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It’s civil servants v Boris Johnson over Priti Patel’s bullying. Who’s going to believe the known liar?

Priti Patel: smug as ever – perhaps because she’s got Boris Johnson making sure she’ll remain as Home Secretary no matter what is said against her.

Civil servants are now lining up to condemn Home Secretary Priti Patel, while she has support from liars like Boris Johnson and other former – disgraced – ministers like Liam Fox.

A civil servant writing in The Guardian tells us: “Civil servants are supposed to silently get on with it while ministers take the flak… But this very British convention of public life… is now being shredded by an emboldened administration still flexing its muscular majority.

“More colleagues are now coming forward with further allegations against Patel during her time as an employment minister in 2015. That’s in addition to claims that she, as international development secretary, openly called her staff “fucking useless”.

“So it might not be a stretch to say that this feels like like a sort of #MeToo moment for the civil service. Those who, like me, have been around government for several years reckon more allegations are on the way. There may be blood.”

But the writer says it probably won’t be Ms Patel’s.

Yes, there will be a Cabinet Office investigation – but the minister for the Cabinet Office, Michael Gove, has already given her his support.

Not only that: Boris Johnson told MPs he was “sticking by” Ms Patel during Prime Minister’s Questions, saying she was “delivering change, putting police out on the street, cutting crime, and delivering a new immigration system”. He is a known liar, of course.

Oh, and how about this endorsement?

Liam Fox was, if I recall correctly, the very first member of the Conservative government from 2010 onwards who was forced to resign in disgrace.

That is the kind of support she is getting.

Ms Patel may stay on as Home Secretary – let’s face it, it seems clear that Johnson is rigging any investigation in her favour – but she’ll never live down the scandal.

Civil servants don’t make this kind of fuss about nothing.

And she has already been forced to resign from a previous Cabinet job after she tried to carry out her own foreign policy, independent of even the Tory government’s.

As far as This Writer is concerned, she is poison. If she stays, she’ll become a symbol of Tory government bullying, lies and corruption.

Source: The Priti Patel allegations are turning into a #MeToo moment for the civil service | The civil servant | Opinion | The Guardian

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At last Liam Fox has struck a free trade deal. Shame it’s with apartheid warmonger Israel

A happy man: Liam Fox has secured a free trade deal with Israel. How many weapons will that country buy, and use under this agreement?

The first free trade deal Liam Fox has managed to strike with a foreign country, and it shames us all.

Here he is announcing it – with Israel.

Audrey struck the right note with her response: “Well done, Liam. It sends a very strong message.. “You can bomb countries, commit slow genocide, never obey to international law, and we will still be Your friends as long as we have big contracts with you!” Who needs morals when you can have money??”

Absolutely right.

The part of the video clip that stood out most, for This Writer, was where it was stated that Israel’s trade with the UK had topped $10 billion for the first time in 2018.

How much of that money was spent on weapons? In 2017, I reported, it was £221 million – and that was £140 million more than the previous year.

And how many of those arms were used to kill or maim Palestinians?

Recently, we are told, Israel has targeted ambulances:

https://twitter.com/FreePali1948/status/1087002497288466432

Burned down some of the world’s oldest olive trees:

Shot a Palestinian while he was producing identification:

If that’s what Liam Fox’s trade deal is about, then the UK should not have signed it.

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American firms should run hospitals for profit after Brexit, says group supported by Trade minister

Sell-off: The report calling for NHS hospitals to be sold off to private American firms, was edited by Eurosceptic Tory MEP Daniel Hannan.

At last the plan to sell off the NHS to private companies is out in the open, after years of being denied.

This think tank, the Initiative for Free Trade, should probably be thanked for allowing naked greed to get the better of tact and giving the game away too soon.

It is an organisation that has the support of International Trade minister Liam Fox, so you can be sure that it will be Conservative Party policy in the near future.

Mr Fox has already come out in support of forcing the people of the United Kingdom to eat chlorinated chicken – another move supported by the IFT.

And it turns out the report was written by another Conservative – Eurosceptic MEP Daniel Hannan.

So there you have it. It seems Brexit is being supported by the Conservatives as the excuse they need to fully privatise the National Health Service – or at least, the profitable parts of it.

They have tricked us into voting away our international reputation, our rights, our economy, and now – it seems – our health service.

Ministers should allow American healthcare companies to compete with the NHS to run hospitals as part of a free-trade pact after Brexit, a think tank recommends.

The Initiative for Free Trade (IFT) said that Britain should also end its ban on imports of products such as chlorinated chicken and accept American environmental and food safety regulations as equivalent to those in the UK.

