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EU to launch court action against Liz Truss’s smuggler’s charter for Northern Ireland

I can’t say I blame the European Union chiefs.

As mentioned on This Site before, Liz Truss’s plan to ease the burden on businesses caused by the Northern Ireland Protocol of the Brexit deal effectively creates a “smuggler’s charter”.

It creates the concept of “green lanes” and “red lanes” for trade, with goods coming from Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) into Northern Ireland and which are staying there using the green lane – meaning no checks and minimal paperwork, while goods moving from Great Britain through NI into Ireland or the wider European Union would use the red lane –  continuing to be checked at ports in Northern Ireland.

How would anybody know the “green lane” goods were stopping in Northern Ireland – or even whether the goods in the lorries were really as described in the paperwork?

I previously suggested that, alongside plans to ease checks on goods coming into the UK from the EU, this could create a people-smuggling pipeline all the way through to Ireland, wrecking any strategy to prevent it put up by Priti ‘Send ‘Em To Rwanda’ Patel.

The UK also wants the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice (ECJ) to have no future role in deciding disputes involving the protocol, with an independent arbiter sitting in judgement instead.

Independent, as defined by whom? I can see legal disputes over who should judge rattling on until Doomsday.

In response, the EU has indicated it will restart legal action it began in March last year, when it accused the UK of delaying, without consultation, the enforcement of parts of the protocol relating to customs checks – and may go further by taking the UK to the ECJ over claims it did too little to set up border control posts and share data with the EU.

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the very law intended to remove the UK from ECJ judgments led to it facing just such a fate?

The problem facing the UK’s Tory government – particularly those dunces Liz Truss and Boris Johnson – is that unionists in Northern Ireland are likely to tear up the Good Friday Agreement if they can’t get free trade between the Province and Great Britain.

That could lead to a resurgence of the infamous “Troubles”.

Sadly, the Labour opposition has no better ideas. Keir Starmer has said negotiation with the EU is the best way forward – but advocated using “guile”, which implies that he wants to deceive the EU into giving UK vested interests what they want.

Level heads can see that no workable solution is being suggested by anybody. They all seem determined to upset each other rather than find a way forward.

How sad to see our supposed national and international leaders squabbling like children.

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Why is the Foreign Office buying £20m New York townhouse to subsidise art dealer’s court case?

Liz Truss: she’s not a serious politician. Look at that vapid grin and you’ll understand exactly why she’s spaffing away public money like it was newly-ensewaged water.

While the rest of us face a cost-of-living crisis, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is apparently planning to spend £20 million buying a luxury New York townhouse so the UK’s UN representative can have big parties.

Not only that, but the money would be paid to an art dealer who is currently facing trial for a £500 million tax fraud in France.

Should the UK’s government really be subsidising a possible fraudster’s court representation? And does the UK’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations really need a massively expensive building, just so she can host lavish parties?

The memo on the proposed Manhattan purchase argues that ‘the Sutton Square townhouse would provide a high-quality entertainment space close to the UK mission to the UN [and] comfortable accommodation for VIPs’.

The 9,600 sq ft Manhattan townhouse, which has views over the East River, would be used mainly by Dame Barbara Janet Woodward, the UK’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Described by the property agents as ‘a grand and iconic residence for the new gilded age’, Dame Barbara… would enjoy the use of a huge kitchen, sauna-like showers, parquet de Versailles wood floors and a filigreed spiral staircase.

The documents leaked to The Mail on Sunday make the argument that despite already owning three residences in New York, in addition to the embassy and ambassador’s house in Washington, the new property is required to help the UK to pursue ‘soft power’ diplomacy through drinks and canapes.

These things are not good for the UK’s diplomats. Apparently there was a huge row when it was revealed in 2020 that Antonia Romeo, now Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice, had been investigated over allegations that she had ‘terrorised’ staff who criticised her extravagant lifestyle and reportedly lavish spending when she was Britain’s Consul General in New York.

But the good news is that, as the building is in a “highly desirable” area of New York, it will likely hold or increase its value in the long term. So it’s a good investment. But how will the people of the UK benefit from this extravagant spending.

Ultimate authority over the deal will lie with airheaded Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who doesn’t seem to understand that spaffing our money – yours and mine, not hers – on things that aren’t vital for the nation is offensive to the people of the UK.

She’s also clueless about the new policy of cutting the number of civil servants in the Foreign Office by 900.

Apparently she’s happy to throw away “people whose skills we no longer need” (charming!) but then wants to take on enough new personnel to create a net increase of 1,000.

