OPINION: When it comes to sovereignty, there is selling, and there is selling out

SQUARE.JW.01 The Slog examines whether, in 2016, Sovereigns can buy cheap things from bankrupts without selling out the citizenry

hinkleyThree weeks ago I bought an everyday watch. It was from an outlet that normally only sells French watches, but the next day I found the deaded ‘PRC’ letters in the accompanying bumf.

After three days, the strap tore. It’s obviously far too thin to be fit for purpose.

In the first ten days, it lost an hour in time. The battery is obviously a crock.

The first warm day we had, the screen misted up. It’s obvious the watch face is not sealed from even the slightest moisture.

Yesterday I had to fix up a makeshift strap. Then I toddled off to the supermarket to buy (among many other things) two plastic cutting boards for the kitchen. I suspect the Chinese supplier didn’t quite grasp the full meaning of ‘cutting board’, and thus supplied a board you could cut into plastic bits with consummate ease.

It is now almost a decade since I first began banging on about the appalling nature of Chinese product quality, and the deadly combination of low-value imports in a country like the UK facing neoliberal austerity. But Johnson, Osborne, Cameron and May seem more determined than ZanuLabour to lick them all over.

Before too long, Beijing is going to be the majority shareholder in Britain’s nuclear generation system….the output from which is owned by EDF….a French company.

Beijing has a terrible record on nuclear safety. Last year’s blasts in Tianjin were another reminder that the country has a long way to go in terms of energy safety. Last December, Chinese Academy of Sciences opinion leader He Zuoxiu, a physicist who worked on China’s nuclear programme, pronounced the blasé Beijing attitude to nuclear precautions “insane”, adding, “the speed of building nuclear power is already very fast, it is unparalleled in the world…There is already risk for major nuclear accidents.”

France as a Sovereign is in very bad fiscal shape. Although it just squeaked below the 3.8% target the Troika gave it last year (legally it should be under 3% in the eurozone) already last week the EC forecast that France will miss its 2016 target. My Brussels source opines that Paris will miss it by a mile.

While the eurozone ‘insists’ that, to qualify, national debt must be no higher than 60% of GDP, France’s debt is 98%…..and rising. It also has the second highest social security deficit and borrowings in the EU….and that is being exacerbated by a massive influx of East European (predominantly Polish) families using the system…and creating unemployment among the indigenous population by undercutting on price.

But guess what? The French government has promised a financial bailout for EDF so that it can proceed with the £18bn plan to build the first nuclear reactors in Britain for 20 years.

So clearly, Britain’s nuclear generation and electricity distribution system is in safe hands.

I’m on the record as having written on numerous occasions before that, once panic turns free trade into siege economies, France will emerge as one of the winners….because it has an infrastructure it owns, and more than enough agricultural land to be self-sufficient. But is that the sort of country you’d like to have calculating your electricity bills?

And with China’s record on nuclear safety and citizen repression, would it represent the ideal partner (if it all goes tits-up over there) for your investment in energy generation?


I’m sure absolutely none of this matters a fig to the plucky Knights of Camerlot, because they’re in the business of selling your birthright: what sort of 4th-rate services they buy in order to do that will be of little interest once they’re all inside that 24/7 gated Cayman Islands Shangri-lalalalalala.

Equally, it won’t appear on the Labour Party radar either. I note that the Muslim Khan is now attacking the Hamas-supporting Corbyn on the grounds of being….an anti-Semite. As you might imagine, this is an ideological  issue of enormous importance to 62 year-old Mrs Hovis who just had her pension purloined by two generations of lying politicians. She is tumescent at the thought of this story developing, but remains sure that the Labour Party – her ‘friend in tough times’ – will come to the rescue. Poor Cow.

So rather than dwell too much on this darker side of those in charge of the asylum formerly known as Great Britain, I offer below the full range of Chinese products and services available for eager buyers in Whiteminster.

sieveThe Shanghai Mark I trans-continental ocean-going Submarinal Aircraft Carrier

Available with an optional 3-month guarantee, this fully tried and tested craft has resulted -during fully three years of trials – in no more than 35,705 mariner deaths, and no non-fatal casualties…in total, roughly 0.0007% of the Chinese population. It is therefore rated ****(*) for safety by the Politburo Sanctity of Human Life Commissar. Available in stock now with this week’s special Buy Three Get one Free offer.

ouija.PNG  The Geopolitics Class 1 Brainstorm Ouija Board

A firm favourite over several decades, the BOB represents a fine example of the ongoing Chinese diversification into services. Used extensively by our comrades in the econo-fiscal space, it comes with guaranteed Multimate Outcome 8 software and a no-wriggle promise of Money Back if no Hegemony.

ducksThe Maoist T-Square Tank Duck Disguise Kit

Guaranteed to fool even the most sophisticated western liberal, the 4-Duck comprises 4 (four) cleverly disguised all-surface 20-ton tanks capable of crushing at the very least 23 naive protesters at a stroke.