The moves, it claimed, would help clear the way for a UK-US trade deal that would “rewrite the rules” of global commerce and allow Britain to take advantage of trade freedoms offered by Brexit. The IFT has received backing from Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, and Boris Johnson.

Source: Let American firms run hospitals, urges free trade group | News | The Times

The Tories are squabbling about Brexit again – wasn’t the EU referendum supposed to stop that?

Liam Fox: Don’t talk to him – he’ll only give you a lot of meaningless waffle.

All the news seems to be about Brexit.

First we had this.

Then this.

Now it turns out the Tories are fighting among themselves about what Brexit will mean – again.

The whole idea of the EU referendum was to put an end to Conservative in-fighting over the UK’s membership of that bloc.

But David Cameron made a pig’s ear of his offer to the public, failing to provide any solid information about what leaving the EU would mean.

If he had, nobody in their right mind would have voted for it and the nightmare of the last two years could have been avoided.

Tories. They can’t get anything right.

Liam Fox has said he finds the Treasury’s predictions of economic turmoil following a no-deal Brexit “hard to swallow”.

The international trade secretary’s intervention underlines deep divisions in the cabinet over the government’s approach to Brexit, with the forecasts only recently promoted by Philip Hammond.

The chancellor said his department’s best estimates were that a no-deal Brexit would lead to £80bn a year in extra borrowing, sparking fury among Brexiteers who believe leaving without an agreement would be preferable to Ms May’s Chequers proposals.

Source: Cabinet split over no-deal Brexit reopens after Liam Fox calls Philip Hammond’s forecasts ‘hard to swallow’ | The Independent

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Liam Fox said a Brexit deal would be easy. With no deal likely, he’s diverting blame

Looking guilty: Liam Fox.

How craven: The man who predicted the Brexit negotiations would be the “easiest in human history” now insists he shouldn’t be blamed if there isn’t a deal.

The man who predicted the Brexit negotiations would be the “easiest in human history” now insists he shouldn’t be blamed if there isn’t a deal.

Liam Fox told the BBC that the government wants a deal with Europe – but that if there is no deal “it wouldn’t be the fault of the UK government, it would be the fault of its European partners”.

It comes less than a month after Fox claimed that “collective responsibility burned to the ground” when May agreed to extending talks with the EU.

Source: Fox: ‘Don’t blame me if there isn’t a deal’ | Latest Brexit news and top stories – The New European

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Tory Brexit trade bill will rob disabled people of the few rights left to them

Looking guilty: But Liam Fox won’t lift a finger to make his trade bill acceptable to disability rights organisations.

If you think the Conservative Party – and in particular a minister who is a doctor by training – would not do everything in its power to harm people with disabilities, you simply have not been paying attention.

Tories are keen on “chequebook euthanasia” – pushing the unemployed and disabled into early graves with the excuse that supporting them is just too expensive.

That is why the concern raised in the Independent article quoted below is so convincing.

Robbing disabled people of transport by claiming it is necessary for the purposes of trade will isolate some of the UK’s most vulnerable citizens and deny them access to employment or meaningful lifestyles.

The examples of the last few years show what happens next: Malnutrition, depression, and eventual suicide.

And the Tories wash their hands of any responsibility, saying there are “many reasons” for a person to take their own life.

Perhaps the most foul aspect of this is that it would be collateral damage – a tangential consequence of Brexit on which none of the Tories in Parliament would waste a moment’s thought.

Of course the Department for International Trade insists that the continuity powers in the trade bill could not be used without Parliamentary scrutiny and says that it has held discussions with the Equalities and Human Rights Commission about the bill.

If so, why would signatories including Liberty, the Business Disability Forum, Disability Rights UK, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Mencap, The National Aids Trust, the Royal National Institute for the Blind, Amnesty International UK, Ambitious About Autism and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations feel the need to write?

Once again, disabled people are to bear the brunt of Tory cruelty.

The irony is that even the Confederation of British Industry has made it clear that the Trade Bill will not help the UK deal with other countries at all; the only purpose will be to increase the suffering of our own population.

And – if you voted ‘Leave’ – you thought Brexit would make our lives better!

An inevitable consequence of a Brexit run by the Conservative Party is that the interests of society’s most vulnerable people are being trampled upon in an unprecedented manner

The latest example of that happening comes courtesy of the Trade Bill that will be debated on the floor of the House of Commons.

According to a letter sent to the International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, the bill “lets ministers change a wide range of laws – including the Equality Act – without parliamentary scrutiny, in order to implement international trade agreements”.

It continues: “There are no safeguards to prevent ministers from using these new powers to remove rights granted by Parliament.”

