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.

Cameroon: Emily Thornburry MP letter to Secretary of State for International Trade Elizabeth Truss (23.04.2021)

Opinion: The Royal Family never learns …

In our day and age, the story of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. This isn’t the first time a United Kingdom Prince is marrying a socialite. It has happened before and it had ramification last time too. We can either learn from history or repeat it. Nevertheless, in this instance. It seems like the Royalties and Royal Family is continuing similar practice of the past.

What happened to Harry and Meghan happened to someone else in 1936. History reports this: “In France, the duke of Windsor—formerly King Edward VIII of Great Britain and Northern Ireland—marries Wallis Warfield, a divorced American socialite for whom he abdicated the British throne in December 1936” (…) “The new king proved popular with his subjects, and his coronation was scheduled for May 1937. His affair with Mrs. Simpson was reported in American and continental European newspapers, but due to a gentlemen’s agreement between the British press and the government, the affair was kept out of British newspapers. On October 27, 1936, Mrs. Simpson obtained a preliminary decree of divorce, presumably with the intent of marrying the king, precipitating a major scandal” (History.Com – ‘Duke of Windsor weds American socialite’ 02.06.2020).

Well, Prince Harry isn’t the coming King, but the sixth in the line. So, his role in the Royal Family isn’t as vital as King Edward VIII. He was the next in line and would become King. While he instead choose to marry a divorce socialite. He ended up living in exile in France.

While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have instead decided to move from the United Kingdom. They have gotten married, a baby (Archie) and later “stepping down as members of the Royal Family”. This all happened within three years. It is a real connection between Harry and Meghan. A love story that conquers all.

This is why its so hurting to know that they are both in pain because of their choice of staying together. Harry moved from the United Kingdom to shield his wife and their baby. He did together with Meghan move to the United States and Canada. This means they are not part of roles and “disconnected” in some way from the rest of the Royal Family.

That they feel the need to do so isn’t weird. The knowledge of how vicious and despicable the British Tabloids are and also how vengeful the royalties are themselves. That is why some says the treatment Meghan is getting is similar to late Princess Diana.

What is tragic is that the Royal Family knows the history of Edward VIII and Princess Diana. These are lives that was changed because of the institution and the way it handles its “new” members. Right now its doing this to Meghan and Harry. They are victims of the old institution and its “ideals”. Instead of being a family, it is a secluded club where only certain people can be accepted and be parts of it.

Meghan doesn’t seem to fit the “profile” and therefore gets the blunt attacks towards her, which nobody deserves. She is a target and someone who is getting this treatment just for being herself. That isn’t fair and the racism shouldn’t be a thing. Neither should Archie be questioned for being a third culture kid. This just shows the intent of the Royal family and also how intolerant it is.

Prince Harry and Meghan did the right thing to leave and “resign” their roles in the Royalties. That couldn’t be easy for Harry and neither for Meghan. However, he did it for love. Just like King Edward VIII abdicated to be the husband to Wallis Warfield. Therefore, we are reliving the past and the royal family have apparently not learned a single thing.

It is like it won’t understand a simple factor of life. If you meet your soul-mate and your significant other. You are willing to risk it all and not caring about the consequences. It is just like they consider the institution more than the family members itself. Instead of seeing the love blossom and promote the relationship between Harry and Meghan. The royal family have only given them the option to split from it.

That is the tragedy here. The Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace could have known better. The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family could have cared about this. Instead, they rather want to shield itself and not even safeguard Meghan from everything. They are accepting the tarnishing words and going after her in a malicious way.

In 1936 an American Socialite rocked the Royalties and in our time another socialite or Hollywood actor is doing the same. Both times the Royal Member left and went to live abroad. This says it all and shouldn’t be a thing in 2021. However, we seem to yet again repeat history and learn nothing from the past. Peace.

Brexit: Will the Tories tap-out the Bottled Water Industry?

