A lot has been heard about the farm bills that were recently passed by the Rajya Sabha.
Here’s an attempt to understand WHY it is a matter of concern to the farmers, and WHY are they protesting.
Let’s first understand the bills:
(i) The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020
Acc. to this, the farmers can now sell their produce to non-regulated markets. This means, instead of the farmer having to go to a govt controlled Mandi, they can go directly to say a the buyer.
(ii) The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020:
A buyer & a farmer can have a contract in place much before the production even commences.
(iii) The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020
deregulates the production, storage, movement and sale of several major food items, including cereals, onions oils etc; unless in case of extraordinary circumstance
Sure, these changes to the bill look positive!
Don’t we all love privatisation? This does give an opportunity to the farmers to be their own king in a way; doesn’t it?
Let’s look at it this way:
After all these years... remainers still go "AH HA but fishing is a tiny contribution to the economy".. Well why might that be? Why has it withered? Why has it become a totemic issue in our relationship with Brussels? Yes it is tiny now. But for millions that's the sodding point.— Harry Cole (@MrHarryCole) December 17, 2020
1. Fishing had been declining for much of the twentieth century. The number of UK fishermen more than halved in mid-century: from nearly 48,000 in 1938 to 21,000 in 1970. By 1970 - the year *before* the UK signed the Treaty of Accession - fishing made up less than 0.1% of UK GDP.
2. That decline had many causes. A century of over-fishing had left stocks dangerously depleted. Younger generations were moving out, in search of safer and better-paid work inland. And the "Cod Wars" with Iceland (1958-76) triggered the collapse of the Atlantic trawler fleet.
3. The "Cod Wars", in which Iceland expelled GB trawlers from its waters, were a grim reminder (a) that other states have sovereignty too & (b) that power-politics still exist outside the EU. For Cold-War reasons, the US backed Iceland. The UK had to fold. https://t.co/t8wdvtCgMb
4. There were other challenges, too. In the early 1970s, Norway & Iceland were dumping large quantities of frozen fish on the British market, driving down prices for domestic suppliers. The fishing fleet badly needed investment for modernisation but was struggling to raise funds.
Today the European Commission chief hit back at the EU-is-in-denial-about-UK-sovereignty claim.Yes, she said, EU was insisting on what it views as ‘fair competition’ rules in exchange for giving the UK preferential access to the single market (tariff +quota free) but she added/2
that UK would remain free – “sovereign, if you wish” were the words she used – to decide what it wanted to do. If UK diverged the EU "would simply adapt conditions for access to our market. It would be the decision of the UK and would apply vice versa,” she said /3
Is this a change in the EU position? I'd argue no. The EU has gradually shifted focus as it has become increasingly aware that post-Brexit UK will want to make up its own rules and regulations for business; deciding for itself which industries it wants to invest in and promote /4
Despite this, EU would rather have a trade + security deal with UK than not. So Brussels has been pondering how it can live with UK’s sovereign right to diverge, protect single market and still have a deal. Answer: focus more on governance, not just level playing field /5
Dr Napier has crunched the figures not for EU national quota shares (which often overlap the UK/EU zones) but for actual catches, by nationality and precise maritime location. To read the whole of this painstaking July 2020 report go here.
The report is factual and draws no political conclusions. On the surface (as it were), Dr Napier’s findings justify the complaints of UKG and parts of the UK fishing industry that Britain has an unfairly low share of catches in the UK EEZ up to 200 miles. BUT…. 3/13
Although some UK complaints are justified for some species and some sea areas, the report shows that the overall figures often bandied around in UK media (ie 70% for EU boats, 30% for UK) are misleading or grossly exaggerated. 4/13
For instance….I’ve failed to notice this before myself (slap in face with wet cod) but the stats often quoted conveniently ignore non-EU Norway’s share of catches in the UK EEZ. (The UKG has already agreed to maintain this N. access in return for UK access to N. waters.) 5/13
The last edition for the year. (The 30nins of Prayer & Intercession, live on Facebook)
Do you know that there are people you'd meet in life and your life will not remain the same again? .
