As we know, Liz Truss is STILL negotiating some of them over 2yrs later! Disingenuous of JJ to move the goalposts & pretend it was said it could NEVER be done. Those who know about trade know it takes time: roughly 2.8mths per FTA, but yes, should've been quicker for roll-overs.
Oct 11, 2020 • 23 tweets • 17 min read
🧵 on why you should be worried about Cummings ordering MPs to betray YOU by breaking Govt's manifesto pledge to uphold or even enhance our food, #AnimalWelfare & #Environment standards —plus why MPs should listen to you and vote for the Lords Amdts to the #AgricultureBill🚜:
Let's look at the numbers:
92% of the British Public want current farm animal welfare standards to be maintained in trade negotiations with the US and other countries.
Most MPs are well-intentioned & #BackBritishFarming, but the truth is, unless standards are enshrined in law, there is a high probability risk farming will be undermined. .@Keir_Starmer understands this.
.@trussliz thinks it's worth undermining our food, farming, animal welfare, countryside & Enviro standards to get trade deals, but has she weighed up the trade-offs? Trade deals gains are tiny compared to losses from trashing our standards —not just £ losses.
19AUG20: The 1st polar bear to be born in UK for 2yrs will move from its Scottish home to an English Park.
Hmm. That might make a good metaphor for something more political...
Aug 23, 2020 • 16 tweets • 6 min read
BILLIONS of Tax-payers' £ spaffed on dubious contracts to Palantir, Faculty, Serco, Sitel, Randox, Public First, Aventis, Pestfix, Ayanda, etc.
Why isn't Govt public procurement abuse + Towns Fund misallocation all over News & MSM newspapers? Extent of #GovtCorruption shocking!
If you're not up to speed on what Govt has been up to in procurement, using C19 *emergency measures* to bung taxpayers'£ to firms controlled by chums, often with negligible assets or relevant expertise à la ferryless ferry co, this is a good place to start theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
Jul 12, 2020 • 7 tweets • 7 min read
THE WEEK IN POLITICS #7MemesFor7Days of political immaturity, incompetence & idiocy —or evil by design?
(Stories tended to break late in the day this week, so I've gone for themes instead of days.)
1. Tory hypocrisy vis-à-vis #NHS laid bare by *clap on Sunday, clamp on Monday* #7MemesFor7Days
2. Johnson made his mismanagement of C19 in #CareHomes worse by BLAMING them for the high death toll —a mistake he's tried to row back from, but refuses to do the one thing that might help: apologise, even tho' Starmer gave him 3 opportunities to do so at #PMQs.
Jul 4, 2020 • 8 tweets • 7 min read
THE WEEK IN POLITICS #7MemesFor7Days of political immaturity, incompetence and idiocy —or is this evil by design?
1. Sunday: fall-out from Mikey Gove's Ditchley Lecture. Using reaching for FDR's greatness as cover, he revealed he wants radical experimentation without oversight. #7MemesFor7Days
2. Monday: a new, inane 3-word slogan (#BuildBuildBuild) to headline another lacklustre prime ministerial speech. A prelude to more broken promises, more taxpayers' £ down the drain & a dead cat to distract us from the merciless drive towards NO DEAL with the EU.
"The Privilege of Public Service" runs to 139 paragraphs over 69 (double-spaced) pages.
The main topic is civil service *reform* —but it covers so much more & raises interesting QUESTIONS...
MG quotes Antonio Gramsci,"The crisis consists precisely of the fact that the inherited is dying—and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear."
In our case the inherited was assassinated, the loss an uncompensated diminishment...
Jun 28, 2020 • 8 tweets • 4 min read
@GoodwinMJ It's not true that the side formerly known as Remain has no ideas. We've been sidelined, ignored & treated as 2nd class citizens in our own country for the past 4yrs, and it's only getting worse.
Here, for what it's worth, is my manifesto for change:
a) making the Nolan Principles a legal duty of care for all elected officials and their SpAds;
b) deepening, broadening & strengthening the powers of the House of Commons standards committee;
c) giving the public greater powers of recall of MPs
Mar 27, 2020 • 12 tweets • 7 min read
@JMPSimor There were initially 2 UK producers, Smiths in Luton and Medtronics in NI.
Smiths formed a consortium with other UK manufacturers, shared its IP & has an order for 30k #ventilators, with an initial 5k to be delivered soon-ish (presumably part of the 12k that's really only 8k).
@JMPSimor Here's an article about Smiths:
"The coronavirus outbreak is the biggest public health emergency in a generation.
It calls for dramatic action, at home and abroad, of the kind not normally seen in peacetime."
Then goes on to express sadness at 21 deaths. All victims had underlying health conditions.
Mar 7, 2020 • 19 tweets • 23 min read
March-4: .@LukePollard proposed a very sensible motion in response to #UKFloods, calling for an independent review into:
-Flood prevention/defence funding
Difficult to cut thru all YOUR hate, scorn & vitriol, but I discern the kernel of an idea — that people want to be respected & *feel* Remainers don't.
That's actually a fair point, but don't you think you'd convey it better if you didn't hate-coat it?
@DPJHodges Is it actually *true* Remainers don't respect Leavers, or is it just folk like you putting that narrative out there?
a) you prime your readers' reaction by starting with the word *bitter* & using a string of pejoratives (As BITTER REMOANERS RANT... FRUITCAKES & LOONIES)
(Do I really need to provide you with the links to articles from around the world over the past few years detailing what a joke UK is? Surely, being *broadcast journalists*, you've read them already?)
It is a bit like watching a loved grandparent in physical and mental decline. You care for them deeply. You appreciate all they have done for you. But each day they become more inwardly focused. Their world contracts. They seem increasingly incoherent.
N. Rowley, ABC
Jan 14, 2020 • 40 tweets • 31 min read
@Bebe111@derekjames150 a) if we stop paying £7.9bn/yr (official figure) to EU dues, we also lose the £80bn/yr in benefits it yields. What's the plan to compensate our economy for that?
b) the UK govt divied up the quotas & OUR fishermen sold them. Those contracts will still apply post-#Brexit.
Why will those contracts still apply? The #RuleOfLaw is a cornerstone of our constitution. Contract law is local, UK law. Without it nobody who trades or transacts business of any kind could have confidence in engaging in any form of commerce in the UK.
Nov 25, 2019 • 4 tweets • 5 min read
Few of us wanted a GE. We hoped a VONC->GNU wld give us a PV. So far #GE2019 has been grim. Tribalism has reared its ugly head.
STOP! Let's change things up. We cld have so much fun. Imagine waking up on Dec13 having toppled a Brexity Tory🥰
#NHS ordered a stockpile of body bags.
@JohnnyMercerUK@LukePollard Indeed, because your Govt has diverted taxpayers' £ (that's OUR money, not yours) from public services to pay for #Brexit (£6.3bn you're spaffing up the wall, to borrow a Johnsonian phrase), #Brexit has caused some premature deaths already.