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: Starmer got mountains to climb

Sir Keir Starmer became the leader to steady the ship after Jeremy Corbyn. Instead he has failed and continuing to tarnish the party. There are following the aftermath of the recent United Kingdom By-Election. Where several of strides went south.

Yes, Labour delivered in Wales, but that is thanks to the likes First Minister Mark Drakeford resilient leadership. Also the sinking ship of UKIP, which was the seats that Labour took in this one. Therefore, giving the party majority in Wales and in the Senedd.

However, Labour was only able to get some seats in Scotland because of the tactical voting of Unionists across the devolved nation. They got seats and was able to get some seats there. As they were able to gain, but the Scottish National Party (SNP) was the winner and with the Greens will control Holyrod.

Starmer isn’t the reason for the results here. It is other men and other reasons. Those results are not because he was wearing boxing gloves and tried to drink a pint. No, none of those publicity stunts helped the party a bit. His not showing what Labour could be, but instead its showing what it isn’t.

People said Labour was a weak and mediocre party under Corbyn. However, with him you didn’t have a megaphone and diet-Boris Johnson at the helm. Starmer is acting like a Red Tory and that cannot work. He is way over his league. Neither does he have the team to support him either. As he seemingly does the wrong thing. Instead of being a difference, showing the negligence and the problematic parts of the governing party. He is smiling to their indifference and not caring about the people falling out of favour with the Tories.

That is really amazing that Starmer is failing at this. He has experience and should know this game. Instead he looks like a novice and a nonchalant. Stramer isn’t unifying the party and neither getting support outside of the Labour base. Which is needed at this point. As the troubles ahead will be put on him. Especially, when he cannot swing voters away from the Tories. Something he should have capacity too and show that Labour is a viable party.

People went after Labour and Corbyn with any sort of fashion. However, Starmer isn’t a saving grace either. He is a more feasible candidate for a huger electorate, but his not showing the stamina or the force to be reckoned with. That for a man who has been in the public eye for so long and has a character before becoming the Labour leader. That’s depressing and disappointing.

What is striking that Corbyn lost 18 seats in the local elections in 2016 and it was an outcry. While Starmer in 2021 lost 326 seats in the local elections. That is not the seats who was gained in Senedd or sort of in Holyrod. That is different than in the counties and cities. So, the Labour party have lost the foothold and the levels of trust locally. Which is a big downfall for a general election when that comes.

If he couldn’t become more popular or create a message, which would resonate with the general public. He would have a chance, but at this point is lost at sea. The Labour leader should be stronger and viable. That was something Corbyn was and Starmer used fault-lines to bring him down. Now in the first try… Starmer has failed and facing a rebellion just around his office. Where he is targeting people around him. Instead of showing good leadership skills.

The ones calling him inept is maybe true. Starmer cannot handle pressure and promises made. His instead looking way above his league and personally more attached to the role than actually serving the party. That’s why his going after the ones in his inner-circle who aspire to his role.

While Starmer should focus on the losses, the reasons for that and why the ship is sinking. He should look and study the results. The reasons for the failure and not just spark rumours about other leaders within the party. That is just buying himself time and he should take pint.

Starmer needs to drink a bit for his sorrows. Because things only seems to get worse before they get better. Sturgeon and Drakeford is more respected and have the trust of the voters. Than Starmer can ever beg for. His the supposed leader of the opposition, but he doesn’t have the charisma or the finesse to carry it. If he doesn’t learn the ropes quick. The boat will not only continue to sink, but totally be a lost cause.

Labour party deserves better … Starmer needs to buckle-up and this failure is a stain that will last. Until he has succeeded and proven tat he can sell a political vision. At this point, I don’t see that at this stage. Unless, he revolutionize his presence, messaging and also his stances in Parliament. That got to change and he cannot be a diet-version of a Tory.

Starmer to be a non-sugar edition of the original one will not work.

Sir Keir Starmer got mountains to cross and he seems not to know what’s ahead of him on the horizon. Peace.

Opinion: Boris you don’t own Scotland… [and a referendum is up to them]

I hate to break it to you Boris Johnson, but you don’t have any ownership of Scotland. Neither do you have the right to tell when things are right or wrong to do. The Scots can decide for themselves and make decisions for their own nation. Just like the United Kingdom could leave the European Union. The Scotland can leave the United Kingdom. There is no difference there.

The only difference is that your the head of United Kingdom and you want to reign supreme there. He wants the Downing Street, White Hall and all of London to rule over the Scots. That’s the reality of it here.

The Prime Minister coming out saying it’s not the right time. It is just putting salt in wounds. Boris just wants to control the Scots and still have power there. He don’t want to cease the long relations and retain authority there. While he and his party had no issue ceasing with EU and Brussels. They we’re promising a easy transition and no costs of leaving that. While the truth has been more dire than that and the effects of it is coming to the market.

We know that Boris got into power and office because of the Brexit. He rose up in the ranks and campaigned for a positive ending of the membership or being a member state in the European Union. That’s why its hypocritical and real hypocrisy of him saying: “It’s not the time”.

Like who are you to say that? The Scots should decide what they see fit? Holyrod and everyone representing the Scots should make their decision. This shouldn’t be decided by the leaders of London and especially not Boris Johnson. He should remain silent and not cause this rift. As the Scottish National Party (SNP) is possibly getting a majority in the devolved parliament.

