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Deal with France over migrant boats is worthless

Boat people: more than 40,000 people like these have crossed the Channel in 2022. Rather than work with their countries of origin to encourage them not to come, the Tories are paying France a small fortune to police the borders we still don’t control after Brexit.

This Writer had great difficulty in getting motivated to write about Suella Braverman’s much-trumpeted deal with France to stop refugees, asylum-seekers and, yes, the occasional economic migrant coming to the UK by illegal means.

An extra £8 million to fund 350 more personnel to stop the boats coming across isn’t going to do much good, in my opinion.

The boats – and the people in them – are just a symptom, you see. The problem is conditions in their various countries of origin that encourage them to try to travel to the UK in the first place. There is nothing intended to tackle that in Braverman’s deal – and that’s why it is pointless.

Meanwhile, critics have been quick to point out its other drawback: after the Tories touted Brexit as being about “taking back control” of our borders, we are now paying a foreign country a small fortune to control our borders for us.

And our government is about to announce new heights of taxation to make us pay for it. Did you ever get the feeling you’ve been had?

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Pre-teen children are being groomed to deal drugs. Are Tory service cuts to blame?

This report from Sky News might not be shocking if you know a few teenagers living near you:

Kids are being used to deal drugs. And some of them are going to be harmed or even killed because of it.

Whether the measures outlined in the report can help prevent this from happening, This Writer cannot predict.

But the fact that funding for children’s services has been cut by 75 per cent since the Conservatives came to power in 2010 is an indictment against Tory government.

Could this situation have been prevented if the Tories had not cut the funding?

Were the Tories told that this was a possible outcome of them doing so?

We already know (from Covid and from their attitude to state benefits) that it’s too much to hope that they would care.

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Labour demands investigation into legality of pound-shorting hedge fund profiteering

Tulip Siddiq: investigate possible insider trading that caused the Pound to collapse, she says.

Labour are urging the Financial Conduct Authority to investigate whether leaks of the mini-Budget allowed hedge fund managers to make huge profits by shorting the pound.

Shadow City minister Tulip Siddiq told the Evening Standard the FCA should examine reports that some hedge fund bosses had made “small fortunes” by betting against sterling.

She said:

“The Financial Conduct Authority should investigate any potential wrongdoing, to determine whether it is possible that any leaks or information provided by this Conservative Government to their wealthy friends contributed to the collapse of the Pound.

“A weaker Pound means that imports such as food and energy will become even more expensive, at time when inflation and the cost-of-living crisis is already spiralling out of control.”

Well, it’s good that someone in politics is picking up on what’s being said by commentators like This Site.

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Did Boris Johnson scuttle a Russia-Ukraine peace deal – back in APRIL?

Ukraine-Russia talks: it seems they succeeded – until the UK’s then-prime minister Boris Johnson intervened. If true, it means the crisis of rising energy costs is HIS doing.

This is incendiary.

It seems that Russia and Ukraine came to a tentative agreement to cease hostilities in April – so Boris Johnson flew out to Kyiv and persuaded Volodymyr Zelenskyy to scrap the deal.

Remember the way Tory politicians – including Boris Johnson – have been saying the energy crisis is a direct result of the Russia-Ukraine war? If this report is accurate, then it isn’t because of Vladimir Putin at all.

It’s because of Boris Johnson.

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Particularly wounding for This Writer is the information that the deal that had been negotiated was along lines I laid out, back in March.

I stated that Ukraine should agree not to join Nato but should agree a deal by which Nato could step in if its borders were violated; the breakaway eastern regions of Ukraine should hold referenda on their future – whether to remain in Ukraine, become autonomous, or join Russia; Ukraine should relinquish its claim on the Crimea; and Russia should help repair the damage its invasion caused to Ukraine.

The deal, as described in the video above, was that Ukraine shouldn’t join Nato but would get help from neighbouring countries if invaded; and Russia would withdraw to its position on February 23, when it controlled part of the Donbas region and all of Crimea.

I thought it was a naive plan at the time. Now we find it was the plan.

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Labour conference votes to nationalise energy firms in defiance of Starmer

Keir Starmer: his own entitled arrogance led to this defeat.

More-Tory-than-Tories Labour leader Keir Starmer stood humiliated after his party conference rejected his refusal to re-nationalise energy firms.

Labour is now mandated to bring all the privatised franchises back into public ownership, in line with the wishes of the general public – and Starmer will just have to lump it.

Nationally, 53 per cent of the public want energy firms re-nationalised while only 15 per cent oppose the move.

But let us be clear that this is not just a backlash from the ‘Labour Left’; it is a decision by a majority of delegates from all sides of the party’s so-called ‘broad church’.

