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Suella Braverman’s downfall is immortalised in song

Suella Braverman: was she the shortest-lasting Home Secretary? Never mind, Suella – you’re now immortalised in song!

She only resigned yesterday – and subsequent events have overtaken it – but Suella Braverman’s departure from office has already been immortalised in song.

And, ironically for a minister who wanted to stop migrant boats from coming to the UK… it’s a sea shanty.

This is brilliant:

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Is our water as polluted as we’re being led to believe?

Run-off: according to a Welsh Water representative, discharges into our rivers and the sea during storms are not nearly as dangerous as we’ve been led to believe.

Welsh Water have been having a conference about pollution at a venue here in Mid Wales, and one of that organisation’s representatives told me a very interesting snippet of information (in a pub, afterwards).

You’ll be aware that the Tory government passed a motion last year that allows water firms to discharge raw sewage into our waterways.

Well, this man said that while sewerage water is indeed discharged into the rivers during storms, it is always diluted to a point at which it is not considered harmful, under passes handed out by the Environment Agency.

And he suggested that this was validated when the Ironman Challenge tested the water at Tenby/Saundersfoot and said it was the cleanest they had found.

Whether this was true or not is hard for me to judge, though, because the man telling me all this turned out to be extremely gay and was trying (we think) to seduce me (even though I’m extremely not-gay). No, he didn’t get anywhere! In classic journalistic tradition, I made my excuses and left.

I checked the Ironman website and Saundersfoot didn’t seem to have anyone swimming through it; the bike ride went through there.

And even if it is clean, this is just one water company. What about all the others?

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Is this the reason our rivers and beaches are overflowing with sewage? [VIDEO]

Tory Britain: “one of the most effluent nations in the world” as Dr Louise Raw put it when she tweeted this image.

An informative video clip from the Express? Will wonders never cease?

The big question is why nothing is being done about this.

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Raw sewage released into UK waterways increases by 2,553% over five years

Rivers of Sh*t: the amount of harmful crap being pumped into our rivers and seas has multiplied by 2,553 per cent.

A friend on the social media asked how private water companies could have pumped raw sewage into our seas and rivers for more than nine million hours since 2016 when that’s the equivalent of 1,076 years.

The answer, in fact, is quite simple: each company has many outflows into the UK’s waterways, and they have been pumping away industrially.

The amount of raw sewage going into our rivers and seas has increased by 2,553 per cent over the last five years.

No wonder the information had to be dragged out of the Environment Agency by the Labour Party, via the Freedom of Information Act!

I’m reminded of the advertising campaign for the movie Jaws 2, containing what may be horror’s greatest tagline:

“Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.”

Sadly, nobody has thought it was safe to go in the water since the government voted to allow the water companies to pump all their crap – literally – into UK waterways.

Who knew the threat wouldn’t come from a dangerous creature but from an industry that’s supposed to keep us safe?

Source: ‘It’s filthy and it stinks’: Huge increase in raw sewage released into waterways and sea, data reveals

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Whitstable’s people are refusing to pay water bills over sewage crisis – will you?

Protest: people in Whitstable demonstrated against Southern Water’s pollution of the coastline in October.

How wonderful to see the exercise of people power!

Residents of Whitstable, in Kent, are refusing to pay their water bills until the local privatised water company stops discharging sewage into the sea.

It seems they have a very good reason to withhold their cash, as Kent Online has reported claims that people had become ill after swimming in nearby coastal waters.

Local councillor Ashley Clark explained his reasons for holding back the cash in a letter to the company dumping the sewage, Southern Water. He wrote:

Southern Water has continued to send my untreated sewerage – along with that of other local people – directly into the sea which I use on a daily basis to swim from April to October.

I find the thought of swimming in a mixture of local sewerage and seawater totally abhorrent and not something that I should be charged for.

If I paid someone to clear out my garage and take rubbish away to the tip but instead they fly-tipped it into the countryside I would be upset. Canterbury City Council prosecutes offenders for that type of activity.

Yet Southern Water continues to fly-tip sewage into my bathing water with impunity and spend my contributions on both director’s bonus payments and shareholder dividends rather than treating sewerage which hitherto I have paid for.