It could [for example] be used to change those parts of the Equality Act that require public vehicles to be made accessible to disabled people. This is important because people with disabilities rely far more on public transport than non disabled people… for access to [work], leisure facilities, local services, shops and the like.

Source: Liam Fox’s Brexit trade bill set to crush disabled people | The Independent

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Brexit: Liam Fox has lost his grip on reality – or is trying to gaslight us into losing ours

Liam Fox.

Who is Liam Fox trying to fool? The British public – or himself?

Consider his recent words, reported by the Tory faithful at the BBC:

“Obsessive criticism” of Brexit must end, Liam Fox has said, urging opponents of the UK’s departure from the EU to “lift their horizons”.

Ahead of a visit to China, the international trade secretary said “attitudes needed to change” in 2018.

“Brexit is not a time bomb to be defused but a great opportunity to be embraced,” he told Conservative Home.

Healthy foreign investment and bulging export order books showed confidence in the UK, he added.

Bulging export order books? When the pound plummeted as a result of Brexit and Theresa May’s stupid speeches on the subject, UK businesses had a glowing opportunity to push for increased sales abroad; they didn’t bother.

They just increased prices on the sales they already make.

Instead of selling their products abroad more cheaply, which would have made our exports more desirable, meaning (hopefully) that more foreign clients would buy them, they actually made our products less desirable while extorting more money from clients who were already contracted to buy from them.

Meanwhile, the depreciation in the value of the Pound meant imports became more expensive, squeezing UK citizens’ ability to buy and fuelling the recent rises in inflation.

And Liam Fox himself has reportedly flown around the world no less than eight times, fruitless searching for opportunities to do the trade deals he so optimistically advocates.

According to the Daily Mirror:

The International Trade Secretary clocked up 219,000 air miles in just 18 months – jetting to 27 countries and every continent except Antarctica.

His travel bill is now estimated to have topped £100,000 – despite him being unlikely to be able to sign any official trade deals before 2021.

Between July and December 2016, he ran up a bill of £37,345 and in the first half of 2017 that increased to £52,198, new figures reveal. Figures for the last six months of 2017 were not readily available [at the time of publication].

Liberal Democrat Tim Farron had it right. Quoted in the same Mirror article, he accused Dr Fox of “jetsetting around the world and coming back with diddly squat”.

He added: “This would all be laughable if it weren’t so serious. Never has a man racked up so many air miles, boasted so much and delivered so little.”

The BBC article hilariously suggests that “the UK hopes to be able to negotiate its own trade agreements with countries such as China” after the date when Brexit is scheduled to happen on March 29, 2019. In fact it would be more accurate to say “the Tories are desperate to negotiate a single trade agreement”.

So we come to the issue of gaslighting.

For those who aren’t aware, “gaslighting” is a form of manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, hoping to make them question their own memory, perception, and sanity.

In this instance, we can see that attempts to interest foreign countries in individual trade deals with the UK have proved fruitless and Liam Fox has been wasting public money on foreign junkets. But he is trying to make us doubt this accurate interpretation of the evidence by pointing at foreign investment and export deals that have nothing to do with Brexit or his failed attempts at post-Brexit agreements.

Either Dr Fox is trying to convince us of a lie, or he is trying to convince himself – in which case our trading future after the end of March 2019 is in the hands of a madman.

I know – who’d notice another lunatic involved in Brexit?

Whichever way you look at it, any claim that Brexit will lead to increased and better trade with other countries is – at the moment – nothing more than a lie.


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Are Tory MPs illegally using taxpayers’ cash to fund a secretive hard-Brexit group?

“The people have spoken” but apparently some Tories don’t want to listen [Image: Avaaz].

If you don’t know about the Tories who are funding a pressure group to force Theresa May into delivering ‘hard’ Brexit no matter what the people want, then you must read this.

Here’s Open Democracy:

Senior MPs including Liam Fox, Andrea Leadsom and Jacob Rees-Mogg have used their expenses to fund a ‘party within a party’ inside Westminster – effectively holding the government hostage over its negotiations with the EU.

Taxpayers’ money is being used to fund an influential group of hard-line pro-Brexit Conservative MPs who are increasingly operating as a “party-within-a-party”.

Despite expenses rules stating that MPs cannot claim for research or work “done for, or on behalf of, a political party”, the European Research Group has received over a quarter of a million pounds from MPs who claimed the public cash through their official expenses.

The ERG, according to its current chair, MP Suella Fernandes, exists to ensure that Brexit will not be rendered “meaningless”. The group, regarded as an 80-strong private Tory caucus, wants Britain out of the EU single market and customs union. Its previous head, Steve Baker, now a minister in the Department for Exiting the European Union, said his group aimed to end EU’s “despotism” and give Britain back its borders.

