Posted by: westlancashirerecord | February 13, 2019

Carney Baloney

Leave: 17,410,742 (51.9%) Remain: 16,141,241 (48.1%) Turnout: 72.2%

Despite his usual abysmal mutterings, the Bank of England Governor has now said Brexit could restore faith in free trade and democracy if the UK leaves with a deal. In a statement sharply at odds with his previous warnings that Brexit would spark chaos, Mark Carney said a managed departure from the EU would show voters that they matter and encourage them to trust the parliamentary system again.

Democracy produced the EU Referendum result above!

The Governor said millions of workers feel let down and left behind by globalisation, and the only solution is to give power back to the people. But he also warned that a No Deal Brexit would spark an economic shock, something which he says the whole world should be trying to avoid.

He said Brexit could lead to new ‘international cooperation’, allowing for better cross-border trade deals and a more effective balance of ‘local and supranational authority’.

Carney’s backing for Brexit if a deal is struck marks a major change of tone. He has long been accused by Eurosceptics of opposing our departure from the EU and whipping up Project Fear.

Carney on finance!

Baloney?

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | February 12, 2019

Stop The 3G Pitch Excuses

Stop The Excuses

OWLs are trying to help Skelmersdale youngsters to play on 3G Pitch at Glenburn again, but only if West Lancashire College “Stops the Excuses”.

They need to remove the remaining obstacle to stopping a community group running the facility, say Our West Lancashire, the Borough Council’s Independents.

Councillor Adrian Owens says that a new Skelmersdale community group including people involved in the town’s primary schools have received an in principle agreement from Lancashire county council to lease the all-weather pitch at Glenburn. The community group has identified the start-up funding required but now West Lancashire College are the stumbling block.

Cllr Owens continued “We understand that West Lancashire College own the access road and car park adjacent to the 3G pitch which would be needed for access and parking for users of the pitch. The College are citing ‘health and safety’ reasons for refusing to allow use of the access road and car park. The Community Group commissioned a report from me, as a health and safety professional which clearly showed how the everyday and low hazards from what is essentially a piece of tarmac could be adequately controlled”.

“Nothing infuriates me more than for health and safety to be used as an excuse. West Lancashire College should be ashamed of themselves and I’m calling on them to re-consider their decision. “The County Council want to use the site for redevelopment in the long term but they have been positive and agreed that a short term lease would allow this excellent facility to be used in the coming few years. The Community Group have the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to operate this facility at affordable rates for the people of Skelmersdale. All it needs now is for West Lancashire College to back their local community in a simple, no-cost way.”

Supporting Cllr Owens’ call, Our West Lancashire activist, Blair Piggin added “The tragedy we risk here is losing the most precious resource for those adults (and young adults) who commit their time and effort to run these grass roots teams. The longer this is dragged out, and ‘health and safety’ is used as a catch-all excuse, the more the pitch deteriorates due to improper use and neglect. There will come a point when Skelmersdale will lose yet another valuable community resource to neglect, one that cost us as taxpayers over £650,000 in the first place.”

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | February 12, 2019

House of Commons Yesterday

Mr Speaker

Order. I have received a letter today from the operations manager of the central criminal court informing me that Fiona Onasanya, the hon. Member for Peterborough, has been sentenced to a period of imprisonment of three months. I have also received a letter from the registrar of criminal appeals informing me that Fiona Onasanya has submitted an appeal against her conviction, which is listed for hearing on 5 March. I shall cause the text of the letters to be published in the Votes and Proceedings and in the Official Report.[The letters will appear at the end of today’s proceedings.]

Denis Skinner

On an altogether more upbeat note, I hope that the whole House will want to join me in offering the warmest possible congratulations to Mr Skinner on the occasion of his birthday, 87 years young today. I hope that the hon. Gentleman is with us in this Chamber for many years to come.

Denis writes that “He fearlessly exposes the foibles of ALL politicians. But, mainly Tories…”. He  has accused Theresa May of being “frit” and “handing over power to the EU” by delaying the vote. The ‘beast of Bolsover’ has a reputation for speaking his mind in the Commons and today was no different.

With his customary bullish delivery the Labour Leaver told Mrs May that the UK ‘s experience would help the EU to warn other countries not to leave the bloc. He said “Doesn’t the Prime Minister realise that she’s handed over power, not to people in this House, but she’s handed over power to the people she’s going to negotiate with?” 

