We knew that Tory promises were no good, didn’t we? So we did 14 million people vote for them last December?
I’ve never found an answer for that one.
The usual old chestnut that “the other side were worse” is plainly wrong. Labour’s offer – and leader – was a vast improvement on Johnson and his rabble, as anybody can see.
They can certainly see it now, anyway.
Today’s scandal is that Brexit will now cause a flood of cheap food imports into the UK that will destroy our farming industry and poison our people.
Tories: you voted for this. Brexiters: you voted for this. Indeed, many farmers voted for this.
Here’s what they promised:
This country has completely lost its fucking mind. We are allowing these lying toe rags to systematically destroy any standards we had pre-Brexit. I cannot get my head around it. #BrexitReality #AgricultureBill pic.twitter.com/pUMLzYBiMV
— Si Anderson (@Stan_Corrected) October 13, 2020
But (as Si Anderson puts it in earthy terms above), yesterday evening’s (October 12) vote in Parliament ensures that the Tories will be able to compromise those protections, just to get a deal with the United States:
Farmers and food campaigners were defeated on Monday night in their attempts to enshrine high food safety and animal welfare practices in British law.
Several prominent backbench Tory MPs rebelled against the government to vote for amendments to the agriculture bill that would have given legal status to the standards, but the rebels were too few to overcome the government’s 80-seat majority and the key amendment fell by 332 votes to 279 after an often impassioned debate.
The government argued that giving current standards legal status was unnecessary as ministers had already committed to ensuring that UK food standards would be kept in any post-Brexit trade agreements.
However, critics fear that the lack of a legally binding commitment in the agriculture bill will allow future imports of sub-standard food that will undercut British produce and expose consumers to risk.
Be honest; given Johnson’s record of u-turning on his promises, this means chlorinated chicken for dinner. It will be cheap at the shop, but it will cost us our entire agriculture industry.
And that is what Boris Johnson intended from the start – before the 2016 referendum, even – it seems.
And just like that. British farming is ended. By Dominic Cummings and his wrecking ball.
Chickens so diseased they have to be drenched in chlorine, pigs rammed with ractopamine, dairy cows on hormones, EU banned pesticides on crops.
It’s a disgrace. https://t.co/y9TFgpg4w3
— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) October 13, 2020
Here’s what we’ll be getting:
Yesterday MPs rejected calls by campaigners to enshrine food safety in UK law.
In countries not observing EU standards chlorine disinfection is needed in order to remove Pathogens such as Listeria and Salmonella from a chicken's carcass. #BrexitReality #BorisHasFailedTheNation pic.twitter.com/CXOGgOHI3V
— Britgirl's Hates Brexit #FBPE (@MarieAnnUK) October 13, 2020
#BrexitReality Watching the Dirty Secrets of the American Food Industry on telly last night. Then the tories reject protecting our food standards, breaking their promises in the process, so they can get a trade deal with the US which will benefit our economy by only 0.16%.
— Peter Rogers (@RadicalRog) October 13, 2020
Boris Johnson and his cronies won’t be getting chlorine-washed chicken, of course – they’ll be able to afford the higher-quality meats. But you will be in danger.
Opponents of Brexit have taken the opportunity to remind us all of Boris Johnson’s words in 2016 – so we can remind him at the appropriate time…
"We can see the sunlit meadows beyond. I believe we would be mad not to take this once in a lifetime chance to walk through that door."
– Boris Johnson urges people to vote for #Brexit, May 2016
— Cornwall for Europe #FBPE (@Cornwall4EU) October 13, 2020
… not that it will make a difference. He does what he likes. You voted for that, Tories. You voted for it, Brexiters.
The easiest deal in history, with the EU falling over themselves to desperately make a deal. Now how did that pan out🤔#BrexitReality
— Sgt Arthur Wilson #wearamask (@SgtArthurWilson) October 13, 2020
Here’s how it’s panning out:
If you voted for Brexit so far you have:
– Worsened Food Standards
– Ended freedom of movement (for us, too, not just "them")
– Dropped the pound to its lowest levels in years
– Undermined confidence in UK Gov ethics worldwide
– Border in Irish Sea & Kent.
— Scott Nicholls 💎 (@snichollsmusic) October 13, 2020
Shit food standards….car park in Kent… shortage of medicines…
— British Common Sense (@HordenJack) October 13, 2020
Just to rub salt into the wound, it seems support for remaining in the EU is rocketing, with 57 per cent of the nation now in favour of it.
What a shame. After three years of fighting over it (up to the election in 2019), that debate is over. The Brexiters got what they wanted and you have been shafted. Nobody currently in power will do anything to reverse the decision.
Still, there remain a few optimists who think there will be recourse to law if harm can be shown as a result of this decision:
All we need to do is to enforce personal accountability of MPs through the courts….when someone dies as a result of criminally negligent policy. Prison is the only remedy to secure probity. pic.twitter.com/wa7Q0C3944
— Ninian Peckitt (@NinianProf) October 13, 2020
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Tory ministers are above the law.
The police and CPS actively avoid investigating any allegations of crime or wrongdoing by our elected government.
And Dominic Cummings could go on a murder spree in Barnard Castle and he would still walk free at the end of it.
But you can bet that a lot more people will suffer because of last night’s decision by Parliament to poison our farming industry, and our people.
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