Here’s a good test of Brexit seriousness

A new class of ships for the Navy to support Britain’s aircraft carriers could be built outside the UK as the Ministry of Defence seeks savings in its under-pressure budget.

There are growing fears that three “fleet solid support” vessels to provide ammunition, equipment and food for the new Queen Elizabeth-class carriers will be built abroad.

OK, so that’s the support ships.

But let’s think about the RN and Brexit.

Clearly, if we’re taking Brexit seriously we’re going to leave the Common Fisheries Policy. It’s possibly the one and only EU thing that is even more stupid than CAP.

We leave the CFP we need fisheries protection vessels. Rather a number of them. If they don’t put in an order for a dozen of them sharpish (just to invent a number) then they’re not being serious, are they?

Nice, nice….

Nick Clegg has been granted an expenses allowance worth up to £115,000 a year that was previously only awarded to former prime ministers, it has emerged.


A Cabinet Office spokesperson said: “It was agreed Mr Clegg should be paid [the allowance] for a short period after leaving office to help with some of the necessary costs and secretariat support associated with being in such a senior position in public life.”

Naah. Claim it back from him.

We’ve looked at this before

Living near Waitrose could add £38,831 to your house price, survey says

No, Waitrose sells to the yummy mummys. That is, they deliberately target the middle to upper end of the socio economic spectrum.

There’s a Waitrose around the corner because your house is worth more.

Getting something right

Even if it’s only search engine baiting headlines. Google News Business section Sunday evening:

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Welcome To The Trade War – China Imposes Tariffs On EU, US And Japanese Steel Imports

Forbes  – ‎1 hour ago‎
I am, of course, an extremist where trade is concerned but even those who are entirely middle of the road fear the consequences of a trade war.

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As We’ve Been Saying, California’s Minimum Wage Rises Increase Unemployment

Forbes  – ‎Jul 23, 2016‎
This is an interesting little tale which illustrates the other side of the minimum wage story. Around here at least the standard side is that when you raise the price of something people buy less of it.

Timmy on the radio

9 pm on BBC 3 CR

Three Counties Radio. On the subject of slavery reparations. I’m agin’ as you know.

The other person is:

“Reparationist, Jurisconsult, People’s Law Practitioner, Advocate and Reparations Movement History Researcher.”

The odds of information exchange rather than talking past each other?

Hmm, not lot I would fear.

God I hate Microsoft

So, Skype, very useful program. And yet this computer, every time I try to open it, insists that I must set up a account.

I don’t want one, thank you. I don’t want to have whatever benefits that might bring.

So, everytime my computer decides it needs to be restarted I have to download Skype again. Because then it works without having to log into the account that I don’t have.

Most annoying. Grr.

Oh, well, phew then

Residents of a city in southern Argentina got a scare when a series of powerful explosions shook homes and buildings, but the cause turned out to be a natural wonder: a meteor disintegrating overhead.
It was an ordinary Wednesday afternoon in General Roca, a city of 85,000 people, when suddenly a series of loud blasts caused buildings to shake and windows to rattle.
“Everything trembled,” said Martin Soria, the local mayor.
Police, firefighters and emergency workers rushed to the scene, but found no evidence of a bomb, earthquake or calamity.


Finally, scientists pieced together the reason: A meteor had entered the Earth’s atmosphere some 10,000 metres (33,000 feet) overhead, traveling at 1,500 miles per hour.
“It took everyone by surprise because it entered the atmosphere over an inhabited area. If it had fallen over the desert, the sea, Antarctica, we would never have known,” said astronomer Roberto Figueroa, head of the nearby Neuquen observatory.

He estimated Wednesday’s meteor measured about 12 metres in diameter before breaking into three fragments.

I do sorta doubt that it was 12 metres in diameter. But, to take them at their word.

It was just 900 tonnes of rock moving at 1,500 mph. Phew, nowt to worry about then.

Err, yes?

“Sir Philip Green’s family accrued incredible wealth during the early, profitable years of BHS ownership,” the report states. “Over the duration of their tenure, significantly more money left the company than was invested in it.”

Isn’t that rather the point?

I tend not to think that the secret sign of the Illuminati is “I like a Big Boy, Me”

Consider the evidence:



And the claim:

Are Theresa May and Angela Merkel in the ILLUMINATI? Conspiracy theorists are convinced the leaders are in secretive sect because of similar hand gestures

The ‘Merkel-Raute’ is a reverse variation of the first illuminati ‘Roc Sign’ – roughly in the shape of a diamond or pyramid – used by celebrities such as actors, Denzel Washington, Ben Stiller and Tom Cruise
Users of the ‘Merkel-Raute’, as it has become known due to the German’s frequent use, have also included other European historical figures including Pope John Paul II and Adolf Hitler.
‘The pyramid is an important Illuminati symbol showing their few ruling the many on the bottom type power structure,’ the illuminatiRex website states.

I think my explanation makes more sense actually.

Video recorders and the port of Poitiers

Holidaymakers are facing days of misery after police warned disruption on the roads to Dover could last until Monday.
Tens of thousands of people making their way to the Port of Dover have been stuck in traffic for more than 15 hours – with many forced to sleep in their cars overnight.
The reason for the delays was heightened French security on this side of the channel.
Questions have now been raised as to staffing levels to cope with a deluge of some 250,000 holidaymakers coupled with stringent security checks put in place by French authorities at the port in the wake of the terror attack in Nice last week.
Port authorities said French border control booths at Dover had been ‘seriously understaffed’ overnight on Friday, with just three of the seven passport control booths open.
At the height of the chaos, just one member of the French border force was checking passengers’ passports on hundreds of coaches – taking 40 minutes to check each coach.

