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This page last updated on 25 October 2020
Captain Boris pushes the Brexit
Ship to 'Flank Speed' ahead
THE Coronavirus (Covid19) has
already damaged the UK economy and many small businesses
along with employees are facing a very hard winter, with
minimal or no support from UK Government for many. With no
lifeboats and with a very real iceberg looming on the
horizon, of mass redundancies and bankruptcies, the boilers
of the Northern Powerhouse and other UK Regions are close to
blowing, but now all businesses have to get ready for a no
deal Brexit, sorry the "Australia Style Agreement."
It was hoped the best deal the UK could now get would be a
"Canada style" trade deal with the EU, after the UK leaves
the transition period at the end of 2020, but this is
looking less and less likely. Even a "Canada style
agreement" ("Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement,"
"Ceta") for short would still leave the UK in a very
dangerous position, because the structure of its trade is
very different to that of Canada. Also this type of deal has
been shot down by Brussels due to Britain's closeness to the
The new buzz words from Number 10 are that we will soon go
into an "Australia Style Agreement," but as
the EU does not have a free trade deal with Australia,
although they are in negotiations, the latest semantics in
reality is really code for World Trade Organization (WTO)
rules. But why should that matter? Also, what memories do
countries like Australia have of the time we joined the
Well, if we follow WTO rules, sorry:- "Australia Trade
Rules" it will add thousands to the cost of new
cars, food, equipment and lots of other imports and exports.
With January seeing of tariffs on goods moving between the
UK and the EU and the increase of complex bureaucrat red
tape, along with the checks, this will mean not only high
import and export costs, but also massive delays with the
movement of goods. That is not forgetting the massive impact
on the Tourism Market, we face in a post Brexit WTO world,
as we will no longer have free movement, something people
see as only affecting:- "foreign criminals"
and "illegal immigration" as we have seen
quoted so many times over the Brexit debates. All this now
threatens to become the perfect storm for UK businesses big
and small and the UK economy. Along with the added impact of
the already bad decision making of Boris Johnson's
Government over Covid, the situation bears all the hallmarks
of a Titanic disaster for the UK's economy and job market.
As our good old Captain, Boris pushes for 'Flank Speed'
ahead, and the iceberg warnings are ignored, given the
instability of the economy, a sinking in January 2021 seems
increasingly likely. Now many business leaders are warning
that January 2021 will see the UK lapse into a long
'Winter of Discontent' like no other in the recent
history of our nation.
As even a paper by the Centre for Brexit Policy has
questioned Boris Johnson's claim that the UK will go to
"Australia rules" on World Trade Organisation
terms if a deal is not struck with the EU. This begs the
question how competent our Captain really is, as we sail
into the unknown?
Now, it has been also publicly admitted that the so called
"red wall" voters who helped deliver Boris
Johnson's election victory will be disproportionately
affected by Brexit, along with the building resentment in
the way people are being treated over the financial support
for those affected by Covid19, the pressure is building.
This is all storing up trouble, with potential stormy waters
ahead and our ship pushed to breaking point as it ploughs
through huge waves of protests, this tumultuous course the
UK is now navigating on might not even see us reach the
iceberg. With thousands of small businesses on the blink of
closure due to the lack of support over Covid19 and now
"no deal Brexit," along with people who are still
unaware of the impact this will have on trade and day to day
life in the UK, we might be soon be raging as we hit the
rocks! Even more likely is that the ship's company might
even mutiny in 2021. As the Chief Executive of the 'Best for
Britain campaign against a no-deal Brexit,' Naomi Smith,
said:- "The EU has signalled its desire to carry on
talks. Walking away now would be a hideous gamble with the
country's future." If she is correct and we do
continue, the anchor could be dropped and a possible rescue
deal made. But as Naomi Smith also said:- "Without a
deal, tariffs would destroy the competitiveness of many UK
industries, meaning the current economic crisis will cut
deeper into people's lives." Yet, on the other hand,
even though, just as with the Covid19 crisis, the Government
still has its hard line supporters, who claim calm waters
are ahead. On the other side, the relentless Nigel Farage
has warned Boris Johnson that he is ready to resurrect the
Brexit Party, should the UK compromise to reach a trade deal
with the European Union.
