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Retired solicitor. Europhile. Brit (sort of). Armchair leftie exiled from Plague Island. Chess player.
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5 Dec 20
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 ..
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4 Dec 20
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.

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..

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 20
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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22 Nov 20
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 20
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 ..

theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/n…
.. 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 20
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 20
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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10 Nov 20
Probably over-simplified but ...

UK - we would like frictionless trade.
EU - fine but that means your regulatory system must harmonise with ours & if we amend our regs. you must amend yours. Also, if there is a dispute about the meaning of a regulation, only the ECJ can deal ..
.. with it because, otherwise, two parallel bodies of inconsistent case law will develop leading, in effect, to regulatory divergence.
UK - but we are a sovereign country. We can’t agree to that.
EU - then there cannot be frictionless trade.
UK - now see here, you sell us more ..
.. than we sell you so you’ll have to crumble in the end.
EU - not by undermining the SM & CU. Those are fundamental to our prosperity & part of the process of ever closer union.
UK - you’re acting in bad faith! You promised a FTA! You did, you weally weally did! You pwomised!
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8 Nov 20
In 1588 the Armada set sail from Spain to make war on Elizabeth I. The plan was simple: sail up the channel, pick up a Spanish army from The Netherlands & ferry it across to England. There was just one problem. The seagoing fleet could not navigate the shallow inland waters ..
.. of the Low Countries & those waters were controlled by the Dutch, then fighting their own war of resistance against Spain.

In other words, the entire enterprise was impossible ab initio. So is Brexit. There are too many circles to square, of which fish is the least ..
.. difficult. LPF is impossible without accepting EU rule making. If LPF is agreed, the ECJ must be the sole arbiter of EU laws & regs. which makes leaving utterly pointless. And Ireland is & always was insoluble, a fact which comes into sharp relief now Biden has won.

So ..
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20 Oct 20
Billions for Serco, but penny pinching for Manchester. Hundreds of millions on lorry parks, but a drastic cut to universal credit in the offing & no free meals for schoolchildren (estimated to cost £115M). How to reconcile incontinent govt. spending here with heartless cuts..
.. & penny pinching there?

It’s simple really, although unpleasant. You must look inside the Tory mind 🤢. The poor deserve their fate. If they couldn’t afford their children they shouldn’t have had them (a rule that doesn’t apply to 🤡). Money spent on them is money ..
.. wasted.

Entirely different rules apply to the private sector, a totemic place of thrusting entrepreneurs climbing over each other to achieve ever greater efficiencies. At least in principle. In practise, the real effort is focussed on looting the bottomless public ..
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19 Oct 20
Just for fun, I just re-read the Yellowhammer document the govt. tried to keep secret last year. Disaster was averted by the withdrawal agreement but now approaches again under the guide of no deal. From day one no deal (‘D1ND’) the highlights include:

• medicine shortages
..
..
• fresh food shortages
• civil unrest
• traffic chaos in Kent leading to fuel shortages in London & the SE
• trade with Ireland will be severely disrupted with implications involving criminal & dissident groups
• clashes between fishing vessels are anticipated, ..
.. involving violence & blockading of ports
• provider failure in social care resulting from inflating costs. As coronavirus was not anticipated, I’ve extracted this bit & highlighted its reference to the effect of flu
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17 Oct 20
The relationship with Arcuri was one he was obliged to declare but he couldn’t because that would have complicated his personal life & attracted unwelcome attention to her receipt of benefits from the public purse. So he didn’t. Problem solved.

He went on to become prime ..
.. minister of the UK at a time of grave national crisis. A charlatan, adulterer & ‘pathological liar’. Lazy, incompetent & entitled. Corrupt too.

Behind the mask, a ‘nasty piece of work’ as Eddie Mair called him. 70,000 excess deaths on his watch mean nothing. Nor would ..
.. 3 times that number, as I believe we shall soon find out.

And millions of apparently sentient people still support him. The BBC refuses to lay a glove on him. The IOPC had him bang to rights but backed away even from investigating him (reminder - they conducted a ‘scoping’ ..
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21 Sep 20
In a stunning new development Matt Hancock announces a massive extension to the testing programme. Tests will be carried out by each household on the neighbours living to their right. The test will involve use of a handy questionnaire which can be downloaded from the Serco ..
.. website free for only £35. Questions include name, address etc & then ‘have you got Covid?’ If the answer is ‘no’ the test can be balled up & tossed in the garbage, if ‘yes’ then:

• the infected person is issued with an on the spot fine of £10,000 using a special form ..
.. (free from Serco for only £35).
• their recent contacts must be noted down
• the questioner has 2 days to trace each contact, which must be done in person (note this may involve foreign travel)
• all contacts successfully located will be issued ..
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11 Sep 20
When Rees-Mogg (who is in all our hearts) was asked what EU regs he would abolish first, he said the Working Time Regs. These give employees & workers the right to paid holidays & limit their working week to 48 hours.

OK, say we do that & start putting ..
.. people on 70 hour weeks with no holidays. That will reduce costs & make our goods more competitive. Great! We can now show up in Europe with our cheaper goods & put them out of business. It can’t fail!