Saul met one of such men.
He went in search of his father's lost donkeys, and divinity crossed his path. d Bible in;
1 Samuel 9:6b MSG
He replied, "Not so fast.There's a holy man in this town.He carries a lot of weight around here.
Take note of d 2nd sentence.
Saul met a man that carried a lot of weight
There are lightweights
The one Saul met, carried a lot of weight.
He went in search of lost "items" but grace redirected him and divinity crossed his path. This provoked envy. God broke the seal of obscurity on his family and his
name and family name were noised abroad.
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1 Samuel 9:6 MSG
He replied, "Not so fast. There's a holy man in this town. He carries a lot of weight around here. What he says is always right on the mark. Maybe he can tell us where to go."
(Grace will take you somewhere. somewhere,
you will meet men and women that carry a lot of weight)
There are categories of weight.
Saul met Samuel, and his life changed forever...
1 Samuel 9:14
They continued their climb and entered the city. And then
there he was - Samuel! - coming straight toward them on his way to the shrine!
(These heavyweights are coming towards you this week)
They are burden bearers.
They are influential people.
You will not miss them. They will not miss you.
Divinity will cross your path this week
Let's unpack this
Since Brussels is convinced that leaving the EU is an act of unprecedented self-harm -- and it could be proved right, we'll see -- I don't understand why they want to crib and confine the UK within their imperial regulatory reach in perpetuity. Why bother with a basket case?— Andrew Neil (@afneil) December 11, 2020
"Since Brussels is convinced"
I like that
Personalise it to Brussels
Not 27 EU nations, our friends, neighbours
"convinced that leaving is an unprecedented act of self-harm"
it has been an act of self-harm
see the damage so far
see why no deal has to be sold as an Australia style deal
see why it has to be hidden within the "massive success" of covid
"it could be proved right"
See UK government forecasts
Not a single one positive
See Liz Truss - unable to explain how any trade deal will make us better off
But not to worry we will "mightily prosper"
"I don't see why they want to crib and confine the UK"
The UK is asking for a deal
The EU will offer one
If the UK doesn't like it well perhaps you should have thought of that before selling simplist fantasy bullshit to lie to voters
EU sources saying U.K. has accepted the idea of ‘managed divergence’ in exchange for preferential access to single market. Ie if U.K. divergences from EU standards (which U.K. gov demands as its post #Brexit ‘sovereign right’) then EU has right to retaliate eg with tariffs /2
Obvs right to retaliate would go both ways eg if U.K. views EU businesses as having unfair advantage after Brussels changed standards. Still to be agreed: what mechanism to judge whether unfair advantage exists or not.. EU has accepted it can’t take unilateral action /3
The above +more bilateral shifting means EU feels its priority in the deal is on way to being sorted ie protecting single market and European businesses in it even if UK gets tariff and quota-free access. U.K. principle of sovereignty - right to make own rules - protected too /4
Leading EU diplomat to declare “We’re getting there.” BUT not when it comes to fish .. Here it’s not just about ongoing U.K.-EU differences but also tensions between EU coastal nations /5
But to claim, as Steve Baker does, that this is a UK strength is false. /1
Disingenuous.— Paul James Cardwell (@Cardwell_PJ) December 11, 2020
Key words here - \u2018continuity agreement\u2019. The hard negotiating work was done by the EU over many years (with UK input).
How many agreements has UK secured which are *not* continuity agreements? None.