The UK currently has 86 recognised sources which can be used to bottle mineral water and they are located in 61 locations across the country, from St Ives in Cornwall to the remote Northmaven peninsula in the Shetland Islands. Although it is difficult to find out how much this type of bottled water is worth in the UK, it is estimated that the total worth of the sector is £2.7 billion” (Alexandre Nobajas – ‘HOW BREXIT COULD DRAIN BRITAIN’S BOTTLED MINERAL WATER INDUSTRY DRY’ 21.02.2021, Keely University).

The recent letter from 14 Members of Parliament from the Tories are really telling. They have over the weekend on the 27th February 2021 prosed a “Bottled Water” Ban across the Channel. Do a trade-war-esque move. They sent this to Lord Frost, the newly appointed Brexit Minister and Chief Negotiator with the European Union. It is deliberate act to show some force in concern with the hurting shellfish industry.

However, the United Kingdom and Tories could easily see the ramification of leaving the EU. They could have studied and known what happens to trading parties who becomes a third country. What happens to certain industries and how these operates in concern to Brussels. Still, the Tories didn’t think of this, even if they were warned by industry ahead of the withdrawal. Because, the principals was more important than the reality on the ground.

The same is here with the Water Bottle Industry too. The Mineral Water and Distilled Water will hurt a billion pound industry. A industry with mostly rural bottlers will be hit by this. Just like rural producers and fisheries who made shellfish. If the Tories block EU Bottle Water like Evian. Who believes Brussels will care about bottled water from Scotland or Wales?

They will be banned entry too. The EU will not allow their own industries has a disadvantage. The member-states will not allow bottles entering from Wales to compete with French bottled waters in the Netherlands, but not being allowed to sell bottled water in London. That will not happen and the EU will strike back at London.

Therefore, if Lord Frost and the Tories are doing this. Then they will put the smaller bottlers dry. These who sells a lot of their stocks of bottled water to Europe will loose their profits and possible export market. That is just the reality here.

The European counterparts has a huge market to survive in anyway. They can compete there and get it through all of their member-states. The European Common-market is big enough for the producers. Yes, it is a loss to not sell in the UK, but that will not damage the bottled water industry at such an extent.

The rural bottlers in the UK will most likely have much more to loose, than the European exporters to the UK. Even if the Tories believes differently… the EU will not change their common-market rules and the UK as a third country have to comply. The bottled water industry is yet another looser, if the UK pulls this stunt.

The bottlers in Scotland and Wales will loose vital markets and the Tories will destroy another industry. That will make these water-wells run dry. If not they have to make the British drink more bottled water, instead of drinking it directly from the tap. Peace.

Brexit: The Tories knew shellfish exports would be troublesome

Deepdock director James Wilson said that the consequences of this are that when the UK leaves the EU, we become a third country, and so are no longer considered to be immediately compliant with single-market requirements. The single-market issue – part of the suite of so-called non-tariff barriers to future trade – is likely to be the largest disruptive influence on the flow of trade from the UK into the EU” (…) “He said they had been concerned since the referendum result, and had engaged with the UK and Welsh governments throughout this period. They had expressed concern to the Welsh government, DEFRA and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) many times, but had been told, “It will be fine.” The administrations finally acknowledged that there was a problem more than a week after the original 29 March Brexit deadline. “We were floored by the news,” said James Wilson” (Tim Oliver – ‘EU mussel exports threat’ 20.05.2019, Fishing News).

The Conservative Party and Her Majesties Government in London seems baffled. They seems rattled and shocked that the Brexit has consequences. It seems like they thought it would be easier and less hurdles. However, with the Withdrawal Agreement and Trade Agreement in place. They are out of the Single Market with the European Union (EU) and that affects trading between the UK and the EU.