The PRC already has 16 firm orders from a Mr Doris Jobsdone of London SW1, and expects imminent confirmation from Austrian and German border authorities, as well as enquiries from 36 State Police buying points in the US.

Hurry now while stocks last!


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31 thoughts on “OPINION: When it comes to sovereignty, there is selling, and there is selling out

  1. The price per Kw will have to be very very VERY expensive. Industry may require it, but millions of domestic accounts will have done the maths and have installed 12v, solar and wind, not to mention communal biomass. Even EDF know it.
    The prime minister didn’t have that advice.

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  2. So clearly, Britain’s nuclear generation and electricity distribution system is in safe hands.

    Does the British government care? I doubt for one moment… when it comes to money to invest, they are being squeezed between the ship and the harbour wall.

    After all, the Chinese investment was garnered through the British veto of EU steel tariffs. Perhaps the only reason one could use in favour of Brexit! Gettem out of there and let the Europeans defend their steel industries* in an open and honest manner. (*okay, some would be defending their Indian owned steel industries).

    It’s not as if the steel the Chinese are peddling is any better than the watch you bought. This from a comment on an Aussie site:

    Sum, I’m hearing different from people who work with it on the shop floor. The steel contains air pockets that explode in a shower of sparks when the cutting torch penetrates. How can structural steel that resembles Swiss cheese be safe.

    http://www.smh.com.au/business/markets-live/markets-live-iron-awe-20160420-gobf1p.html

    In a world where price is everything and the bureaucrat in the office knows nothing of what happens beyond his desk… cheap, subsidized Chinese steel actually sounds like a good idea.

    Well, it does until a building collapses…

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  3. Radiation levels in the USA (EPA figures) have risen markedly over the last year or more. The source of the radiation increase is not specified, but Japan’s Fukushima is an obvious suspect.
    See the comment in the following article that a fission event is suspected to have occurred in Europe, in the last few days or weeks, to account for increases in radiation on the US east coast:

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/05/07/your-radiation-this-week-no-55/

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  4. “Before too long, Beijing is going to be the majority shareholder in Britain’s nuclear generation system….the output from which is owned by EDF…. a French company.”

    The definition of insanity.

    Not to mention Germany owning a big slice of Britain’s power companies via E.ON and RWE, Spanish Ferrovial owning BAA, an Australian bank owning Thames Water and much of the rest of British water owned by a variety of Far East banks and international consortiums. Where else in the world, other than struggling third world countries, would one find such pawning of the family silver?

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  5. The Chinese, who once produced the vase quality of Ming, are flooding the market with vast quantities of ming. PRC on merchandise stands for Preposterously Rubbishy Crap – there’s a good reason why it’s so cheap, I wouldn’t touch one of their nuclear reactors with a barge pole stretching from London to Beijing and back. In a few years time, when we all glow in the dark, and very probably in broad daylight too, there will be nowhere to hide for any of us. Perhaps there’s method in this madness..

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  6. Thort eye wood share thz withou John
    I have been a little shaken by a show I went to in Manchester
    ‘End Of The Rainbow’… a birth day present from my youngest daughter.
    It blew me away … it did stir up old memories. The woman who played Judy Garland ..Was truly unnerving for me (voice wise).The show was about the last few weeks of her life!
    My mother , (who had been taught to almost professional level in lite opera and modern singing by the nuns) would pick up on Judy Garland singing on the radio …….. and one would struggle to hear the difference!
    The American service men who were using a local pub, would send up to our house for her to sing for them …home sick and all that.
    In another instance some Italian POWs were repairing the road joined in much to the annoyance of some of our neighbors as the war was still on!
    What came out in this show was how badly she had been ripped off by the music shites. She was penniless ……… Frank Sinatra payed for her funeral.
    Ironic really, only recently a series about rock and roll covered the story of the Everly Brothers and how they signed up with some org and were not allowed to perform their own creations or even claim authorship or royalties (thiz type of vanishing trick seems to be quite common in the show biz biznez).
    This I suspect is the source of the mysterious music box from which some future stars were given access to!
    This show also triggered my memory to more recent dosh vanishings .. not just one star but thousands .. possibly millions have seen their future retire monies vanish.

