But his stance will backfireYou make a good point regarding the vaccine take-up. I rather like President Macron's stance about French / Western values and not compromising on freedom of expression in the case of Islamo-nutters, but he seems to be playing politics with his people's health. There's an election next year and he may be playing to it; this may work, or it may come back to bite him - but since Ms Le Pen is his likely opponent, he probably isn't that concerned, yet.
Now I have never defended BJ in the past (and am not really comfortable doing it now) but from your quoted article he said:
"What I can say, what I can confirm to him [DUP’s Westminster leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson], is that if there are problems that we believe are disproportionate, then we will have no hesitation in invoking Article 16."
Speaking to the Commons Liaison Committee later on Wednesday Mr Johnson insisted that the situation with Great Britain/Northern Ireland trade was "far better than some people had perhaps expected, things are much smoother".
The Prime Minister acknowledged "there are some problems" but "they are by and large small, soluble questions which one-by-one we are addressing".
He insisted any bureaucracy was "incredibly light touch, insofar as we have to do any checks at all" and "it is working well".
That is a far cry from actually invoking Article 16.
Bare in mind that some supermarket shelves in NI were actually empty at the time. Compare that with a lack of supply of a vaccine that had literally only been authorised by the EU at best an hour or so before the EU did as a matter of fact evoke Article 16, it seems in a somewhat different league to me.
Boris did not need to threaten the uks vaccine procurement and approval system is second to non
I think very few eu countries know what the troubles meant on the island of Ireland and if they did they are really stupid which idicates their level of stupitidy in any caseI hope there is a plan to supply Ireland because the amount of cross border travel could really mess things up if their vaccination levels remain lower than ours.
I think they were stupid and should have discussed it with Dublin before ever mentioning anything. But the EU has plenty of border disputes and to a commissioner who may live thousands of miles away, probably just sees it like any other. After all, care to comment on the various on-going border disputes between Croatia and Serbia for example.I think very few eu countries know what the troubles meant on the island of Ireland and if they did they are really stupid which idicates their level of stupitidy in any case
At no point have the French said they'll only use French vaccine! Where do you get this from?But his stance will backfire
if the French will not take up a noon French vaccine
then next year during the election the French will either be in a long lockdown or inthe middle of a 3 wave
this will play into the hands of the opposition party at the election which could get le pen elected and be a bad day for free democratic elections on a par with the American electing trump
Every layer of bureaucracy added means another bunch of crooks with fingers in the pie. That is why it is a good idea to scale down occasionally.There are corrupt people in every country, some are worse than others, those in positions of influence tend to be worse than most, by that I mean from.parish council upwards including public officials . Then again who on this site have never pocketed a few quid in cash ?
I am not up to speed on the above issues but then again I am not representing the Eu or buying millions of vaccines jabs.I think they were stupid and should have discussed it with Dublin before ever mentioning anything. But the EU has plenty of border disputes and to a commissioner who may live thousands of miles away, probably just sees it like any other. After all, care to comment on the various on-going border disputes between Croatia and Serbia for example.
things have changed The Northern Irland protocol is damaging trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the ukWho knows, but nothing has changed, other than Bozza's rhetoric about the NI border, fishermen, exporters, etc has now all proven to be lies.
Sorry, what I meant by nothing has changed was regarding the agreement that Bozza and the EU signed up to.things have changed The Northern Irland protocol is damaging trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the uk
I should know as I no longer can buy seed potatoes from Scotland but i could sell seed to a farmer in Scotland thats only one example there are
hundred of things that no longer cand be imported from the rest of the uk