That we haven’t seen the benefits of Brexit is down to one thing only – this current embarrassment of a corrupt government. It has spectacularly failed to take advantage of our supposed departure from the protectionist bloc. Where are the trade deals we were promised with the 167 or so nations of the world that are NOT in the EU?
Liz Truss made her name by hurtling round the world signing new treaties with countries left, right and centre during the transitory period. There are currently 71, but the vast majority of those were carbon copies of the deals we had in place as a member of the EU. It leaves us without a deal with half the globe.
The UK is also being hindered by the woke green agenda, at which we are trying to lead the world, despite having just 1% of its population. Businesses also had the volatility of gas and electric prices to deal with, discouraging investment.
Rarely does the Libertarian Party quote a Labour politician, but this one seems appropriate right now; “This island is almost made of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish in Great Britain at the same time.” – Aneurin Bevan. We seem to have found that genius, indeed, more than one of them! But his quite illustrates perfectly just two of the areas where there is massive scope for improvement.
It is in no way “green” to keep mines closed in the UK then drag an inferior Chinese product halfway round the world in a diesel-powered ship. Ask Germany, which is relying on coal to keep warm after the issues with Putin’s gas.
The power station at Ratcliffe on Soar used to take virtually all the coal mined in Nottinghamshire, so it didn’t travel very far before use. It has an output of 2.116 Gigawatts which is enough to meet the Electricity needs of around 2,000,000 homes. Closing it would be folly. The wind doesn’t always blow, and the sun doesn’t always shine. We need it until (reliable) renewable capacity is always available.
As for fish, well, we still haven’t got our waters back under the terms of Theresa May’s diabolical deal. So, when the next “Rejoiner” starts their mindless inane babble about waiting to see the benefits of Brexit, ask them when it is going to happen.
Martin Day – Party Secretary