The World This week from Mennies

Trump, Brexit, Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon.

Well here we are, another week in, and a busy one at that, with a few new ventures in mind, the Coach side of the business holding up well, in what is normally a quiet time of the year, and the repair and maintenance side getting busier by the day.  Never a dull moment.

So, that takes care of Dundee but elsewhere in the World. Well let’s start with our friends across the pond.We still have this crazy situation with the president of America refusing to sign over the authority to finalise the budget causing millions of federal employees to go without wages and the people of America to go without necessary public services. The rest of the sane World look on with dismay, and of course I do not include the Uk in that category of “the sane World” as we are the laughing stock of the world also, with our problems with Brexit.

OK so let’s look at solutions to both problems and let’s start with the US. Now Donald has two problem’s at present. Well to be accurate he has more than two but let’s leave out the mental health issues he so obviously has and focus on the ones that are shutting down the government. Now he wants a wall built along the border between the US and Mexico and he originally said that Mexico would be paying for this wall. This last week he has been trying to say he didn’t say this, but he did, many hundreds of times. He is attempting to persuade Congress to back his plan to spend 5.,5 Billion on the wall.

Ok so here is the solution.The biggest factor in building a wall is the labour costs, so Trump persuades Congress to pass a much lesser amount, say 2 billion and he buys a few million concrete blocks, sand and cement and has the materials deposited along the border. He then offers Mexicans or south Americans the opportunity to build a section of the wall without wages, in place of wages he allows them to bring their close family to America . This way Mexico, in a way, pays towards the wall, congress gets off the hook by passing a much lesser amount, Donald gets his wall, and everybody lives happily ever after. Job done.

Now let’s turn to Brexit,this is actually easier to remedy but needs some explanation. Right, firstly we had a referendum with a simple question. Do you wish to leave the EU, Yes orNo. Scotland voted by a huge majority to remain, Northern Ireland also voted to remain England and wales voted by a small majority to leave but because of the population difference the overall vote for the UK was a small majority to leave. Now the British government stated that Brexit means Brexit and promptly started to conduct negotiations emanating in an agreement to not quite leave. So from “Brexit means Brexit” the British government have went to Brexit doesn’t quite mean Brexit and taking into consideration that only something like 36.5% of then, eligible voting public actually voted to leave therefore leaving 63.55% of the voting eligible population not voting to leave, and also taking into consideration that people have now realised they were misled by the leave campaign and every poll taken lately shows a large majority to stay, then it doesn’t take a genius to realise that there needs to be a rethink and quick. Add to that the comedy of this Government going from one disaster to the next and making a laughing stock of themselves in the process and it seems obvious that something needs changing and it is this.

We simply need to cancel Brexit and we will have everything this government are trying to negotiate and more,much more, what is the bloody problem?

Right, now that I have solved two of the World’s most pressing problems let me now go to an issue that is far more important than any of these crazy situations.

This week Alex Salmond won a case of Judicial review against the Scottish Government, or to be exact the Scottish government capitulated when their case threatened to be exposed for what it always was and that was a blatant attempt to smear Alex. Now the person nominally responsible was Leslie Evans who is the Scottish government permanent secretary. She was responsible for implementing a policy decision made by Nicola Sturgeon on openness and accountability for harassment.

Now I have been reading all week from ardent Nicola Sturgeon fans about Leslie Evans position which is as apart of the Civil service of the UK, which is correct and she was put forward as a candidate for the position as part of a chosen and vetted group by the UK commissioner for the civil service., The point missing from all of these outpourings of anger was that it was Nicola sturgeon as Scotland’s first minister who actually appointed Evans and Evans was responsible for implementing Nicola Sturgeon’s policy on harassment. The policy and implementation that the high court Judge remarked was contrary to law on several points.

now there has been criticism of Sturgeon for not immediately sacking Evens and indeed Mc Kinnen who was the person responsible for the investigation into the Salmond allegations.

I feel the reason for this unwillingness to sack Evans is because if she did then the whole house of cards would tumble down.

Just before the story of the Salmond accusations became public and coincidently, I was standing in Mennies when I received a message with one sentence, “Sturgeon has stabbed Salmond in the back” This came from a friend of mine well dug into the Holyrood political establishment. Two days later it was all over the papers and on every news outlet. The allegation was that Salmond had sexually assaulted two women in 2013 when he was first Minister.I had suspected for some time that relations between Salmond and Sturgeon had been strained and several incidents such as the comments Sturgeon made when Salmond took on a show on RT. She was openly critical of him instead of simply saying nothing.