The only flaw I can see is if the EU sees through our cunning ..
.. plan & slaps a tariff on our widgets. Those bastards will stop at nothing to keep their corrupt show on the road. Or, ahead of this predictable scenario, they might insist on a level playing field, which means we don’t abolish the working time regs.

But that means we ..
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7 Sep 20
I want to talk about the revised Withdrawal Agreement (‘the WA’) & the supposed liability it imposes on the UK to cough up £160B, a figure which caused IDS to hitch up his skirts & scream. And, word of warning, this is a thread. So turn to something else if your ..
.. attention-span is limited.

For this purpose, I have skimmed the political declaration & the WA, both of which can be found online here:

gov.uk/government/pub…
A few things:

• nowhere in the WA are any particular sums of money mentioned
• OTOH Part 5, which begins on p.205 & runs on for 58 pages concerns ‘financial provisions’.
• the entire WA is 541 pages long, thus the financial provisions comprise more than a tenth of the ..
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28 Aug 20
Rees-Mogg is so full of shit. I saw him recently talking in that lofty manner of his about climate change. The gist was: it’s too late to do anything about it, the IPCC report says what we do now will take thousands of years to take effect & we must adapt like the Dutch to ..
.. rising sea levels. Bullshit.

Here’s a summary of the report & some quotes:

report.ipcc.ch/sr15/pdf/sr15_…
‘Warming from anthropogenic emissions from the pre-industrial period to the present will persist for centuries to millennia and will continue to cause further long-term changes in the climate system, such as sea level rise, with associated impacts ... but these emissions ..
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7 Aug 20
There comes a time when corruption is so rife there is no point not being bent yourself. You don’t want to pay CGT on your buy to let properties? Transfer title into one or more offshore companies. Everybody is doing it after all, even Tory MPs & their cronies.

And since it ..
.. turns out the peasants do not revolt when you beggar them further but, on the contrary, read right wing rags & vote Tory, satisfied with a diet of nationalism, why bother improving their lives? There are vast sums to be made even from the poor, in gambling, money lending ..
.. & alcohol. And selling off state assets acquired & built up over decades is another huge opportunity. Ask any Russian oligarch.

Speaking of whom, who are your friends going to be? Your indigent countrymen or the obscenely rich? It’s a no-brainer. You don’t get ..
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10 Jul 20
Why can’t we parley moments like this into real change? It’s probably because the legacy of slavery is poverty. While many black people have advanced to the middle classes within white society, virtually none have penetrated the elites & most remain in a reviled ..
.. underclass.

Poverty creates unattractive people: needy, uneducated, more likely to be involved in crime & to suffer poor mental & physical health. If you locate a disproportionate number of black people within this class the rest of us too easily associate blackness with ..
.. the resulting anti-social phenomena, whereas the real motor is deprivation.

So our prejudice persists, surviving occasional moments such as that offered by Michael Holding. There are probably other elements deriving from our collective memory of the relationship between ..
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9 Jul 20
Of all the things said about Johnson (liar, charlatan, clown, conman, idler etc.) perhaps the one that should stand out most is: his incompetence. Many have described him thus. It comes from a supreme indifference to detail & a deep belief that the workings of ..
.. complicated things (medicine, engineering, the economy etc) are for little people. They are beneath his giant intellect (as he sees it).

He reminds me of the toff who airily surveys his stately home & claims credit for things with which he had nothing to do. ‘Father built ..
.. the West wing [no he bloody did not] & I put the folly beside the lake [you had nothing to do with it].’

The incompetence is acute & was on display at the beginning of the pandemic when he was dodging COBRA meetings & shaking hands with everyone. It’s the same with ..
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24 Jun 20
An insomniac’s thread on civil litigation.

Can’t sleep so I have decided to launch a vicious attack on barristers & the judiciary 🙂

What is ‘civil litigation’? It’s court disputes about contracts, accidents, trespass etc. It is vastly bigger than criminal litigation. I don’t .
.. know how much bigger but my guess would be about 10 - 1 in terms of nos. engaged in it & much more in terms of fees.

To begin, most judges started out as barristers. Pretty much all circuit judges, High Court judges, appeal & Supreme Court judges were barristers. This ..
.. means they know plenty of law but next to nothing about the real needs of court users (a proposition I will defend against all comers). In particular, they do not understand AT ALL the need for predictability, consistency or affordability. Instead they wallow in ..
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16 Jun 20
Internally, the chaos caused by the implosion of the American state featured a strange phenomenon. The Indians were immune to the virus. Their thousands of years as hunters & nomads, before the Europeans came, had exposed them to thousands of viruses from their prey. While ..
.. they did not eat bats, notorious virus-carriers, they did eat animals that ate bats, thus acquiring a reservois of formidable antibodies. Thus, an ironic reversal of vulnerability occurred: while they had possessed no defences to the diseases the white man brought, now ..
.. the mocassinn was on the other foot. One by one, the reservations started to witness strange scenes as straggling groups of Americans sought refuge in the oases of calm they had become.
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