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Brexit pushes firework prices up – cancelling bonfire night for most. Including Tories?

A Bonfire Night fireworks display – or, more appropriately from this year onwards, a TORY fireworks display.

Is this really another “unforeseen” result of Brexit?

New, post-Brexit import rules mean the UK will now receive only 30 per cent of the fireworks the country had last year.

It means most Bonfire Night celebrations will be cancelled and prices will be pushed up, so the only such celebrations taking place will be held by the very, very rich.

People like the Tories, in fact.

It’s almost as if they had planned it to deprive the plebs of an evening of fun, while rubbing their noses in the fact that the rich Tories can still enjoy it themselves.

Sadly, we can easily believe that to be true.

Importing from countries such as China, the main supplier of fireworks globally, requires the cooperation of the EU member state, where these container ships dock on the way to the UK. Belgium, for example, charges extra for any explosives sent via their ports because they don’t want involvement with UK civil explosives.

Prior to Brexit enforcement, the UK could attribute a code to the manufacturing site in China to identify and trace the explosives. now the UK is no longer within the EU, importers require the national authority of the EU Member State of import to allow that code to be sent to the manufacturing site. So shipments from China arriving in the UK are dependent upon the cooperation of an EU Member State.

Secondly, fireworks face the same issues with UK ports and domestic transport that any other goods face, caused by Brexit labour shortages. Many EU workers have returned to mainland Europe, and others haven’t had their work visas renewed, causing mass labour shortages in the UK supply chain.

Finally, fireworks are impacted more by Brexit than other imports, as they have a long shelf life when stored correctly, so wholesalers don’t want to take the risk of stocking up on CE marked goods when they can’t be sold past the end of 2022.

It’s one of those situations that make you long for the success of a modern-day Guy Fawkes.

Source: Brexit cancels bonfire night: Import rules reduce UK firework supply by 70 per cent – CityAM : CityAM

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Barking fire blamed on cladding – and safety fears were downplayed. Grenfell Mk 2?

The conflagration in De Pass Gardens, Barking, was due to cladding breaking fire while safety concerns were ignored, it seems.

According to the Guardian‘s report (link below), it is believed the fire spread after someone lit a barbecue on a balcony.

The flames reached the wooden cladding that covered the building and, despite claims that it was flame-retardant and perfectly safe, spread across the whole building rapidly.

Apparently the sprinkler system did not work.

Concerns had been raised about possible fire safety problems in early May, after the BBC’s Watchdog programme had highlighted fire safety problems at a development by the same builder – Bellway Homes – in Scotland.

An email from Bellway Homes said the construction method in Barking was different and therefore the De Pass Gardens development would not be affected the same way.

But the company had hired a fire safety warden to patrol the building in order to address unspecified concerns.

It all seems highly reminiscent of the Grenfell Tower fire of almost exactly two years ago.

On June 14, 2017, fire ripped through the allegedly-flameproof cladding on Grenfell Tower, despite residents having been assured that it was safe. There was no sprinkler system.

That blaze killed 72 people.

The Conservative government of the day – almost exactly the same administration as the current Conservative government – promised that lessons would be learned (the old mantra) but here we are again.

It seems clear that building regulations are not robust enough to ensure the safety of tower block residents, their homes and their possessions.

I recall another Conservative government – that of David Cameron – promising a “bonfire of red tape”, scrapping regulaations on the basis that they were not necessary.

Is this the reason the people of Barking were endangered yesterday, their homes and possessions destroyed? If so, who will face prosecution for the threat against the residents’ lives?

Source: Barking fire: residents claim safety fears about flats were downplayed | UK news | The Guardian

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