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: Boris, the Imperial Weights will not salvage Brexit

You know the sun is set on the empire. Prime Minister Boris Johnson isn’t solving the crisis of imports. No, his just boosting his own ego and bringing back the old times. Now the Prime Minister is re-issuing the imperial weights. This means everything will measures in ounces, pounds, stones, quarters and hundredweight.

This is because for some strange reason the metric system is a downfall of the empire. That’s why the imperial measures has to be put back in order. Not like this is solving the shortages, the problems of imports or exports for that matter. No, this is just masking things and making things looks grand.

I am pretty sure that the Ministers or the appointed fellows in the Cabinet of Johnson would themselves struggle to even know how much or how the old system works. The PM isn’t wise in doing this. It is fitting to the older peers and the ones who is soft hearted for the good old days. However, this isn’t fitting in the real world. Especially, when you are living in a global system.

The traders have to repackage and change their products to fit the new paradigm. Some are fitted with both and that’s done with baking equipment. That is well known and the PM should know this. There is only three other nations who is known for using the Imperial system that is Myanmar (Burma), Liberia and United States of America (USA). So, it is not a majority or plenty of nations who uses it, but a very limited group.

That’s why this is a backtrack and not a winning formula. Yes, some parts of society uses it. Heck, people still get weighed in Imperial Weights still, but most products are made within metric scale. That’s why this is a foolish enterprise. The Brexit and Tories are just doing dumb moves.

This isn’t solving anything. The bottlenecks and the troubles of Brexit will persist. The lack of workforce, lorry-drivers and whatnot will not change with this. That’s why this is posturing and a lack of needed reforms. This isn’t what the UK needs … and Boris knows this. He will have support of the older generations and the ones who wishes back to the 1950s. However, the younger generations will not get it and neither will anyone who hopes for a closer connection with Europe again.

The PM re-issuing Imperial Weights is just a bananas move. This isn’t a move of greatness, but of utter failure. 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: Boris is acting like his untouchable

The Tories Prime Minister Boris Johnson has acted the way he does, because he has the feeling of being untouchable. The Tories have been rocked with several of scandals, but every time he has gotten away with it. In the past, lesser “crimes” or questionable actions have led to resignations or sackings in cabinet or within Parliament.

However, this time around the “untouchable” can be connected to whoever. Do whatever and get away it. If he is using government funds to pay-off a mistress. If he is spending questionable funds to go on a vacation in the Caribbean or refurbishing his flat in Downing Street. It just don’t matter..

Boris is used to get away with it and it seems like the politician thinks he can get a “jail free-card” in monopoly this time too. Johnson have been Teflon, but that seems more on luck and timing than anything else.

Boris has been able to skate by and jump ahead. The crises and scandals has eloped in the middle of a global pandemic and Brexit has hit the fan too. It is a twist of stagnation and lack of growth. While his personal life, turmoil and spending habits are creating issues. Surely, the Eton boys cannot be salvaged forever.

Like for instance he can create a modern blue room for press conferences, spend a fortune refurbishing that, but not intend to use it. That is the sort of epitome of the inept government his running. When he can do that on the public dime, what is he capable of doing with his own money?

The Prime Minister has enough challenges and questionable things in the past. Not only his shady and reckless articles, his attitude towards woman and foreigners. No, this man is a liar and con-man. Who has been able to get to the top. A place where he wants to remain.

Still, his associates and allies are clearly not helping him out. As his trailing with scandals and a mockery attempt of running the kingdom. The PM is misusing his time in office, living on money, which he haven’t earned and with that is compromised by these “donors”. That is the mere reality of this.

When his living his life on a lie and thinking he can twist this too. Hoping he can ride another storm and get away with it. A man calling himself broke, but living on the public’s dime. Having no costs for phone, housing or other natural expenditure plus a salary and a net work over 2 million pounds. This man clearly has it if he wants too, but is to erratic to keep basic control of his spending habits.

He has donors paying for everything. While still getting a salary and everything else. That say a lot about how he operates. This man because of his office thinks other people can cover his expenses. While they surely wants something in return. That means his in their pocket and will do their bidding because they pay for his nanny, wallpaper and former girlfriends to be silenced (or whatnot).

