Well it looks like today might be the day the shit hits the fan.
Or perhaps we will all just ignore it and shrug and let the incompetent idiots we have put in charge get on with it.
The Sunday Times have today published what they call “an unprecedented leak of Government Documents”. This is Operation Yellowhammer – a dossier compiled THIS MONTH by the Government itself to identify the situation that the UK will find itself in if we leave the EU with no deal.
The report is behind a paywall as it’s the Times but it says the following
1. Britain is unprepared for No Deal and we are all so bored with it that plans are not a focus even where they should be.
2. They expect a hard border in Ireland. With all the difficulties that will bring – the dossier expects “direct action” – and we should all worry about what that means!
3. Border delays, disruption at ports are likely to lead to fuel shortages particularly in the South East
4. Passenger and freight delays at ports and airports which will be “significant”.
5. Fuel duty has been set at 0 and this will lead to job losses, fuel shortages and refinery closures.
6. Medical supplies and food imports are likely to be impacted and lead to potentially severe shortages.
7. Protests in our cities and conflict in our waters as fishing vessels sail into British waters
8. Rising costs in Social care, impacting small providers quickly but larger ones within
And these are just the edited highlights.
The most chilling?
One sentence which says “
Low-income groups will be disproportionately affected by rises in the price of food and fuel.”
No shit, sherlock!!!!
No doubt the extreme fringe of the Brexit supporting press and public will say none of this is definite and just scaremongering. Plan for the worst sort of thing and then you are covered.
What sort of Government takes these risks with its citizens – deliberately and in the cold light of day? What sort of Government accepts these risks to public order, to food security, to medicines and fuel when they do not have to?
This is like we are preparing for war. When actually we are preparing for the biggest vanity project the UK has ever seen. A project which will mean remember that “Low-income groups will be disproportionately affected by rises in the price of food and fuel.” All the while the super rich bankrolling this fiasco quaff their champagne and their fois gras and guffaw at how clever they have been. Ok, so that’s a stereotype but you know what – that’s what will happen. The poor, the sick, the disabled will face rising costs which will make utterly no difference to the Aaron Banks, the Jacob Rees-Moggs and the Boris Johnsons of this world. And they don’t care – not one single iota.
Meanwhile, in Scotland the SNP have signed up to a letter with others demanding that Boris Johnson recalls parliament immediately to allow these issues to be debated properly.
The Scottish Government have nationalised Ferguson Shipyards to secure jobs and ferry contracts. And thank goodness for that.
Yet today we see further the contempt from the UK Government for all the devolved nations – not a mention of Scotland or Wales. And utter disregard for the Good Friday Agreement and for the safety and security of its citizens in Northern Ireland.
If you have sat on your hands and shrugged your shoulders so far at Brexit. If you are tired of the endless to-ing and fro-ing and the name calling and the nonsense, the time has come to stand up and be counted. Write to your MP, whatever colour they wear, write to your MSP. Explain that this damage, these risks are unacceptable and must be prevented at all costs. Time to stand up and be counted! Get angry, get active, speak up!
For all those who say Scotland has a way out and demand that we should use it now – dissolve the union, UDI, etc etc – I think that you are probably wrong. This Scottish Government has stood against this Government and it’s nonsensical and dangerous plans in order to prevent no deal for the UK. It must continue to do so. It is the right thing to do. We cannot stop trying to prevent this catastrophe – pull our MPs out of parliament as some have suggested whilst a hard border returns to Northern Ireland and vulnerable people across the UK face food and fuel shortages. We have to stand against this because it’s the right thing to do.
However, we need a second referendum, whether we can prevent this or not.
If we don’t prevent no deal then an Independent Scotland is the only way to ensure Scotland’s prosperity and a fairer better society for all of us living here regardless of where we have come from.
If we do manage to prevent No Deal then an Independent Scotland is the only way to prevent us ever being in this situation again. Ignored, sidelined and forced into actions that will be a catastrophe for our people and our economy and are against the democratically expressed wishes of the Scottish people.
Hold on… it’s going to be a bumpy ride