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | February 12, 2019

Nominate A Development For A WLBC Design Award

WLBC Design Awards

WLBC has announced that nominations are open for its 2019 design awards. If you have a favourite building or development you feel is a real asset to your area then why don’t you nominate it for West Lancashire Borough Council’s design awards?

The Design Awards aim to acknowledge and promote the importance of good quality development and building design. They show the Council’s commitment in showcasing good design and in particular showing how well-designed buildings and places can greatly improve our local environment and contribute to a sense of place. Judging in the awards will be in five categories: Residential developments creating more than one new property; New single dwellings and extensions to existing property ; The conversion and re-use of existing buildings; Commercial developments; Landscaping proposals.

Landscaping proposal

Without being too boastful, the outstanding landscaping proposal has to be the Beacon Park Golf Course development  that WLR has publicised on many occasions. The landfill created huge mounds of rubble  distinctive by its concrete, plastic pipes , metal, and an unknown partly buried head , land covered lightly with gravel and soil and then sown with clover  and weeds. Who could forget the dizzy heights of the driving range and the Himalayan goats came there too .

Awards will be given for designs which contribute to the overall quality of the borough and will focus on community, economic and environmental regeneration and the use of sustainable building techniques. Buildings and sites must have been completed after June 2017 to be eligible for entry.

Councillor John Hodson, portfolio holder for Planning, said “It is important to recognise and reward well designed new developments. I encourage people to nominate the buildings and schemes they feel have enhanced the area they live in.

“The Council is committed to encouraging good design throughout the borough and the awards are a great way to celebrate distinctive, high-quality development   here in West Lancashire. The award scheme, which has been running since 1989, highlights the Council’s wish to work in partnership with architects, developers, owners and other agencies involved in planning to improve our built environment and the quality of life for all the residents of West Lancashire”.

Don’t mess about, just give the “worst landscape award” to Serco! 

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | February 12, 2019

UK With Best Growth In EU?

Tongue in cheek comment

Here are the stats for 2018 GDP growth

I really wish we hadn’t voted for Brexit, we’d be growing like Germany, France and Ita- what?! The UK was the fastest growing of the EU ‘big 4’ in 2018?! That can’t be right… can it?

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | February 11, 2019

Brexit Weary? The Future Of Britain Rests With You

The future of Britain rests, in the long run, with you.

All of this gutless defeatism we read, day in, day out, of how bad a minority of referendum voters think of Britain’s future, reminds me of my earliest recollections. Born in 1939, my most vivid memories are post war, the hardships we faced. Rationing was the worst. At the age of 6 I helped my dad on his allotment after he had served 6 years, Dunkirk, El Alamein, Tobruk, Normandy D-day.

The future of British design rests, in the long run, with you.

In 1946, war-weary Britain was facing difficult socio-economic challenges. A government-backed exhibition called ‘Britain Can Make It’ ran at the V&A for 14 weeks in the autumn of 1946, confidently presenting a progressive, forward-thinking nation that could compete in a post-war global market.

Council of Industrial Design, ‘Britain Can Make It’ Guide, 1946.

The aim of the Britain Can Make It exhibition was both to bolster Britain’s manufacturing industry, and, to promote a ‘design consciousness’ in the British public. The severe debt left behind by the Second World War, as well as continued rationing – which wouldn’t ease until 1952 – meant that income generated through trade, especially international trade, was crucial to recover Britain’s crippled economy. The government decided that well-designed consumer goods for the domestic and export markets would represent British industry as modern, forward-thinking and high-quality. The Council of Industrial Design was founded to “promote by all practicable means the improvement of design in the products of British industry”.

The exhibition emphasised how intrinsic industrial design was to economic renewal. All the goods featured in the exhibition would be made available for sale to foreign customers, while the home-grown consumer market would also get a taste of ‘the best, and only the best’ that modern, post-war Britain could produce. It was visited by nearly one and a half million people. The V&A proved the ideal venue – the exhibits usually on display had been removed for safety during wartime – freeing up about half the Museum’s total area at the time for the show.

Does this ring any bells?

We, Britain, paid our war debts. Many countries, now in the EU, never did. Germany was one. Being sold out to the EU by Edward Heath hurt my pride in being English, British, now 80 years of it. Post war businesses weren’t whingeing and wringing their hands. They got on with it. Now, we have these fat arsed moaners waiting to be guided to the promised land. It’s out there, its called the World Trade Organisation! 