So, taking all that had happened, I formed the opinion at the time that the message I received was in all probability correct and the revelations this week have done nothing to change my mind. It has been known that Salmond would prefer a more direct approach to independence than Sturgeon in fact any approach to independence would have to be better than Sturgeons approach which has been a succession of marching her troops up to the top of the hill and down again that many times that it would have made the Grand Old Duke of York dizzy.

I have also been of the opinion that Sturgeon is a liability to the independence movement and this Alex Salmond case has done nothing to change my mind on that.

I feel there is quite a way to go and quite a few revelations to surface surrounding this case. We will have to wait and see, but it is the Scottish government who are on the ropes at the moment not Alex Salmond.

OK so, it is Saturday night, there are refreshments to be had and discussions aplenty no doubt, so I raise my glass to all my friends the World over and I am planning a cruise towards the end of the month which will leave from Fort Lauderdale so might catch up with one or two of them.

Slainte

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The World this week from mennies

Trump, Brexit, the SNP, the “takeaway” ship company. 5th Jan 2019

Well here we are in the first week of the new year, and what a year it promises to be, with Brexit only 85 Days away, an incompetent government at the wheel in the UK, an unstable president in the US, and a party of independence in Scotland who are lost somewhere along the road to independence. What could possibly go wrong this year? Oh, and before I forget, happy New Year.

So, let’s start with oor Donald., and when I call him oor Donald, I do so because of two things, firstly he is Scottish by ancestry, as his Mother came from a small village near Stornoway on Lewis. Secondly, because, regardless of how you loathe or love the Man, his decisions as President of the most powerful country on the Planet, affect all of us, every day of our lives.   Donald is an enigma, on the lower end of the scale of enigmas. He makes decisions that are illogical, bazar and sometimes actually sensible. Let me start with the sensible ones as they are fewer of them. I class his decision to withdraw troops from Syria, as a sensible decision, firstly because they should never have been there in the first place as they were never invited by the legitimate government of Syria, making their presence there a terrorist operation. He has backtracked slightly on this by extending the timescale from a matter of weeks to several Months, quite possibly because someone told him that by leaving, he would be stuffing the Kurds in favour of the Turks. The Kurds themselves have slightly ameliorated this situation by inviting the Syrian Army to take over the town of Manbij which they themselves liberated from the Israeli and US financed, terrorist group, ISIS. The US has been playing a double game here, but that was too complicated for Donald to work out.

On the illogical to bazar decisions Donald makes, his press conference yesterday after his meeting with Nancy Pelosi and her Democrat committee, was a classic. I found it difficult to believe I was listening to the president of America, who started off by telling the World how great he was. This took up most of his speech which was to have been about his meeting with the Democrats regarding opening up the government, and his obsession with his wall along the Mexican border. The wall, you will remember that he was going to get the Mexican Government to pay for.

Well I do not think I have heard such a rambled, and at times incoherent diatribe from a politician for a considerable time. The only thing I could take from it was that instead of a wall he seems now to be speaking about a steel fence. There was no agreement from the Democrats (who now control the Senate) so therefore he continues with the government shut down, leaving millions of government employees without pay and even more millions of Americans without services. A terrible situation to allow a country to endure because of a silly vanity project.

So, elsewhere and we come once again to Brexit and the New year sees Theresa may scuttling around EU leaders with her begging bowl, desperately trying to get “clarification” of the backstop arrangements for the border between the EU and the UK which just happens to be in Northern Ireland. This before parliament debates the EU agreement on the 14th of January. What an utter mess this government have gotten the UK into.
To add to the black comedy that is Brexit we have the Tory government awarding a £14 million contract to provide ferries to the EU, to a company who have never traded, run by a guy whose last company folded owing millions of pounds to creditors. A company who do not have a rowing boat never mind a fleet of Ferries, and whose attempts at even producing a set of conditions of trading was hilariously copied from an internet fast food delivery company. So presumably, once they are in operation you will be able to phone them up for, two tickets for the ferry from Ramsgate to Ostend, two large pizzas and a large bottle of coke. As if that was not bad enough, another part of their terms was taken from a jeweller’s web site and part of another section in their terms was in Latin. One thing that was apparent is that the present board of Seabourn are big donors to the Tory party. Honestly this government are going from one disaster to another. When will someone put them out of their misery?

