Brexit: The HGV driver shortage was warned about years ago…

The driver shortage has resulted in a dependence on agency and particularly foreign drivers that goes beyond what is needed to cope with seasonal variations and is now necessary to sustain normal operation. The dependence on agency staff means that operators in the sector are probably not investing enough in their staff. We think this creates two risks that need to be managed. First, if the UK becomes relatively less attractive as a place for foreign drivers to work, as it may do as the consequences of Brexit play out, the shortage could become much more acute, possibly quite rapidly. Second, the longer-term sustainability of the UK’s road haulage sector could be undermined if there is not a steady stream of people through the sector gaining the skills and experience that they need to become transport managers and operators” (…) “Both the industry and Government have taken steps to address the shortage. None of these are on a scale likely to deliver the number of drivers needed. The road haulage sector, supported by the Government, needs to take further steps to:

meet any shortage and reduce dependence on foreign drivers (about 60,000 drivers);

meet any predicted growth in demand; and

deal with the demographic time-bomb (about 75,000 drivers by 2020)” (Parliament.uk – ‘Skills and workforce planning in the road haulage sector’ 27.07.2016).

Sometimes you wonder if the Tories and the Cabinet Secretaries are so forgetful. You can wonder, if they care about warnings and red signs. The Brexit referendum would clearly target the haulage industry. As it is dependent on European Union citizens with license and ability to drive heavy-goods driver (HGV).

The Tories have offered a three month visa parley to everyone they sent packing after the Brexit was issued. The European Union Haulage Unions have dismissed this offer. They are saying they can easily be used, but sent straight back without any consideration for work. Therefore, the EU HGV drivers will not return to save Christmas in the United Kingdom.

Yes, the government gave this “amnesty” or ability during the weekend. At the same time it has put in regulations that all vehicles and lorries who is going into EU from the UK has to take-off their stickers with GB and change that to UK. That is actually something they have done. Just like changing colour on the passport. It is symbolic changes, but not what industries need in these dire times.

The Tories and the Downing Street needs to focus on. They are not securing the livelihoods of the HGV drivers. Neither has it made efforts or done anything for the foreseeable future. They are instead trying to patch up the hurt without any real reform for the transport sector. Which is needed to cope with the lack of trained personnel, salaries or even long-term prospects to work in the haulage industry.

The UK needs the EU HGV drivers to be able to cope. That is why we are seeing again the possibility of the army to do logistics in the Kingdom. Since, the Tories haven’t secured or made it possible for others to cover needs, which is clearly there. The Tories cannot even come with sound judgement or policies, which will make it feasible for the grandstanding departure of previous drivers to return. These will not return when they are getting pennies on the pound and working in crappy conditions while staying in UK. It is not like Boris Johnson or any of his cadre will humiliate themselves in the same regard. No, they rather spend vacations in Caribbean and hope someone else fixes the problems they created.

The Tories haven’t secure the basics. That’s why the supermarkets lacks produce and commodities, why farmers lack’s personnel to pick and secure their produce to market and finally lack of drivers to deliver the needed things across the Kingdom. The Tories haven’t given incentives or prospects for anyone then themselves.

The lack of drivers isn’t only the fault of Brexit alone. It is a systemic fault of a incompetent government. Who is all about publicity, but not about proper policies. This is why it is happening. The fuel-shortage and the empty shelves in the supermarkets says it all. It is not the fault of the public, but the politicians that promised heaven. However, they haven’t delivered the golden gates, but instead showed a little piece of hell.

Kudos to the Tories for failing in such a manner. They will blame anyone else and even say it’s the public own faults for buying petrol. The Tories will go after the companies itself, than look into own misgivings. Because that’s what they do.

What is extra tragic here is that they knew this could be amplified and gotten worse by the efforts of Brexit. However, the state didn’t act upon or take in-consideration the needs of the haulage industry. Therefore, the Tories who was in power the whole time could have made things possible, but clearly they never did. Peace.