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | February 11, 2019

Man Versus Nature – Sometimes Mother Nature Kicks Back And Wins!

OTS News

reports that Kew wildlife habitat loss and recent flooding problems were fully predicted years ago. *SSGB (Save Southport Greenbelt) has campaigned, since circa 2005 against the destruction of wildlife habitat at flood-prone Kew for housing development. SSGB was greeted with some hostile political and developmental scorn yet found support with Phil Rodwell of SGB website. Phil could also see the foolishness of building on the soggy Kew flood plain.

“Will they listen? Parts of Kew housing estate are already clearly highlighted on the Flood Map produced by the Environment Agency so why does Sefton Council apparently want to ‘increase’ this hazard, via further developments, to families that currently dwell in this area? In the event of a genuine flood, many Kew roads could be worst hit, according to the EA Flood Map.”

From Motherwell Crescent to Handsworth Walk, and for ‘extreme’ floods, roads from Markham Drive to Aintree Crescent may be affected. Campaigners believe “Adjacent properties may also be at risk. Any further developments could amplify this flooding danger greatly. It takes only inches of water to destroy properties and their contents, making this issue an insurance nightmare.

Changing the ground structure

by concreting over large areas of Blowick Moss countryside could perhaps also have an adverse effect on ‘other’ previously developed areas of Kew. If ground-water alone is prevented from running into the earth on Blowick Moss then it will have to soak in elsewhere, hence the FLASH-FLOODING danger!”.

History testifies that the council and its loyal supporters did NOT (would not) listen to common sense. Everything that happened back then is logged for posterity, so that irate homeowners new to this appalling issue will be able to know exactly where the blame rests!

In January 2016 indications of earlier SSGB flooding predictions started to emerge. OTS News reported that one resident of Ruddington Road said

The water level keeps going up and down, the diggers have created a moat supposedly to take the water away, my neighbours had one of the workmen peering over her fence, when she asked him what he was doing he said “Just checking to see if your garden has flooded yet?”

Back in 2005 SSGB said “The Council’s destruction of valuable wildlife habitat at Kew continues regardless of the fact that they are partners in the ‘North Merseyside Action Plan’ – a vital eco-initiative set in place to conserve wildlife and their habitats. Contrary to the views of belligerent council planners, our countryside is not a disposable commodity that we can simply wipe out at a moment’s notice (or at least it shouldn’t be!) We would like to thank Phil Rodwell of SGB website for helping us to keep this appalling situation in the public eye.”

The ground itself, an old landfill site, is contaminated.

“The latest news from the Kew swamp estate simply gives additional; confirmation of what SSGB was chasing up all those years ago – so no, they failed to listen and are NOW reaping what they sowed…“The ground itself, an old landfill site, is contaminated. Naturally, seepage of toxic gases and also possible flooding risk were something that campaigners accentuated numerous times before. Many reasons made the land unfit for human habitation, but would they listen? No, they just palmed campaigners off as eco-fanatics with an axe to grind.

“SSGB was even informed by the Environment Agency that with respect to water voles

on the Kew Business Park location, their Biodiversity Team has records of this legally-protected species on Fine Jane’s Brook down 600m stream of the site.

They also informed us that they believed the site to have a “biodiversity value” with some un-common wetland plant species being recorded. The biodiversity team has also observed feeding stations next to Fine Jane’s Brook that were the correct size to mark evidence of water voles. The E.A. also told SSGB that Sefton ecologists are also interested in the site. The EA. Thanked SSGB for bringing the situation to their attention and assured them that they will do all they can to protect the biodiversity of the site with the powers available to them.

Just because a part of the countryside was earmarked for development many moons ago, by some uppity grey-suited executive with a map and a biro, did not mean that its obliteration was a fine idea. Surely the authorities that make up the regulations on the native UK landscape can find it in their cold hearts to accommodate a little room for our green spaces that are vitally essential to so many species of wildlife. Reports in the local press previously indicated that the high cost of treating this contaminated ground to a development level could leave the Council without any profit for it. Furthermore, SSGB previously wrote that only 23 out of the proposed 650 houses planned would be available to first-time buyers under the affordable homes arrangement. Has that latter point changed? Why build more properties on a clearly defined flood zone when many of the houses in town are not selling?

How much concrete can we get down?