Is there an agreement with the UK\u2019s largest trade partner? No. https://t.co/5skuKWwd0M
First, it hardly needs to be said that a continuity agreement is not the same as a new agreement from scratch. The current EU agreements were negotiated with the UK as a Member State, so the UK's interests were already built in. /2
The proof of this can be seen by comparing agreements (eg. the new Japan-UK and EU-Japan) side by side. The differences are often due to the lack of need of details such as what the equivalent of 'lawyer' is in 24 official EU languages. /3
So, the UK is able to piggy-back on the long-term negotiations that took place by the EU. In the case of Japan, I was a stagiaire in the Commission in Tokyo right at the start of the pre-pre-negotiation process ... in 2000-1! /4
Is the EU particularly cumbersome? There is an argument to be made than the UK (or any single state) could act more nimbly because of the lack of need to integrate the interests of 27+ Member States. BUT is there any evidence of this? Not really. /5
Multiple data points now show that road imports into the UK are significantly disrupted. Others say many EU hauliers will refuse to come to the UK come Jan. But what about the RAF? They can save us right?
First you need to understand the carrying capacity of a HGV. The maximum permitted weight of a normal HGV is 44 tonnes (ignoring the exceptions when they move huge mining or electrical loads around with escorts). /2
Unladen HGV weights vary by several tonnes. Variables include the fuel tank size (some carry as much as 1000 litres), the fittings in the cab, the model of the truck and most importantly the type of trailer (refrigerated, curtain sider, box, etc). Let's assume 15.5 tonnes. /3
44 minus 15.5 leaves 28.5.
That means our HGV can haul 28.5 tonnes. So far so good. /4
Onto the RAF. What cargo planes does it own? /5
Executive Summary & full report: https://t.co/W3IAxQTOqZ
Here are the facts 👇 (1/n)
Indian Chronicles’ key objective is to undermine Pakistan internationally.
To do so, they resurrected dead NGOs at the UN.
They impersonated the EU.
They laundered content produced by fake media to real media - and reached millions in South-Asia & across the world. (2/n)
Our new investigation began with a shocking discovery: @martinschulz, former President of the European Parliament, was said to have left politics.
But instead, it seemed he was now heading Canners International, a NGO dedicated to the promotion of… food in cans 🥫! (3/n)
We soon found the NGO he was supposedly leading officially ceased to exist in 2007 and was now regularly speaking at the UN Human Rights Council (@UN_HRC) to slam Pakistan. (4/n)
The truth is that Martin Schulz’s name has been hijacked by the malicious actors depicted in our investigation.
Canners International is, in fact, only one of the many UN Human Rights Council NGOs resurrected by Indian Chronicles. (5/n)
Let us go back 5 years to the height of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) discussions. As you may recall, by 2015 TTIP was about as popular in the EU as allegedly the EU is these days in the red wall. What, thought the EU and Member States, could be done? 2/
TTIP will be more popular, declared more than one insider, if we show there are tough labour and environment protections against undercutting by the nefarious and probably untrustworthy US. That, optimistically they said, will get NGOs on side. 3/
But there was a problem with EU level playing field provisions in 2015. The unit of DG Trade responsible absolutely did not believe anything should be enforceable. Pages of loose commitments, fine. Add more! But apparently enforcement was best done through a good chat. 4/
Now such soft-touch EU enforcement of level playing fields was probably designed particularly for developing countries, where sanctions were seen as unfairly penalising struggling business and individuals for the actions of a terrible government. Not the US. 5/
The quota hoppers ( ie. Spanish Trawlers registered under a British flag) that joined the biggest English fleet in a cooperative pre 1970's was the beginning of decline. Then followed a UN convention which allowed a coastal state to extend its fishing zone to 200 miles.
By the mid 1970's Iceland seized upon the opportunity given by the 1970 UN convention and launched the cod wars to seize more fish in British and Irish territorial waters. The British government did nothing and compensated whole fleets to stay in port doing nothing.
Next came the Belgian & Dutch fleets who poached sole in the Irish Sea but again the British government didn't advise the UK fleets that this would affect their future quotas as it was later based on the size of catches historically made during this much earlier period.
As the number of fishing trawlers that were actually British owned shrank rather than just foreign owned but UK registered, the fishermen were abandoned and left out of work and forced to work in the gas and oil industry.