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  7. Billions to bail out banks and we can’t afford to finance our own electricity generating plant. WTF is wrong with these people.

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  8. Let’s hope they get the location right, this could all be a shabby plot to allow the Chinese to achieve world dominance in motorcycle manufacturing. If they build the thing on top of Triumph Motorcycles Ltd at Hinckley, they’ll get a nuclear reaction alright..

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  9. There will not be any new nuclear, there was never any intention of building any new reactors, only used as an excuse to move the waste about and dig the boreholes without any protest. They want to keep up the illusion while at the same time taking our power supply back to the stone age. Our cities are all aiming for 100% renewable power and they are pushing ahead with HS2 that will connect them, because once they have took our cars from us we will have no alternative transport. All on the back of the global warming scam, they simply lie all the time, their main problem is keeping just how much global control they really have away from plebs like us.
    If you want to know where we will be allowed to live in the future just look to see where the electric charging points are going

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  10. Lololol … going to be interesting, very interesting I wonder if the US state department is watching.

    If the Chinese have a substantial investment in the UK such as nuclear reactors does it not warrant a decent size military base here. In addition to the Chinese technology AKA courtesty of Russia. It would not take alot to produce an equivalent version of Trident here at 1/2 the price.

    Surprised as Cameron has allowed a greater and greater influence of China into the UK and I am not knocking it little beady eyes across the duckpond must be seeing the dollar sign go in reverse though.

    If it takes nuclear reactors so be it … next we can have Russian warships as guests at a Chinese owned naval base just to guard their investment in Hinckley Point.

    Oh my word … :-)

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  11. The imagination of Cameron and Osborne( and their hand picked advisers) is severely limited.It would be far too difficult to manage anything other than sit back and get someone else to sort out our chronic energy management.
    Osborne has failed. Repeatedly missed all his targets by a long way. Despite “austerity”, the welfare bill is up, and so are taxes – under a Tory government, not to mention the doubling of the national debt.
    Not all his own fault of course. He’s been sabotaged by the incompetence of Theresa May letting in 1 million immigrants on Housing Benefit .Did Osborne announce the academy policy as part of the Budget because, being contained in a Finance Bill, it could not be challenged by the House of Lords?I know where he’s going—-obesity land. His face gets fatter by the week. He eats too many dinners with other lame duck “leaders” and he’ll finish up as gross as Heath did.
    The only plan Osborne has left – he tells us – is to let in 3 million more immigrants by 2030. So Brits’ chances of getting a job or a house will be pretty much zero.This will definitely happen – because Labour policy is exactly the same as the Conservatives. They too want more immigration and clearly don’t give a damn about what working people think – I guess they don’t meet them in Islington wine bars and restaurants.
    If HS2 runs on power from hinckley point, here are 2 not thought out projects guaranteed to have insufficient customers.
    The outlook is simply PRINT PRINT PRINT.

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  12. There was talk of Rolls Royce installing powerplants in cities nationwide. Plants that are currently built to power nuclear subs.
    This sounded like a good ‘made in uk’ solution , with jobs and export potential worldwide AS WELL. Unfortunately, the great RR is currently managed by out of touch dimwits, and they have now missed THAT boat as well.
    Common sense among the ELITE TWERPS is a rare thing, but they all command millions in salaries.
    Marvellous ain’t it?

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  13. “Tumescence is the quality or state of being tumescent or swollen. Tumescence usually refers to the normal engorgement with blood (vascular congestion) of the erectile tissues, marking sexual excitation and possible readiness for sexual activity.”

    Dude–it s impossible for women over 60 to enter a state of tumescence — unless of course they are either German like your groupie Mrs Merkel or your British Dame Helen Mirren whom it is alleged had been continuously tumescent since puberty .

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  14. John! A correction……………The singer who spoked me was Lisa Maxwell.
    Ex loose women star!?’.
    Me firing from the hip again….too many Roy Roger filums.

