Thanks to BJSAlba for the first five…
Thanks to BJSAlba for the first five…
With thanks to Dave and John.
According to this story, around a third of British businesses are making plans to or have already relocated some staff to Europe in preparation for Brexit.
That’ll be another thing they didn’t manage to get onto the side of a bus.
Oh, and because that idiot schoolboy, Gavin Williamson (aged 13 1/4, dunce of the lower third), threatened China with an aircraft carrier which isn’t ready and which has no planes, Deputy Prime Minister Hu has cancelled trade talks with the UK. But it’s OK. We don’t really need a trade deal with China. Mr F… oh damn, sorry, DOCTOR Fox has just signed a deal with the Faroe Islands.
So Nah nah nah nah nah, to you China.
Given it’s Valentine’s, here’s a poem I stole from Martin Vickers
“Roses are red Violets are blue
In Beijing they read Our newspapers, too
Daffodils yellow Carnations white;
That’s what we get when Our Government’s shite.
The flowers in the wreaths read, wilted and grey:
“Late, unlamented, The former U.K.” “
Yesterday, Scottish Labour bemoaned the fact that too many people working in Scotland are living beneath the £10 an hour so-called (by George Osborne) Living Wage.
Of course, that is true. Far too many people do work and yet live in poverty. And many people on Gideon’s Living Wage have to claim tax credits and other social security benefits.
It is a bad situation.
Mr Leonard appeared to say that he would give them all rises of up to £2,600 a year. All 500,000 of them. Generous man.
The trouble is that Minimum Wage legislation lies within the purview of the hated Tory government in London.
Now, I seem to recall that Minimum Wage legislation was something that the Scottish government asked to be devolved. And I also recall that Scottish Labour voted against.
Any notion that the Tories would want to see poor Scots £2,6000 better off, at the expense of business owners, is rather far fetched.
Still, I suppose it makes a good headline for those who do not care to look beyond the headline soundbite.
Today, Our Richard was having a go at the NHS in Scotland.
According to Scottish Labour, it is failing people.
And to prove it, they put together a video. Mindful of a previous video where an NHS nurse was found in fact not to be an NHS nurse, they did indicate at the beginning of the video that parts had been played by actors.
Now, our NHS isn’t perfect, I think we all know that. It takes too long to get an appointment with a doctor for starters, hospital food can be unappetising and in a couple of hospitals where the government’s lawyers couldn’t break the terms of contracts signed years ago, the parking charges are ridiculous.
Of course, Brexit hasn’t helped with the situation. Many people working in the NHS are from Europe and, saddled with applications for residency permits, some after working here for a quarter of a century and more, have just given up and announced their return to the EU where they will be welcomed and treated like valued citizens.
But for all its faults, it is a good health service. Indeed, I think by most measures, it is the best in these islands and we should be rightly proud of it and the people who provide it at every level.
That said, if Labour can suggest ways that it can be improved, we would, I am sure, welcome their suggestions, wouldn’t we?
There’s a small fly in the ointment though… If we look for an example of how Labour runs a health service, we find that maybe their advice might not be that good.
Isn’t it about time, given the results of the latest Yougov poll of voting intentions for Westminster showing Labour reduced to one seat in Scotland (aye, old Union Jacket), for the annual branch office leadership contest?
Who this time… James Kelly?
Ah, wait, if we can’t eat our pets… what about our neighbours?
Oh, I say DOCTOR Fox,
What happened to the 40 trade deals you told us you’d have ready on the day we left.
So far, I understand that Switzerland and the Faroe Islands have signed up. And given that you’ve flown around the world 4 times, first class, in the getting of them, I think that’s fairly crap value for money, don’t you?
I’m also rather dubious about the Uk being the 5th largest economy in the world given that the USA, China, Japan, India and Germany are bound to be bigger… not to mention probably France. Certainly, after Brexit, it will be lucky to be the 15th largest…
Unless you count the market in black market food.
I’d say that Nigel Farage’s new party just made a no deal Brexit a lot more likely, given that if the Maybot fails to do what “the British people ‘apparently’ voted for”, ie cut their throats and stab themselves in the heart, then the Tories will lose big time to old Nigel at the next election.
Oh, what fun we are having.