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This is how supermarkets should explain the Brexit-created supply shortage to customers

If only supermarkets explained the facts to their customers, like this:

Personally, I could live without the swearing but it makes the point well.

The strongest point is the comment about the cause of the empty shelves.

We know there’s a driver shortage which the Tory government is trying to blame on Covid-19-related illnesses – although I notice there’s no attempt to tell us why all the drivers are supposed to have suddenly become ill at the same time.

In fact, the missing drivers have all been sent packing back to their EU countries of origin because the Tory government demanded it after the UK left the EU.

So the caption that reads,

Brexit caused this – All other COVID affected countries have plenty of stock

is particularly effective and accurate.

Why don’t supermarkets do this for real (I get the impression that this is just a satirical mock-up)?

They’re probably afraid customers will take offence at having to face the facts of their own stupidity – and shop somewhere else.

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Michael Gove update: he hasn’t resigned, so he’s gone on telly to be humiliated

Michael Gove: he was put in charge of handing out procurement contracts for PPE. They went to his friends, the equipment didn’t arrive, and tens of thousands died. Then he went on GMB and had to explain why the UK’s Covid-19 death rate is so high.

Surely resigning would have been a kinder way out?

Michael Gove made an appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain today (December 9).

Was it to make good on his vow about what he’d do if the international law-breaking clauses in the Internal Market Bill were removed, and resign on air?

Alas, no.

Nothing was said about the Cabinet Office Minister’s promise.

It seems to be yet another one that he’s breaking without even commenting on it.

Instead we were treated to the joy of Gove being hammered by Piers Morgan over the UK’s extremely high Covid-19 mortality rate.

Asked about Germany, he blithely responded that that country may have a higher population but it has lower population density, making it more difficult for the virus to infect and kill people.

So Morgan asked him why South Korea, with a much higher population density, had still suffered fewer deaths than the UK. And Gove was stumped:

Wouldn’t it have been easier all around if Gove had just resigned over the Brexit gaff? Isn’t he just prolonging the agony for all of us by staying in his job?

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EU to begin court action after Johnson misses deadline to explain international law breach

Self-satisfied: Boris Johnson sat speechless but smirking when Ed Miliband ripped apart his justifications for breaking his own treaty. Johnson doesn’t care about the law. He doesn’t care about what breaking it will cost because he won’t pay. You will.

The fact that he couldn’t even be bothered to respond to a ‘letter before action’ from the European Union demonstrates Boris Johnson’s contempt for the law – and the reason he should not be a member of Parliament.

Johnson’s Internal Market Bill (which is still not yet a law) breaches his own EU Withdrawal Agreement, that he signed in January.

If made law, the Bill would overrule the withdrawal agreement Johnson signed, by banning border checks on goods moving from Northern Ireland to Great Britain which are set to commence under the agreement from 31 December.

Johnson had signed up to the union’s customs code to get a deal, but now says Britain should be exempt from parts of it.

The European Commission confirmed on Tuesday that the deadline to respond to the letter has now come and gone without a UK response, meaning the court action against the UK will move to the next phase.

Tory government ministers have already admitted in parliament that the bill will break international law, but say the policy is justified because the law would only be broken in a “limited and specific” way.

We’ll see how that argument plays out in court. Badly, This Writer would expect. After all, a burglar breaks the law only in a “limited and specific” way, by breaking into people’s houses and stealing their belongings. If he’s prosecuted for it, he’ll still end up in prison.

To UK readers: how does it feel to be living in a rogue, outlaw state?

Source: Brexit: Boris Johnson misses EU deadline to explain breach of international law | The Independent

New rules at DWP – to stop benefit claimants getting help from elected representatives

Underclass: If you’re a benefit claimant, the DWP wants to prevent you getting help from your elected representatives.

The Tories are trying hard to turn benefit claimants into an underclass – now they are being forbidden from seeking advice from their elected representatives.

New changes imposed by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) require claimants who have approached politicians for help with a benefit appeal to sign a waiver form explaining why they have done so, rather than going directly to the Job Centre.

The changes also require claimants to state exactly what they have discussed with their elected representative before information can be disclosed regarding an appeal.

To This Writer, the explanation would be simple: they want their appeal to succeed, and it has more chance with a politician helping than with DWP lickspittles who get a bonus every time a claimant is knocked off the books.

Recently it seems an approach to local newspapers can also be rewarding.

Politicians themselves are up in arms about it.

SNP MSP Linda Fabiani was quoted as saying:

The Universal Credit system is fundamentally flawed and needs to be halted. With so many loopholes and barriers put in place to stop claimants receiving the support they are entitled to, it’s no wonder people come to their MSP for support.

Neither the DWP, nor Boris Johnson’s Tory government, has the right to stop people approaching their elected representatives for help and support – that’s what we’re here to do.

This is just the latest extension of the hostile environment introduced by this right-wing Tory government designed to lock people out from receiving the financial support they are entitled to.

Quite right too.

And if this rule is being rolled out across the UK, it is every local politician’s duty to fight it.

Source: Tories Trying to Keep Universal Credit Claimants In The Dark Say SNP – Association of Pensions & Benefits Claimants CIC

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WATCH: Chris Williamson explains why his court victory against false anti-Semitism claims is so important

Chris Williamson: He was subjected to death threats because of the false accusations against him.

For those who weren’t aware of the significance of Chris Williamson’s victory against “absurd” allegations of anti-Semitism, the MP – still suspended from membership of the Labour Party – has made a short video to explain it.

If you saw the story as it has been presented by some mass media news sites, you might think he lost the case; this is not true, as Mr Williamson points out.

He explains why he remains suspended from the Labour Party, despite his victory; the party’s bureaucracy suspended him a second time a week before the case was heard in court, out of spite.

The verdict, as he states, proves the disciplinary procedure is “unfair, unfit for purpose and subject to external manipulation by forces that are hostile to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership”.

He also states that the party bureaucracy has “victimised hundreds of lifelong members – loyal supporters of Jeremy Corbyn and his leadership – and they have suspended and expelled many without due process”.

This Writer can personally affirm that this is true.

Labour needs to get its act together.

If you agree – and you’re a party member/supporter – then please make your feelings known, politely, to the leadership.

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