But…but…but….

That’s quite a turnaround from the “plague island” jibes aimed at the UK a few weeks ago but understandable, given the way the European commission has engineered the sort of centrally planned cock-up redolent of the Soviet Union in its sunset years, even down to the apparatchiks desperately hunting around for a factory manager they can blame for a fiasco of their own making.

Larry, the P³ insisted that the EU were right because they got a lower price!

14 thoughts on “But…but…but….”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    I think the remarkable thing is that Boris is not rubbing it in good and hard.

    I would be. I would ring Macron up and offer him some free aid. from DfID.

  2. I would be. I would ring Macron up and offer him some free aid. from DfID.

    I’d be offering the eu access to vaccines – from the back of a Hercules and injected by British Army medical teams guarded by British Army perimeter guards. With Union flags on every cardboard box, vial and bit of kit visible.

  3. Other Europhiles are boasting that the EU negotiated that the manufacturers would be liable for claims. Clutching at straws.

  4. How did the article get past the Editors. and how long before Mr Elliott is told that his ‘services are no longer required’ by the Graun?

  5. @SMFS

    As Oscar Wilde put it “you should always forgive your enemies because nothing annoys them more”

    It was such a transparent and desperate attempt to goad the UK government into behaving just like them which failed miserably. No need to rub anything in as they are doing such a fine job themselves.

  6. And when can we expect an apology from the Grauniad for its July headline?
    Probably the day after hell freezes over due to climate change.

  7. Other Europhiles are boasting that the EU negotiated that the manufacturers would be liable for claims

    Imagine being proud of a system guaranteed to fuck up fast vaccine supply.

  8. “The death of a German or Italian pensioner from Covid-19 is every bit as sad as the death of a British pensioner.”

    Not to the children of the British pensioner.

  9. The Guardian are not allowing comments on this article. What a surprise!

    And no comment from Ritchie on the EU fiasco. Perhaps he is still hoping for an EU funded job in Ireland or a grant?

  10. Bloke in North Dorset

    And no comment from Ritchie on the EU fiasco. Perhaps he is still hoping for an EU funded job in Ireland or a grant?

    If he any self-awareness he’d stay quite clear of making any Brexit pronouncements in the foreseeable future, but as he hasn’t expect something soon. The pile on, while it lasts, might even attract me over there for some amusement.

  11. Especially since it’s entirely standard to have a separate vaccine compensation fund anyway. We normally already insist that the public benefits are so high that we’ll all pay, not the manufacturer, for the inevitable even if rare allergic reactions.

  12. the sort of centrally planned cock-up redolent of the Soviet Union in its sunset years, even down to the apparatchiks desperately hunting around for a factory manager they can blame for a fiasco of their own making.

    Sort of like the Soviet Union in its glory days then?

  13. “The death of a German or Italian pensioner from Covid-19 is every bit as sad as the death of a British pensioner.”

    I believe the term of art used here is “moral hazard”.

    If they don’t pay the costs of being part of a useless organisation, then they won’t ever reform.

  14. “Other Europhiles are boasting that the EU negotiated that the manufacturers would be liable for claims”

    which shows how stupid they are. There are pushing 500m people in the EU. Suppose there’s some fault in testing and it has some side effect that hasn’t been detected yet.

    So AZN (Sweden only at that) are liable. Yup. And they’ll also be bankrupt, because the claims will be large.

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