North Sea shell fish are caught and sent from our rich waters off the UK to be shelled in Asia. Mercury and Arsenic polluted prawns are returned. Despite highly paid on the ground EU scientists they fail to stop the swap.
In Thailand, shrimp processing facilities have been linked to human trafficking
Thailand, the biggest supplier of shrimp imported to the U.S., is also a major hub for human trafficking and slavery. In 2014 and 2015, investigations from several major newspapers revealed that a sizeable portion of the farmed Thai shrimp that wound up in American, European and Asian grocery stores and restaurants had directly or indirectly passed through the hands of trafficked workers.
A 2015 Associated Press exposé, for example, uncovered rampant abuses in Thailand’s shrimp-peeling plants. In these facilities — often little more than sheds — impoverished migrants from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos were tricked or sold into debt bondage. Victims recounted 16-hour shifts, grueling child labor and physical abuse. Some were forced to work through severe illness and miscarriage. Others were locked inside for months or years on end.
Be careful Mr. Tusk. The Spinx like Daimajin will rise to protect the 17.4M. Who are you to take their European citizenship away? Just because you and your cohorts have hijacked the future for millions across Europe it does not make the 17.4 Million in the UK any less European, our rights are inalienable.
Your persona is strange, a devout fighter of the Soviet doctrine yet you emerge in Europe intent on creating a Soviet Empire. Mr. Tusk turn your attention to your own continent under your watch we are seeing oppression in Catalonia and a brutal crushing of the Mouvement des gilets jaunes. The brutal pictures that we are seeing you could be forgiven for believing they are from the days of Soviet invasions, perhaps the streets of Prague in the 60s. To use your words; “often the ones beaten are in the right”. Hell belongs your domain Mr. Tusk. You are a classic example of a person who leaves their country to escape their culture who then tries to set that same culture you’ve escaped in your adopted country.
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Francois Hollande vs Banking
I will turn my attention today to the banking sector, for here we are full of, I guess a form of Sophism logic. I do not ever recall a head of state or a British Prime Minister refer to the banking sector as the enemy. Francois Hollande did just that, yet he espouses vitriol towards British people showing his and Macron’s desire to punish us with his attempts to pull the banking sector from London to harm the Great British people. Fooled we are not!
For many years the EU have been meddling in the affairs of the city, not least by Monsieur Barnier, as notes of meetings with Lord King will attest to. The EU have tried hard to influence, even control the affairs of the city. Since 2008 this campaign has intensified with regulation flowing from Brussels due to the Western Financial crisis (The west refer to this as the global financial crisis for me this is a misnomer as the Asia region marched on regardless). REFER TO MY NOTE HERE.
European Union plans for the City of London’s Demise
In particular, four measures are likely to have a large impact on the City: restrictions on the over-the-counter derivatives market; the EU’s implementation of the so-called Basel Three agreement which imposes tougher requirements for capital and liquidity; caps on bankers’ bonuses; and the proposed financial transactions (Tobin) tax. The Tobin Tax named after James Tobin a Nobel prize winner for economics in 1972. It was his hope after the end of exchange rate controls (the Bretton Woods agreement in 1971) to throw sand in the wheels of currency speculation. Again this tax gains momentum championed by France through the corridors of the EU. Ironically, both taxes will do little to quell the city appetite as they will relocate to New York, Dubai, Hong Kong or Singapore. A loss for the whole of Europe!
Briefly I’ll turn to remainers. I’ve noticed, for some time how remainers always espouse the term I. One comment l received yesterday, where a business owner raged about WTO paperwork, the complexity of it, although he admitted he’d only completed the paperwork once as his business is Europe. A business he owns that deals with Europe smoothly. He also said if WTO was so easy why do countries push for Free Trade Agreements.
I have written here to alert, to open discussion on the opportunity of the 21C, this is Asia’s century. But again the hostility I’ve received to the notion of flying over Europe to chase far off dreams seem to some, well mind boggling. There is a lot of substance here to cover, I will try to deal with this as I write below although some excuses appear shallow.
- First we are a community, we are not I or my business, we have a duty of care for each other. Perhaps if we did it will result to fewer employees knocking back anti depressants.
- Remainers seem to think that all trade with the EU will end March 30th, where does this come from?
- As for Free trade Agreements, I think India has tried to negotiate with EU for eight years, and they, if they haven’t already given up.
- WTO, it seems there is a belief that our options will always be; remain in the EU or be locked to WTO in perpetuity, again why? Will the EU not want to trade with their biggest market, admittedly when sanity prevails they I’m sure, will want a free trade agreement with the UK. After all a trade surplus exists.
- My final point; the excuse that Asia is too far I think is quite pathetic, one person’s used the argument that we must reduce our carbon footprint. Whilst I agree and I do hope they embrace electric cars. I do find such an attitude laudable as we not only holiday in Asia or Jamaica, St Lucia, but we tuck into North Sea prawns with our surf and turf. Prawns that have been flown to Thailand, Vietnam to be shelled.
Shell Fish, Mercury & Arsenic pollution
On, the subject of Prawns, I recently had dinner with a scientist from the EU. He alerted me of the risk that North Sea shell fish are travelling from rich waters off the UK to be shelled in Asia. They are being substituted by shell fish caught in waters Asia with high mercury and arsenic content. I later asked Andrew Wilson from EU food sector this very question, he attempted to dismiss this notion as stupidity, as he does the views of Brexit leavers, but he later guardedly admitted that yes it is a concern.
For today I will leave this blog here, thank you for reading.