Now, that the fish is rotting from the head. We are now just over a month into the new game-changer. The lovely days of being a Third Country. The effects and touches of being outside is happening. The businesses are being touched and the exporters are feeling a whiff of new paperwork to issue before sending cargo across borders. The UK exporting businesses has been hit and non other then the fisheries.

The Fisheries which was so important. One part of the fisheries are the fish-farms and the ones selling shellfish or mussels. These are being transported fresh or frozen from rural areas across the UK to the European Union (EU). That was being done for years, but things changed when the UK turned into a “third country” as there are new obstacles for this industry as a whole. When you go into “Online Trade Tariff” on GOV.UK you can check the various of mussels, but there is no export measure between the markets in place of 8th February 2021.

That is why its really outrageous that Tories think they could be selfish and not follow their trading partners standards, which is pre-fixed with their agreement. That seems lost on the likes of George Eustice and the Tories who blames the EU for having regulations for “Third Country” nations. Alas, a worry that they was warned about from the producers, which they told “it will be fine”. Which by today is proven it is not.

Paul Armstrong reports: “A leaked email to the website Politics Home showed that The European Commission last month wrote to the UK shellfish industry informing it that un-purified oysters, mussels, clams, cockles and scallops caught in those waters were banned from the EU indefinitely since the UK left the Brexit transition period on New Year’s Eve” (…) “Martin Laity director of Sailor’s Creek Shellfish in Flushing says the news sounds the death knell for his business and the 52 fishermen and women he had to lay off over at the beginning of the year because of Brexit” (Paul Armstrong – ‘Oyster fisherman Fal Estuary EU shellfish ban’ 07.02.2021, Failmouth Packet).

The businesses is already hurting and its proven to be so. The EU isn’t selfish… but the UK wasn’t ready for the boundaries of the shellfish. The UK should have been prepared for the obstacles and the issues with becoming a “third country”. They are not apart of the single market anymore and has to comply to other rules. That is the reality of it all.

The UK is now a fish out of water. It is really struggling to comprehend the new reality and thinking they are special. However, the UK have to follow the regulations and standards, which is now operative from 1st January 2021. It seems like they thought things would be like before. Nevertheless, they had the warnings… but they didn’t listen to the industry itself.

The Tories knew and they was getting words from the industry. Still they didn’t comply or consider the implications of the Brexit. Now its a reality … and the shellfish is rotting in the port. Because of the arrogance of Whitehall and the Tories itself. Who knew that this could happen, but now want to through a hissy fit at the European Commission for not preparing properly for the shellfish industry. That is why they in a sea of trouble…. Peace.

Opinion: UK – Why be apart of Europe (EU) when the water is bluer in the Pacific (CPTPP)?

The United Kingdom is really a special breed and the Tories leadership is something else. After all the years of tussling and muffling the transition and the negotiations with the European Union (EU). Which be recent reports will be a steady affair for 50 years. The government of United Kingdom (UK) have now opted for a new “union” or Free-Trade Agreement.

The UK had the most beneficial and biggest trade deal with the common market in the European Union with all of its member states and EEA. However, that has been dismissed, as they have the new Withdrawal Agreement and non-membership, which was so important for the Tories to set in action. They wanted to get out so they could have their own agreements, deals and not be bound by Brussels. However, the ending of common market with the EU have caused its trouble. There are problems with logistics, forms and declarations of produce/products across from Europe to the United Kingdom. Still, in the midst of that.

The Tories have a new idea. The Tories are joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Where the negotiations are starting this year to be a part of the Free Trade Agreement between 11 nations. These are: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Clearly, the UK ditched the simple trading across the bay. Instead of getting things to the Low Countries, France and Italy. Heck even Germany, Polen and the Czech Republic. Why not try to send Yorkshire tea easier to the Kingdom of Brunei?

By all means, any trade deal is a good deal for a nation. However, every nation and every kingdom tends to trade most with their neighbours. That is a historical fact for most nations. They tend to have most common with the nations right beside it. Surely, it is should be easier to sell something from London to Dublin. Instead in this case it will be easier sell something from Bristol to Auckland and that is insane. But, that is the Tories in a nutshell.

