One of the more interesting aspects of Liz Truss's campaign to be Tory leader is that she appears to be basing her rather dodgy economic agenda on advice from Patrick Minford, an economist whose every prediction about Brexit has proved to be wrong.
Minford is not the only one, of course, who has got things wrong in predictng how Brexit will play out. Nearly everything we were promised by the pro-Brexit campaign has turned out to be nonsense.
That does not stop the brexiteers from trying to blame others when things go wrong of course, whether they argue it is the fault of the French for the queues outside Dover, or the responsibility of the EU for enforcing an agreement these people negotiated, signed up for and campaigned on, despite its obvious flaws. UK Tory Ministers made all the key decisions and they need to start taking responsibility for them.
During the campaign itself, many of us were arguing that the border and import/export controls and red tape would lead to jobs moving abroad. We were told that we were scaremongering. Unfortunately, once more we have been proved right, and the brexiteers, wrong.
One example of that is referred to in today's Independent, who report that a leading British wine agent has decided to leave the UK citing "incredibly complicated" post-Brexit paperwork, leading to a hole in his revenue.
He had calculated that Brexit is adding an average of more than £1.50 to the cost of every bottle of European wine sold to consumers. Following Brexit, lead times from order to delivery of shipments have stretched from 7 to 10 days to as much as 21 days from Spain, 26 days from France, 35 from Germany or Austria and 45 to 70 from Italy:
Mr Lambert said he is moving to Montpellier in France later this week with his family, where he would set up a French company to export back to his own company in Wales. His wine company Daniel Lambert Wines Ltd supplies to Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and nearly 300 other independent retailers.
"In just one week I will finally leave Brexitland for good," he said in a tweet last Friday.
"Let me know if anyone ever finds those sunlit uplands. Not expecting an answer anytime soon."
Local Councillors have given new hope to campaigners fighting controversial plans for a new incinerator at Westbury as they withdrew their support from the £200m waste plant at the Northacre Industrial Estate.
The final decision on the scheme's fate will be made after a planning inquiry likely to be held in November.
Buses are the cinderella of transport. We hear a lot about trains, the inconvenience of delays, strikes and buckled rails. But we don't hear much about buses. Yet there were more than four billion local bus passenger journeys in England in the year ending March 2020 before the pandemic. Numbers inevitably declined during the pandemic and have not yet recovered to pre-pandemic levels, especially among concessionary pass passengers.
As numbers travelling to Europe by ferry grows towards its summer peak with the school holidays underway waits of up to 6 hours are being forecast the need for a scapegoat has grown
When in doubt blame the French who apparently dont have enough officers at Dover to carry out the necessary checks including stamping passports (for those lucky enough to have got through the delays and queues to renew their passports!)
The application by Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd goes to the Strategic Planning Committee for the third time next Wednesday (July 27). In June '21 the committee resolved to permit the scheme. The vote split on party lines, with the Conservatives voting for permission and Lib Dems and the Independent voting against. But there was a delay while the Secretary of State considered whether it should be decided at national level. It took nine months for the government to kick it back to Wiltshire Council. So the Planning Committee was asked if it was still happy with the original decision or if the passage of time had tilted the balance. In a fit of indecision the members decided to defer, asking for yet more information.
A 'Councillors Forum' convened by Wiltshire Council's Liberal Democrats to replace a cancelled full council meeting has called on the council to take extra action to help residents cope with the cost of living crisis.
Gavin Grant, the Lib Dems' Shadow Finance Spokesperson, said: "Based on what we heard from a range of charities and voluntary groups, we will bring a motion to the council calling on its leadership to really take a lead."
Following a successful expression of interest to the Department for Education (DfE), Wiltshire Council has been allocated funding to develop a model of 'Staying Close' for Care Leavers over the next two years.
Staying Close provides an enhanced support package for young people leaving residential children's homes. It is designed to be a comparable offer to the option to 'Stay Put', which supports young people in foster care to remain with their former foster carers until 21 years of age. Staying Close is designed to support with move-on accommodation, alongside a package of practical and emotional support provided by a member of staff from their former children's home, or from someone who they know and trust.
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