It would be okay if we knew that more than 1,000 jobs will be going to people who really need them – but you know Truss is just going to dish them out to more Tory cronies. I await proof that my assertion is false.

It seems clear that, not only is Truss a danger to the safety of the UK, with her sabre-rattling comments about Russia – but she can’t be trusted with money either.

Source: Liz Truss faces row over purchase of £20m New York ‘partyhouse’

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‘Trussted trader’ plan for Northern Ireland is a smugglers’ charter

Liz Truss: she once warned that Brexit would seriously harm the UK. Did she know that she would be inflicting some of that harm?

Why doesn’t Boris Johnson’s government just legalise smuggling and have done with it?

Jacob Rees-Mogg has already abandoned checks on goods entering the UK from the EU, meaning anything may be imported from that bloc without anyone checking if we’re getting what we’re being told we’re getting.

Now, Liz Truss is telling us she wants to impose a new “Trusted Trader” “green lane” for goods coming into and leaving Northern Ireland, meaning that organisations bringing items across from mainland Britain will not have them checked, either.

That will establish a possible smuggling route from mainland Europe, not only into mainland Britain but also through it to Northern Ireland and the republic (because there are no checks on goods going between the Province and Eire).

Anything could go through unchecked – including people.

Oh – the plan to change the Northern Ireland Protocol unilaterally may also trigger a trade war with the European Union – the EU said it would “need to respond with all measures at its disposal” if the UK went ahead with the legislation.

And it may well upset nationalist leaders in Northern Ireland – including the party with the largest representation in Stormont, Sinn Fein – who had no objection to the Protocol as it is now.

Nice one, Liz! You should have stuck to cheese.

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Tone-deaf Truss backtracks – but not far enough – on warplanes for Ukraine call

Headbangers: Liz ‘War Head’ Truss and Dominic ‘Air Head’ Raab.

Don’t get your hopes up – she hasn’t learned her lesson.

Instead of demanding that the UK send warplanes to Ukraine – thereby provoking Vladimir Putin to nuke us until we glow, Liz Truss is now suggesting that we merely send the parts.

So now she wants us to send self-assembly kit planes to the eastern Europe conflict. How is that better?

It seems War Head Liz has been reminded that Nato policy is not to provoke Putin; the United States recently vetoed a Polish plan to deliver fighter jets for that very reason.

But she – and Air Head Dominic Raab, it seems – is still calling for western nations to declare in as loud a way as possible that they are helping Ukraine.

So my question remains: what is wrong with these people?

If they want to help a beleaguered fellow nation, then they can do it in the tried and tested way – covertly. They send it by secret routes and they don’t talk about it.

Blathering loudly and continually that they are ignoring Putin’s threats and will do whatever the hell they like will only attract harm.

Perhaps that is what Truss and Raab and the rest of the Tory headbangers really want.

Source: Liz Truss backtracks on call for West to send war planes to Ukraine

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Somebody please shut Liz Truss’s mouth before she gets us all bombed

Warmonger Liz: the foreign secretary has been rattling the sabre too loudly at Vladimir Putin when any conflict between the UK and Russia would be like sending this toy tank out to shoot down a nuclear missile.

Q. When a maniac with his finger on the nuclear button is warning that sending weapons to help another country will be an act of war, what do you do?

A. You remove Liz Truss from public view because she will instantly decide that it’s a good idea to dare him.

That’s right – after Vladimir Putin said he would consider it an act of war if western countries send aid to Ukraine, Truss is saying we should provide warplanes.

She’s a lunatic.

The sensible course of action for any national government wishing to help a beleaguered fellow nation is to provide that aid covertly. In fact, the UK has already been accused of this, with Russia alleging an SAS operation has taken place.

But of course, with no proof, any government has what’s known as plausible deniability. We can say any claims are nonsense and we wouldn’t dream of it.

Truss should follow the example of an alleged 56 fellow MPs – on all sides of the House of Commons – who find it extremely easy to hide their alleged sexual misconduct from us all.

Nazanin’s calm criticism makes nonsense of boasts by Johnson and his government

Home at last: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has, quietly and with dignity, made nonsense of claims by Boris Johnson and his government that they worked tirelessly to free her.

A newspaper reporter on the BBC’s Politics Live tried to say current foreign secretary Liz Truss was to be praised for achieving the release, but we all know her actions were not even slightly motivated by concern for Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Truss paid a £400 million debt the UK owed Iran in the hope that it would win a deal for cheap fossil fuels to alleviate the cost-of-living crisis her government has forced on its fellow citizens.

