Your observation is just. Capitalist Brexit is about deregulation of employment, consumer & environmental protection, all impossible within the EU. In this manner, what I call the shitty entrepreneur can make more money simply by cutting costs.

The problem for the UK ..
.. is how to persuade the EU to let us sit on its doorstep undercutting their model. Having our cake & eating it means precisely this & much of what remains of the negotiations is concerned with it.

Demented free market loons like Redwood & Hannan prefer no deal to one in ..
.. which the UK must align its regulatory regime with the EU or submit to the jurisdiction of the ECJ (the former entails the latter) or accept limitations on state aid (which they would use to bribe companies like Nissan to remain while unfairly competing with EU ..
.. manufacturers).

It’s not difficult to see why the EU cannot tolerate any of this, nor why Brexit has been peddled by liars & ‘populists’ (= fascists). The British people may be suckers but the EU is not quite so stupid.

It follows, if my analysis is right, there will be ..
.. either no deal or some kind of can-kicking, putting off the evil day for a few months while the pretence of negotiation goes on.

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4 Dec
I watch a Dutch TV quiz called twee voor tweelf on Friday evenings. With Dutch sub-titles on I can follow pretty well. This evening I learned the Dutch have a law which obliges companies with 50 or more employees to have a workers council. This council has various rights ..
.. including the right to be consulted on certain matters.

As a result of this flagrant socialism & recognition that employees have rights & may also have something to contribute to decision making, Dutch society is on the verge of breakdown, as you would expect. Not.


Several things interest me about this:

• it shows EU member states have wide margins to frame their own employment law, something I already knew. Almost all English & Welsh employment law is home made.

• the Netherlands is one of Europe’s more prosperous countries ..
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2 Dec
I’m 12 pages into Jo Maugham’s 189-page witness statement. He says in it that he has been litigating against the govt. his entire professional life but has never encountered conduct of the type he describes. I summarise:

Apr 2020 - govt. awards Pestfix a contract to supply ..
2 million isolation suits as PPE.

Jun - The GLP issues judicial review (JR) proceedings challenging various aspects of the award of this & other contracts to Pestfix.

In the course of the JR claim both the DHSC & Pestfix claim the contract has been performed satisfactorily. ..
Nov 2020 - meanwhile the BBC (for whom 3 cheers, even from me) has made a FOI request of the HSE & obtained documents, mostly emails, showing:

• the isolation suits were no such thing
• they were accepted as fit for use as disposable coveralls only (any medic types ..
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The Pennsylvania judgment dismissing the Trump campaign’s lawsuit is quite interesting. The Trump campaign was joined by 2 republican co-plaintiffs each of whom had posted mail in ballots which had been rejected. One had failed to put his ballot paper in the ‘secrecy’ ..
.. envelope as required while the reason for rejection of the other was unknown.

Their gripe was that they should have been told of the rejection & given a chance to cure the defect (‘notice & cure’ in the American parlance). Pennsylvania’s electoral code (each state has ..
.. its own) does not provide for notice & cure but a senior state official had apparently emailed some but not all state counties suggesting it be used. The criticism was that by not telling ALL counties to adopt the procedure, an arbitrary & unequal system resulted with ..
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20 Nov
The sheer madness of British life is perfectly encapsulated in this story about two WAGs involved in a libel suit. We are at the preliminary stage at which money is being burned relatively slowly. There has been an interim hearing ..…
.. to determine the meaning of the offending words, with judgment to be given this afternoon. We’re still a long way from the trial itself, of course, with hundreds of thousands to be spaffed on settling whether Rebekah Vardy leaked to the press a story about Colleen’s ..
.. flooded basement.

The drama, the excitement, the wigs & gowns, the spiralling cost, all the fun of the fair is here.
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16 Nov
Mark Francois - management trainee, Lloyds bank
Ann Widdecombe - admin. University of London
Iain Duncan Smith - failed management trainee GEC Marconi
Nadine Dorries - nurse, formed co. providing day care services

I’m not researching all 370 of them (& I know Widdecombe is ..
.. an outlier) but I just picked these 4 at random to check something. None of them have the kind of background you would think might equip them to understand the real impact of Brexit. We know the likes of Bozo, Mogg & Gove don’t. Raab was a solicitor I think.

Where are ..
.. the farmers, car workers, fishermen, port & customs people, trade experts etc?

Widdecombe when told of some Brexit related closure (maybe Honda, Swindon) just shrugged it off ‘oh, businesses fold all the time’ she said, or words to that effect.

George Eustace, ..
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16 Nov
Let me see if I have this:

• we are going to square the circle of leaving the EU while preserving the GFA
• we will secure our fish & find a way across EU tariff barriers to sell them
• we will switch from sheep farming to dairy
• we will train 50,000 customs officers ..
.. (takes 18 months & we didn’t start 18 months ago)
• we will clear Felixstowe of 30+ years’ supply of PPE so stuff can be unloaded there
• we will not piss off the EU or the USA with the IMB but we won’t withdraw it either
• we will detect incoming criminals by asking ..
.. them whether they are criminals
• there will be ‘adequate food’ (Raab)
• we will finish building all the lorry parks & they won’t flood
• issuing permits to enter Kent will not clog up roads
• everyone will be happy paying more for imported goods
• everyone will be ..
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