This is the most enormous fun

On Thursday, the EC instructed Belgian officials to carry out a raid of an AstraZeneca plant in Belgium and accused the company of breaking its contract.

It’s a vaccine plant. What’s a raid going to do?

Well, other than get some piccies in the papers, the point of the raid.

It’s not like they can round up the doses and drive them off like cattle or anything, is it?

13 thoughts on “This is the most enormous fun”

  1. Allthegoodnamesaretaken

    It sends a very clear political message.

    Unfortunately for the EU that message is not the one they wanted to send namely “all your factories belong to us”

  2. Bloke in North Dorset

    American exceptionalism – Bad

    UK exceptionalism (Tory) – Evil

    EU exceptionalism – Protecting its citizens

  3. Normally I would be first in the stands with binocs to see the EU humiliate itself.

    But this caper is a bunch of bald berks fighting over a comb.

    They can divide the shite vax and inject it into their dicks. Who cares if we have supplies of lie juice?

    Of course Blojerk cant back down or he will look like the weak mug he is.

    Nor can he posture as vax saviour if the EU have taken away his vax. And left him crying and tantrum-screaming in the street like a little kid whose lollipop has been stolen by bigger nastier lads.

    So lets have a shooting war. That will get the fucking LD off as well.

  4. “What’s a raid going to do?”
    It’s intended to find whether the factory has been shipping AZ vaxx to the UK, in which case that will be made retrospectively illegal.

  5. Bloke in China (Germany province)

    Where are the piccies?

    I doubt this was a “raid”, more likely something carried out under the guise of a regulatory authority inspection (which yes, they do have the power to do, turn up unannounced and insist on access, now, please, something the cops don’t have without a warrant).

    Still stupid and dreadful muscle-flexing.

  6. Occasional Delurker

    It would be funny if this “raid” gave AZ an excuse like “The EU inspectors barged in and failed to observe bio-security. We now need to close the factory down to decontaminate it”

  7. What NDReader said *plus* find out whether the plant has been having production problems as Soriot had said. Why he should claim that if it wasn’t true could be explained by Franz Kafka …

  8. They’re going to strong arm with any leverage they can get their hands on. Do the raid – look for anything you can get. Doesn’t have to be related to this vaxine. Even if nothing found, enormous workforce,management effort and stress, because its the licence to operate that’s at stake. And as such also counter productive if you want them to focus on producing as much as quickly as possible. The other thing they might find is Belgian peeps and Belgium residing expats doing some services for the British side of things, which will be reported back and used somehow in the strongarm operation.

  9. The contract has been published now, wonder if we’ll see the same story from different journalists in a little while.

  10. It isn’t an AstraZeneca factory right? It’s a factory making the vaccine on AZ’s behalf. A bit like how Nike don’t own those textile factories in Chittagong or whatever.

  11. It’s not like they can round up the doses and drive them off like cattle or anything, is it?

    Well the EU is a cowboy operation, Tim.

  12. It’s intended to find whether the factory has been shipping AZ vaxx to the UK, in which case that will be made retrospectively illegal.

    What good would retrospective EU legislation do? Magically reverse the flow of time so that the vaccine is sucked out of the arms of UK old uns, rebottled and trucked back to Belgique?

    Nah, like Nicola Sturgeons cuntery over BoJo’s visit to Scotia the other day this is just a kerfuffle to distract from incompetence and other criminal activities.

    Not one of these buggers has missed a pay check yet.

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