Forty MPs have paid money to the ERG and claimed it back as ‘research’ over the period covering the David Cameron and Theresa May governments. These include current ministers and members of May’s cabinet.

But the true number could be higher. Other MPs regarded as ERG members have claimed expenses for “research services” on European issues without specifying the ERG.

Source: Revealed: The Tory MPs using taxpayers’ cash to fund a secretive hard-Brexit group | openDemocracy


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Former Treasury official slaps down Liam Fox over Brexit ‘blackmail’ claim

Liam Fox delivering his speech in Japan. He should stay there, but I don’t suppose they’ll have him.

That’s you told, Liam Fox!

For those who don’t know, Nick Macpherson is a former head of the Treasury and therefore might just know what he’s on about.

Unlike Liam Fox.

Notice Dr Fox’s comment at the end of the extract below, in which he says discussions on the trade-focused part of Brexit should start at once. He knows the EU won’t be having any truck with that until after the first part is done.

His speech was a pathetic piece of sabre-rattling from a pipsqueak of a politician.

The international trade secretary, Liam Fox, has ratcheted up the government’s war of words with the EU over Brexit by saying Britain will not be “blackmailed” into paying an excessive exit settlement to speed up a deal.

Fox’s comment follows a tense press conference in Brussels on Thursday after the third round of exit talks, in which the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, accused the UK of being mired in “nostalgia” rather than taking a realistic approach.

Fox was asked by ITV news whether it was time for Britain to agree on the much-disputed departure settlement with the EU, hastening progress towards the second, trade-focused part of the process.

“We can’t be blackmailed into paying a price on the first part,” Fox said.

He continued: “We think we should begin discussions on the final settlement because that’s good for business, and it’s good for the prosperity both of the British people and of the rest of the people of the European Union.”

Source: Liam Fox accuses EU of trying to ‘blackmail’ UK over Brexit deal | Politics | The Guardian


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Damning #Brexit memo is a wake-up call for us all – including its authors

Theresa May delivers her Mansion House speech, but nobody's listening: Brexit has already made her the laughing stock of the world.

Theresa May delivers her Mansion House speech, but nobody’s listening: Brexit has already made her the laughing stock of the world.

Members of ‘Big Four’ accountancy firm Deloittes may be waking up to an uncomfortable truth about their friends in the Conservative Government today (November 15) – that a Tory will turn on anyone.

The firm has spent six years helping the Conservatives push their punitive agenda of cuts and privatisation but – after a memo on ‘Brexit’ was leaked to the press – suddenly the Tories don’t recognise Deloittes’ work.

This is despite the apparent fact that the consultant from the firm who wrote the report (titled ‘Brexit update’) was working for the Cabinet Office, according to The Times.

The memo said Whitehall departments were working on more than 500 projects related to leaving the EU and may need to hire an extra 30,000 civil servants to deal with the additional work. That would undo much of the Tories’ work in shrinking the civil service, of course.

It identified a tendency by Theresa May to “draw in decisions and settle matters herself” as a strategy that could not be sustained, and highlighted a split between the three Brexit ministers – Liam Fox, Boris Johnson and David Davis – and the chancellor, Philip Hammond, and his ally Greg Clark, the business secretary as “divisions within the cabinet”. So the Conservative Party is divided again – and we know that divided parties don’t win.

It said major industry players were expected to “point a gun to the government’s head” to get what they wanted after Nissan was given assurances that it would not lose out from investing in Britain after Brexit. We all knew this already.

Perhaps most damningly, it stated that “no common strategy has emerged” on Brexit, despite extended debate among the permanent secretaries who head Whitehall departments.

This is not what the Conservatives want the public to hear, so of course they have disowned the memo, claiming it was “unsolicited”, was not a government memo and the government rejected its contents. They would, wouldn’t they?

The government also tried to smear the memo’s authors by claiming it was a pitch for business – but then, government departments habitually ask firms to submit such work, so this is not proof that the memo was not requested by ministers.

The fact that it fell to Chris ‘Failing’ Grayling – the Transport Secretary – to pass these comments lends them no authenticity whatsoever.

David Davis is the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union – what does he have to say about it? Nothing.

Grayling said he had no idea where the report came from and denied that it had been commissioned by ministers. But then, what would he know about it? He’s the Transport Secretary.

His comments – like “I have a team of people in my department who are working with David Davis on issues like aviation, but I do not see the scale of the challenge that is in today’s newspaper” – are those of a man who is only seeing part of the project, rather than the whole.

Meanwhile, in her Mansion House speech, prime minister Theresa May told an audience of dozing businesspeople that Brexit was an opportunity for the UK to “step up” to a new “global role”.

As what? The world’s clown?

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