While this obviously does not rise to the level of suttee a little bit of Napier would go down well here.

A mutter in the shell-like of the Frog bureaucrat (and, assuredly, the union rep) responsible for workplace scheduling that we are currently printing up 250,000 copies of their home addresses to distribute to the waiting crowd should work wonders.

Bastards, just awful, terrible, worker exploiting, scum sucking bastards

It is utterly shameful to find these working practices in 21st-century Britain. These workers contend not just with a lack of guaranteed stable income and take-home earnings below the minimum wage: they suffer the health consequences of working through illness; accumulate no rights to a private pension; and have difficulties getting a mortgage or a tenancy agreement.

Employment law urgently needs updating to ensure these individuals can enjoy the same rights the majority of employees take for granted. The TUC has proposed several reforms, including giving individuals who work regular hours with the same employer an entitlement to a written contract that guarantees them those hours and putting the onus on employers to convince an employment tribunal that an individual is genuinely self-employed. It should not take newspaper investigations to uncover these working practices: there needs to be much better enforcement of the existing law. But enforcement relies too heavily on individuals bringing cases to employment tribunals and there have been big drops in the number of cases brought since upfront fees were introduced in 2012. There is too little focus on proactive enforcement. In sectors where enforcement agencies exist, resources have been cut in the last few years. In many sectors where bad practice is rife, such as social care and construction, there is no proactive enforcement regime.

Unions also have a critical role to play in representing workers. But membership rates have been in decline for decades, with coverage particularly poor in the low-paid private sector, where we see some of the biggest problems. While organising in more fragmented workplaces is undoubtedly a challenge, unions have been slow to innovate.

Theresa May launched her premiership with an explicit pledge to crack down on irresponsible business practices. Whether or not her government prioritises the modernisation of employment law will be a real test of that commitment.

Last time I wrote for the Guardian was a few years ago. They’re offered me no work at all since then. A zero hours contract with quite literally zero hours. Last time I did offer to work for them they didn’t even bother to reply. And of course along with that last £85 I did get there was no holiday pay, no sick pay, no pension contribution, no paid time off nor breaks.

Yes, I agree, time that exploitative employment practices are brought to heel. The use of freelancers is clearly and obviously exploitative, isn’t it?

Most amusing

Second, enthusiasm for conservation and improved farming practices is widespread until time, money, effort and/or some impact on western choice and convenience are requested.

Bit of a shock really, isn’t it? People like nice things but can balk when the cost becomes apparent?

Who would have thought it?

Umm, no, I don’t think this works really

The government is to ban all Latin abbreviations on all its websites to avoid confusing non-English speakers, it has been announced.

Phrases such as etc, ie, and eg will be phased out from all GOV.UK sites because foreign speakers find them “difficult to read”.

They’re not really Latin abbreviations any more. They’re now “words” in English. Even I don’t know what eg stands for although I know how it is used and what it means.

Further, you don’t need to know “id est” nor what it means to learn what ie means. Just as you don’t need to know Nato, OECD or Ukip in full.

If they’re still useful keep using them, if they’re not, don’t. But edicts “because foreigners” is silly.

Err, yes Len, yes……

Might be worth going and having a quiet lie down….

Intelligence services posing as Jeremy Corbyn supporters could be behind the abuse and intimidation of MPs on social media in an attempt to “stir up trouble” for the Labour leader, the Unite boss Len McCluskey has suggested.

In an interview with the Guardian, the general secretary of the UK’s largest trade union and one of Corbyn’s strongest supporters said he thought “dark practices” would ultimately be uncovered by the 30-year rule, under which classified documents are released into the public domain three decades after being written.

Asked if he believed the online abuse of Corbyn’s critics was posted by people trying to discredit his supporters, McCluskey said: “Of course, of course. Do people believe for one second that the security forces are not involved in dark practices?

“I have been around long enough … the type of stuff that we ultimately find out about, about who was involved in who, the 30-year rule.

Corbynistas are sufficient nutters that they don’t need the security services to do such things.

The LME is an odd market

The Chelmsford site includes a reconstruction of the ring, the central open-outcry trading floor where metal prices are set by dealers throughout the day.

Umm, no, not really. Here’s the list of trading times.

Each metal is traded in 5 minute bursts in said ring two or three times a day. it’s an interrupted market, not a continuous one.

A thought occurs too. There are proposals that the equity markets should move to something like this. The US ones anyway. something to do with the terror of HFT. What I’ve not seen though is anyone proposing this who then looks to the LME and says “See! It solves our problem!”. Which I’m not sure it does because the LME also whines a lot about HFT.

This is wrong too:

It is a moot point when international metals trading began in the UK. The LME points to the AD43 Roman invasion of Britain and the subsequent exploitation of copper and tin ore.

We’ve recorded instances of 1000 BC Cornish tin ingots being found in sunken Phoenician boats…..not that Cornwall was really part of Britain then as it still isn’t. Odd folk those over the Tamar…..