This is the plan by Boris ‘Rivers of Sh*t’ Johnson, isn’t it?
So let me get this straight
💦💩Water companies can legally dump raw sewage into rivers
💦💩Water companies have major supply issues with chemicals needed to clean drinking water due to Brexit
💦EU bottled water can no longer be imported
💦💩We all have to drink British Water
— Jane 💚🧘🏼♀️ॐ✌🌟🇪🇺 #FBPE #PPR #PPA (@thejanejanie) October 25, 2021
It certainly seems suspicious that, having ensured that so much water in the UK is undrinkable, the government should order that we cannot have bottled water from a foreign country, meaning that we can only drink the stuff they’ve filled with sewage.
And that is what has happened. The ban will be enforced from January 2022:
From 7th January the UK will cease to recognise and allow import of mineral water from the EU and EEA. In order to promote Britain's clean, healthy and delicious natural mineral waters. https://t.co/RHoF8b1Gpm
— Naomi Smith (@pimlicat) October 25, 2021
The decision was taken before the Lords forced the government to promise that it will force water companies to make a “progressive reduction” in the sewage it dumps in rivers, remember.
Ah, but now we have that promise, don’t we?
Yes, but it doesn’t mean much.
Remember Fay Jones, This Writer’s MP, who was caught banging on about the cost of improvements to the “Victorian sewerage system” earlier?
She said in the same tweet that the government was already working to reduce discharge from storm overflows. You can see that at the start of the clip below. The rest of it is worth watching too.
“Who is going to pay… to dig up a Victorian sewerage network?”
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) October 25, 2021
So the government had claimed that Brexit would make it possible to improve standards, and has gone back on that claim. And now mouthpieces like Ms Jones are saying water companies would pass costs on to customers if forced to maintain health standards.
I'm not sure "Forcing water companies to maintain health standards would increase costs to consumers" reflects well on :-
1. The party that privatised them.
2. The companies that won't use their profits to maintain public health.
3. The chances of any future environmental action.
— Mike Holden 💙 (@MikeHolden42) October 25, 2021
My understanding, when the utilities were privatised back in the 1980s, was that they would be cheaper for the country’s taxpayers because they would use part of their profits to maintain health standards and there would be no extra cost to customers.
It seems to me that, with a government formed by the same party that was responsible for the privatisation now saying the opposite, this organisation may clearly be seen to have been duplicitous – either then or now. The Tories lied to us.
Here’s another clip explaining the current situation:
The state of our rivers shames us all.
On this Thursday alone Southern Water dumped untreated sewage at 57 locations along the south coast.
It will be impossible to have clean rivers at the current slow pace Ministers are working at.
— Luke Pollard MP (@LukePollard) October 23, 2021
Yes, it also reflects badly on the water companies. But it seems to me that they are simply acting according to the conditions on which they were sold these going concerns. So the responsibility falls back onto the Tory government.
The rivers are full of human waste now. The ban on foreign mineral water starts in January. And the water companies certainly won’t bother to change their working practices significantly before it begins.
So I hope you’ve all got your water purifiers installed and in full working order.
And this means that, yes indeed, the chances of any future environmental action are slim – not just with regard to rivers, but also from any decisions made at the imminent COP26 climate conference, that is being run by the Conservatives.
They haven’t ensured our rivers will remain free of sewage; they won’t do much (if anything) to improve that situation; so we may conclude that they’ll do nothing to end the threat of climate change.
That’s a shame, because COP26 is being touted as our last chance to avoid climate armageddon. The fact that it is being hosted by Boris Johnson’s Conservatives heralds doom for the whole world.
That is not a joke or hyperbole.
Meanwhile, we have the current situation, as immortalised in satire…
— Feargal Sharkey (@Feargal_Sharkey) October 26, 2021
… in images that should stay with us forever (but probably won’t)…
WATCH: Untreated sewage was released into Langstone Harbour, Hampshire for 49 hours.
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) October 26, 2021
… and in profits for the water companies (together with the Tory Party that receives their donations):
Corporate water companies pump raw sewage into the sea.
They also pump cash into Tory coffers which is why nothing is done about it.
Cash for sewage.
— Howard Beckett (@BeckettUnite) October 26, 2021
Please don't blame the poor water companies. If they invested in infrastructure instead of pumping our rivers and seas full of shit, how on earth would they pay their shareholders the £2billion a year they have come to expect? #TurdReich #Sewage
— Parody Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson_MP) October 25, 2021
The moral of the story?
Money talks to Tories, in a language they understand better than survival.
AFTERWORD: Following a query from fact-checking organisation Full Fact (over Facebook links to this article) I am happy to clarify that manufacturers of EU mineral water may continue to export it to the UK if they renew their accreditation under UK rules by January 7, 2022.
This information is available to readers of the article who click on the link to the government announcement, above, and then read the government letter. If this context is not clear, the fault lies with the Tory government for ignoring this fact in favour of propaganda promoting UK mineral waters.
But of course, this raises a further question. EU mineral water producers may certainly apply for UK accreditation, but why should they bother?
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