It is also a hilarious turnabout – and loss of face – for the Labour leader who was exposed as a liar only hours earlier, when he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that he did not believe in nationalisation, contradicting his own pledge to party members when he was seeking election as leader.

Labour delegates on the conference floor voted overwhelming in favour of a “socialist green new deal” motion – explicitly backing public ownership of energy companies. The motion also called for the creation of millions of green jobs and publicly-owned green investment banks.

Perhaps Starmer should have showed less entitled ignorance to a Green New Deal activist he brushed off on his way to the party conference, earlier:

It’s a performance that takes arrogance to a shocking level. This Writer would defy any Labour supporter not to be angry after watching it.

And that is Starmer’s problem: more and more Labour members are getting angry at his treatment of the rank-and-file, grassroots party as though they exist merely to serve him and his elite chums.

This vote is a wake-up call, and the message is clear.

It says: “No. You do what we tell you.”

Sadly, I don’t think he has the brains to recognise it.

Source: Labour delegates vote to nationalise energy firms in defeat for Keir Starmer | The Independent

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Sunak’s call for City of London tax exemption proves Tories can’t abide by a deal

Rishi Sunak: after his boss Boris Johnson tried to backpedal on the Brexit trade deal, he’s trying to get out of the G7 tax deal. Pretty soon, nobody will want to deal with these Tories at all.

This is the Northern Ireland protocol of the Brexit trade deal all over again.

Boris Johnson merrily signed up to that without reading it because he wanted the UK out of the European Union by January 1 this year.

Now Rishi Sunak is trying to back the City of London out of a historic global tax change agreed by G7 finance ministers last weekend.

The aim is to ensure that the world’s top 100 businesses pay an appropriate amount of tax in the country where they base their operations, rather than moving their profits around to countries where they can pay the least.

Having agreed to it, Sunak is now trying to get an exemption – but only for the City of London, the super-rich business hub that has recently been losing business to Amsterdam because of – guess what? – Brexit.

He claims that he doesn’t want the UK’s banks to end up paying a grossly higher rate – but research suggests that this will not happen.

So the question arises: why does he really want an exemption? Is it to get all these juicy fat companies to pay their taxes in the UK, even if the amount is minimal?

And, topically:

Doesn’t this prove what we all believed after the Tories tried to back out of the Northern Ireland protocol – that they can’t be trusted to honour any deal so, fairly soon, nobody will want to deal with them?

Source: UK pushes for City of London to be exempt from G7 tax plan | G7 | The Guardian

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If the Tories knew Northern Ireland protocol was a bad deal then they failed in their duty to the UK

The culprit: Boris Johnson screwed up Brexit by agreeing a trade deal so bad that it could end the fragile peace in Northern Ireland, just because he wanted to hit a deadline he had set for it. And he simply doesn’t care.

According to Tory Lord Barwell, it is wrong for Brexit minister Lord Frost to say the government underestimated the amount of restriction traders would suffer when moving goods to Northern Ireland; Boris Johnson knew the effect would cause serious harm all along.

Barwell says Johnson agreed that part of the Brexit trade deal solely because he “wanted to get Brexit done”.

So he went with a bad deal – knowing that it was bad.

He signed it because he wanted to hit a deadline.

And he signed it, reckless as to the effect it would have on trade in the province.

Worse still, he signed that deal in the knowledge that it would destabilise Northern Ireland and could end the fragile peace that has held there since 1998, because his deal rides roughshod over that deal’s conditions.

That is serious dereliction of duty, if true.

Barwell went on to say he thought Johnson had intended to “wriggle out” of the NI protocol later.

How’s that going for him, then?

Lord Frost, who negotiated the protocol, wrote [that] the UK had sent a “detailed proposal” for a veterinary agreement [but] “we have had very little back” from the EU.

He’s unlikely to get anything more. The EU has fulfilled its responsibility to its member states, and as an added bonus, a former member state that left has managed to create a hugely difficult problem for itself, that may be impossible to resolve.

If Barwell is correct, then the dire deal is entirely Boris Johnson’s fault, and the consequences of that deal – no matter how bad the situation becomes – are his fault as well.

And people were fooled into voting Tory because they were told Jeremy Corbyn would make a mess of Brexit.

Feel free to remind your Tory friends of that – and remind them that it was voting Tory that made sure that Brexit turned into the diabolical fiasco that it has become.

Source: Brexit: UK government knew NI Protocol ‘was a bad deal’ – BBC News

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Bang goes the Good Friday Agreement as paramilitary groups accuse Johnson of betraying peace

Northern Ireland: it seems Boris Johnson’s stupidity may end not only his post-Brexit free trade deal with the EU but also terminate 23 years of peace.

Paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland have withdrawn support for the Good Friday Agreement due to Brexit – and they aren’t nationalists but unionists.

The Loyalist Communities Council, a group representing the views of the UVF, UDA and Red Hand Commando, are protesting at Boris Johnson’s Irish Sea trade border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

The group has written to Johnson and Ireland’s taoiseach, Micheál Martin, warning of “permanent destruction” of the 1998 peace agreement without changes to post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland.

The letter said unionist opposition to the Northern Ireland protocol – the part of the Brexit deal that keeps Northern Ireland a part of the EU’s single market for goods – should remain “peaceful and democratic”.

But this is a decision to withdraw support for a peace deal that underpins power-sharing in Northern Ireland. If a solution is not found quickly, peace in the province could be lost – again.

And it would be Boris Johnson’s fault.

In fact, the Brexit deal seems to be unravelling fast for Johnson. The European Union has refused to ratify it for a second time after Brussels accused the UK of violating it.

The decision came after Johnson’s ministers said they would unilaterally change parts of the agreement to give businesses in Northern Ireland time to adapt to new trade rules.

Johnson is unsafe wherever he goes now.

If he decides to change the Brexit deal again, to preserve the Good Friday Agreement, his dream of free trade with the EU (which turned out to be a nightmare in any case) will be over forever.

But if he doesn’t, he risks re-igniting the Troubles – as violence by nationalists and unionists in Northern Ireland between 1969 and 1998 was known.

Loyalist paramilitary groups endorsed the Good Friday agreement and say they have no desire to reignite the Troubles.

But the LCC said the Northern Ireland protocol had breached safeguards in the Good Friday agreement to protect the status of the province and the rest of the UK.

So Johnson has put himself in the worst of all possible worlds. And he only has himself to blame.

Source: Brexit: loyalist paramilitary groups renounce Good Friday agreement | Northern Ireland | The Guardian

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As fishing industry lorries protested in Whitehall, did the Tories experience the shell of fear?

Fishery protest: do you think the Tories got the message?

It was hardly what the Tories could call the sweet smell of success.

Yesterday morning a fleet of lorries representing the Scottish fishing industry converged on Whitehall and Downing Street bearing messages of post-Brexit protest against Boris Johnson’s Brexit trade deal.

Fears are high that the industry could collapse altogether as fish prices have plummeted due to bureaucracy that has left catches rotting rather than crossing EU borders.

So it seems Scottish fishery firms decided to bring the problem home to the Tory government by letting ministers experience for themselves the consequences of their decisions.

Curiously, it seems to have taken the Tory-supporting, Brexit-orientated media a while to cotton on to the newsworthiness of the demonstration:

They got their in the end, though.

The protest seems to have had an effect.

In contrast to Dominic Raab’s claims that delays to fishing exports were just “teething problems”, Boris Johnson announced a £23 million fund to support firms which “through no fault of their own have experienced bureaucratic delays, difficulties getting their goods through, where there is a genuine willing buyer on the other side of the channel”.

He said details of the scheme would be available later in the week.

This Writer will believe it when I see it, but the Scottish fisheries are to be congratulated.

It seems their aromatic lorries may have acted like a dose of smelling salts – and woken up our ministers.

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If the Brexit deal is so wonderful, why are Tories like Jacob Rees-Mogg blocking scrutiny of it?

Jacob Rees-Mogg: not only does he look shifty – he’s acting shifty too.

It seems the Tories set up a committee to examine their Brexit trade deal, before it was signed – no doubt in a bid to reassure the nation that we would have a chance to check whether it is any good.

Now we see them reneging on that promise.

Are we to draw the logical conclusion – that is isn’t any good and we really need to examine it, line by line?

The government has been accused of undermining parliamentary scrutiny of Boris Johnson’s Brexit trade deal after Jacob Rees-Mogg ordered the shutdown of the cross-party committee examining Britain’s relations with the EU.

The move blocks a planned six-month inquiry into the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), grilling key players in televised evidence sessions at parliament before producing an authoritative report assessing the merits and flaws of the deal in rigorous detail.

And it means there is no Commons committee with a specific remit to monitor the implementation of the deal and the activities of the plethora of partnership councils, committees and working groups which it has created.

Committee member Joanna Cherry said the 21-member panel was being disbanded because “the government don’t want to hear the truth” about Mr Johnson’s deal.

Source: Government accused of undermining scrutiny of EU trade deal, as Jacob Rees-Mogg shuts down Commons Brexit committee | The Independent

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