This neatly brings me to the state of the independence movement under the auspices of the SNP. We have a situation where there is a government in Westminster barely capable of governing. We have a situation where we are about to be driven over the edge of a cliff called Brexit, like a suicide of Lemmings, a Brexit Scotland voted against and we have the so-called party of independence, the SNP, caught like a rabbit in a car’s headlights with no apparent pan to extricate us from this cesspit of inanity and incompetence. Instead we have the leader of the SNP attempting to save the Union. There was a poll done recently that showed that in the event of a snap General Election the SNP could gain 14 seats (some of the ones they lost in the last general Election) and this could give them the balance of power. Many people see this as a way to force the government (presumably labour) to agree to a section 30 to allow an independence referendum. I honestly feel that although the SNP have put us in the position of being ill prepared for another referendum or contest for independence, they should simply go for the GE on a single-issue manifesto, that of independence, with the intention to declare independence in the event of a Scottish majority of Westminster MP’s.

I do not think they will do that, and instead will use the increase of SNP Westminster MP’s to assist the UK back on its feet after Brexit.

So enough of politics, it is Saturday night and time for a pint in my favourite hostelry Mennies. The proper name of the pub is the Speedwell Tavern, it is called Mennies after one of the previous owners Mrs Mennie who ran a tight ship. Her claim to fame was one night after performing in a concert in the Caird Hall here in Dundee, the Rolling Stones paid a visit to the Pub. They became rather rowdy and were asked to leave by Mrs Mennie.

A wee dity I penned as part of my speech at my daughter Laura’s wedding.

You will climb the wall to look over and see that the grass is greener on the other side.

You may be tempted to cross over to sample the greener grass

If you do, then remember this

The most important thing you can take with you is the ladder.

I wish my friends the World over a great Saturday evening and a good weekend.

Slainte

The World this week from Mennies

America\ Donald, The Queen, Angus McNeil, Brexit. 29 Dec 201

Well first of all, a happy Christmas all and I would normally say have a prosperous New Year, however because of the antics in the Westminster circus called a parliament in respect of Brexit, it looks very much like a prosperous new year is on hold at the moment.

So, let me start on the other side of the pond with oor Donald, and despite his ‘bone spurs” he managed to visit a war zone. Another made in America War zone, in Iraq, where he got the troops into a state of euphoria by signing a few hats and getting the faces of Seal team 5 onto the cover page of “The Sunday Terrorist”. Yes, hard to believe, but the president of America was instrumental in exposing the identities of one of America’s “secret “special forces teams.

It takes hundreds of millions of dollars to train a special forces team, and a superhuman effort on the part of the soldiers to gain entry into that unit and here is that fool making them redundant and at risk within a couple of minutes. That Man requires incarceration in a very secure nursery.

Here at home and not to be outdone by Donald we had the annual sleep fest called the Queens Speech, where this year she decided to broadcast from a room dripping with gold, the focal point of the room and indeed for many who watched it was a gold piano. A piano with connections to Iraq, in as much as it was apparently looted from Sadam Husain’s Palace and found its way to Buckingham palace the present incumbent of which, like Sadam rules by absolute decree, without a single person in the country voting for either one of them.

So there we had it , the Queen in the golden room on her golden seat by her golden,” stolen” piano telling all the plebs to pull together , with no doubt the coming catastrophe of Brexit in mind.

The Duke of Edinburgh was not at Church as he had been tasked with nipping out to Tesco to buy up all the French Champaign to help the family weather the coming Brexit storm.

Now for my weekly drone about independence, we have the worst Westminster government trying to get through parliament the most unpopular policy in history. A government in absolute chaos with not a negotiator amongst them. A group of incompetent idiots who are the laughing stock of the planet and still the polling on independence voting intentions, is showing only a small increase. The reason for this is obvious to all but the SNP. The issues we lost the last referendum on are still there, and they are still there because the SNP and in particular Nicola Sturgeon have deliberately not addressed them.

Instead she has been trying to save the UK when England actually voted to leave., She has no business there and would be better employed,, forming policy for an independent Scotland.

There is only one SNP parliamentarian who has any balls and that is Angus McNeil from the wee Island of Barra. He seems to be the only one who is on the same page as Alex Salmond and has constantly lobbied for immediate action during this period of chaos.

I personally think that it will take the removal of Nicola Sturgeon and her husband Patter Murrel from the leadership of the party to get any positive movement on independence.