It is nuts and bonkers that the ones screaming to leave one thing is signing up this quickly. That they are moving over to another project that easily. Yes, there might be less stings attached, but on the other hand. The UK had a good hand, but they spoilt it by leaving. The Tories and the UK could have had more influence and used their buying power in the Union, but instead they couldn’t care less.

Now, they rather go on the deep dive in the pacific. Instead of just across the British channel. That is just weird. That say it all about the leadership in Downing Street and at Whitehall. That they have these ideas and think it can ease the pain. Yes, they will get sales and get trading going on in the pacific. However, how will that be substantial in comparison to what you used to have with the European Union?

It is not like these sort of arrangements and logistically is easily accessible. The CPTPP will be a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) but at what cost?

The EU have by comparison 43% of the World Trade. While the CPTPP have 14% of it. Yes, it is a substantial part of the world trade in the CPTPP. Nevertheless, the UK haven’t shot the silver bullet here. It is like they just trying to patch the hurt and make it sound splendid. Even though deep down… they know they lost out of chance of a lifetime and they are afraid of turning back.

That is why the deep blue sea of the Pacific seems so refreshing compared to crossing over the familiar channel from Folkestone to Calais. Peace.

Brexit: Rees-Mogg’s Red Herring

Key thing is we’ve got our fish back. They’re now British fish and they’re better and happier fish for it”Jacob Rees-Mogg MP (14.01.2021)

Today in Parliament, the Tories and especially Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg got on the defensive. As the Tories and the whole United Kingdom is starting to feel the effects of leaving the European Union (EU) and the hurdles the new Withdrawal Agreement puts in place. All these significant hurdles are passed onto the consumer and the exporters. The ones that was promised less red-tape and more “control”. Alas, that was all a lie from the Brexiteers, as they call it fear-mongering.

However, in the month of January, only mere weeks into the Brexit finalization and becoming a third country. The businesses, the fisheries and other companies are feeling the “new normal”. Already on the 7th January 2021 Seafood Scotland came out with a statement saying: “Scottish seafood exporters hit by a ‘perfect storm’. Where they explained it further: “It problems in France meant consignments were diverted from Boulogne sur Mer to Dunkirk, which was unprepared as it wasn’t supposed to be at export frontline”. The organization continues to say: “In a very short time we could see the destruction of a centuries old market which contributes significantly to the Scottish economy”.

So, just by wording a few sentences from Seafood Scotland. The fish doesn’t seem more happy by becoming pure “British”. I am sure that the Tories is having a “Finding Nemo” moment. As the lies and deception isn’t helping the fishing industry nor their new trouble to get seafood exported. The government wasn’t prepared for the new form of export and neither the possible cost. Therefore, the British seafood either got dumped or destroyed before it got to the European markets.

The Tories and Rees-Mogg can act a fool. However, he should stop the red herring. He knows perfectly well that the government released nearly right before the Agreement went into play on the 1st January 2021. They released new guidelines and proved how businesses could operate with examples on the 31st December 2020. So, it was not like the Seafood Industry was prepared and neither was the state.

Yes, you have gotten the fish back, but what value does it add if it ends up in the bin and not somebody’s table? That is waste and destruction of good wholesome produce, which is destroyed by some red-tape, which this government through agreements have made. Therefore, Brexit is causing more harm and more troubles then the industry could foresee. They we’re not warned in time and neither did the Tories give additional training to its border officers to secure every consignment.

That is why the statement of Rees-Mogg shows his arrogance, as he will not take responsibility for the damage caused. He wants to put a British Flag on the Fish, but he will not make sure it becomes Fish and Chips. No, he wants fish dead out of whatever and sing the national anthem to it. That is foolish and so is his pride. Instead, of taking accountability and finding measures. He wants patriotism to save the fish. That is really ridiculous and shows that his a proper hob-nob.