Opinion: Brexit was bound to fail [and the results are now coming in]

The referendum of withdrawal from the European Union (EU) of 2016 settled the score and made it possible for the Conservative Party (Tories) to launch their campaign and gain majority of the Parliament. In such a manner, that they have had two Prime Ministers and had a long hurdle to come to terms with the EU on how to leave.

After long negotiations and plenty of delay. The final “Brexit Day” was enforced on the 31st January 2020. So, with the months that has gone and with the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement in combination with the talks between London and Brussels. There is no end to this and the effects of the matter is no obvious for everyone to see.

The ones that was Remainer and was on the side to stay in the Union is now vindicated. As it is more “red-tape” and the Brexit Agreement isn’t making things easier. There been conflict over fishing rights with France. Fish and Sea-Food have rotted in port, instead of being exported to the mainland Europe from Scotland. Imports has slowed down, hauliers stopping deliveries to the UK and foreign workers to many fields are lacking. With all of this in mind. It is not a success, but a brutal and self-inflicted suffering.

Brexit was bound fail. The utter total failure was anticipated by plenty and it’s now evident. The Brexiteers should also reflect on it. They should man-up and see the results as they are. The possible use of army to get food delivered across the Kingdom. That should say it all. As the importers are not getting their products in time and neither able to secure the delivery from the exports to Britain.

UK becoming a ‘Third County’ isn’t giving it vast freedoms. Yes, the UK could make trade-deals with Australia and Kenya. However, the major trading partners with the EU and near proximity is harden. Not like there been any good industrial news or set-up of factories. Neither, hasn’t there been news of exceptional growth.

The supply-chains have been like this for one simple reason. The UK is out of the Single-Market and there is added bureaucracy and checks on goods passing through the borders. There is need for more documents and hurdles before passing has hurt the Kingdom. That is easy reasons to see why supermarkets run out of goods. Restaurant-chains are running out of main products and cannot serve customers. Other type of goods are lacking too and if that is with the imports. How dire is the situation for the exporters?

We knew earlier in the year that the exports was hit hard. They we’re not able to send produce, sea-food and others on time. The companies was losing money and their assets was rotting in ports. With this knowledge, the same hardship is now hitting home. Not only that the British Sea-Shells and other sea-food isn’t served in Paris anymore. At least not at the scale or in such a manner, which it was in the past.

The ones pledging for this and had their way. Should stand astute and bravely say: “We were wrong and crippled our economy. We fought for freedom, but instead being left alone. Brexit was supposed to give us new profitable terms, but it hasn’t and we lost. That’s why we have to see, if we can negotiate or find new ways of getting into the Single-Market and the Customs Union. As we are now a third country with little to no say. We have to change this and we are sorry for promising the world and not even giving you chicken at Nando’s”. Peace.

Brexit: “Operation Yellowhammer” is in full effect with the Army drive for the supermarkets

Certainly, some should feel a bit vindicated these days. Especially the Remainers who campaigned for “Project Fear” which was so scrutinized and called a blame-game of a worse scenario. The last few weeks has really shown the consequences of the Brexit. A Brexit that the Conservative and Tories promised to be easy and without any real costs.

However, everyone in their right mind knows that a divorce on this scale would cost. The marriage had to end and the transactions after this would be made more difficult. The Tories haven’t made things smooth or better. The rules and regulations between the United Kingdom and European Union is hectic. Several of companies and hauliers have stopped trading with the UK. This is now costing and showing results in the supermarkets across the Kingdom. That is not shocking, but was inevitable.

The Project Yellowhammer and Worst Case Scenario of August 2019 is now playing out. Where there was talks and projected to have disruptions of food supplies and across the supply chain. That was described there and clearly it is evident now.

