In Boris’s patriotic speech, standing behind a JCB logo, he praised the company which was founded in 1945 by Joseph Cyril Bamford, after whom it is named. Albeit he was paid £10,000 by JCB to make the speech!
He went on to say how this fine “British” engineering company exports its machines to 150 countries around the world.
Later in his speech he said, “Nothing and no one will stop their spread.” He called on politicians to “emulate the spirit of JCB”.
At the conclusion, it would be easy to believe that with a fine flagship company such as JCB, we could take on the world, with no fear about joining WTO. Even if it meant having to eat chlorinated chicken, hormone pumped battery beef, GM food products and a massive carbon footprint!
On later investigation, not dwelling on the fact that the founder became a tax exile by moving to Switzerland (source Wikipedia). But the big disappointment was that JCB has 18 factories in the UK, Germany, North and South America, Australia, India, China, and the CIS. The company employs some 12,000 people on four continents. Surely this means that most of the machinery is not manufactured here. This limits our opportunity to export outside the UK. But worse than that JCB is not even British owned, it is only a subsidiary. Its parent company is Transmissions and Engineering Services Netherlands. (source Wikipedia).
In the light of this Boris, your speech doesn’t seem very impressive!
112 parliamentary constituencies which voted ’leave’ in the 2016 Referendum now have changed to ‘remain.’
The July 2018 Commons findings are now ‘341’ remain ‘291’ – a parliamentary 50 majority.
In terms of individual voters, as a percentage, in 2016, the Referendum was a close 52; 48% majority of 4%.
From that division, the July 2018 intention is 57 to 43% ‘remain’ a massive swing.
There seems little point in ‘Brexit’ negotiations stifling all other urgent topics.
England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales all back ‘remain. Thus the ‘United Kingdom’ remains united, and Ireland at peace.
Now climate change, lag in life expectancy due to ‘austerity,’ Railway nationalisation, homelessness and ‘poverty in work’ can receive M.P.s’ attention.
(‘Observer’ Newspaper, Analytics Company Focaldata, You Gov poll of 150,000 people).
Said - and - done -
Jacob - Rees - Mogg
One of the leading Brexiteers
“We must stand up to Russia, dangerous
Told his 125,000 twitter followers, March 12th 2018.
But this contender for the Tory party leadership does well out of personal investments in Russia, “The banished Land.”
He owns fund manager Somerset Capital, (He’s MP for Somerset North East.) with ‘earnings’ topping up his M.Ps pay.
Its major holding? It’s in Sherbang, Russia’s biggest bank, on international sanctions since 2014.. This oddity is not unlawful.
The French owners have announced that production will continue at the the Luton plant unless the terms of the Brexit deal are too severe.
The statement is welcome but, feebly reported in the media, Vauxhall are cutting 650 jobs in its
Ellesmere Port, Merseyside plant, and are not ruling out closing it, on grounds of ‘remoteness to Europe’ when Brexit day arrives.
The intent is devastating for Merseyside – car production is the region’s economic mainstay.
But it is also an ominous sign that similar cost-cutting, downward investment in regional cities will follow Brexit.
EU Partners – ‘Welcome Back, UK'
France, Germany, Portugal and Italy have noted with relief and delight the big swing in favour of ‘remain’ over ‘leave’ in latest public opinion. (55% remain over 41% leave)
They extend us a welcome back with open arms, not with a snarling slammed door.
Labour and public opinion, does not favour a second referendum.
Parliament is the forum for the big decision, when in due course Therese May sets out the frightening EU Brexit cost.
Brexit consequences cover-up
The government sought expert advice on 57 sectors of the economy of the consequences of leaving the E.U. The devastating conclusions for this country’s future are now concluded.
But, beyond belief, despite the freedom of information act, despite pledges of open government, the Tory minister for Brexit, backed by the Priminister refuses to publish documents.
Seema Malhortra, Labour M.P. for Feltham and Heston has submitted a formal request for them to be put to the people.
“This information must be an important part of the process of determining the terms opf our leaving the E.U.”
Let the people decide, having studied the evidence of non-partisan experts!
Donald Trump has persuaded Liam Fox, Tory International Trade Secretary to have sub-standard food dumped on this country.
Fox boasts that the humiliating agreement will cut the cost of our food imports of chicken, beef and GM products ‘significantly.’ But the immediate result will be the ruination of our standards-observing farmers by undercutting them.
The EU warns the effects on public health would be devastating.
The ‘production’ methods which Trump offers are cruel in the extreem.
Chickens are pumped full of hormones, forced fed in endless dark overcrowding. After painful slaughter, their corpses are soaked in chlorine – a banned treatment in the E.U.
We know all about cattle mistreatment with hormone pumped battery beef quick profit all-important. Cattle should not be fed other mammals entrails.
‘Mad cow disease’ jumps species. It will return.
As for G.M. crops – the health jury is still in session.
If this ‘Eat dirt cheap’ policy is to follow Brexit, our N.H.S. burden will become intolerable.
This Referendum came about because the Conservatives started to blame the EU for their failings. As things got worse the more they piled on the blame. This was then exploited by the right wing press, UKIP and their own Eurosceptic MPs.
Eventually the Cameron government and the Liberal Democrats decided to include in their election manifesto a referendum on whether we stay in or leave the European Union. This probably helped them to win the last General Election with a small majority. Labour rightly considered it, an irresponsible thing to do, and as a result lost the election.
In the past few weeks nearly all the top economists,Heads of Industry,Heads of State, Head of the Bank of England, even Church of England Bishops have warned of the dire consequences if we were to leave. This has forced the Brexit camp to accuse them of incompetence, ignorance and dishonesty.
The Brexiteers are now concentrating on immigration, phoney patriotism and colonial nostalgia.
When Nigel Farage was asked on television whether his party is to the left or right
he became tongue tied. This is because the Brexitiers are mainly split into two groups with
Commonwealth countries even though they don’t offer any preferential concessions to us, and buy more from most other EU countries. One such person is our own Eurosceptic MP Kwasi Kwarteng who allegedly said, “Working Britons are the worst idlers in the world.” He is also one of a group of Tory MP’s who have called for young people’s unemployment benefits to be turned into repayable loans. Their aim is to expedite "The race to the bottom” so we can compete on equal terms with China, Brazil and India.
The second group is ordinary working people who have seen their standard of living decline through high rents and job insecurity; many dependant on food banks to survive. They have every right to be disgruntled, people from within the EU, and even more from outside are taking many of the good jobs. But the fault lies in our failure to train and educate enough of our own to take up these jobs.
Around 100,000 applicants a year applied for 20,000 nurse training places. Because it costs the NHS £70,000 to train a nurse for 3 years, they recruited 6000 from overseas last year. And for the same amount 3 qualified foreigners can be hired. We are failing our own people by not investing enough in them and it has nothing to do with EU regulations!
Our people are also discriminated against by agencies who only advertise UK jobs in other EU countries, and other parts of the world. We could stop this if we chose to do so!
People have been duped into believing by Eurosceptic MPs that by leaving the EU, immigration would be cut, better paid jobs would be available, and the money saved by leaving will benefit them.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. The worst thing that could possibly happen is to leave the EU under this right wing heartless Tory government, and our economy suffering, as the majority of credible experts believe. We could lose 3 million jobs and the money paid out in extra unemployment benefits would eat up the £350 million per week we pay in, with nothing to show for it. If we end up in recession, one of the few promises Cameron made and is likely to keep, is to remove the triple lock from state pensions.