If you own a betting shop, we would love to hear the odds on
what course the UK will sail on as the 31 December deadline
looms ever closer. Please do let us know your thoughts on
this monumental palaver, by emailing our news room today
Did you know? Flank speed is a nautical term referring to a
ship's true maximum speed, but it is not equivalent to the
term full steam ahead.
removed for Covid19 disrupted rail travel on Advance tickets
RAIL passengers in England,
Scotland and Wales will have extra protections to ensure they are not left out
of pocket from Covid19 related local restrictions. Passengers who have bought an
Advance ticket which they can subsequently no longer use as a result of Covid19
restrictions changing will not have to pay the administration cost of
rearranging travel for a ticket purchased prior to any announcement.
As new travel restrictions come into force in different parts of the country,
passengers are more at risk of having to change travel plans. The Government has
worked closely with train operators to build consumer confidence and support the
The new temporary measures enable passengers to claim discretionary rail travel
vouchers or credit notes for unused Advance tickets that are valid for up to a
year, offering more flexibility than the current arrangements.
The Government is also allowing independent rail retailers to temporarily waive
the usual change of journey admin fee for Advance tickets.
This decision follows extensive support provided to the rail industry throughout
the Covid19 Pandemic, to protect jobs and keep services running for passengers.
The announcement, on 25 October 2020, ensures that support continues as people
return to the railways.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:- “Covid has seen massive disruption
to our way of life, and passengers buying Advance tickets should not be
penalised for cancelling their travel plans to follow the advice that can save
lives. By temporarily scrapping these admin fees on Advance tickets, and
extending the time people have to re-book their journeys, we are ensuring that
large numbers of rail passengers will not be left out of pocket.”
The Government previously stepped in to permit Advance ticket refunds at the
outset of the pandemic, as well as removing administrative refund or change of
journey charges from:- Advance, Off Peak, Super Off Peak, or Anytime tickets.
These new measures offer further support for customers across the rail network,
Jacqueline Starr, Chief Operating Officer at the Rail Delivery Group, said:-
"When people take the train we want them to travel with confidence. As well
as extra cleaning and more trains, that means people knowing that if things
change and they can no longer use their Advance ticket due to Covid19
restrictions, they won’t be unfairly penalised, so this announcement is good
news for our passengers."
Letters to Editor:-
Update from Friends of Christ Church"
"AS a result of the present
restrictions, and because of the large number of people who
come to them, the Friends of Old Christ Church have decided
with deep regret that they are unable to host any community
events for the foreseeable future and have cancelled all of
them for the remainder of this year. We are sorry to have to
disappoint our regular visitors but we shall keep the
situation under review and hope to be in a position to
continue with our usual programme of events starting again
in February 2021. We plan to be in a position to host the
following events again in 2021:-
Waterloo Flea Markets and Vintage Fairs.
Open Day and Summer Fair.
Fair before Christmas.
Nearly New Sales.
Waterloo Art Exhibition.
Big Draw and Craft Workshops.
Waterloo Beer Festival.
Liverpool Model Railway Show.
NW Ship Show.
Let us hope that the virus is under control by the end of
the year, and in the meantime keep safe." The
Friends of Old Christ Church.
Total UK cases COVID19 cases in
and around Liverpool City Region
THE total number of UK
Coronavirus (Covid19) infections that have been laboratory
confirmed, within the UK, has risen by:-
19,790 cases and the
total number now stand at:-
873,800, that includes tests
carried out by commercial partners which are not included in
the 4 National totals.
The total number of Covid19 associated UK fatalities added
to the total, was sadly reported to be:-
151, within 28 days
of positive test, according to the Department of Health. The
total number of deaths of people who have had a positive
test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory
44,896, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with
Covid19 on the death certificate:-
The number of Covid19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
7,850. The current number of Covid19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:-
number of Covid19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:-
In England, there are a total of:- 113,205 confirmed cases.
North West - total of:- 30,881 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
Area and number of confirmed cases:-
LIVERPOOL City Region
St. Helens, 5,007
1 to 10
11 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 40
41 to 50
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within
Local Authorities around the Liverpool City
Region are as follows:-
West and Chester,
Covid19 deaths are now measured across the UK as deaths that
occurred within 28 days of the 1st laboratory confirmed
positive Covid19 test. Daily and cumulative
numbers of COVID19 patients admitted to Hospital. Data are
not updated every day by all 4 nations and the figures are
not comparable as Wales include suspected COVID19 patients
while the other nations include only confirmed cases.
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