UK faces ‘significant risks’ to quality of food imported post-Brexit, says report | Food & drink industry | The Guardian


Better controls on EU goods needed as impact of Covid and Russia-Ukraine war also put pressure on standards

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This is very confusing, for the UK and the DUP is very concerned about border checks being imposed by the EU on goods coming from Mainland UK to Northern Ireland regarding quality, when this article is virtually stating that Border checks should be being imposed by the UK on goods coming to all of the UK from the EU as some could be sub-standard to UK regulations. This is very worrying for all the time the UK was in the EU and within the ‘Single Market’, so no real border checks, so, once again, we appear to have been badly let down by Tony Blair with his insistence of the UK becoming part of the EU through the Maastricht Treaty without any referendum..

But ‘Teflon’ Tony strikes again, so he gets away with it again.

Source: UK faces ‘significant risks’ to quality of food imported post-Brexit, says report | Food & drink industry | The Guardian

Ukraine: ‘My Disabled Nephew Has A Home In UK – But Is Stuck In Paris’ | Same Difference


A disabled teenager and his grandparents have been waiting in Paris for more than six weeks while their UK asylum application is processed. They told the BBC they are stuck in limbo, spending thous…

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So a UK Government spokes person is saying, “fastest and biggest visa schemes in UK history” following the invasion and that “changes the Home Office has made to streamline the visa system, including simplifying the forms and boosting staff numbers, are working”, but is it true.

It may be the ‘fastest and biggest’, but that doesn’t mean it is fast enough, for when other countries are looked at the UK appears to be the slowest. People are waiting not weeks, but months just for visas and when there are families children’s visas are not being processed together with the adults they are with, meaning delays are occurring and showing incompetence by the Home Office and not for the first time.

Now is this incompetence deliberate or not, well while one act of incompetence is one too many more acts are showing that ‘lessons are not learnt or there is no willingness to learn.

There is no transparency in any of these operations as though there is a ‘cloak of secrecy’ in force and what is the secrecy hiding.

There are no areas at the borders of Ukraine where UK officials are, but there are for other countries, there may be an area but it will, more than likely be run by a Charity with no influence.

We are dealing with peoples lives, but it appears the UK Home Office just doesn’t care.

This is not respecting Human Rights, it is completely ignoring them.

 

Source: Ukraine: ‘My Disabled Nephew Has A Home In UK – But Is Stuck In Paris’ | Same Difference

Hundreds of millions in taxpayers’ money handed to companies still operating in Russia | The Independent


Exclusive: British government accused of indirectly helping to fund Putin’s war with £294m contracts

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With regards to Russia and providing finance there should be no middle ground, if the decision is to not finance anything in Russia, which wholeheartedly agree with, then companies already in business in Russia should immediately suspend their operations and withdraw or alternatively all their contracts in the UK should be withdrawn.

To do otherwise is hypocrisy and they are as guilty as Russia and the Russian troops of causing ‘War Crimes’ in Ukraine.

 

Source: Hundreds of millions in taxpayers’ money handed to companies still operating in Russia | The Independent

‘It’s a mess’: UK to vet Ukraine refugees at Calais as French claim hundreds rejected | Euronews


The UK is to install a visa application centre for Ukrainian refugees on the northern French coast, amid claims that hundreds trying to reach England have been refused entry.

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Yes, it is a mess,. As we know the problems causing this refugee crisis is down to Putin and his unreal obsession to bring Ukraine back under the control of Russia against the wishes of the Ukrainian population, just to pander to his ego.

The refugees have already gone through many instances of extreme turmoil as the Russian tactics are creating ever  increasing form of destruction, injuries and death. Everything should be being done to make life somewhat easier for the Ukrainian refugees, but the |UK government appears to be continuing the refugees anguish by having a ‘not fit for purpose’ entry facility to the UK.

The debate of whether visas should be necessary is another matter, but a very important ,matter, but the opportunities to obtain visas are not easy to find.

The refugees are making their way to Calais as no information is available, but there are no visa facilities there,. The excuse is not to create a ‘bottleneck, but that is what is being achieved by not having a visa facility there and the ones that are available are miles away and appointments are needed.

To make matters easier then visas should be suspended and obtained when in the UK. A  new visa facility is being created, I believe in Lillie, but not only not open yet, there is no information of where in Lillie it will be and again appointments will be required.

This is all implying that refugees are not welcome, now is that the real story.

 

Source: ‘It’s a mess’: UK to vet Ukraine refugees at Calais as French claim hundreds rejected | Euronews

War Crimes


Russian actions in Ukraine is not new, as they did similar in Syria and invading other countries is not new either, as they did so in Georgia, Chechnya, but the West did nothing, so Putin feels he is free to do as he pleases.

In many of the above, Russia was creating ‘War Crimes’, but no actions were taken, as it appears actions are only taken when countries assumed guilty of war crimes are defeated and so far Russia as not been defeated.

Surely, war crimes are war crimes be they done by defeated parties or the so called winners.

Going back in history, by using the situation of destroying civilian targets is assumed to be war crimes was the UK/America not guilty of this in World War II in the bombing of Dresden and also America in Japan with their Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But this form of bombing in WW2 was started by Germany, called ‘The Blitz‘ and the bombing of Germany and then Japan did bring to an end of WW2.

Bombing of civilian targets is not right in any circumstances, but then the bombing of any targets should never be justified, in fact the creation of wars or any conflicts is not right, irrespective of the size.

The UN was created after WW2 to bring, so called peace to the World, but in this, many instances have occurred where the UN did not stop conflicts occurring ‘, but did bring in peace keeping forces, such as Bosnia.

But while broking peace is good should not the stopping of conflicts beginning be even better, but to do so this would require forces which are not available and the interventions of removing war like leaders of countries, but then there would not be many leaders left.

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