The recent news says it all:

The Army has been put on standby to deliver supplies to supermarkets as Britain faces a shortage of 100,000 truck drivers. Around 2,000 personnel who are qualified HGV drivers are believed to be on a five-day notice to help distribute food and essentials including medicine. The Government is set to make a formal plea to the military for help ‘imminently’, with members of the Royal Logistics Corps and other regiments expected to be called upon by the end of September” (Siba Jackson – ‘Army ‘on standby’ to deliver food amid shortage of lorry drivers’ 08.08.2021, Metro.co.uk).

You know Brexit is a lose-lose enterprise when the businesses and the supermarkets needs the army to salvage the supply chain. The Tories and the government have failed the businesses and the consumers i.e. the citizens. They have told stories which wasn’t true.

All of the promises of a easy and simple transition is clearly out of the window. The reality is here now and the UK has to face it. The Tories got to find measures, means and possible way out of it. The soldiers and the ones who conscript to the army shouldn’t drive produce to Tesco or pick up lorries in Dover. That is just a failure if there ever was one.

This is just proving the pointers of the Remainers ahead of the referendum. The Brexiteers who promised so blatantly and wrongly that this would be a neat process. They should all take the mantle and configure this out. Since they are the ones who made it happen and ensure everyone that the basics are in order. Because, when the supermarkets and the convenient stores are running out of goods. You know you are in trouble.

There was plenty of folks who knew the Brexit and the new bureaucratic hurdles would cost, take time and stifle the logistics from Europe to the United Kingdom. The ones who has to import or export is paying the price. There has already been fish rotting in the ports and not getting through the system before they are expired. Therefore, the Brexit has destroyed businesses and ensured many are harder daily life.

The Tories especially, the wing of the Brexiteers has to take accountability. They need to fix this and not just settle with the army on standby. That is a show of weakness and that they totally failed. The Brexit isn’t a success, but a abomination of a government policy. It is a train-wreck and an insult to citizens. They sold a story of gold, but not everything that is shimmering is that. The Brexiteers sold fools-gold and a small majority believed it.

Now, everyone has to pay the price for it and surely nobody wants to hear it. Since it is visible and the HM Government haven’t got the qualified or the ability to figure this one out. The inept and corrupt government will not have the skills or the mindset to fix this. They will only make another circus and hope no-one see the real problems. Peace.

Opinion: Hancock’s freaky entanglement

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is now exposed for his indiscretions. Not that Prime Minister Boris Johnson cares, because that would make him look questionable. The PM is known for the same things the Health Secretary is revealed to do now. That’s why the PM have already accepted the apology and settled the scandal.

However, that Hancock hired a friend and later became extra friendly. Had a fling or a extra-material affair with her. She happens to be his paid aide and being appointed to the NHS. To top this off. Her brother have gotten tenders from the NHS to his Health Care Company. This is not only cronyism, but open corruption.

First off, his a minister who is married and has an affair. That is disgusting in itself. When he has told others to social distance and not meet others. He has not only disrespected his wife and his family over an affair, but been a additional hypocrite with the COVID-19 rules.

Hancock has made an entanglement, which would make Jada Pinkett Smith proud. Hancock also gotten romantically involved with a friend and hired her as an aide. Given tenders to the brother of your lover. That’s such a use of both office and private life.

Using your position to have two woman on deck. Have a wife at home and a mistress at the office. That she was married is just a bonus. Two people who didn’t care about their spouses and the kids. Just so you could enjoy the rush and have a shag at the office.

Hancock haven’t done a proper job. There been 100,000 dead because of the lack of proper control with the coronavirus. Neither has the NHS had a well planned procurement plans, neither has it any positive results with the Test & Trace. This Secretary is only good at adultery. His clearly not good at his work. Nothing he does is working, except for his pecker who works on overtime.

That a Minister can do all of this and get away with it. It shouldn’t be possible. We know that Johnson will not sack anyone. Then he would take any accountability himself and that’s not happening. His buying a yacht and needs to rest. That’s why Hancock is off the hook.

