17 comments on “More Project Fear..

  1. “It’s worse than we thought.”™

    Brexit will cause all the things that global warming is going to cause – all over again.

  2. The shock warning was contained in Whitehall’s contingency plan Operation Yellowhammer – and reportedly convinced Michael Gove to back the deal.

    Remember when Scottish Tories used to be sensible people like Malcolm Rifkind and Michael Forsyth?

    Edward I did nothing wrong.

  3. Steve,

    Gove was once sensible and a good guy. Arguably he achieved the most of anyone in the Cameron years with free schools. But after the Boris situation he’s tried to make himself part of the useless “nice” wing of the Conservative Party. He’s become a rampant statist at DEFRA.

    He isn’t stupid. He knows this is bullshit. He’s just allying with the May types. And that means that if his name appears on the leadership ballot, he can fuck off.

  4. Two of the chemicals listed are for fluoridation, which is not a requirement for water to be safe to drink.

  5. BoM4 – Gove has undergone a Smeagol-Gollum transformation. Wicked, tricky and false.

    it’s unusual for rats to join a sinking ship, but obviously he reckons there’s a future in being a politically correct fluffer for the EU inside a nominally right-of-centre party.

    (Narrator): There isn’t.

  6. It shouldn’t be permitted for there to be anything relying on import that causes the nation to die if it isn’t imported for three days.

  7. Gove was a good education minister because he spent years in opposition studying the subject and forming a plan.
    Being plonked into the environment with no time to prepare left him dependent on civil servants.
    Reshuffles are a bad idea, as they give undue influence to civil servants. Sure get rid of an ineffective minister and promote another to take his place, but make sure the replacement has had time to do his homework.

  8. Pat – I reckon it’s time we dispensed with the fiction of the impartial civil service and cleared the buggers out every 5 years like wot the Yanks do. The enemy within is no longer the trade unions, it’s our own deep state. Anything that loosens their grip on the levers of power is to be welcomed.

    Sure, this plan involves Sir Humphreyseses having to eat shit and die, but that’s a feature, not a bug.

  9. The snivel service has been saving that one up! It’s bollocks, imo. If needs be, the armed forces could fly the necessary chemicals in…

    As for Gove, his ghastly wife has probably leaned on him. He’s decided he’d like to be PM, so he’s tacking to the centre ground of the parliamentary party in the hope he’ll get on the list of two presented to the membership.

  10. Steve,

    “it’s unusual for rats to join a sinking ship, but obviously he reckons there’s a future in being a politically correct fluffer for the EU inside a nominally right-of-centre party.”

    Yeah, bad bet. The problem is that one nation conservatives are spineless wankers. There’s reforms they could do that would put more money back in people’s pockets or spend on the services people want. Reforms that are only opposed by Guardian readers. It’s a fucking no brainer, and they won’t grasp them. See, they aren’t really pro-EU, they’re more anti-growing-a-pair. This is the status quo and they’re sticking with it.

  11. Bloke on M4, that has to be the quote of the day.

    “The problem is that one nation conservatives are spineless wankers. There’s reforms they could do that would put more money back in people’s pockets or spend on the services people want. Reforms that are only opposed by Guardian readers. It’s a fucking no brainer, and they won’t grasp them. See, they aren’t really pro-EU, they’re more anti-growing-a-pair. This is the status quo and they’re sticking with it.”

  12. So at last my plan to purge the SCS achieves respectability.

    As Richter said “It’s about Goddamn time”.

    As for Project “Please shit your pants” even the Tory fuckwits must understand that the more of this shite they ladle out the less it is believed?

  13. Further to @Noel C

    The other two:

    Aluminium sulphate is used as a clarifying agent
    Calcium hydroxide is used as a clarifying agent and to make acidic water neutral

    Neither are too volatile to stockpile

    Termed coagulation and flocculation processes in water & sewage treatment.

    Like fluoridation, not essential for safe potable water.

    Scaremongering BS

  14. It’s bollocks because this “can’t be stockpiled” description probably applies to most of the dry bulk feedstock industry uses. They’re long term unstable. They either chemically do what they do, irrespective of whether you want them to. Cement & plaster are examples. Or they take cake & become difficult to process the way you need to. But it’s never going to be on the timescale that a bit of increase in transporting times is going to make them unusable. That sort of stuff you make close to the point of use.
    The only problem I can envisage is Brussels actually interdicted export of the stuff. Because the UK water companies’ methods of introducing it into the the water supply can only handle this particular sort of material & water suppliers in other parts of the world use additives aren’t suitable. In which case producers of them may quickly run into trouble. Taking a large chunk of demand out of the production throughput is going to play merry hell with the economics of any producing company. Sort of thing can make production uneconomic, in the long term and put them out of business. Or result in price hikes to anyone else using the stuff.
    Like I’ve said in other posts, most of these “Project Fear” predictions end up biting Europe as hard as they hurt the UK. It’s like last month’s story, UK airlines couldn’t fly in European airspace. OK. Then the European airlines can’t fly in UK airspace. That’s not only going to make the UK/Europe tourist industry a virtual impossibility but EU carriers will have to take the long way round to reach the States. Whilst the rest of the world’s carriers can take the direct route. Making some destinations unreachable & the rest unprofitable. The Brussels nomenclatura may like to strut its importance but the national governments watching their airlines go bust are hardly going to be amused.

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