2/ Acc to one senior source, Barnier said there was acceptance that the EU could take retaliatory measures against the UK if it diverged from EU standards but that it would not be "autonomous", in other words, before taking action there wd need to be some dialogue with the UK
3/ "It's the operationalisation of that principle that is now under discussion," acc to source. The EU see this is progress as for a long time the UK refused to accept that if they diverged the EU had a right to do something, says the source
4/ "That principle has now been accepted, but how it is implemented is the nub of the dicussion."
5/ From the EU perspective the concern is the UK might change its rules to make it more competitive, says the source. "Barnier seemed positive that the principle of couter-measures had been agreed."
1. Myth of three million Bengali, 2 lac women raped by Pakistan Army
2. Mukti Bahini the forgotten terrorists
Thread on the myth of 3 million killed, 200,000 raped in 1971!— Fidato (@tequieremos) April 24, 2019
In order to cherry pick proof for the plucked-out-of-thin-air 3 million figure allegedly murdered by Pakistan Army in '71, Mujib ur Rehman constituted a Commission on Jan 29 '72 to locate verifiable evidence.
3. Why was Operation Search Light launched
4. Myth of Bengalis being discriminated during the selection process for the armed forces.
After President Yahya Khan had postponed the national assembly session scheduled to be held on March 3 1971 under the pressure of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, it had disastrous consequences. It gave Mujib ur Rehman the license to fulfill his nefarious designs.— Fidato (@tequieremos) December 7, 2019
5. The nexus of RAW and Mukti Bahini
6. The Bengali representation in bureaucracy
7. Tragedy of #EastPakistan
8. Forgotten Massacres in East Pakistan
"Tragedy of East Pakistan"— Fidato (@tequieremos) December 16, 2019
The year 1971 is the saddest chapter in the history of Pakistan. Not just for Pakistan but for Muslims of the entire subcontinent, if not Muslims of the world.
(contd) #Bangabandhu#BlackDay #VictoryDay #SheikhMujiburRahman pic.twitter.com/9yjvKdXlEa
1970 Election, when election results created a storm and the postponement of inaugural NA session -- Begining of the end of United Pakistan.
The total votes cast in the 1970 election were 34.9 million, out of which 17.1 million were from East Pakistan and 17.7 million were from West Pakistan. 55% and 61% of people cast their votes in the eastern and western halves of the country.
Awami League won 160/162 contested seats and won 75.1% of the votes from East Pak. PPP won 81/120 contested from West Pak, PPP obtained 41.6% Punjab, 44.9% Sindh, 14.2 NWFP%, and only 2.3% of votes in Balochistan. AL obtained 0.7% of votes from West Pak.
PPP fell short of 50% votes, gaining only 2% of votes from Balochistan. Bhutto could, therefore, not justifiably claim to be speaking for West Pakistan.
After the election the initial reaction of Yahya was:
"As far as I am concerned my job is finished."
Three days later at Dacca Yahya met Mujib, in the meeting Mujib explained AL's six points and added that while spelling them out in detail during the NA session, he would tone them down sufficiently to ensure that the idea of the unity of the country remains intact.
We were cyber attacked by SolarWinds.
The software system was developed by our own Intelligence Agencies to protect the American people but it’s being used against the very people that created it.
2. The people involved are globalists / de*ep state that want to control the world. It’s the continuation of the coup going back to President Kennedy and before.
President Kennedy was trying to dismantle this machine.
3. The sinking of the Soviet Golf II Class Ballistic Missile Submarine K-129 in 1968 has an important bearing on where we are in the world right now.
The globalists herd Humanity like sheep with their false flags and perpetual wars.
4. The Rockefeller globalist crowd: George H. W. B/ush, Henry Kis/singer, Bill Cl/in/ton.
China has a de*ep state running it, like America has a de*ep state that’s been controlling it.
We won WWIII because the Soviet Union doesn't exist anymore.
5. We are in the lead-in moments to WW4 with this cyber war, which is a continuation of the globalists using Nation States to attack us with SolarWinds and Dominion voting machines.
#15 Q drop: Pod/esta and Hu/ma arrested and indicted.