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s calm comments on the way she was mistreated by UK foreign secretaries – including Truss and current prime minister Boris Johnson – should act like daggers in the heart of the Tory government:

Tory voters: take note – if you were in trouble, a Tory government would treat you no better.

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Russia-Ukraine: Vox Political proved right as Putin admits nuclear alert is due to Truss

Warmonger Liz: the foreign secretary has been rattling the sabre too loudly at Vladimir Putin when any conflict between the UK and Russia would be like sending this toy tank out to shoot down a nuclear missile.

I’m not saying Vladimir Putin reads Vox Political.

It is far more likely that Yr Obdt Srvt, looking at the available evidence, came to the correct conclusion about what was going on.

In an article yesterday, I stated that Putin’s decision to go to nuclear alert, said at the time to be because of “aggressive statements” by the West, was a serious demand for western nations to tone down their rhetoric, and the West has taken that seriously.

We should be hopeful, I continued, because it would stop Liz Truss from putting her foot in her mouth every time she opens it.

The Queen of Cheese’s latest boneheadedness has been to support calls for UK citizens to go to Ukraine – a move which, if it happened, would almost certainly be seen by Putin as the UK sending troops to that country (despite an official statement from her colleague, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, that this will not take place).

Unable to stop the flow of gibberish from her mouth, Truss claimed that anybody going to Ukraine would be fighting “for democracy”.

It’s exactly the kind of inflammatory talk that is likely to push Putin over the edge and endanger us all.

Here’s the confirmation that I was right:

So there you have it – direct from the Russian president’s mouth.

If UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had any sense, he would sack Truss – simply as a gesture to show that the UK does not want to provoke nuclear war.

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Russia-Ukraine: here are some – amazing – reasons to be cheerful

Liz Truss: even though it is unlikely to be serious, we can hope that Putin’s nuclear threat acts as a deterrent that stops her from making stupid, ineffectual threats against a country that could squash the UK like a bug.

The UK’s right-wing media may be doomsaying at an industrial level but the Russia-Ukraine crisis is not as horrifying as they’re saying.

For starters – as This Site and others suggested would happen – Ukraine and Russia are to hold negotiations for peace, at an undisclosed location on the border with Belarus.

Russia’s Vladimir Putin had suggested talks take place in Minsk but Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was reluctant to go to a country that had acted as a staging post for the Russian invasion of his country.

It’s a reason to be hopeful, although Mr Zelenskyy said he was not convinced the meeting would have a positive outcome. However:

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he needed to use every opportunity to secure peace.

Bet then – just when some of us were starting to think we could see an end to the crisis – Putin announced that he is putting his country’s nuclear forces on “special alert”.

He said it was because of “aggressive statements” by the West.

It has been widely interpreted as a threat to launch nuclear missiles against western countries. So – an escalation of tensions and we should all be terrified, right?

Well, no.

Mature analysts are saying Putin may now believe he has miscalculated the amount of resistance his forces were likely to meet in Ukraine, along with the response from western nations that have proved more united than he expected.

So he has reached for new ideas – including the nuclear option. The trouble is, nuclear warfare is pointless for him – insane, in fact – because the west would respond by sending its own nuclear arsenal to turn Russia into a radioactive cinder. Mutually Assured Destruction – there’s a reason the acronym is “MAD”.

So – again – it’s unlikely Putin actually means he’s prepared to use nuclear weapons.

That’s a good thing too, isn’t it?

But – there’s always a “but” – it is a serious demand for western nations to tone down their rhetoric, and the West has taken that seriously.

And this brings me to the last of my reasons to be hopeful: It stops Liz Truss from putting her foot in her mouth every time she opens it.

The Queen of Cheese’s latest boneheadedness has been to support calls for UK citizens to go to Ukraine – a move which, if it happened, would almost certainly be seen by Putin as the UK sending troops to that country (despite an official statement from her colleague, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, that this will not take place).

Unable to stop the flow of gibberish from her mouth, Truss claimed that anybody going to Ukraine would be fighting “for democracy”.

It’s exactly the kind of inflammatory talk that is likely to push Putin over the edge and endanger us all.

So we should welcome the decision by western leaders to modify their tone.  Hopefully it means Truss will be told to hold her tongue until the crisis is over.

Source: Ukraine and Russia set to hold negotiations at border with Belarus, says office of President Zelenskyy | World News | Sky News

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#Russia stripped of hosting #ChampionsLeague final. So now footballers CAN be in politics?

