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The shipless shipping contract and other dodgy Brexit business
#51
(14-02-19, 01:01 AM)Ajda Slovenia Wrote: I will demand from the UK government to pay my popcorn bill.

ARGH! Europeans trying to get our money AGAIN!!!  Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry

We voted to LEAVE!!
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#52
(13-02-19, 01:19 PM)Ajda Slovenia Wrote: Right now at PMQ:
PM May is totally defending Grayling. Ha ha ha ha ha ha. What a farce of a country.

Those who missed the PMQ farce yesterday - here is video of May vs Corbyn, with May defending Grayling's shiplesness:

May answers PMQs in Commons ahead of ‘delayed’ vote on revised Brexit deal (13 Feb 2019)  Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin  
https://youtu.be/qf44bPqNk5E?t=435


To put the UK farce into some sane perspective, breaking news from Slovenia:

LMŠ deputy Darij Krajčič resigns over shoplifting (14 Feb 2019)
Darij Krajčič from the ruling Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ) has resigned as MP after he recounted in parliament how he had shoplifted a sandwich.

On Tuesday, MP Krajčič said in the parliament that he wanted to buy a sandwich in nearby shop (he was in a hurry due to a parliamentary session) and waited in the queue to pay "for at least three minutes", but these people in front of him just kept talking, so he walked out without paying the sandwich. He later said that he did go back and paid, and that he did it as a 'social experiment' - demonstrating that with all video security etc. things still "slip through" the system.

Two days later on Thursday, his party 'encouraged' Krajčič resign from his MP post. He is a member of the centre LMŠ party which is in the senior partner in our minority coalition government.

Otherwise, Krajčič has a rather good CV - before he became an MP in June 2018, he was a researcher at the National Forestry Institute, and from 2010-2018 the head of the National Institute for Nature Conservation. He was also director-general of the Environment Ministry and a lecturer at University of Ljubljana. As far as I know, he was not involved in any previous scandal.

There will be no by-elections - because we have a PR system, Krajčič will be replaced by the next person from the party election list.

I should say that Slovenia is far from perfect, and we have several MPs with dark shadows of corruption. But still we do have somewhat higher  standards of political culture than Global Britain.
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#53
Has anyone seen any news about who is going to pay the Dutch company doing dredging at Ramsgate? Perhaps something was in the news in the Netherlands?
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#54
(14-02-19, 01:53 PM)Ajda Slovenia Wrote: LMŠ deputy Darij Krajčič resigns over shoplifting (14 Feb 2019)
Darij Krajčič from the ruling Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ) has resigned as MP after he recounted in parliament how he had shoplifted a sandwich.

Krajčič is a total amateur. He should have learned how this is done from the Mother of All Parliaments and have his sandwich delivered by Grayling's Shipless Pizza Delivery.
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#55
Look, the next episode of the Shipless Pizza Ferries:


Grayling accused of trying to hold Brexit ferry trial in private (25 Feb 2019)  Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin  
Lawyers argue government’s embarrassment is irrelevant to question of confidentiality
Chris Grayling has been accused of trying to conduct large parts of a trial over the £14m Brexit ferry fiasco in private, against the principle of open justice, the high court has heard.
The transport secretary is being sued by Eurotunnel over the allegedly unlawful award of a government contract to Seaborne Freight, a company with no ships, and two other ferry companies, in a case due to start on Friday.
Lawyers for Eurotunnel told the high court on Monday that the minister was trying to keep the majority of documents in relation to the contract out of the public domain. They said they did not know his reasons but argued that if Grayling was trying to avoid adverse publicity or embarrassment then this was not legally justifiable.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/201...in-private

'Democracy' and 'rule of law' British-style on display again. 

Go, Eurotunnel!
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#56
And the next episode of the Shipless Pizza Ferries:


UK pays Eurotunnel 33 million pounds over 'secretive' no-deal Brexit ferry contracts (1 Mar 2019)  Exclamation Big Grin  
Britain has paid out 33 million pounds to settle a claim with Eurotunnel which runs the Channel Tunnel between Britain and France after accusations of a “secretive” process to award ferry contracts to cope with a no-deal Brexit.
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britai...KKCN1QI4BR

More here:

Grayling reaches £33m settlement over Brexit ferry fiasco court case  Exclamation  
Transport secretary agrees deal with Eurotunnel, which was suing government
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/201...eurotunnel
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#57
(01-03-19, 11:56 AM)Ajda Slovenia Wrote: And the next episode of the Shipless Pizza Ferries:


UK pays Eurotunnel 33 million pounds over 'secretive' no-deal Brexit ferry contracts (1 Mar 2019)  Exclamation Big Grin  
Britain has paid out 33 million pounds to settle a claim with Eurotunnel which runs the Channel Tunnel between Britain and France after accusations of a “secretive” process to award ferry contracts to cope with a no-deal Brexit.
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britai...KKCN1QI4BR

More here:

Grayling reaches £33m settlement over Brexit ferry fiasco court case  Exclamation  
Transport secretary agrees deal with Eurotunnel, which was suing government
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/201...eurotunnel


And also his privatisation of the probation service has resulted in a near £500m loss.
This man should have been Brexit secretary all along.
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#58
Tax payers end up footing the bill for the criminal negligences  of law makers.
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#59
It just never ends:  Big Grin  


Grayling under pressure to quit over Brexit ferry fiasco (1 Mar 2019)   
Labour attacks transport secretary after £33m out-of-court Eurotunnel settlement
The beleaguered transport secretary, Chris Grayling, is under mounting pressure to resign after reaching a humiliating £33m out-of-court settlement over a botched Brexit ferry deal.
The deputy Labour leader, Tom Watson, said “heads must roll” after the latest chapter in the fiasco, in which the startup company Seaborne Freight was awarded a £14m contract to open a new UK-EU ferry route for emergency medical supplies in the event of a no-deal Brexit, even though it had no ships and no port contract.
On Friday, Labour claimed that decisions made by Grayling in various government departments had cost the taxpayer £2.7bn, including £2bn on the cancellation of Virgin’s East Coast rail franchise and £800,000 on consultants’ fees to assess the viability of Seaborne.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/201...eurotunnel


Chris Grayling: Tory minister faces parliamentary inquiries amid fresh calls to resign over Brexit ferry fiasco (2 Mar 2019)
Transport secretary accused of 'litany of disaster' after revelation government paid £33m to avoid legal battle
Chris Grayling is facing two parliamentary inquisitions amid further calls for him to resign over the Brexit ferry fiasco that has cost the taxpayer at least £33m.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/po...04246.html


And still Grayling has not resigned. Almost as strong and stable as May.  Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin
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#60
From the US - the New York Times:


How Does He Survive? The Curious Case of ‘Failing Grayling’ (3 Mar 2019)  Big Grin Big Grin   

They call him “Failing Grayling.”

While the trials, tribulations and humiliations of Prime Minister Theresa May have occupied center stage in the carnival of British politics, Chris Grayling has starred in a black comedy sideshow of his own. He has bumbled his way from one government post to another, accused of making a hash of each, and becoming a byword for haplessness in a golden age of political blundering in Britain.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/03/world...es-uk.html

A good long-read about Grayling's impressive accomplishments.  Big Grin
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