Accordingly, I will not be paying the £158.63 claimed by Southern Water until such time as I am satisfied that all my payment is being used for the intended purpose and I am compensated for the days on which I was advised not to swim in the sea.

Others have reported their own reasons for withholding payment.

Water companies cannot cut off residents’ water supply if they do not receive payment – they are legally prohibited from doing so, although they can take payment defaulters to court for payment.

But they may find the courts unsympathetic at the moment, because water firms are legally required not to dump untreated sewage in the UK’s waterways and on the coasts. People are justified in their anger – and they’re not saying they’ll never pay their bills.

It seems a good tactic – possibly the best, as it hits the water firms where they are most likely to pay attention: the bank account.

So the operative question is this: are you willing to do the same?

Source: Whitstable residents refuse to pay Southern Water bills until discharging sewage into sea ends

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Tory U-turn over ‘Rivers of Sh*t’ ‘doesn’t come close’ to what is needed

Minehead beach: you might be more sensible than to allow your child to play in the human waste that you see here – but other people clearly aren’t.

We all breathed a sigh of relief and rejoiced that we could once again smell the roses after the government announced its new plan to progressively force water companies to reduce the amount of sewage in our rivers and in the sea. Didn’t we?

No. Here’s our water quality correspondent, Feargal Sharkey:

He also had an answer to Tories like This Writer’s MP, Fay Jones, who claimed that the public would be forced to pay for improvements to the UK’s sewers:

Hear, hear!

On a side note, you have to agree with Omid on this, don’t you?

But what did the water bosses have to say about this?

They weren’t available to be interviewed, of course, because none of them live in the UK!

Our water companies are run by the governments of eight other nations: Singapore, Australia, Kuwait, Canada, Norway, UAE, Qatar and Malaysia.

That’s pretty close to it! Of course, the government has said that it will require the water companies to clean up their act (and our waterways) progressively but it is extremely unlikely that this will happen unless the Treasury provides some stimulus.

In the meantime, we have this:

And this:

Dead seagulls have already been spotted at Southend, I believe. This is one of the top beach resorts serving Londoners, remember.

Also this:

The worst part is that a family was letting their child paddle in the Minehead sewage. People really don’t know any better than not to play with the brown stuff. How many people will catch cholera before the government gets the message?

Well, the Tories wanted a workforce that was less educated than they were, and judging from Boris Johnson, that was setting the bar very low indeed.

At least the satirists have been sharpening their tools. Here’s a selection of their offerings – these are the tools we should use to remind the Tories of their big mistake:

This is particularly good from national treasure Pam Ayres:

And what has actually been done to stop the dissemination of sewage into our waterways, land, crops, food animals and dinner plates in the meantime?

Absolutely nothing.

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Johnson’s Brexit is one betrayal after another

Boris Johnson: his Brexit is an insult , even to those of us who voted to leave the EU.

There’s more happening in the UK than Covid-19 and Dominic Cummings.

But the Tories’ mismanagement means none it is good.

Take Brexit: the instant he was shot of the need to pander to the DUP, Boris Johnson threw out all pretence that he was going to demand the same trade and customs conditions in Northern Ireland as in the rest of the UK.

So he is paving the way for the restoration of the Province to the Republic by making it easier for them to align than for NI to stick with the rest of the UK.

As for the trade deal: he has thrown the inexperienced Liz (“cheese!”) Truss into the arena, adding fuel to claims that he is in collusion with hedge fund bosses who want to profit from Brexit by betting that the UK’s economy will collapse.

There was huge outcry about these stories last year – but now Johnson has carte blanche to do what he likes.

A new Brexit border in the Irish Sea will not be ready by Boris Johnson’s end-of-year deadline, according to a new analysis that warns more than 60 administrations, government departments and public bodies will be involved in overseeing the new system.

Ministers finally admitted last week that there would be some checks on certain goods entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK from next January, when the Brexit transition period comes to an end.

Johnson and others have also refused to consider extending the transition period, despite having no agreement between the EU and Britain over the practical treatment of Northern Ireland and little prospect of a trade deal being in place by the start of 2021.

Source: Johnson’s promised Brexit border in Irish Sea ‘will not be ready in time’ | Politics | The Guardian

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