The Tories didn’t care about the fisheries or the fishing industry. They just used them as tool for their ends. That is why it’s not biting now and the fishermen isn’t catching a break. No, they are catching their fish and preparing it for shipment, but the government isn’t giving them the tools to secure the vessel to next port. No, they either blocking it or standing them at sea with nowhere to go. That is the sick reality here.

Maybe, the Scots to package the fish in the Union Jack and send the rotting fish directly to Rees-Mogg office. So, he could taste and smell his own medicine. The side-product of his politicking together with fellow Brexiteers. As his not personally hit by this, but him and others created the ‘Perfect Storm’. Therefore, he as one of the responsible for it. That he should taste some of the “British Fish” who got lost in red-tape and is now ready for a landfill. Peace.

Brexit: Scottish seafood exporters hit by ‘perfect storm’ of Brexit disruption (07.01.2021)

Brexit: UK as a Third County have a new customs regime [and it has consequences for trading too]

The United Kingdom government unleashed the case studies for Border Operating Model for Controlled Goods. Meaning all sort of goods that is going from one trading block to another one. One type of goods going from one customs union to another. Now that from today… the United Kingdom is separated from the European Union. There is whole new levels of red-tape.

The leaflet called ‘ The GB/EU Border – Case Studies – The Border with the European Union’ made by the Border and Protocol Delivery Group. This came out yesterday on the 31st December 2020 and would be valid from 1st January 2021. The government little to no time to prepare the various of industries, exporters or importers of the new factors. Neither party could be prepared for this. As companies on both sides of the Channel couldn’t be prepared for all of this.

Either industry will have their needed paperwork. As the ones importing/exporting have to ensure that the hauliers, exporter and importer are all working together to secure the whole process.

The main deal now is that the ones doing these sort of businesses are:

GB EORI number

EU EORI number (if you are conducting any EU customs processes)

Customs declarations for both imports and exports

UK and EU safety and security declarations

Rules of Origin (the FTA confirms that no tariffs or quotas will apply on goods that qualify)

Sanitary and phytosanitary controls

International convention requirements – such as those under the Common Transit Convention (CTC)

If that sounds easy… it is not. The new system is very hectic and a new bureaucracy to follow. The ones moving goods and transporting it. They have a new world to live and abide by. The expenses of this additional steps will be put on the consumer and the citizens themselves. There will also be less trading between the parties. As the ones who can avoid these steps and trade within the European Union will do so as well. While the ones who has too. Got to sweeten the deals to become viable. Especially trading from the UK into EU. The ones from EU to UK will be more pricey, as the hauliers and importers needs bigger margins to cover the costs of importing.

For instance before the Whiskey has left Scotland and gotten to Brussels it got 12 steps to get there. Where all the various of entities along the way needs the right paperwork to get processed to be allowed to enter and do the initial trade of the whiskey itself. Not only does the EU importer needs to have the right documentation and secure the right paperwork. So does the trader within the UK. These both needs to certify and secure the documentation. So, that the transporter and freight Company is secured. Also ensure that process is righteous before a carrier oversees the discharge from the UK market into the EU. This is an transaction where both ports of entry have to be signed off. That means the port of departure and entry needs to verified before importer of Scotch Whiskey can get its order in Brussels. This here will make it more costly and a hassle to import it.

If the Brexiteers and the ones supporting the enterprise promised less red-tape. This whole case study leaflet proves them otherwise. Every single industry and exporters has much more hassle and paperwork to fix. The same the ones importing from Europe. This will all be stressing and cause delay of goods transferred between the parties in question.

It is just a matter of time before the Brexiteers feels this. Especially, the ones who promised seemingly no consequences what so ever for leaving the EU. Peace.

Brexit: The European Research Group’s Legal Advisory Committee – Opinion on the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (29.12.2020)