our swan vestas. Our Vesta Chow Mein. We will never surrender!

In other news, it is the local elections in England, Wales and Scotland today. Make sure you vote and don’t vote for a swan or a signet.

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Breaking Point

Breaking Point

At what point do you consider that “enough is enough” in terms of voting conservative in the local elections? Are you at breaking point yet? Ask yourself the following questions?

  • Do you mind that Boris Johnson promised fishermen that he would take back control of their waters only to find that this was a red herring?
  • Do you mind that Liz Truss has done a trade deal with Japan that gives them five times more trade than we get?
  • Do you mind that Matt Hancock wasted £37 BILLION of your taxes on fictional Test and Trace equipment?
  • Do you mind that Boris Johnson presided over up to 80 000 unnecessary COVID deaths?
  • Do you mind that the Conservatives are now unhappy with the Brexit deal it signed off without reading?
  • Do you mind that Boris Johnson lied to The Queen?
  • Do you mind that Boris Johnson will be judge and jury at an enquiry about his conduct as the leader of your country?
  • Do you mind that Boris Johnson said there would be no border in Ireland and now there is as Brexit marks a return to “the troubles”?
  • Do you mind paying £35 ++ in tariffs and taxes for goods imported from Europe when we were promised that trade would be frictionless and free?
  • Do you mind that India and other countries require freedom of movement as part of any trade deal with Britain? This is the very thing that the Conservatives promised to stop through Brexit.
  • Do you mind that you were lied to about Brexit, COVID and Grenfell?
  • Do you mind that James Dyson was paid millions and never made a single COVID ventilator?
  • Do you mind that UK trade in dairy products has been decimated by Brexit?
  • Do you mind that farmers are unable to get workers to pick fruit and veg after Brexit?
  • Do you mind that the wallpaper used to redecorate Downing Street costs more per roll than most people earn in a week?
  • Do you mind?
  • Do you mind?
  • Do you mind?

Vote for any party other than the Tories on Thursday May 6th

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Brexit Fools' Day

Brexit Fools’ Day

“Ever get the feeling you’ve been conned?” Johnny Rotten

On Brexit Fools’ Day we look at some of the things we’ve been fooled by:

World Beating COVID deaths

The “British vaccine”, developed by foreigners

£350 million per week for the NHS … we’re still waiting

Taking back control of our borders means a border in Kent

Taking back control of our fish means the destruction of our fishing industry

Shoplifters of the world unite – Art by Cold War Steve

The Turing scheme to replace Erasmus

There would be no border in the Irish sea

The main beneficiaries from Brexit turn out to be portaloo providers

Trade will be frictionless

Unprecedented red tape and companies going to the wall due to Brexit

A free trade deal that has non tariff barriers and many other faults

Unsettled status

VAT on imports from Europe

£37 billion spent on a failed Test and Trace system

Falkland Islands thrown under a Brexit bus

Gibraltar to gain independence

UK break up began

Police racists found not to be racists by racist Government

“20 000 COVID deaths would be a good outcome”

£5000 fines for leaving the country, unless you are Stanley Johnson

£2.4 million spent on some decor in 10 Downing Street

Statues are more important than women

What would you add to the list? Drop me a line

“Won’t get fooled again” – Roger Daltrey

Actually Roger, you will get fooled again if you vote Tory

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Selfish Shellfish

EU rules on some types of shellfish leave UK fishers ‘devastated’.

By Adrian Ekins-Daukes

Fishers around the UK have been “devastated” by fresh problems with exporting their produce to the EU, after the government admitted that exports of live mussels, oysters, scallops and certain other shellfish would be subject to ongoing restrictions.

Those are all classified as “live bivalve molluscs” – a category which also includes cockles and clams. Under longstanding EU rules, catches of live bivalve molluscs from non-EU member states can only be imported without treatment if they come from waters deemed of the highest quality. Vessels from non-EU states also cannot land live bivalve molluscs in EU ports.

These rules have closed off many exports of live bivalve molluscs from the UK, since Brexit took full effect. The market for such shellfish is a small and specialist one, valued at less than £12m a year, but for the small number of fishers who operate in it, it is often their main livelihood.

