Boris Johnson said, “We’ll be ready”. He said, “The ports will be ready”. No, they won’t, and Europe thinks that Britain is considerably behind in its no-deal preparations, and if you look at what the French have done in Calais, they’ve built a lorry park, and the number-plate recognition software is all up there.
If you look at what’s been done at Rotterdam and Antwerp, the difficulty we have now is simply a bottleneck constraint. Half the traffic that goes through the tunnel is small traffic, and if you talk to the Road Haulage Association, they’re not ready. The small business has not prepared.
So, then, it’s a little like doing your tax return, if you’re a small business, let’s say, doing a US tax return without an accountant, if you don’t know your way around, you’re lost, you need a customs clearance agent, who tells you what you’ve got on your rig, this and this, and this is how your going to fill out the paperwork, these are the numbers you require, these are the certificates you need.
Oh, you’ve got animal merchandise there, you need a… and it’s got beef in it, or its got hormone in it, so what you need is a… fill out that, and it’s not something that Bloggs Transport can do, so where you going to get the customs trainers from?
“We’ll be ready,” says Boris. “The ports will be ready” No they won’t. It’s not like training up a host of security guards for Glastonbury, it’s fairly technical, and you need to train those people up, and there’s going to be a mountain of we told you so along the way, and sadly that means nothing compared to the difficulties Brexit will cause and will continue to inflict on us all.
The stupidity of Brexit is staggering, infuriating and terrorising.
Three years have gone by and we’re still no closer to a deal than we were on day one. The EU doesn’t want us to leave and will never offer a fair deal. Theresa May didn’t want us to leave and as such didn’t even try to get a good deal, so either we leave without a deal or we disregard democracy and stay.
But then there’s Boris Johnson with his “We’ll fight them on the beaches, on the terraces, in Brussels, we’ll never surrender” speech. He’s not Winston Churchill, and he’ll never be, and if that’s what he’s intending on doing, portraying himself as Winston, then we’re in big trouble.
And I’m not convinced that Boris Johnson even wants a deal. The elements have now put him in power and now we’ll be compelled to take whatever the US offers us or more worryingly demands, and I don’t believe our new Prime Minister or a single member of his cabinet is capable of handling the security arrangements at a complex event like Glastonbury, or even directing traffic in a car park, and that’s the problem.
They’re individually and collectively no more able of delivering a managed Brexit than they are of organising a manned flight to Mars, and inadequate Boris couldn’t even sell a bus to Hong Kong.
And does anyone really believe anything Boris Johnson says, given all the lies that he’s told, and more surprising, he appears to believe his own fabrications. He has no idea where the money is coming from for more police, but he said that he’ll do it, and it’s not what he says that counts, it’s what he does that counts.
Of course, this is a political tactic. He wants to make the country feel great and to accept he can do what he says before he calls a general election, and the months that he is in office he’s hoping people will overlook his failures and vote for him, but the people need to be reminded on a daily basis of the shortcomings of this government.
I honestly can’t see this getting any better any time soon, and it feels like half the nation is in a self-destructive spiral and they can’t see it, and the ironic thing is they’ve had three years to get this mess organised, so it’s pretty apparent there wasn’t any endeavour to prepare for a no-deal at all because they never thought we would actually leave.
Talk about misusing taxpayers money. The government seem to be doing a great job of loafing away our funds to a wind of time wasters, but then no Tory ministry has a sweeping record of planning, and they actually don’t give a wriggle, as none of them will suffer from a no-deal, but the remainder of the population will.