That London still wants a grip on the Union isn’t surprising. They want the perks of the Union and they don’t want it to break up. Still, that is really weird coming from the party who worked for so long and has partake in Brexit. They used the full-force and all energy to pull that off. Everyone in Union was supposed to eat it and not question it.

It is just like Prime Minister is fine to have it all and have it his way. However, he cannot see other people reacting to the actions he has made. The Scots would have been more positive to stay in the Union, if they were still members of the European Union. Nevertheless, Boris prefers Bristol over Brussels.

The SNP and Holyrod should decide their way forward. Especially, if they have the mechanisms and the opportunities to go forward. The Edinburgh can co-exist without a union with London. That has been done before, but has been years since that was happening. This will hit the pride of the Unionists. Which is very ironic, since these are the same folks that wanted the United Kingdom to depart from another Union. So, these people should take a lager and chill.

This is up to the Scots. It is up to them and what they see fit. This is not something for London to decide or have a say. Yes, they can state their wishes and will, but they shouldn’t force the Scottish here. The ones fighting for Brexit should wait this one out. They are the ones responsible for the reaction here.

The Scottish didn’t want to leave the EU, but they are forced to leave the UK to hopefully re-enter into the EU. That says a lot. They are willing to leave one Union for not only independence, but to be a direct part of the rest of Europe. That is a huge loss of pride and glory for the Union Jack and the whole government apparatus in London. They are seen as the useless technocrats from the South, bickering about how to operate the North. Therefore, Boris and his “Yes-Men” should take a token and buzz off.

Time to drink Irn-Bru and pound about the future. A future that is up to Edinburg and not London. A future that is up to the Scots and what they are wanting. Not what the officials of Whitehall or Downing Street thinks. That has to be hammered into their skulls.

They had their chance and empty promises after the recent referendum. Fish is rotting in the ports and the economy is tanking. Not only because of COVID-19 but because of Brexit. That’s the cause of this all… and a possible referendum on independence is coming as an natural reaction.

We cannot see how this will play out. However, it is only fair that the Scots decides and do what they feel. Neither, if this means a new referendum or not. The SNP is the driver here and their manifesto is clear. Therefore, the ones in power should be held to account and whatever that comes out of it. Should happen and the leaders in London shouldn’t stop the ones leading in Edinburg. If that happens, then the world know how neo-colonial the ones in-charge are.

They have one rule for themselves, but another for the rest. So… let’s see what happens. 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.

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

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.

Opinion: Priti Patel’s expenses raises some eyebrows

The Conservative Member of Parliament and Home Secretary Priti Patel isn’t new to controversy or scandal. She has been in the wind before and had to resign as late as in 2017. The then International Development Secretary held 12 secret meetings with Israeli Prime Minister, Other Government Figures and Conservative Lobbyist. All of this secrecy and breach of ministerial code lead to her resignation in then Prime Minister Theresa May’s time.

Now, in the middle of a downturn economically in the United Kingdom. Not only the economic hardships that has the world as a result of the global pandemic. However, also as a result of the Brexit and Withdrawal from the European Union (EU). The UK is facing much more harder financial and economic realities in the near distant future and even in present time.

That is why a Conservative and a Minister should uphold the highest standard and not misuse its office. As it is a privilege to already be representing the constituents and later get the honourable office of a Secretary position in the Cabinet. That is what Patel should have considered and even thought. However, her own actions just last and the revelation of spending. Shows that she is reckless and doesn’t value her station.

During the last year she has already been saved by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he has kept her. In the middle of the scandal, in which, she was alleged to have bullied her staff in the Home Office. There was even a supposed cover-up of a report in which it stated her breaches of Ministerial Codes. This have yet to be released, but shows how far Johnson goes to defend her and keep her in the cabinet.

Priti Patel can clearly do whatever she sees fit. There is other standards for the Windrush Generation and the ones who caught in the scandals concerning them. These folks are just chavs and can easily be replaced. Nevertheless, a prestigious and honourable like Patel deserves her role and office.

That is how it seems. Now she can spend money willy-nilly without any consequences. Can pamper herself. Buy expensive stuff and just use the Home Office for personal perks. There are so many benefits and these wouldn’t even be spent on the ones suffering on Benefit Street. No, she can have luxurious eye-lashes and whatnot. It will be spent on the public’s dime. Because, she deserves it. While school-kids cannot even get a lunch-meal worth eating. Patel on the other hand can go a pub in Oxford and other posh restaurants. It must be splendid to live the life of Priti Patel.

A person who can cause so much self-inflicted damage and still be saved by the Prime Minister. A person that can breach the Ministerial Code time and time again. While others have to take their cross and go. She on the other hand can use a small fortune treating her hair. If not, just have a bargain of a tasty cupcakes.

Priti Patel have a knack for this sort of behaviour. Where she gets into trouble and someone else has to save her. I wonder if Boris Johnson will be able to downplay or even get her out of this. Now it might be different.

Still, I doubt this will cost her the Office. She will be the Home Secretary. When he could bury a report. The same man can easily let her off the hook her too. Peace.

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.