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“Very good” Lib Dem statement on EU-Japan trade deal

The Lib Dems were praised today by Politics.co.uk editor Ian Dunt over shadow Brexit Secretary Tom Brake’s comments on the Brexit Bill.

Tom said:

Last year the Government estimated that an EU-Japan Free Trade Deal  could be worth £5 billion annually to the UK economy – roughly £200 per household. Sadly, by the time the agreement with Japan gets fully ratified, it is very likely the UK will be out of the EU.

Despite a change in public opinion,

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The Home Office is as out of touch as ever…

This week the Psychoactive Substances Act became law. Over at Politics.co.uk, editor Ian Dunt wrote a scathing review of the official Home Office guidance to retailers.

As he says, the guidance seems to be a melting pot of every prejudice you could imagine against young people:

The Home Office clearly envisions a youthful sub-class of drug fiends, unable to stay off the stuff even immediately ahead of purchasing it. Laughing gas has a mild effect which lasts for about a minute, so it’s unlikely the user would be intoxicated on it literally while purchasing more. Perhaps the Home Office doesn’t know this. Or perhaps they assume they are eating all sorts of drugs and are still high off them while going for a laughing gas chaser to finish off the evening. Or maybe they wrote this guidance in the same spirit in which they wrote the law: without due consideration for logic, legal validity or objective reality.

The drug fiend stereotypes go on and on. “Do they have physical symptoms of intoxication such as bad skin, weeping eyes, rash around the nose?” God help you if you’ve got spots or hay fever: the Home Office knows you’re a wrong ‘un.

This reminded me of how, under the previous Labour administration, carrying two mobile phones or ordering a vegetarian meal on a plane would be enough to raise suspicions of you being a terrorist. Helen Duffett wrote about that at the time.:

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  • User AvatarJoe Bourke 21st Feb - 1:02am
    Ian, I expect the conclusions of the committee will not be so different to those of Nick Harvey in Liberator magazine. He wrote: "The most...
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    Ian: I cannot disagree with your first point, agreeing to an election did require some naive assumptions about Farage and the Brexit party. However your...
  • User AvatarPeter Watson 20th Feb - 10:57pm
    @TCO "No, TCO is referring to independent research " No, TCO is referring to an article in The Independent then misrepresenting a quote from the...
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    As a thought experiment, what policies would a UK government need to have if immigration was off the table as a means to solve problems?...
  • User AvatarMary Reid 20th Feb - 10:29pm
    @Cllr Mark Wright - interesting point. Thank you.
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    TCO -As you hide behind anonymity I have no idea what your experience of running elections is (for my part I ran my first in...