Go for it Angus, you have a lot of support out there.

The oncoming disaster called Brexit looms nearer by the day and it has become clear why Theresa May inexplicably put off the vote until after the new Year, and the reason is contained in the new Year’s honours list which is stuffed with wayward tory MP’s who have been given honours to buy their votes in the parliamentary debate due to begin on the 14th January . there you have it, despicable corruption at the heart of government. Is this the union you want to be part of? I don’t.

So, it is Saturday night, a pleasant pint in Mennies and I raise a glass to my friends the world over., Have a pleasant evening and a good weekend.

Slainte

The World This Week From Mennies

The US and Donald/Syria/ Brexit/ independence. 22Dec 2018

Well this is the first World this week, from Mennies for a while, due to a trip across the Atlantic together with not feeling great since I returned.

So, where do I start, well how about on the other side of the pond and oor Donald. Definitely never a dull moment with Donald who, at the moment is trying to hold the country to ransom by shutting down government until he gets his way with a massive expenditure on his border wall that Mexico was supposed to be paying for. Unfortunately ,it was only in his deranged mind, and of course Mexico told him where to go, in between rolling about the floor with laughter. Someone had the brilliant idea of starting a go-fund me, money gathering initiative which raised a few dollars., Sad that people would even think of trying to raise money in this way for a wall when there are veterans sleeping rough on the streets of the cities of America.

A bit of advice for Donald. We had a similar situation regarding a wall in Scotland and like America we also had an invading, foreign power who sought to conquer us. It was the Romans, now the Romans were a pretty warmongering people who came to the southern shores of these islands in the early days of the Christian era. They conquered the celtic tribes in what is now called England and moved north into Caledonia ( what is now called Scotland) building Hadrian’s wall around 22 CE ( Christian era) which stretched across the whole country. About 20 years later they built another wall in what is now called Scotland and called it Antonine’s wall to keep the Scots ( Caledonians) from killing them. Neither wall worked and eventually the invaders went home and the walls were used to build houses. So Donald, why not just build the houses now and be a real hero, instead of a prat? That is your way out.

Ok so just when you think daft Donald is about to implode, he does something sensible. He decides to withdraw US forces from Syria where they have been acting as a terrorist unit for the last few years. No doubt trying to ease the list of felonies mounting up against him by removing war crimes from the list.

This is good for Syria, as it cuts down on the amount of terrorist groups operating within their borders but not good for the Kurds who the Americans have been supposedly supporting in their fight with ISIS. Now let me explain. America has actually been supporting ISIS as they are against the Syrian government, but they also gave support to the Kurds who are fighting ISIS. Yes, sounds crazy but it is true. Now, the Kurds are also fighting for a separate state from Turkey, so their association with the US kind of prevented the Turks from all out war against them. So, the net result of the action in withdrawing his terrorists from Syria is that he has screwed the Kurds.

Ok so on this side of the Atlantic, Brexit, where the hell do I start?

What an awful, awful mess the Tories have gotten us in to. Firstly, by allowing a completely unnecessary referendum, followed by the most incompetent management of a negotiation in the history of the planet. Over the last couple of weeks, we have had a virtual circus of incompetence in Westminster, making the UK the laughing stock of the world.

This has brought us to the edge of the Abyss, with the prospect of a no deal Brexit, which, in reality was actually what the leave voters voted for., incredible but there you have it.

We have had a vote of no confidence in the prime minister, by her own party. We have had the government defeated three times in the one day, one of the times on contempt of parliament, in the first time in history. We have had the government cancel the debate on the final Brexit deal because it looked sure they would be defeated on that as well

We have been through all of that and still the government stands, and only through the utter and sheer incompetence of Jeremy Corbyn, the so-called leader of the opposition. The reason being of course that there is not a cigarette paper-width between the labour position and the Tories. When I say Labour, I am referring to the leader, Corbin whose leave position is at odds with the majority of his party. So here we are with a shade over twelve weeks until we plunge into the abyss that is Brexit and no one at the top have a clue what to do.

There is only two sensible things to do, either cancel Brexit or have another referendum on it.