It doesn’t matter what sort of affair he had. Hancock could have done it on Oxford Street and the PM would have let it go. Matty is allowed to get his blow, release his load and after that he let it go. The PM cannot address this with a good heart. Since the PM is an serial adulterer himself…

He is surely proud of the catch Hancock got and that he got her on the payroll too. Hancock had relations with his aide and secondly used that office to spurge public funds on the company of her brother. That is a wonderful transaction and a brilliant way of misusing tax-payers money. The Tories should be proud.

Hancock caught with a mistress is bad enough. I am sure its a breach of ministerial code, but so should it be to give tenders to mistress’s brother’s company. That is really unique and shows how corrupt the United Kingdom is at the moment.

London is burning and the Ministers are shagging by the fires. Peace.

Opinion: Boris will shield his consigliere

This is really tragic, but a reality. When is the Prime Minister such a weakling and lack of a visionary. That he cannot touch unelected bureaucrats and advisors. What sort of man is Boris Johnson?

Is he such a spineless and insincere man? That he rather safeguard a citizen whose inside his chambers and advising him. Instead of actually governing and leading by example. Acting reckless and brutal towards to Health Care Experts and Journalists. Because, their words are problem, not his closest ally and confidant.

This is the sort of problem only the Dons of Mafia Movies has issues with. Since, they need and sought after a certain level of loyalty. That their most honoured and made of honour outside the family and whose not a capo is the Consigliere. The man who the Don trusts and knows will give good advice. The “right-hand man” of the operation and the one who has a solution to the issues of the Mafia family.

In this regard, Dominic Cummings has become the Consigliere of Boris Johnson. His so vital, that the principal that everyone is equal under the law is a bygone. That the government isn’t accountable or needs to address the misgivings of him. This is because of his role and that his man who gives the best advice in the world.

Cummings is the mastermind, the man behind the scenes and the brilliant spin-doctor that can always sell a lie. Dominic can always come up with some sort of smokescreen or adjust the reality to his vision. So, now he just have to ride the storm and hope people let go off it.

Because, that he broke the lockdown rules doesn’t matter. Two trips to Durham and a visit to Castle. His the consigliere dammit, he needs to chill and test the newest glasses from Spec-savers. That’s what a man of his stature do.

The sad thing about this, that Boris isn’t a Don, but a Prime Minister. A head of state, his the one in-charge and in-command. He got such little will and ability to reign without his consigliere that he got to save him. Even when he breaks the laws and the lockdown regulations. He defends him and even does it without concern with what message that sends.

This shows that the advisor or Chief Aide has special unique powers. That the PM see so much in him, that his willing to breach with common sense and with how the law enforcement would have applied to the commoner. This is what his done.

Initially by doing this, the PM or the Don has shown the public that there are difference between you and them. They can be shielded and be above the law. They are the ones whose legislating it anyway’s. While you have to answer, if you dare test it or do the same.

The Consigliere is a lucky man. His an entitled man and apparently his above the law. Peace.

United Kingdom: Douglas Ross MP – Resignation from the Government (26.05.2020)

Opinion: Dominic’s Law is not a good idea…

That Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his team is shielding Chief Aide Dominic Cummings. This is after he took two trips to Northern England, Durham, which is four hours away from his homestead in London. Also, a business trip or a friendly moment of fun at the Barnard Castle. This is three instances where the Chief Aide of Prime Minister screwed-up and breached public trust.

As people where told to follow strict guidelines. Not even run together in the parks or be outside more than needed. The ones who could work from home, should work at home. The two things allowed for a citizens was to go outside for necessities and one time during the day jog. If you have symptoms and such, your supposed to be self-quarantined.

So, with the knowledge of this, how the government have blocked people from leaving their homes in the midst of the lockdown. The state has initially stopped people from criss-crossing the Kingdom. They have not had the ability to visit their loved ones, they have not been able to attend funerals or be with grieving relatives. The state has stopped people from being close to family members who also needed supervision or help. This was because the general public wasn’t supposed to leave their home address and go elsewhere.