The authoritarian building ploy at Kew seems to have been ‘Let’s see how much concrete we can get down before anyone moans about the loss of old Southport countryside and flooding, etc?’ However, they were fully warned; they failed to listen to common sense and are now seeing the consequences it seems.

In 2012 SSGB were informed that so-called ‘development’ land at Blowick Moss may be ‘uninsurable’ for future homeowners, due to potential flood risk. Campaigners pointed out several Kew areas that already appear on the Environmental Agency (EA) flood maps and one insurer advised “Looking at the EA map of your postcode area there are some streets that would seem to be affected from rivers without sea defences if a flood occurred”.

This reference to local watercourses apparently indicates that housing people on any new developments in the region could create an insurance nightmare for many families. The insurer added “If we decline cover, but you object as you live at the top of a hill (as an example) you would be requested to get a report from the EA, send it to us and we would reconsider our decision.” The only consolation offered by this one insurer was “If we do offer cover, your premium would probably be higher than normal by approximately 10%.” Source of quotes: Norwich Union.

Clearly, after previous season’s UK flooding, insurers are understandably not very eager to take risks on families housed on areas having the potential to flood. Consequently, why did Sefton’s Council and their development supporters dismiss these valid concerns years ago? Were perhaps generated development profits placed ‘before’ any real concerns for residents’ wellbeing, safety and the native ecosystem? SSGB have already accentuated the dangers of developing on this part of our countryside.

The Crossens catchment was previously mainly under water until it was claimed from the sea over a hundred years ago. It has since been drained by a system of watercourses pumped by various pumping stations in the area, the main one being Crossens Pumping Station. If the EA were to stop pumping and remove defences, or if they were to ‘fail’, the land would unquestionably flood once again and devastate the housing infrastructure.

This is why the EA is required to indicate this risk on their flood mapping system. So to recap, any development in this area is: • Ecologically detrimental • A risk to legally-protected species like the water vole, which is resident in this area • Potentially a risk to human health or even life • Illogical as many large in-town plots are empty, abandoned and unused • Based largely on fat cat profiteering • Prone to serious flooding risk and toxic gas seepage from the old landfill site • A potential traffic gridlock disaster • An overcrowding/pressure on services problem that can only get worse

When are the authorities that be going to come clean over the Kew issue? Southport author, Pat Regan of SSGB, had articles printed on various sites and letters in the local media and even highlighted the issue in one of his books ‘Dirty Politics’

Despite much political shouting, sabre-rattling and foot -stamping at the time, the truths in that book still remain.

Today, some concerned locals at Kew are highlighting fears about additional flooding. This is because new buildings on the estate are being erected higher than the houses that are already there. This may, of course, be to comply with insurance concerns over foolishly building on EA specified flood plain sites. Residents, however, say this move will simply push even more water onto their dwellings on the original Kew estate.

NB. Land at Kew was not ‘officially’ designated as ‘greenbelt’ and this has been made clear several times in the past. Nevertheless, the area is a rich haven for birds, insects and animals, which utilise it for survival. Sefton Council’s inglorious white elephant

(crime against nature) at Kew appears to have finally introduced itself to most people now. However, the authorities were warned years ago not to undertake this absurd folly on Southport’s answer to the Everglades!

The entire Kew Estate plan was tarnished from the very onset. Council officials and politicians failed to listen to concerns about the stupidity of building on an old tip site that may slowly leak toxic gasses (for decades) and is constructed on marshland. Bad ideas never get better, no matter how much promotional spin is pushed out by trusty council officials and this is a classic example. Leave the old place to the water voles and the geese; enough damage has been done already.

Man versus nature – sometimes Mother Nature kicks back and wins! Thank goodness for that!

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | February 11, 2019

Robbing Pensioners To Fund Multi-Million£ BBC Presenter Fees

A website

tells us “If you started paying the TV licence fee in your student days and are now 75, you would – at today’s rates – have paid approximately £7,500 into the BBC’s coffers. After half-a-century of being forced to fund the likes of Gary Lineker’s multi-million pound fees, it seems not unreasonable that your retirement from working should coincide with getting him and all the other overpaid celebrities off your back. That is why the government exempted OAPs from facing jail for non-payment of the BBC’s regressive telly poll tax.

“The BBC is lobbying hard for the government to pay the licence fees, claiming it is costing them hundreds of millions. This is not really a “cost”, it a loss of revenue. The BBC collects some £3.5 billion from the telly tax and £1.5 billion from commercial revenue. It greedily wants to get a few hundred million more from the over-75s. Here’s a suggestion, cut back on Lineker and the likes’ bloated pay packets and generate some more revenue from iPlayer worldwide.