As for the independence question, I can only say that if you are wondering how we managed to get to this place without declaring either UDI or a referendum on independence then please read the blogs I have been writing on the subject over the last 4 years, because I have been predicting exactly where we are, and that is the very best opportunity to be campaigning for another yes vote spoiled because of two things, an abysmal lack of preparation and Nicola Sturgeon, who would rather spend her time trying to save the UK than getting on with her day job which is attaining independence for Scotland. Honestly her failure to grasp the many opportunities presented or prepare for a referendum has been shocking. Angus McNeil has been the only one with a pair of balls to put his head over the parapet and tell the truth. I wish I had a pound for every time one of her sheeple acolytes have said to me “Nicola has a cleaver plan” Well she has not or never has had a cleaver plan or any other kind of plan except saving the UK from England’s stupidity and that is not the job that the people of Scotland gave her.

The SNP needs to get rid of Nicola, get out of the bunker they have been in since the last independence referendum and fight for Scotland. No battle was ever won from the inside of a bunker. You prepare, arm your troops, bring your enemy out on to a field of your choice and utterly destroy them or fall in the process. If you shy away from the battle because you might lose, then you have already lost.

I do not know one of my fellow Scots that would not rather die on their feet, than live on their knees.

Get out of that fucking corner you have been cowering in for the last four years SNP and get on with the job in hand or history will condemn you.

The Tragedy of Brexit

 

 

Well here we are with the Tories latest step towards the Abyss that is the EU negotiations. Can there actually be anyone left on these islands that cannot see that by far the best way out of this is to tear up section 50 and get back to being a full member of the EU. Even the loony left must now see the madness of this suicidal mission that is Brexit.

 

There are two sides to the equation here, as far as the leave side goes and they are naturally, diametrically opposing sides. We have the toffs led by Rees Mog whose real objective is to avoid the coming EU legislation to prevent large companies (and individuals) from moving large sums of money through tax havens, to avoid paying the tax which accrues to profits made in member countries, thus depriving these countries of vast amounts of tax revenue. Money which could be spent on poverty alleviating projects. Now let’s be absolutely clear on this and I am directing this to the misguided left-wing elements of the leave conglomerate and I will put it in big writing so that you do not miss it. THIS MONEY COULD STAMP OUT POVERTY IN PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES WITHIN A VERY FEW YEARS. My question to the lefties is this, are you serious about ending poverty, or do you just like shouting about it?

Now, you might have noticed that this reason is not the reason that the Rees Mog’s of this world have given for pushing the country to the edge of the Brexit precipice, of course it isn’t. No, they have been shouting about bringing back our abilities to make our own laws (although that has really never been in question) and more importantly keeping foreigners out of the country. Now there is the crux of the matter, and the reason for this is that within the left leaning groups in this country there is actually a sizable proportion of racists. Yes , I have said it and you have been led by the noses by the Brexiteer generals in the form of the Rees Mog’s and the Arron Banks’ who were responsible for injecting vast sums of money into the Brexit campaign, much of which was used in twisting reality through both the right wing press and social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, constantly feeding anti-immigration and anti-asylum nonsense day and night to willing recipients. Have you actually heard much about immigration lately, now that the damage has been done?

 

So, in effect we are where we are because of an unholy alliance between the far right and unwitting but gullible left wingers. Now I am quite sure many of you will be outraged that socialists would hold such racist views, so think of this, Hitler was a socialist, he led “The National Socialist Party” and they came to power because of grievances at the way Germany was being treated after the first World War and the poverty it was causing. They moved from socialists to Fascists, just like that other well-known socialist, Tony Blair, both were responsible for many hundreds of thousands of innocent deaths.

OK, we are where we are, and that is in an unholy mess. This could lead to a general election, but think on this, we are where we are because of the mess caused by Brexit, and it would seem that the only alternative to the circus of clowns we have at present, is a leader of the Labour party who does not realise the value of remaining a member of the EU, and would readily forego any poverty alleviating forthcoming legislation concerning tax havens because of what would seem, latent racist tendencies.

 

Now all of this aside and addressing the situation Scotland finds itself in and that is nowhere nearer independence than we were in 2014., Nowhere nearer because of the SNP’s blatant refusal to pre-prepare for a future referendum. We have lost countess opportunities because of the ineptitude of Nicola Sturgeon in leading the so called “party of independence”. The only token to preparation she tossed the troops was the economic commission report which was a year late and a complete waste of time as it suggested doing much the very same thing with currency that we lost the last referendum on. Realising (too late) that she had made an utter mess of it, she then kicked it into the long grass along beside all the other “conversations”.

