How it’s going in Kent, and elsewhere

In an indication of the burden of dealing with the consequences of managing Operation Brock, the Kent Resilience Forum said some 6,000 traffic cones, 600 traffic management signs and more than 120 other items of road furniture including CCTV cameras and lights had been installed by Highways England.

Meanwhile a mere 33 Police Forces are helping Kent Police to keep traffic queues off the television. This help is being paid for by central government, so it must be important. This is the list: Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Cumbria, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Humberside, Surrey, Sussex, Devon & Cornwall, Avon & Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Thames Valley Police, Lincolnshire, Warwickshire, West Mercia, West Midlands, Essex, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Derbyshire, Metropolitan Police, City of London, Staffordshire, Gwent and British Transport Police.

That’s even too many to fit on the side of a bus.

Meanwhile, the Small and Medium Enterprise exodus from the UK continues, shellfish exports are forbidden, cheese exports very difficult and transport of small consignments in or out of the country prohibitively expensive – mostly, just as one would expect when your own government imposes the trade sanction of making those you previously traded unhindered with, a third country. Quite extraordinarily, the UK government appears to want the UK to be cut off from Europe.

And someone I’ve seen referred to, appropriately, as Frosty, the no man, architect of the UK’s disastrously incompetent trade agreement, has been promoted to Johnson’s cabinet.

At least he will certainly not be in danger of outclassing the rest of the cabinet’s ‘talents’.


  1. Andrew -

    Representatives from the fashion industry on the radio this morning explaining how difficult it is to sell garments into Europe when buyers are stung with high customs duties on top of the listed price due to rules of origin. We may design and make the finished articles here, but most of the fabrics are imported to the UK as there is not much of the basic manufacturing left here. Also not much cotton grown in the UK.

    1. Peter May -

      I heard a bit of that too!
      Katherine Hamnett was having a jolly good go wasn’t she?

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