“If Netflix and Amazon can generate billions worldwide from online streaming, so can the BBC. There is no technological reason the BBC can’t do it. The reason they don’t do it is purely political. If iPlayer was a pay-as-you-go streaming service the rationale for the licence fee, such as it is, would be destroyed.

“The BBC funding model is based on coercion, it is out of date. Netflix’s global success shows just how badly the BBC missed the opportunity to be a global streaming media company with the head start it had with iPlayer. Now they want to make OAPs or younger taxpayers pay for their commercial mistake”.

Sell the BBC!

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | February 10, 2019

Why Seeking An Extension To Article 50 Would Be A Terrible Idea

Martin Howe is a leading barrister in the field of EU law. He is Chairman of Lawyers for Britain.

He writes “From various quarters, whispers or even open calls are growing for an extension to the UK’s Article 50 period which finishes, unless extended, on 29th March 2019. Most of those talking about an Article 50 extension seem to assume that the UK only has to ask for such an extension, and it will be granted unto us.

“However, the European Union is not the beneficent Lord mentioned in the gospel according to St Matthew Chapter 7, Verse 7 (the Sermon on the Mount), and confidence that the EU will just grant any extension that the UK asks of them is likely to prove very misplaced. The so-called “Cooper-Boles amendment”, which was defeated in the House of Commons on 29th January by 321 to 298 votes, seems to be based on such an assumption.

“This sought to pave the way for a Bill which would impose a legal duty on the Prime Minister to “seek an extension of the period of two years specified in Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union to a period ending on 31 December 2019”, or to such other date as the House of Commons might decide on a future motion.

The legalities of an Article 50 extension

“But let us look at the legalities both of how an Article 50 extension can be granted, and the legal effects of such an extension. It is important to understand both in order to assess the likely reaction of the European Union and its Member States to an Article 50 extension request from the UK.

“The governing provision is the closing words of Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union: “3. The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2 [i.e. 29 March 2019], unless the European Council, in agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period”.

Paying into the EU Budget

“The effect of an extension, if granted, is to postpone the UK’s date of exit from the European Union, so that the whole panoply of rights and obligations of EU membership would continue to apply to the UK as a Member State during the extended period. So the UK’s obligation to pay into the EU budget would automatically be extended. But most importantly in view of its political repercussions, both the right of the UK to be represented by MEPs in the European Parliament and its obligation to choose them by direct elections would continue to apply to the UK.

“On the face of it, this means that if an extension takes us past May, the UK must then hold a fresh round of European Parliament elections. There is a little bit of wriggle room, in that if the extension period terminates before the new European Parliament assembles on 2nd July 2019, such elections could be avoided as pointless. But if the extension is beyond that date, it is very difficult so see how the elections could be avoided.

New 5 Year UK MEP Extensions

“That would mean that Nigel Farage would be re-elected to the European Parliament, probably in present circumstances as part of an increased phalanx of members of his new Brexit Party. And the EU’s internal legal advice is apparently that once elected, the UK MEPs would be entitled to remain members of the European Parliament for the rest of their five-year terms, regardless of when the UK leaves the EU. This would completely up-end the political agreements which have been reached for the sharing out of the seats which (it had been assumed) would be vacated by the UK in the European Parliament.

“This is a huge spanner in the works for any Article 50 extension longer than three months. No doubt the ‘creative law-bending’ departments of the EU would be hard at work to think of ways round this problem, but at the moment it looks like a formidable difficulty.

“But another problem arises if an extension is for three months or less – say to 29th June. It is not possible to treat such an extension as a “more of the same” extended negotiating period. This is because the current European Parliament term will end on 18th April 2019 prior to the European Parliament elections. Article 50(2) requires that the European Parliament must consent to any Withdrawal Agreement before the EU can conclude it.

“So, at most, an extension to the Article 50 period which stops short of 2nd July would allow merely an extra three weeks for an agreement to be finalised and concluded. As to how an Article 50 extension is granted, it should be noted that this requires the unanimous consent of each EU27 Member State within the European Council. This is actually a more stringent rule than for an Article 50 agreement to be concluded, which can be done by Qualified Majority Vote (QMV). The effect of this requirement is to place enormous power in the hands of each individual Member State which may have demands it wants to make. If the UK comes crawling along, begging for an Article 50 extension, what better time to dig in and extract some useful concessions?

