The ONS (Office for National Statistics) has made adjustments to increase the confidence in these figures. They are frightening.
Paul Dales, chief economist at Capital Economics, said the most noteworthy elements in the figures was a 4.4 per cent fall in real exports and a huge 10.4 per cent leap in real imports.
I am just a normal consumer. In the last week, I’ve seen essential products (for my Mercedes car) for me from Germany, took three weeks to arrive, when a few years back they would have taken three days. The price looks to have gone up at least 50%
Yesterday’s two by-elections were clear protest votes. The winners, Labour in Wakefield and the LibDems in Tiverton and Honiton, want to claim their respective wins were affirming their national policies. That’s a little wishful thinking. Labour lost it’s deposit in Tiverton and Honiton and the LibDems didn’t stand in Wakefield. I think both by-elections were a rejection of Johnson and his policies.
There’s more though. These two by-elections were caused by the sitting MPs’ appalling behaviour, in Wakefield for being found guilty of sex offences and in Tiverton and Honiton viewing porn on multiple occasions in the House of Commons. The by-elections were caused because of the sitting MPs’ lack of standards. The campaigns though were fought on the Prime Minister’s, his Minister’s and his Government’s lack of decency and standards. These standards pivot around truth and trust. The standard they all fail, is truth. They lie, they get found out and they lie again. Whether it’s Brexit, Covid, Employment, Immigraton, Law, the Prime Minister has lied and been found out.
The voters are saying loud and clear, that they want better. The challenge for Labour and the LibDems is that they are publicly supporting Brexit that was won on lies. That must not be sustained, following this massive public rejection of the low standards in public office shown by the Tories. If Labour and the LibDems reject lying to the voters, they must reject policies like Brexit, created from lies, delivered with lies and the disastrous consequences covered up with lies!
If both Labour and the LibDems carry on with the same Brexit policies as the Tories, they are saying lying doesn’t matter and they are saying the protest votes in Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton don’t change anything!
The EU made an offer on 13/10/21 to reduce physical checks on GB to NI goods by 80%, have 1 form per lorry instead of 100, have 3 fields of information (buyer/seller/value) on forms instead of 60? Obviously Johnson rejected this