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  15. Gemma : Those bubbles in the steel …..were probably empty plastic milk cartons .. making up for a leaky supply line…

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  16. Deakin; Rolls Royce have indeed got a potentially good solution with smaller distributed nuclear piles but before they could be built they would need to be certified and that will cost a lot of time & money. And no sane management will make that kind of investment without the government committing to use the technology. Everything comes back to 15 years of politicians kicking the energy problem down to road whilst trying to boost their green credentials by installing wind turbines.

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  17. But whatever the state of the French economy or Chinese knowhow, the fact remains that we in the UK can’t afford to build a nuclear power station without them. We’re taking on what amounts to a huge mortgage to afford something as basic as power generation. I think it reflects very badly on our economy, and the state of the public finances, first and foremost.

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  18. @Tom

    Not sure I know what you mean by ‘afford’ in this context. The U.K. seemed to be able to ‘afford’ to bail out myriad private banks and seemed able to find the loose change required to bomb Libya into oblivion. It is a question of priorities.

    Personally, I am opposed to any further nuclear power plants unless they are of a design that is inherently self-regulating. I realise that the Fukushima complex used 40 year-old technology, but to allow a fission reaction that requires power input in the form of continual cooling of the reactor core to prevent it from going critical is madness. One minor Carrington event and we have several Fukushimas at the same time.

    The fact that the reactors are to be built by the Chinese is certainly concerning, but given the incompetence of those running the British programme in the past, perhaps the nationality of the incompetence and hubris of the human beings involved is secondary to the main argument. Homer Simpsons are ubiquitous, (note the sandwiches story at the end of the Monbiot article below). The truth behind the Dounreay explosion is sobering to say the least.

    http://www.monbiot.com/2006/09/12/a-catalogue-of-idiocy/

    Sodium and Potassium was thrown down the shaft, along with intermediate nuclear waste, although as few records were kept, what was really disposed of down the shaft remains a mystery. Water will have to be continually pumped out of the shaft for centuries if not millenia before its contents become harmless.

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  19. Stan

    Everything comes back to 15 years of politicians kicking the energy problem down to road

    So here we have the British government doing exactly the same thing as the EU!. Yet European countries – France and Germany for example – have got their act together on the issue of energy – each in their own way. So what’s going on in Britain? Is it just – as Canexpat says, that Britain can find the money when asked forced by the Yanks to join in the party in Libya? Or the privately owned banks?

    Because this isn’t incompetence alone. The behaviour of the British government but a tacit acceptance of all that a future TTIP will bring to the European countries. That means it’s not incompetence, it’s outright fraud – and the British government is too spineless to say otherwise.

    That’s exactly what the banks and corporations want! Little trolls everywhere, cowing to the needs of the rich.

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  20. why bother with renewable s that once the initial cost is paid becomes free except for maintenance when we can get something from abroad that will cost an arm and a leg forever and will leave us with a whole lot of trouble. See how the latter provides fees for the city banks that are so much better. Its the only criteria that seems to matter… a bit like the £100 pound lightbulbs and switches that resulted from the broons PFI.

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  21. It’s a little bit like PFI . A government saying we can’t afford to build new hospitals but we can afford to make hugely inflated repayments to a private companies to build them and be taken to the cleaners every month.As I said above WTF is wrong with these people that they can’t understand the simple fact if you borrow , the interest on the loan adds to the price. We seem to be able to print money for banks and bombs well enough.

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  22. Its the same with the low energy lamps I have several made in Germany lasted 10 + years the new lot made in China lasts 1 to 2 years just a *&^(% rip off.

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  23. My experience is that chinese goods are excellent quality and very inexpensive. I buy lots of stuff on ebay. Yes, it actually arrives by post, and it is what was advertised. I like it because no vat. as well. Some from mainland, some from HK.
    Any shopkeeper in eu that buys cheap and sells high is at fault. HE chose the quality. So I would take any shoddy goods back to the store and demand a refund on the spot. I normally shout..I AM NOT LEAVING THIS STORE UNTIL I GET MY MONEY BACK IN FULL. It always works..)))))) G to alibaba, and you can have thousands of suppliers of one type of item. You can buys your tat, or you can buys your top end. You pays the money, takes yers choice.

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  24. ” I WILL NOT LEAVE THESE PREMISES UNTIL MY RIGHTS HAVE BEEN EXERCISED . I WANT MY MONEY BACK NOW AND IN FULL”!!!
    It always always works….))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

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  25. May I point out that the RR & Associates reactors for submarine propulsion are outstanding. However, they use highly enriched uranium, whose civil use is (quite rightly) banned by a whole raft of non-proliferation treaties.

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