 

Ok, we could have a General Election in the offing and regardless of the lack of preparation, I think we should go for a one issue mandate., That of independence, like I suggested in 2015 and we know what would have happened with that with 56 out of the possible 59 MP’s being elected. It is not the ideal situation, because of the wilful lack of preparation, but I honestly feel we could do it. I also do not see why we couldn’t have a seamless transition to membership of the EU

 

I don’t think Sturgeon will do this and instead, will go for an attempt at a coalition with Corbin to “save the UK”. Interesting days ahead.

I append  an internal EU publication on preparation for travel arrangements at the point where the UK exits the EU. Just to give a taste of the delights to come and what we could avoid as an independent country within the EU. The omni-shambles of the fishing give away in connection with the Irish situation would take too long to relate.

 

SEVEN THINGS

YOU NEED TO KNOW
WHEN TRAVELLING
between UK and the EU after Brexit — in the event of no deal

The United Kingdom (UK) will leave the European Union (EU) on Friday 29 March 2019 at midnight. This is exactly two years after it notified the European Council of its intention to withdraw.

If the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified before 30 March 2019, most of the legal effects of Brexit will apply as of 1 January 2021, i.e. after a transition period of 21 months, the terms of which are set out in the draft Withdrawal Agreement.

In the absence of a Withdrawal Agreement, there will be no transition period and EU law will no longer apply to and in the UK as of 30 March 2019.

Those who plan to travel between the UK and the EU27 after Brexit, as well as businesses providing travel-related services, should start preparing for the UK’s withdrawal, if they have not yet done so.

  1. BORDER CHECKS

Post-Brexit, UK nationals will no longer enjoy the facilitations provided for EU/EEA/CH citizens at the outer borders of the EU – and will not be entitled to use the separate EU/EEA/CH lanes. Persons travelling into the EU will be subject to additional verifications concerning, for instance, duration and purpose of stay.

UK citizens will need travel documents with a validity of no more than ten years, and valid for at least three months after intended departure from the EU.

The European Commission has proposed to the EU legislator to exempt UK nationals from visa requirements for short- term stays.

November 2018

  1. CUSTOMS, VAT AND EXCISE

There are limits to the quantities of products (in particular tobacco products and alcoholic beverages) that can be imported into the EU free of customs duties, VAT and excise duties post-Brexit.

Luggage may be subject to customs checks when entering the EU from the UK. Visitors from the UK will be entitled to a VAT refund on departure from the EU.

  1. TRAVELLING WITH PETS

The EU pet passport will no longer be valid for pet-owners resident in the UK post-Brexit.

Those travelling from the UK to the EU with pets should check, before travelling, which specific requirements will apply to the UK as a third country. They may need either a third country pet passport, or an animal health certificate.

  1. DRIVING

Post-Brexit, the mutual recognition system of driving licences between Member States no longer applies to the UK. Holders of a UK driving licence should verify with the relevant EU Member State whether an additional “international driving permit” is required.

People using a private vehicle registered in the UK are advised to check if their insurance covers both the EU and the UK after withdrawal. A “green card” may be required.

  1. HEALTH TREATMENT

Post-Brexit, access to healthcare in the EU will no longer be possible on the basis of a UK European Health Insurance card, and vice-versa.

People are advised to verify conditions for reimbursement of emergency medical expenses in third countries and consider taking out private travel insurance.

  1. PASSENGER RIGHTS

EU passenger rights to information, reimbursement, re-routing or compensation in case of delays and cancellations may no longer apply to UK flights and carriers, as well as ship, bus, coach and rail travels, depending on the point of departure and arrival and the country where the carrier is licensed.

  1. ROAMING

Providers of mobile communication services – voice calls, SMS or data – will no longer be bound by EU roaming rules when operating in the UK.

This means they may apply surcharges to UK customers using roaming services in the EU, and EU travellers using roaming services in the UK.

OTHER POINTS
TO BE KEPT IN MIND

Import into the EU of certain goods will be restricted or prohibited: for example products of animal origin (such as meat, milk, ham, cheese), cash over EUR 10,000, certain cultural goods, plants, plant products, or certain animals.

EU citizens will no longer be entitled to turn to UK embassies and consulates to seek consular protection in a third country (and vice-versa).

Full information is provided in the “Notice on Travelling between the EU and the United Kingdom following Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU”, published by the European Commission and available online1.

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION AND WHO CAN ASSIST ME?

The European Commission’s website has over 70 preparedness notices2 on a wide range of economic sectors. They are meant to help citizens and market participants prepare. It is recommended that you read them and seek advice if you, your family or your business may be affected.

