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Old Aug 6th 2020, 7:31 pm
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And I don't seem to have a clue how to put a sentence together
I assumed you were referring to UK Parliamentary MPs...
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Meanwhile...

This is a perfect example of why the EU no longer has any trust in the UK.

Boris Johnson’s next Tory rebellion could be on Brexit as Eurosceptic MPs wake up to the true nature of withdrawal agreement


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As per a previous post, not chaos but efficient corruption.

From Dominic Cummings to dodgy business deals, the prime minister’s circle behave as if the rules simply don’t apply to them
The latest examples:
This week came word of at least £156m of taxpayers’ money wasted on 50 million face masks deemed unsuitable for the NHS. They were bought from a private equity firm through a company that had no track record of producing personal protective equipment – or indeed anything for that matter – and that had a share capital of just £100. But this company, Prospermill, had a crucial asset. It was co-owned by one Andrew Mills, adviser to the government, staunch Brexiteer...

One can hardly blame entrepreneurs and go-getters for wanting to get cosy with Johnson’s ministers. They see how business is done. They’ve noticed the seven government contracts together worth nearly £1m that were awarded in the course of 18 months to a single artificial intelligence startup, an outfit that just so happened to have worked for Dominic Cummings on the Vote Leave campaign.

Meanwhile, a political consultancy firm with strong ties to both Cummings and Michael Gove managed to win an £840,000 contract without any open tendering process at all.
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"Somehow Prospermill managed to persuade the government to part with £252m, boasting that it had secured exclusive rights over a PPE factory in China. Just one problem. The masks it produced use ear loops, when only masks tied at the head are judged by the government to be suitable for NHS staff. If the government wanted to spend £156m on masks for the nation’s kids to play doctors and nurses, this was a great deal. But in the fight against a pandemic, it was useless.All this has come to light thanks to the Good Law Project, which is challenging through the courts what it calls “the government’s £15bn supermarket sweep approach to PPE procurement”. As if to remind us of the necessity of judicial review – a process now threatened with “reform” by this government..."

Johnson and his friends. Power and money.

Whatever happened to those people complaining about "the elites"? Why do we not hear from them now, on this?
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Old Aug 8th 2020, 12:37 pm
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There are couple of problems with this. Firstly it's from the Guardian, so the Tory fanboys will dismiss it out of hand and disparage it for any more neutral reders. Secondly, it is shouting at the wall, because the British voter seems happy to forgive Johnson anything......
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Surely YouTube will be chokka with fans of direct democracy up in arms about this affront, effectively a huge backhander to the property development lobby which also contributes handsomely to Tory Party coffers :

The Tories' planning overhaul is a ferocious attack on democracy

Here's a brief flavour :
More than anything else, the reforms serve to transfer power away from local elected representatives and towards private developers, who will be able to build whatever they like, unopposed. The significance of this should not be underestimated. From now on, our built environment will be shaped around the interests of shareholder value, unchecked by democratic accountability.

Some may argue that this is a price worth paying to break the logjam in housing supply. But, according to the Local Government Association, nine out of every 10 planning applications are approved by councils anyway. Some maintain that this figure is misleading, because only those who expect planning permission to be granted bother applying. But more than a million homes that have already been granted planning permission in the last decade have not yet been built. If the planning system really is the problem, why have these homes not been built?

The government’s reforms are premised on the assumption that the planning system is to blame for a shortage of housing, but curiously the white paper presents no evidence to support this claim. According to information obtained by Shelter under a freedom of information request, the government hasn’t even bothered to assess what impact its new proposals will have on housebuilding.
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I didn't want to paste too much in one go...as tempting as it was

It was too much like the shipping company with no ships.
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All this gave me the urge to check out Tom Robinson again. Here's a very appropriate 2018 update of perhaps his most well-known song.


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But more than a million homes that have already been granted planning permission in the last decade have not yet been built. If the planning system really is the problem, why have these homes not been built?
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Because land owners can sell at a much higher price if the land already has planning permission.....

But planning permission usually comes with conditions such as requiring something of benefit to the community, which developers sometimes decide isn't worth the cost of doing business.

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Because land owners can sell at a much higher price if the land already has planning permission.....

But planning permission usually comes with conditions such as requiring something of benefit to the community, which developers sometimes decide isn't worth the cost of doing business.
Well, thank goodness the caring, sharing Tories are looking to get rid of those restrictions....... obviously, what the county needs is more 6-bedroom "executive" homes.
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This is really a different topic but in view of the lies, corruption and flouting the rules at the very top I couldn't help thinking it's a good example of "leading by example" but not in the positive way one usually expects.

Two-thirds of UK’s furloughed workers continued job in Covid-19 lockdown
The majority of people who have been furloughed have carried on working during lockdown, with men significantly more likely than women to flout the rules of the scheme and work for their employer when they are not allowed to do so.
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Well, thank goodness the caring, sharing Tories are looking to get rid of those restrictions....... obviously, what the county needs is more 6-bedroom "executive" homes.
money laundering in UK real estate is big business. It's one potential upside to Brexit, as that business is likely to expand further.
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money laundering in UK real estate is big business. It's one potential upside to Brexit, as that business is likely to expand further.
The Spanish are the experts in this field. Nothing to do with Brexit, either.
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You could try this one as well

'Weak laws and regulations in Germany allow billions of euros of dirty cash to be funneled into its real estate market, turning the country into a hotbed for money laundering, according to a Transparency International report published on Friday'

https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/9022-...20on%20Friday.
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London is already an (the?) icon of dirty money.

With few places to turn once the UK leaves it's cash cow, the single market, what's left? Aside from the NHS (a nonexportable commodity), the UK's next largest industry is financial services. It's the only thing left. And deregulation of that industry has been quietly discussed as a post-brexit strategy, since before the referendum.

You've been around for some years, Manch. You may recall, long before the referendum, I predicted that would likely be the UK's only option. The UK depends on foreign money. Attracting it, wherever it comes from, is going to become a basic necessity.

And it's not exactly a secret. Here's just a sampling:

Russia blazed a trail for Chinese oligarchs to nab London property

Money worth 271 Buckingham Palaces laundered in the UK

London could become global cash laundering epicentre after Brexit, report warns

How the golden visa scheme let Russian money pour into the UK

Greed and loopholes made London the world’s capital of dirty money and dark influence

'Londongrad laundromat': Oligarch allies of Vladimir Putin have used London to wash illicit Russian money, report warns


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