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The rules, and the disruption their enforcement has caused for fishers,  cannot be termed a “teething problem” as other red tape has been, because they will apply permanently under Brexit unless the government can forge a fresh agreement with the EU to make exceptions for UK produce.

The fishing industry called on the government to do more to try to resolve the problem. Barrie Deas, chief executive of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, said: “This is devastating for those involved, and it cannot be left as a closed issue. Those of our members who produce mussels and cockles in particular are affected and are very seriously impacted – no exports to the EU as the UK is now a third country. This has to be sorted at government-to-government level and our understanding is that talks are under way, but so far without producing a satisfactory outcome.”

Alistair Sinclair, chair of the Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation, blamed the French president, Emmanuel Macron, as well as the UK government for the difficulties, and warned that they were a foretaste of future negotiations. “This is possibly a demonstration of the difficulties that lie ahead Throughout the whole run-up to Brexit, our voice was not considered by the Scottish government and indeed the Tory grandees.”

Fishers could try to comply with the regulations by taking on further processing of the molluscs, to gain the health certification necessary for exports, but this can be costly and time-consuming. Many had hoped that the Brexit agreement would allow for their exports to continue. The EU is the main market for many such specialist fishers.

Brexit was sold on the promise of fish and ships

A spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “Live bivalve molluscs such as oysters, mussels, clams, cockles and scallops can continue to be exported to the EU if they’re harvested from class A waters or cleaned, or have cleared end product testing in the UK. We will continue to raise the issue of live bivalve molluscs not ready for human consumption with the EU, to ensure the trade can continue securely.”

The European commission confirmed that the requirements were not temporary, and were applicable to all such shellfish imported from the UK.

Most of the fisheries affected are in England and Wales. Exports of bivalve molluscs are worth less than £12m a year, of which clams make up more than half, with oysters and mussels worth about £2.7m each. Defra said it could not estimate how much of this market would be affected as some are subject to “depuration” which would allow their export to continue.

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60 days of Brexit

60 days of Brexit and the massive success stories of Brexit keep coming in. Here’s a roundup of recent news and fake news by The Express, Mail and Sun.

Brexit realities

Millions face economic shock from COVID. Brexit simply multiples the problem into the long term. See New Economics.

Meanwhile, Kent Police are involved in Operation Mask Brexit, drawing in thousands of Police officers from 33 forces to cover up the effects of Brexit on borders, ports and roads.

Steve Cock, who runs a customs consultancy, regularly sees lorry drivers forced to stay in his firm’s car park at Ashford for several nights because they do not have the right paperwork to get into Europe. Such confusion is echoed by the Road Haulage Association (RHA), which says that 50-60 per cent of freight vehicles are leaving the UK empty. A haulage source was blunt: “We have become the world leader in exporting fresh air.”

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Daphne Franks writes in The Craven Herald about the realities of clapping for carers versus the hard realities of paying key workers properly. If you care about carers vote the Tories out on May 6th in the local elections.

“We need our nurses. They care for us. We need to care for them”

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Masking Brexit 1984 style

The media are now running ads to tell people how well Brexit is going. The ads are not paid for by Russian oligarchs or our enemies, but by OUR Government !!

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You know we have reached rock bottom when businesses ask Michael Gove for help with Brexit. The Gove – Johnson marriage of convenience is clearly under strain now that Johnson has put unelected mediocre bureaucrat “Sir” David Frost into the cabinet to fight Gove.

Distraction and gaslighting

Andrew Bridgen wants us to drink “Peckham Spring Water” and not that “smelly Euro water”. Satire made real in his letter to the House of Commons to distract us from Brexit realities.

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New research confirms that British fish are no longer happy to be British. Billy the Bragging Bass spoke at St James’ Plaice on behalf of all whiting and cod:

“I wanna swim wiv me mates – that Jacob Rees-Mogg is a fucking twat” – Billy

Meanwhile Boris Johnson is once again exposed as a liar. A whole book of it. Do we really want our politicians to lie to us?

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With thanks to Irina Fridman, Mike Cashman, Peter Daws, Helga Perry, Lisa Lanfranchi, Daphne Franks, Adrian Ekins-Daukes, Heike Wilms, Louise Hunter, Martin Housden, Carol Fraser, Paul Bowers and Susanna Leislle.