Consult the websites of the European Commission’s departments and agencies3 active in the area that concerns you, your family or your business.

To get additional information and assistance, contact your national authorities.

This document is presented for information purposes only and should not be understood as a legal text. Its content is without prejudice to the negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement and the discussions on the future EU-UK relationship.

1 https://ec.europa.eu/info/brexit/brexit-preparedness/preparedness-notices_en 2 https://ec.europa.eu/info/brexit/brexit-preparedness_en
3 https://ec.europa.eu/info/departments_en

 

 

 

The World This Week From Mennies

So, another week in and another eventful week it was, with my final move from the home I have lived in for the last 30 years. A sad week, but probably a practical move nearer civilisation in the Autumn of one’s life.
A strange thing happened on the last day. I was finishing up packing and loading the last remnants of my time in Lisheen , I locked the door and had a last walk around the garden.

Now over the last few years there has been a Robin who would sit on the Barbeque in the evening as I was eating and when I saw it, I would always go out and lay out some bread or seeds., At times when I was in the car and turning in the drive, it would appear on a branch adjacent to where the car was and I would always stop ,get out of the car ,go back into the house and get some food for it. That last day, when I had walked around the garden for the last time and went to get into the car, the Robin was perched on the steering wheel, as if to say,” ok let’s go”

When I move into my new home, I will be looking for that wee Robin.

 

And so, to the rest of the world this week.

Tuesday saw the mid-term elections in the US with the Democrats taking control of the House of representatives which will give a few problems to Trump as they are now in the position to instigate impeachment procedures. On the other side, the Republicans increased their majority in the Senate. Trump of course pronounced this as a great victory, hmm.

We had the embarrassing tantrum by trump at a press conference with a reporter from CNN who was attempting to ask Trump uncomfortable questions. Trump had him silenced and had his press pass cancelled. George Orwell, you wrote a great book, but you got the year wrong, you were 34 years early. 1984 was the year I ran the New York marathon, Trump was just a young gangster then.

Here in the UK we had the utterly embarrassing admission by Dominick Raab, the Tory minister for chaos otherwise known as the lead negotiator for Brexit, that he did not realise that the UK was an island and because of that fine detail, we rely on a huge amount of traffic between Calais and Dover!!! Oops Houston, we have a problem., Our Dom studied law at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, apparently Geography was not an option. So, on we go with the Brexit madness with a blind and apparently totally thick driver at the wheel. God help us.

 

Here in Dundee we had the announcement “from London” of Michelin, one the largest employers in the City giving notice that they intend pulling out of the City within two years.  This was followed by the immediate call to arms by the usually comatose, Tory  Scottish Secretary David Mundell whose full time job is to persuade the people of Scotland that they cannot be governed well without a cabinet full of Oxford, Cambridge, and Etton educated members of parliament of the calibre of Dominick Raab, who has difficulty in tying his own shoe laces in the morning without written instructions.

Call me an old cynic (which will probably be better than the names you usually call me) but, this stinks to high heaven and when you add in the fact that Dundee turned out the highest yes vote in the country at the independence referendum in 2014, it becomes putrid. So, let us take a step forward in time to 2020 when the bedraggled SNP who have just lately realised that they have been painting themselves into a corner and in an act of desperation, they announce a referendum. By this time the Brexit madness will have transferred itself into a deal which will include limited access to the single market, removing any Brexit related excuse the SNP will have for a referendum. We, in Dundee, the bastion of independence support, will be told that we have been looked after very well by the Tories who persuaded Michelin to remain in Dundee and not only that, but there was Scotland voting 62% to stay in the EU and our messiah Saint Nicola deciding that they actually voted to stay in the single market and here is the SNP trying to once again drag us out of the limited single market negotiated on our behalf by the (now ) Lord Raab. Mark my words, unlikely as it may seem now, this is a very plausible train of events.

 

So, now that I have no doubt confused a few more people than just myself, I will move to a more pleasant theme. It is after all, the weekend, the first  weekend for over half a century I can once more call myself a Dundonian as opposed to a cheuchter, which for the unenlightened and Dominic Raab, is the Scots word for someone who is not a City dweller,  to all my friends the World over, and to the people who were my friends before I insulted them or embarrassed them, ( I will get around to the rest in time) to all the good republicans in the US ( there are a few ) to all the good Tories ( there are even fewer of them) to all the good Labour politicians ( there are only two of them one of which I will no doubt ,once again be attempting to put on the path to independence  later tonight) I wish you a pleasant and safe weekend. Take good care of yourselves and I raise my glass to you

 

Slainte.