What terms will be imposed on an Article 50 extension?

“Let us then turn to the question of whether, and on what terms, an Article 50 extension might be agreed if the UK asks for it. As is evident from Article 50(3) quoted above, such an extension is not simply a matter of choice for the UK, but requires the unanimous consent of all EU27 Member States.

“First, the EU collectively is unlikely to agree to any Article 50 extension unless there is a clear purpose to it, other than just buying time for yet more turmoil and negotiation. Secondly, as mentioned already, the EU will be very reluctant indeed to agree any extension beyond 2nd July 2019 because of the consequences for the European Parliament elections. But, thirdly, quite apart from what the EU as a whole may have concerns about, each individual Member State may have demands of its own. As reported in the Financial Times on 1st February: “The Spanish are gearing up for a Gibraltar fight when there is an extension request,” said one senior EU diplomat. “It could be dangerous.” And Germany also could have its demands.

German Expert agrees there is NO mechanism for UK divorce bill

“When my colleague Dr Gunnar Beck and I gave evidence in Berlin to the European Union Committee of the Bundestag, the subject of a possible Article 50 extension was raised by a number of the German legal experts giving evidence to the Committee. First, it was the general view that there would be great difficulties in extending it by more than a couple of months, because that would mean that the May 2019 European Parliament elections would need to be held in the UK. None of the German legal experts could think of a convincing way round this problem, since the election of MEPs in each Member State is mandated by the European treaties.

“However, one of the German experts made an important point. He pointed out that the UK Government is using the fact that there is no mechanism to make the UK pay the ‘divorce bill’ unless a Withdrawal Agreement is ratified as a negotiating lever. He advised the Committee that Germany should require, as a precondition of agreeing to any Article 50 extension, that the UK should agree unconditionally to abide by the obligations to pay money into the EU budget which are set out in Part Five of the Withdrawal Agreement, and to submitting to the jurisdiction of the ECJ to set the amount of these payments, regardless of whether or not a Withdrawal Agreement was subsequently ratified.

“One does not know whether the German Government will take up this suggestion, but it would be quite logical for it to do so. Germany will end up paying the lion’s share of the shortfall in the EU budget caused by the UK’s departure. Under the draft Withdrawal Agreement, the UK would have to pay a sum which has been widely estimated at £39 billion, but in fact is likely to end up considerably higher, particularly since Theresa May caved in to the EU’s demand that the ECJ should be given jurisdiction to decide the amount instead of a neutral international tribunal. Under international law, the UK would have some legal obligations, but they would be very much lower (for background on this, see what I and Charlie Elphicke MP wrote here on the EU’s financial claims).

“So taking advantage of the UK’s moment of weakness when it supplicates for an Article 50 extension, and taking the chance to lock in the EU’s legal entitlement to this enhanced sum come what may, would be quite the logical thing for Germany to insist on. This illustrates a wider point about any application to extend Article 50. By asking for a favour when up against the clock, the UK would once again put itself in a very weak negotiating position, where it would be subject to being blackmailed for further concessions. It would also let the EU off the hook and remove the negotiation pressure on the EU to revise the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement. Asking for an Article 50 extension would be a terrible, terrible idea”.

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | February 9, 2019

Seaborne Freight Contract Termination

@SkyNewsBreak

A Department for Transport spokesperson has confirmed the Government has terminated a contract with Seaborne Freight to run a regular ferry service from Ramsgate in Kent to Ostend in Belgium if there is a ‘no-deal’ Brexit


Replying to @SkyNewsBreak

Grayling. Least competent cabinet minister in history? Well, he does mix with some insignificant people?

Replying to @SkyNewsBreak

And that’s in a universe where Iain Duncan Smith exists! Ouch!

No Irish backer?

The Department of Transport said it decided to axe the deal after the company’s Irish backer pulled out. The government says it is in “advanced talks” to find another ferry firm. Responding to the cancelled contract, Labour has called on Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to resign or be sacked, describing him as “the worst secretary of state ever”.

From Denis Skinner @BolsoverBeast

More Chris Grayling. The gift that keeps on giving. Speaking in January, he said “The reality is that this has been looked at very carefully by a team of civil servants who have done due diligence on the company and have reached a view they can deliver.”

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