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WHERE I SEEK TO PERSUADE YOU:

a. There's a lot happening within the Government at the moment. As if Brexit wasn't enough to contend with, Whitehall is undergoing enforced change & the old guard aren't going silently or graciously.
b. Then of course there's the pandemic, with the loss of lives and livelihoods.

The media are intent on focusing our attentions on the shortcomings, but beneath the noise of trivia, massive changes are taking place. It's just that we have no journalists to discuss them with us.
c. Since the GE last December the following positive actions have been undertaken by the Government:

1. When China reneged on the One Country 2 Systems promise, we were quick to condemn China & equally quick to offer a home to eligible Hong Kongers.
2. Boris didn't throw Cummings to the media dogs over the Barnard Castle visit. The pressure for resignation was relentless & coordinated. Seen as intrinsic to the changes taking place in Whitehall, Boris stood firm & didn't sack the SPAD.
3. The Government were very quick to implement the various Covid financial schemes: furlough, bounce back loans & grants. Glitches were ironed out swiftly & the financial assistance offered a lifeline to businesses & employees.
4. The Eat out to help out scheme has been very popular & helped hospitality on the quietest days of the week.

Contrasted with the £1k compensation I eventually received following 6 months with no work due to the Foot & Mouth epidemic, the present Government have performed well
5. They didn't bail the banks!
6. We left the EU.

Finally, the Government fulfilled the promise made in 2016.
7. The Government didn't take the knee.

It's easy to see it as a bit of a woke joke, but looking at the violence & destruction in the US, it's not a laughing matter to subjugate to terrorism.
8. The appointment of 'the Sherpa' as chief negotiator for the Brexit negotiations was a good move. He is professional & calm, ploughing his furrow & not engaging in slurs or gossip... unlike his European counterparts.
9. The BBC. It looks like necessary changes will be made one way or another. If they're not forthcoming voluntarily, the Government will legislate to enforce the changes.
10. We have new immigration legislation. Just those dinghies to address. FWIW I think the Government will repeal the HRA to free itself of the legislation that makes immigration law so problematic.
11. Rule Britannia & Land of Hope & Glory's lyrics have been reinstated. Following public dismay at the woke agenda & Boris speaking out in support of the tradition, the Proms has come to its senses.
12. We have a new major piece of legislation in the form of the Agricultural Bill.
13. And also the Fisheries Bill.
14. And Bercow didn't get a peerage!
15. It's only a matter of time before the Supreme Court is under the parliamentary microscope. This time next year Rodders.
16. We have concluded trade agreements with: Columbia, Equador, Peru, Antigua, Barbados, Bahamas, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Christopher & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Grenadines, Trinidad, Tobago, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras..
17. ... Nicaragua, Panama, Chile, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Zimbabwe, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Iceland, Norway, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Morocco, Figi, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique...
18. ...Switzerland, Tunisia & Japan (imminent).

We also have Mutual Recognition Agreements with Australia, New Zealand & the US.

Negotiations are underway for trade agreements with:
Albania, Western Balkans, Algeria, Cameroon, Canada, Ivory Coast, East African Community, ...
19. Egypt, Mexico, Ghana, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine & Vietnam.
20. In terms of law & order, it seems the Government is now prepared to tackle Extinction Rebellion & it's only a matter of time before patience runs dry for BLM if they don't (as seems to be the case from last weekend) fizzle out by their own doing.
21. Left wing bias media might tell us we have an ineffective Government sitting on its hands doing nothing, when in reality there are huge developments taking place.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if next up are the universities. They seem ripe for internal 'renovation'.
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