Tory ban on foreign mineral water means we must drink our own that is polluted with sewage

This is the plan by Boris ‘Rivers of Sh*t’ Johnson, isn’t it?

It certainly seems suspicious that, having ensured that so much water in the UK is undrinkable, the government should order that we cannot have bottled water from a foreign country, meaning that we can only drink the stuff they’ve filled with sewage.

And that is what has happened. The ban will be enforced from January 2022:

The decision was taken before the Lords forced the government to promise that it will force water companies to make a “progressive reduction” in the sewage it dumps in rivers, remember.

Ah, but now we have that promise, don’t we?

Yes, but it doesn’t mean much.

Remember Fay Jones, This Writer’s MP, who was caught banging on about the cost of improvements to the “Victorian sewerage system” earlier?

She said in the same tweet that the government was already working to reduce discharge from storm overflows. You can see that at the start of the clip below. The rest of it is worth watching too.

So the government had claimed that Brexit would make it possible to improve standards, and has gone back on that claim. And now mouthpieces like Ms Jones are saying water companies would pass costs on to customers if forced to maintain health standards.


My understanding, when the utilities were privatised back in the 1980s, was that they would be cheaper for the country’s taxpayers because they would use part of their profits to maintain health standards and there would be no extra cost to customers.

It seems to me that, with a government formed by the same party that was responsible for the privatisation now saying the opposite, this organisation may clearly be seen to have been duplicitous – either then or now. The Tories lied to us.

Here’s another clip explaining the current situation:

Yes, it also reflects badly on the water companies. But it seems to me that they are simply acting according to the conditions on which they were sold these going concerns. So the responsibility falls back onto the Tory government.

The rivers are full of human waste now. The ban on foreign mineral water starts in January. And the water companies certainly won’t bother to change their working practices significantly before it begins.

So I hope you’ve all got your water purifiers installed and in full working order.

And this means that, yes indeed, the chances of any future environmental action are slim – not just with regard to rivers, but also from any decisions made at the imminent COP26 climate conference, that is being run by the Conservatives.

They haven’t ensured our rivers will remain free of sewage; they won’t do much (if anything) to improve that situation; so we may conclude that they’ll do nothing to end the threat of climate change.

That’s a shame, because COP26 is being touted as our last chance to avoid climate armageddon. The fact that it is being hosted by Boris Johnson’s Conservatives heralds doom for the whole world.

That is not a joke or hyperbole.

Meanwhile, we have the current situation, as immortalised in satire…

… in images that should stay with us forever (but probably won’t)…

… and in profits for the water companies (together with the Tory Party that receives their donations):

The moral of the story?

Money talks to Tories, in a language they understand better than survival.

AFTERWORD: Following a query from fact-checking organisation Full Fact (over Facebook links to this article) I am happy to clarify that manufacturers of EU mineral water may continue to export it to the UK if they renew their accreditation under UK rules by January 7, 2022.

This information is available to readers of the article who click on the link to the government announcement, above, and then read the government letter. If this context is not clear, the fault lies with the Tory government for ignoring this fact in favour of propaganda promoting UK mineral waters.

But of course, this raises a further question. EU mineral water producers may certainly apply for UK accreditation, but why should they bother?

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4 thoughts on “Tory ban on foreign mineral water means we must drink our own that is polluted with sewage

  1. Steve James

    In 1858 a newly opened Houses of Parliament was subjected to the Great Stick when the Thames became unbearable right outside their windows. A rejected proposal by Joseph Bazalgette was taken up as a solution.
    A major work was undertaken to remove sewerage being dumped in the Thames and directed along miles of sewerage pipes both north and south of the river. To Crossness in the south and Abbey Mills, then Beckton in the south. By 1865 the system was competed. The result was that sewerage was removed from the Thames at Westminster and the City but dumped back into the Thames at Crossness and Beckton
    Score one for the politicians.
    Bazalgette was brilliant in that he doubled the required size of the sewers at the time which meant we had a good system to the 1990s.
    The major issue is the since the companies responsible for managing water and sewage have been more interested in making profit for the foreign shareholders than upgrading the system. (Not unlike the railways)

  2. trev

    The rivers in my part of the country had just nicely recovered since the demise of industry in the 1970s/80s. The Wharfe, Aire, Holme, Colne, Calder. We have Otters back, and Herons, Kingfishers, Cormorants, Dippers, Goosanders, etc. Dragonflies and Trout. Not for much longer by the sounds of things.

  3. Hecuba

    Amazing!!! Fascist tory dictators can criminalise importation of EU bottled water but these self same callous and murderous fascist tories refuse to act concerning their deliberate destruction of clean water here in the UK!!

    We can all look forward to a new pandemic – cholera and typhoid will soon appear within little england and who will the fascist tories blame? Why us peasants of course! Meanwhile this latest murderous policy of the fascist tories will eliminate thousands more ‘disposable women, children and men’ who will die as a direct result of the fascist tories refusing to act concerning contamination of our rivers and seas!

    Doubtless the fascist tories will ensure their supply of expensive foreign bottled water continues to be supplied because hey these fascist tories are special and must not be forced to drink contaminated water!

    Meanwhile Public health Officials remain silent because they know speaking out and condemning the fascist tories for deliberately instigating mass murder of us peasants, only results in these Public health Officials losing their jobs! Public health is irrelevant because fascist tory dictatorship murdering us peasants is fine!

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