 

PS, I forgot to mention President Macron of France who announced his intention to propose an EU Army, to defend Europe against any possible threat from countries like “Russia, China, or, wait for it, THE US.” Now that is what I call a guy who has got his shit together (as my American friends would say)

The World this week from Mennies

Another week almost to an end and yet again an extremely busy week in business with our latest project, which is the renovation of our 92 seat Skyliner coach coming to fruition with a first time pass at the testing station. Well done Jamie and the team.

 

Tonight will be the last Saturday evening I will travel home from Mennies to Lisheen, the house I have lived in for over 30 years ,in a village I have lived in for over half a century. It seems like yesterday, when as a young Man of only 19 years I embarked upon what was a massive project for me at the time which was to build my first home in the village of Auchterhouse. A massive project, not least for the reason that I had the princely sum of £10 in the bank at the time. Not much in the bank monetary wise but a huge deposit account of belief and endeavour, in one’s ability to overcome any hurdle that life was to throw in my way, and believe you me, there have been hurdles aplenty during that half century of an interesting and challenging life.

 

Over the last few weeks I have been clearing out the house in preparation for the move and I have filled to capacity, a 14 cubic meter skip along with burning probably in the region of a ton of papers which contain many memories. I had a few wry smiles as I went through the court documents of the many court cases I carried out myself, as in Scotland it is permissible for ordinary citizens to bring or defend cases in the district or Sheriff courts. The building industry is renowned for bad debt customers, and I carried out many cases on my own account much to the chagrin of many of the Dundee lawyers, who were generally pretty upset when I won against them. Of all the cases I ever carried out on my own behalf I only ever lost one of them. I remember a lawyer once said to me, “I have seen you take these small claims cases and up to now I have never been aware of you losing any, how do you do it?” “Quite simple really” I said “I have never taken out a case that I was not on the right side of the law in “I have many stories of my court wrangles but perhaps that is for another blog.

So, all of this was going through my mind as I bundled these records containing all of these memories into the skip and by the end of this coming week, the Auchterhouse phase of my life will be at an end, a new page will have begun and a favourite saying of mine will be appropriate.

 

Every day is a new page in your life story

You have a choice

You can simply read it

Or you can write it

 

I fully intend keeping on writing pages for some time to come.

 

So not had much time for too many views on the World this week, except a couple.

 

The Chancellor of the Exchequer presented the budget this week which was in the main a lot of wishful thinking which will have to be revised anyway in a few weeks when the final Brexit deal (or no deal) becomes apparent. However, one thing was to me very important and that was the raising of the upper tax threshold to 50K , meaning that the Scottish governments threshold of 43K  will leave many in Scotland worse off than their equivalent in England. Now there are many people saying that they will willingly pay the additional tax in the hope of better services. Well, I do not believe them, and the problem is that now because of the SNP’s insistence on gaining additional but limited powers through the Smith commission they are playing keep up with the Jones’s and the people most affected by this disparity are the very people we need to turn from no to yes in the fight for independence, that is the middle to upper earners and people with a private pension who have drawdown arrangements in place. I warned against having anything to do with the Smith commission and now it is coming home to roost.

 

Lastly, there is oor Donald, at it again, trying to out-Fascist the Fascists with his attitude towards a pathetic group of desperate and poor people, hopefully making a pilgrimage towards the border with the US, in the very slim hope of gaining entry and asylum from what ails them back home. So, what does Donald do? Does he arrange for increased border facilities to process these pathetic beings into rightful categories of legality as required under international law? No, he sends an army together with tanks and heavy equipment to confront this throng of human misery.

 

There is no point in trying to describe the disgust in the World over the action of a man whose own Mother came from a Scottish island which was affected by the Highland clearances. I can but direct Donald to a plaque on the base of the Statue of Liberty.

 

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

 

Emma Lazarus will be turning in her grave and  lady Liberty will be shedding a tear today.

 

So enough of the doom and gloom, tonight is the last Saturday I will be going home to Auchterhouse from Mennies so I raise my glass to half a century of endeavour, planning, worry ,fear, victory , defeat, but always excitement and effort. To my friends wherever you be in this fragile planet of ours. Have a good and safe weekend.

 

Slainte