Marcus Rashford: Natalie Elphicke said he should have stayed out of politics after he missed a penalty in the Euro 2020 final last year. Now Elphicke’s fellow Tory Liz Truss wants footballers to be involved in politics after all. These Tory hypocrites just want the rest of us to do whatever suits THEM best, at any particular moment.

Confused?

It’s a little more than seven months since Tory MP Natalie Elphicke said footballer Marcus Rashford should concentrate on his “day job” rather than become involved in politics.

She was attacking Rashford after his campaigning ensured that the poorest schoolchildren could avoid malnutrition by forcing the government to continue providing free school meals to them during school holidays at the height of the Covid-19 crisis.

After he missed a vital penalty in the Euro 2020 final, she said he should have focused on his football rather than “playing politics”.

Elphicke later apologised – after her comment became a matter of public knowledge.

It later transpired that Elphicke herself wasn’t entirely focused on her own “day job”, after it was revealed that she earned almost £100 per hour as chair of the New Homes Quality Board.

How opinions change when it’s expedient for them to do so!

Here’s Elphicke’s fellow Tory – Foreign Secretary Liz Truss – urging English footballers to become political and boycott the Champions League Final in St Petersburg, Russia, if their team manages to win a place in that match:

Her comments were motivated by the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, of course.

But they expose yet another vein of hypocrisy in the words of UK politicians: they want footballers out of politics when it disadvantages them, but then they want footballers to make political decisions when it suits their own purposes.

People like Liz Truss want to have their cake and eat it – all the time.

As it happens, This Writer would have supported a boycott of the Champions League final, if it was to take place in St Petersburg. But UEFA has stripped Russia of that privilege and the even will take place in Paris.

My own stance is not hypocritical, of course: I have always supported Marcus Rashford’s intervention in politics.

If more of us took active control of our political lives, we might have fewer hypocrites like Truss and Elphicke running our country into the ground.

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There’s no call for war in #Ukraine but Johnson and Truss are not helping

Who is this clown? You can almost see that question written across Vladimir Putin’s face as Boris Johnson rambles.

If the Ukraine crisis is to be ended, Boris Johnson won’t have anything to do with it.

Both he and US President Joe Biden – and all their lieutenants – seem determined to ramp up the aggression until it breaks out into open war, and never mind how many people die in the process or how much damage is caused.

They are the aggressors here. How many news reports on this crisis mention US deployment in Europe of new nuclear-capable, medium-range missiles? Biden says he’s willing to limit this Cold War-style escalation of hostilities – but only, unrealistically, if Russia withdraws from Ukraine’s borders first.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been massing troops on the Ukrainian border because he reckons a plan for that country to join Nato represents a threat to his nation’s security – and he has a point.

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, agreements were made to ensure that Nato would not be expanded to put that bloc’s troops on the border of Russia – and this would break that.

The only person looking for peace appears to be French President Emmanuel Macron, who sketched out a possible deal in face-to-face talks last week – proposing neutrality for Ukraine.

His solution leans toward supporting Putin’s demand for “indivisible security” – meaning one state’s security does not undermine another’s.

And it acknowledges that US-led Nato doesn’t even want Ukraine to join.

But Boris Johnson is trying to undermine Macron at every turn. Officials and government sources have accused Macron of betraying Nato, rewarding aggression, electioneering, and “waving a white flag”.

Johnson’s policy is to shout at Putin to back off. Or what? Years of Tory underfunding and depletion means the UK’s armed forces don’t even figure in Moscow’s plans.

It has been suggested that Johnson wants a war because he thinks it will boost his popularity, as the Falklands War did for Margaret Thatcher in 1982. But he isn’t Thatcher; he’s a small-minded, unimaginative crook.

After Foreign Secretary Liz Truss visited Moscow to issue a series of vacuous threats, her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov laughed at her spouted “slogans”.

She had said said the UK supports Ukraine’s right to “self-determination”, did not accept that “improving the security of one country harms the security of another”, threatened “harsh sanctions” if Russia invades Ukraine and demanded an end to “brazen aggression”.

She was said to have left Lavrov in no doubt as to the UK’s position.

In response, Lavrov described the UK’s position as “nothing secret, no trust. Just slogans shouted from the tribunes.”

It’s a murky situation – as any foreign crisis involving Russia inevitably becomes.

But while that country’s ultimate intentions are unclear, it is obvious that Macron is the good guy while Biden, Johnson and Truss are the villains.

If war happens, it will be because the UK and US governments are demanding it.

Source: As Europe pushes for peace, clueless Johnson snipes from the sidelines

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