Dominic meanwhile had both COVID-19 symptoms, as the Prime Minister and also Matt Hancock had both been testing positive. Therefore, he was supposed to be self-quarantined in his home. He both could have the disease and could spread it by his movement. Still, even with this in mind. He had the capacity and the ability to travel twice to his parents up-north and also a fun day at a Castle.

This is the sort of man Dominic is… that is why this is the Dominic’s Law. A law where everyone else has to abide to the quarantine and the lockdown rules. So, they are all strictly stuck at home and not going outside. While these rules are not regulated to the Chief Aide of the PM, because his above these laws and regulations.

Dominic don’t have to mind laws or rules, he can measure that himself. His such a great man, his the man whose only sided by the Queen. The rest has to bow to the greatness of Dominic. Cummings can breach regulations during a lockdown, because he can. His the epitome of a alpha male, the superior demi-god of the British people. The rest has to bow down and kneel to his grandeur.

Dominic’s law is that the rules or regulations doesn’t apply to him, but does to the rest. Dominic’s Law is based on the premise that Dominic is above the law and isn’t a subject of it. His just the uncrowned King. That’s why he could visit a castle without any repercussions or having punitive actions towards him. However, if a random bloke tried the same as him, they would be addressed with fire and fury only seen in Games of Thrones. Peace.

Opinion: Dominic’s ill-advised adventure

If I coulda done better, woulda got better

My brudda looked me in my face and said, “You’re not better””Stormzy – ‘Do Better’ (2019)

The Chief Aide for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings is in trouble and in question over his travels from London to Durham. By car google maps are saying the trip is about 4 and half hours to drive. That’s the quickest route and without any jam.

During lockdown and with stay-at-home orders, the self-quarantined aide of the PM should know this. Dominic knew perfectly well what he was doing and what breaches of public trust he did. If an ordinary person, a man with no title and no ranks within Downing Street No. 10. He would be sacked, axed and gotten dismissed. In some nations he would be fined and even gotten more punitive actions towards him.

Cummings might act stupid, might try to lay low. While everything around him is burning. The aide of the PM. The man who scheme with him and lays plans for him. The unelected crony of Johnson. The man whose both a gift and a liability to this reign.

Cummings should have stayed home and not moved for 7 days during lockdown. Especially, when he had coronavirus symptoms. Dominic should know this, as he has imposed the public with these terms and he knew perfectly well what he did. His not a ignorant hussy on Benefit’s street. No, his the chamber-mate of the PM and guides things together with him.

That’s why this is insulting. The ones are defending him, that he should go home and take care of his parents. Yes, in ordinary circumstances that’s fine and dandy. However, during lockdown, stay-at-home orders and quarantine needs to be respected by everyone. People are not seeing their loved ones dying in the nursery homes, at hospitals and elsewhere. As the rules are strict and public complies to avoid spread of the virus.

That’s why its damning that one of the most powerful, non-elected bureaucrats of the Kingdom travels around like normal. Even though he got the disease and has symptoms. Disregarding the lockdown measures and regulations. For his own selfish reasons. I’m sure that plenty of citizens wish they could do the same. That Colin from Newcastle would really enjoy to travel to his aunty in Brighton. However, that’s impossible as his a quarantined Geordie and isn’t allowed to move around. If he did he would break the laws of the lockdown and get into trouble.

That is it really. Someone like Dominic should know better and be better. However, his disillusion and deluded mind thought this wouldn’t have ramifications. Since this is a breach of public trust, also devious in the times of a pandemic and crisis in the Kingdom.

Cummings knew all of this and still disregarded the rules during the lockdown in March. Yes, normally its cool to take care of your parents and close family. However, when you have stay-home orders and shows signs of symptoms to COVID-19. It’s not cool to travel many miles away, up-north as the general public is stuck at home and has no choice of doing something similar.

Dominic knows all of this, but still acted a fool. He went on an adventure and it was ill-advised. He should have known better, but he didn’t, apparently. Cummings trip and move was wrong. He shouldn’t have done this, but he did.