That is the sort of fella Boris is and his proud of it too. To squander his time in office and living lavish on other people’s monies. That is seemingly fine and he continues to find new schemes to get out of paying his bills.

He says his broke, but plenty in the general public would be grateful for his salary and perks. It just shows how distasteful and disgraceful he is. When he wants it bumped to the double to cover his “expenses”. How can he be capable as civilian, when he has pay all the additional costs of living, which he doesn’t have now? Also when he doesn’t have benefactors and donors to cover his ass?

That just shows how corrupted he is and how lucky his been until now. That none of his mischief have cost him anything and nobody has challenged him on it. He has just been able to brush it all off and continue like normal. There is a time of inquiry to look into his personal expenses and sources of money. As not only a public civil servant and a member of parliament, but as the head of state. As his supposed to be clean and following ministerial codes, which he most likely has breached.

There should be retributions for this and not just a “I’m sorry for breaking with your trust” . End scene and move on to the next episode. Peace.

Opinion: Does the Nolan Principals matter anymore? [or is Boris Johnson above them?]

Prime Minster Boris Johnson is in a new scandal. His whole reign has filled with it. Somehow his skating by and getting away from it. The Cabinet Secretaries can do whatever, so can his closest associates and it doesn’t cost him anything. It is sort of his demeanour that is obnoxious.

Usually, someone in his place would act with care. A Prime Minister would be careful and wouldn’t try to keep things hidden away. Neither, not enlighten the world on his acts or what he possibly has done. Every time there been questions of inquiries into questionable spending, communication or usage of public funds. The Whitehall or Downing Street will not do it or have no plans of doing so.

The same government that can with ease return people who has been living for generations in the United Kingdom Can suddenly become exiled or sent away from what they have called home for over 20 years. The Windrush Generation could just be shipped back to the Caribbean without any hesitation. However, the same principal isn’t applicable to the Prime Minister or his Cabinet.

No, these guys can get away with anything. They are supposed to follow certain principals and guidelines as civil servants. However, those Nolan Principals isn’t worth anything. Neither is the word integrity, accountability or honesty. As the Prime Minister doesn’t care about either of these.

This man cannot be loyal or honest to his wives. A man with two ex-wives and several of mistresses. One is following another and its a steady stream of them. His now living in Downing Street with his current girlfriend. Which is fine and dandy. He can love whoever he wants, but the manner happens is troubling with his role as the Prime Minister.

Especially, when he has done so with several. The mannerism where he can be a “ladies man” and easily cheat on them. He jumps from one bedmate to another. Like his trying to have a shagaton, which he couldn’t do at Eaton. Gods know why his like this, but he clearly cannot keep his pecker in order. He just got to stick it in and do it while his respective other is somewhere else. Such a Casanova and big pimpin’ moves.

Boris Johnson isn’t just a private person. His also a head of state. That adds much pressure on his personal life and life choices. At that sort of position. You cannot act like a nonchalant pick-up artist. Even if the office gives you more finesse and ability to get laid. That has been the downfall of plenty leaders in history and they have to resign for betraying their trust.

Now, Boris has a decision and it will not be easy. Will he downplay the affairs and what it has costed? Will he act unaccountable, untrustworthy and dishonest? Is that all the that the PM has? It is seemingly so at this point.

Prime Minister Johnson your role in government isn’t made for you to get girls. The PM should come clean. He got a history of cheating and mischief at home. When he does this to his loved ones, what will he be capable of doing in office? If he can easily lie and play them… what will he do to everyone else?

That is what the general public should think off. That is what the Conservative Party should consider too. Is that the sort ideal they have of leadership?

A lying conniving cheat and an adulterer, who is supposed to be head of state? Is that who they are and is that values of the Tories?

I don’t have the answers, but if the Tories are saying others should comply in Public Service to the Nolan Principals, shouldn’t the PM be the first in line? Peace.

United Kingdom: Chris Green MP resignation letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson (13.10.2020)

United Kingdom: First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson (13.10.2020)

United Kingdom: Sir Keir Stramer MP letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson (13.05.2020)

United Kingdom: PM Boris Johnson letter to Sir Keir Stramer MP (13.05.2020)