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  1. I don't know enough about planning type laws in France, sadly. Aquind have an appeal in the system but I can't remember who to offhand. I'm not sure national politicans are involved at the moment, it seems to be more the mayor.
  2. I've also seen it mentioned that the two parts of Ireland becoming closer is concerning HMG. And that NI still coming under EU rules for trade could be showing that it's better to be in the EU than in Brexit Britain. If people start to think it shows Brexit isn't working, that's going to be a problem for Johnson et al.
  3. Fintan O'Toole has an article about the Brexit negotiations and what he thinks HMG's aims are. Facing chaos and needing a scapegoat, the Tories seek an endless fight with Europe | Fintan O’Toole | The Guardian WWW.THEGUARDIAN.COM The EU’s proposals on the Northern Ireland protocol offered what business leaders wanted, but the prime minister prefers failure and grievance
  4. Interesting question about Temerko donating to Frech political parties, TJ. The French press are aware of the UK donations but there's no mention of donations in France. Aquind seemes to be based in the UK so I don't know if it would be allowed.
  5. I know this is slightly off topic. Aquind, a power company owned by Ukranian who has donated £1m+ to the Tories, is meeting resistance in Normandy and Portsmouth over its proposed cable under the sea. They want it to run through populated areas and beauty spots. French villagers bid to stop Tory donor Aquind laying cable under Channel | Conservatives | The Guardian WWW.THEGUARDIAN.COM Energy firm and director Alexander Temerko have given £1.1m between them to Conservatives
  6. I can't remember if we mentioned that Door Matt was offered a job as UN envoy to help Africa to recover from Covid. According to several people on Twitter, the UN seem to have read the joint select committee report on the UK's handling of the pandemic and withdrawn the job offer.
  7. Johnson, Starmer, Lyndsay Hoyle, Patel and others were in Southend today to honour David Amess. Very sad. But I can't help thinking of Jo Cox and don't remember the Tories being that involved after she was murdered. This is from the Guardian two years ago, about Johnson. Even his sister said she didn't agree with what he was saying. 'In the Commons on Wednesday, he told one MP that her concerns about aggressive language fuelling violence were “humbug” and another that the best way to honour Cox was to “get Brexit done”.'
  8. ...and an article from Full Fact checking inconsistencies in a Daily Mail article having a go at GPs. Daily Mail report on GPs seeing fewer patients on Fridays needs more context - Full Fact FULLFACT.ORG There are some important caveats to figures showing GP appointments drop off later in the week.
  9. This article is interesting on Javid vs GPs. I wonder how much he actually knows about running a GP practice. I'm not sure what it's going to be replaced by but is it a good idea to scrap distancing - in a GP surgery where there's more chance of people being ill? I wouldn't want to go there. GPs have become the new fall guys for government failures | Gaby Hinsliff | The Guardian WWW.THEGUARDIAN.COM The Tory press are on the warpath, followed by Sajid Javid. Clapping for carers feels a long time ago, says the Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff
  10. At the moment though, there isn't much stopping EU countries sending goods to the UK in terms of customs arrangements, is there? I saw that BMW was complaining about loss of exports to the UK yesterday though. I also read that a shipment of fruit and veg is on its way by ship from Morocco in a 'Brexit busting' new route. Ironic when we're hosting COP26 and meant to be reducing food miles, etc.
  11. Changing the subject a little, Jeremy Hunt has commented on Javid's plan to force GPs to see more patients face to face. He's outlined the problems and mentioned his own experience. Labour say the plan is unravelling already. I said the other day that Javid likes to us stick more than carrot.
  12. I feel sorry for Sefcovic and his team. They've been working since they got the July 'command paper', I imagine. They actually consulted with businesses in NI and the night before they produced their considered solution, Frost declared that it wasn't good enough without even considering it. Businesses in NI seem pretty pleased with the offer so far. Of course the DUP isn't. Did you see the interview with Ian Paisley jnr saying that Johnson told him he would tear up the NIP? Boris Johnson promised to tear up NI protocol, says DUP MP Ian Paisley | Brexit | The Guardian WWW.THEGUARDIAN.COM Paisley says Johnson told him he ‘would sign up to changing that protocol and indeed tearing it up’
  13. David Allen Green's blog yesterday was on Frost's speech in Portugal. [Why Portugal?] He doesn't seem to be impressed. https://davidallengreen.com/2021/10/a-hard-look-at-the-latest-brexit-speech-of-lord-frost/
  14. I wouldn't do a deal with the UK unless I knew it was absolutely watertight and they could go back on their word.
  15. So Cummings says they always planned to sign the NIP and then ditch parts of it. There's some scepticism online about whether this is true but I'm pretty sure I remember Gove saying that we could renegotiate the bits we don't like afterwards. Possibly to the ERG to get them to agree to it. Who believes Cummings, guys?
  16. I know I've said it before but it would be really helpful to know who in Northumberland police is looking into this, so that all the cases can be directed to them. I see Slick asked @Blog81for an update last week but we haven't heard anything yet. HB
  17. I'm sorry about the reply you've had, Schipoo. To my mind, HMRC aren't covering themselves in glory over this. As Slick says, contacting the police and your MP [as Dixon did] is something you can do about this right now. HB
  18. Two articles from the BMJ linked below, by Martin McKee of Indie Sage. One is his analysis of the joint select committee report and the other has his thoughts on Exercise Alice that HMG has tried to avoid making public. https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2021/10/12/following-the-science-but-was-it-the-right-science-a-parliamentary-report-raises-serious-questions-about-the-uks-covid-19-response/ https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2021/10/11/exercise-alice-the-uk-government-did-test-the-response-to-a-coronavirus-but-why-are-we-only-discovering-this-now/
  19. I hadn't understood that was what you were asking, HT. I suppose the only way to get people to take preventive measures is by law or local regulations. The papers today are full of the select committees' report on how Covid was handled and it isn't flattering. I wonder if that's why the PM gave Parliament a week off and jetted off to Zac Goldsmith's villa near Marbella? Covid response ‘one of UK’s worst ever public health failures’ | Health policy | The Guardian WWW.THEGUARDIAN.COM Early handling and belief in ‘herd immunity’ led to more deaths, Commons inquiry finds
  20. The two months came from me, dx. My understanding is that TfL can check back for that length of time on a card/pass. HB
  21. Hi. I'm sorry you haven't had any replies yet. When you say 'they', do you mean the council? HB
  22. Well I'm no medic, HT, but what's wrong with measures such as masks and social distancing?
  23. I can't think of anything other than sticking to the rules at the moment while you wait for the letter to arrive. Once it does, come back here, tell us what it says and we'll help you. You've got away with this for years and it sounds as if you knew what you were doing. I assume you realise that the person whose card it is could lose it. Just keep to the rules. HB
  24. Hello, welcome to CAG. The main thing is that you need to wait for TfL's letter to arrive so that you know what you're dealing with. They may know quite a lot about journeys that have been made using the Freedom Pass, they can go back up to two months. As you say, you don't need to tell them anything they don't already know but you will need to be honest. In the meantime, you should buy a season ticket or keep receipts for your journeys so you can show that you've been travelling honestly. HB
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