As the Chief Aide of the PM he should be an example in a time of need. Not a self-serving prick who doesn’t follow rules. When everyone else is stuck at home and not allowed to leave their address. This is an despicable act and the aide should consider his role in government. Peace

Brexit: 31st January 2020 is the final Brexit day for now

Well, this are not yet finished. There are dozens of problems ahead for Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his cabinet. It is not like Tories have won or succeeded anything. The possible reactions or results of the end of membership with the European Union (EU) isn’t carved out yet. Hell, even the issues of trade, border patrol, fishing nor the Northern Ireland questions are finalized.

The celebration of a new penny on the 31st January 2020 is a mockery, but also pointless. The Tories haven’t bagged it. They are not packing their briefcases and securing their tickets for the destination. Yes, the final Withdrawal Agreement was voted for and the next stage of Brexit is happening. However, the possible outcomes are from sealed. The ink isn’t even dry on the paperwork.

Who knows what the businesses will do, when the borders are shut and the hardships of trading across the Channel hits the fan. Who knows what will happen when the costs of banking and City of London comes across. It is not like the Tories can get it any harder. Not like they are getting the best deals and not getting issues from across the pond.

The PM will not address this and will rather deflect this. Surely, the industries and the ones whose exporting products will be hit the hardest. There are no certainty, the ones moving are already templating it or has already left. Several of businesses has moved to Ireland, France and Germany as a result of Brexit.

That is why, the projected downturns aren’t far fetched and the possible projections of the Withdrawal Agreement are bleak too. Not like this will not be a big natural hit on the consumer, the public and on the possible revenue of the state. However, the Tories will celebrate the end of Brexit. Loosing influence in Europe and become the “independent” island it is. Nevertheless, they still want to trade and be a partner, but not married to it. See how that will go and what cost that may bring.

This Brexit has been shambles from the Referendum until today. Not like Theresa May did it well. Neither has Boris Johnson. Boris is more superficial and conning, while May wobbled ahead. None of them is winning this. We just have to see if Boris will loose more. He won a mandate in Parliament, but if the wrecks the economy and beats the living hell out of the ones giving him a majority. He will surely be remembered for utter destruction on his own. Instead of finding good ways out of it.

He had nice times in his Jaguar. Nice time with screaming matches with his girlfriend. Mocking Corbyn in the PMQ. But what does that matter, when the public will be self-inflicted by dodgy deals and shoddy political work from the core group of people in Whitehall and Downing Street.

Who knows what this will entail, what sort of tariffs, regulations and the initial costs, who will be damaged, scorned by this deal and at what end has it?

I don’t have the answer, but by all reports, all studies with some barren I have come across. The negatives outshines the victories. Its like celebrating the French Fries, when you got a juicy burger sitting right there. By all means, the French Fries are a neatly cut potato with right amount of salt and oil. However, the burger is fresh breaded bun, with lettuce, ketchup and a barbecued patty. It should be easy choice.

So, on the 31st January, the ones celebrating are the ignorant, the ones who doesn’t care about the consequences, but are enjoying a break with Europe. The ones in sorrow, are not necessarily in support of the EU, but the ones that wonder if they are losing the benefits or the trade-offs made by the Union. Which the UK are now loosing out off. They got to bargain and leverage itself with everyone as a single entity. They got to do the right and at the right price. However, that will take time and the UK doesn’t have that. Especially, if they plan to cover the lost base and the lost power within the EU.

So in a few days time. The next chapter of negotiations start. The UK will have to fight and battle, they are not through yet. It is now all damage control. We got to see, if the EU citizens in the UK will get rights to stay or if they have to leave. We got to see, if the Northern Ireland will be hurt by this. That we will only with time.

However, what we do know … is that the UK is self-inflicting harm. They are doing damage to itself and hurting itself. We just got to see how it will be and by what estimates. Peace.

Brexit: PM Boris Johnson letter to Nicola Sturgeon MSP (14.01.2020)