Channel deaths: Priti Patel disinvited to meeting with France | Immigration and asylum | The Guardian


I implore both the UK and France, being Johnson and Macron to stop their ‘childish’ behaviours, and behave as they should be doing in a respectable manner for the Migrant crisis and even more so Channel crossings is not only urgent, but innocent lives are being lost.

This is so much more important than the squabbles between 2 countries as there is a ‘Duty of Care’ on both parties and even the EU. For if the EU wishes to be viewed as a responsible organisation it should be them who bring France and the UK together.

The migrant crisis needs to be sorted NOW as it has gone on for far too long.

Nothing can be decided until all parties are together, so Macron and Johnson act as the adults both of you should be.

 

Source: Channel deaths: Priti Patel disinvited to meeting with France | Immigration and asylum | The Guardian

‘The pressure for change is building’: reactions to the Glasgow climate pact | Cop26 | The Guardian


Applause for Cop26 president Alok Sharma after he gave the closing speech at the closing plenary of the UN climate summit on Saturday. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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We are all seeing the effects of climate change some much more than others, but many in the developed world and a few in the non-developed world are not taking it as seriously as they should.

That said, and although Cop26 could have done a whole lot better, it did achieve somethings as long as all the countries present do as they  promised. But even that can’t be guaranteed.

Even what has been promised will not be enough to save some of the countries who were present, especially some of the small island nations. Great Abaco, Bahamas being just one

The likes of China, India and Australia should be ashamed of some of their lack of commitment, but others could do more including Russia, America and even the UK and some others in the developed world. Also some in the non-developed world such as Brazil.

World leaders have to commit and with some of the major countries their leaders were not there not even for one second.

If in the next 5 to 10 years one country is lost then this will be down to all the lack of commitment at Cop26 and all the other Cops, for the days of inaction have gone long ago.

Coal has to go, no matter how important to some countries it is and go quickly, even 2030 could be too late. But there is gas and oil and the destructions of forests which also need to be seriously dealt with.

They need to go completely as discounting is nowhere near good enough.

Even with America their involvement can’t be guaranteed for it could be more than likely that Trump or some others could emerge, as it could in many of the other countries.

Climate change is with us and has been for many years, but it is not being taken as seriously as it should be.

There will be another Cop being Cop27 in Egypt next year and much more needs to be done there , if not before.

 

Source: ‘The pressure for change is building’: reactions to the Glasgow climate pact | Cop26 | The Guardian

Raising taxes will be a disaster for Britain – and here’s the proof


The last Labour government hiked the top tax rate to 50pc, and it was a policy disaster

 

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This is so true, but one that Labour fail to realise as they are so engrossed in trying to take from the assumed rich, that they fail to see that the very rich have the means to legally reduce their tax burden or even more leave the UK completely. Then you don’t even get the tax they were willing to pay before. It is a fine dividing line between what one is willing to pay and one is not. While those who are not rich have no option but to pay the tax they are requested to do.

So rather than increase tax rates considerably, why not just increase by 1% or 2% rather than 10% to bring in a top rate of 50%.

But, Conservatives are so determined not to increase tax for the rich, so they try to get more from the poor and not so rich. by increasing lower tax rates and also not increasing the initial tax free element.

By increasing the tax free element to line with the National Living Wage and increase rates slightly this would enable people to spend more and thereby get money from VAT and also increase slightly Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax.

Also reverse all austerity cuts, thus allowing Local Authorities to create more job opportunities, rather than cut employment to save money. Also allowing more money to be made available for Social Care so the abysmal rates of pay could be eliminated and allow starting pay at £14 or even £15 per hour so encouraging more to enter the profession.

Alter Immigration requirements so all persons willing to work in the UK could do so and thereby enable more non-UK persons to enter the UK to work, while removing any non-UK persons who are not willing to work.

 

Source: Raising taxes will be a disaster for Britain – and here’s the proof

HS2 minister fails to rule out that eastern leg between Leeds and Birmingham will be scrapped | Yorkshire Post


The minister in charge of HS2 failed to rule out that the eastern leg will be scrapped.

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The whole HS2 project has been and still is a Love and Hate project for many due to various opinions and various degrees of opinions.

Whether this is a good or bad project I will leave to others, but what I wish to look at is both the North/South divide and then the West/East divide.

Take the North/South there is a vast difference in investment both potential and actual over many years and while objections and supportive comments are always submitted on the the projects, it does feel that in more cases than not the South Projects seem to move forward and are completed, while this does not seem so for those in the North.

I can remember many years ago that with the Euro line there was to be a link to the North which for one reason or another did not take place. But the South, especially around London have had Cross Rail for one and many upgrades and new projects re the London underground.

As to the West/East there was the rail electrification where the West Coast  was electrified but not the old Midlands line from St Pancras to Leeds was not, but investment was made to the Kings Cross to Newcastle.

So even in the East, the Middle misses out as it may well do so re HS2 and where is the mention of HS3.

Source: HS2 minister fails to rule out that eastern leg between Leeds and Birmingham will be scrapped | Yorkshire Post

UK like an ‘enemy state’ to EU nationals detained by Border Force | Brexit | The Guardian


Confused over regulations, Home Office border staff meet legitimate visitors and workers with suspicion


This very extremely worrying for we do really need anyone who is willing to work in the UK, especially within the care profession, which is extremely short of people willing to provide care. The need for care within the UK has been increasing for many years, and now even more so with COVID, for long COVID is creating many more areas for people needing care to lead reasonable lives.

Foe many years the professions has been relying on non-UK labour and while in the EU had a contant supply of care workers coming in and supplemented by workers from other areas of the world. But since Brexit the availability of workers from the EU has been limited, in many ways due to EU workers not trusting the UK to keep it word. With these latest areas of unlawful restrictions being imposed by Border Force officals it would appear this mistrust is justified.

This needs to be sorted, URGENTLY, for the current state of Social Care in the UK can’t continue without these workers being allowed to enter the UK, be they from the UK or other world areas. My daughter recieves 24/7 care and a good 90% of the carers coming to her are non-UK care workers. Without them she will be unable to live, so these Border Force officials are not just stopping people entering the UK, but their illegal actions, are also causing unnecessary hurt and suffering for persons in need of care, but will in time cause their deaths. Will the relatives of the persons in need of care have a case to prosecute Border Force and even specific individuals, I so hope so for these illegal actions need to stop immediately and if not legal actions should commence.

There has to be accountability and seen accountability.

Source: UK like an ‘enemy state’ to EU nationals detained by Border Force | Brexit | The Guardian

AstraZeneca vaccine safe and effective in new trial data | Reuters


More evidence that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe, so why is the EU continually coming out against this vaccine and not any of the others.

First we had Macron and Merkel then the blood clot scare followed by 17 European countries suspending use of the vaccine all of this without any reliable justification.

Is all this because of the AstraZeneca connection with the UK or do they wish their populations to catch COVID-19? If it is the latter this will be very disturbing. For while blood clots are not registered as one of the side effects of the vaccine, blood clots are down as one of the possible consequences of contracting COVID-19.

No wonder the take up rates of having the vaccines in Europe are very disappointing and while this is a very real cause of concern within Europe, it is also a very real concern in the rest of the World, including the UK. As by not having an effective take up rate this is leading to possible more mutations, some, which could well reduce the effectiveness of the vaccines, leaving those of us who have been vaccinated open to contracting COVID-19 with maybe serious consequences.

This, I feel is the EU playing with politics and a further punishment for the UK leaving the EU.

The EU need to get over themselves for they are the reason for Europe starting a possible 3rd wave of Coronavirus, due to their shambolic dealings with measures to combat COVID-19. Slowing in vaccine approvals, slow in placing vaccine orders, having less effective contracts of purchasing of COVID vaccines.

On the face of it the best thing the UK did was coming out of the EU, as the EU is much too bureaucratic.

Now the EU is threatening to stop companies exporting Vaccines, especially to the UK, when they have many supplies of vaccines in storage in the EU.  This is showing the EU in their true colours.

 

Source: AstraZeneca vaccine safe and effective in new trial data | Reuters

Ursula von der Leyen accidentally SUPPORTS Brexit in vaccine apology | Daily Mail Online


After Brexit we should all be looking to the future and not the past, for what has been done has already gone.

The UK still wishes to work with Europe, but not controlled by the EU, for while many european countries are in the EU, the EU is not Europe, the EU just a political machine working for its own existence, which may or may not be of 100% benefit to all of the European countries who are members of the EU.

 

Source: Ursula von der Leyen accidentally SUPPORTS Brexit in vaccine apology | Daily Mail Online

‘Virus anywhere is virus everywhere’: Tony Blair calls for world to come together to fight Covid | The Independent


This is all well and good, but when Mr Blairs EU is acting as a spoilt child instead of being a competent and responsible organisation, not easy for the EU to do, but they need to try to be.

They need to own their own problems and not cast blame by diverting to others.

This is needed to ensure their own existence, a steep learning curve, but needs to be done.

 

Source: ‘Virus anywhere is virus everywhere’: Tony Blair calls for world to come together to fight Covid | The Independent

Vaccine war brewing as EU demands Covid jabs produced in UK | The Independent


Again the EU wants to take on the UK, but who is correct for you can’t expect any contract to not be respected.

The UK contract is with AstraZeneca and not the EU, and we are not responsible for any assumed noncompliance with a contract which has nothing to do with the UK.

Should the EU retaliate by putting a trade block on Pfizer BioNTech exporting their vaccine to the UK, then the UK could retaliate by putting a Trade block on Oxford/AstraZeneca exporting their vaccine to the EU.

Both would be against international trading rules, but who went first.

Should the EU be so vindictive, then who would trust the EU ever again.

To mitigate any problems the UK should immediately stop using the Pfizer BioNTech for first vaccines and recommence using for second vaccines, then use Oxford/AstraZeneca for first and second vaccines and so on in Spring 2021 for the Modena vaccine.

Yes, it is childish and 2 wrongs do not make a right, but if the EU want to be childish then what should be done, well the EU should act responsively as they stated they wanted the UK to do when we threatened to break International Law when we were negotiating the Brexit Trade Agreement.

Source: Vaccine war brewing as EU demands Covid jabs produced in UK | The Independent

Vaccines. The United Kingdom v a “rules-based organisation”. | Conservative Home


Boris and his Government have made many mistakes leading to substantial failures during this COVID-19 pandemic, but the vaccine situation would appear to be the one and only success.

However, this does not discount the many failures.

Here it is the EU who have failed, but their over  bureaucratic nature means they are unwilling to accept their failure and thereby are causing alarm and concern to an independent country (UK) to overcome this failure.

This can’t be allowed to happen and therefore the EU will have to backdown, something which is not akin to them.

If we were still in the EU none of us would have had any COVID-19 vaccinations, let alone being an European leader.

Unfortunately, the EU will not countenance any UK successes, the EU is showing isolationism and putting the EU first above all others, now where have I heard and seen something similar, well would you believe it, 4 years of President Trump in the US.

 

 

 

 

Source: Vaccines. The United Kingdom v a “rules-based organisation”. | Conservative Home