The BBC headlined yesterday:
‘UK exports record amount of food and drink’
The report makes much of Salmon sales in this report though it does get to Whisky eventually:
‘Surging sales of salmon helped the UK to export a record amount of food and drink in the first quarter of 2017, the Food and Drink Federation has said. The industry group said sales of the fish leapt more than 50% by value – to £186.7m – and 13% by volume. British food and drink exports as a whole grew by 8.3% year-on-year to £4.9bn – the largest first quarter figure on record.’
Here, from the report are the UK’s top 10 food and drink exports:
Source H&M Customs and Excise
You’ve probably noticed a few products there that Scotland dominates. Appart from the obvious first two, I gather we produce more Gin too.
It’s all good news for the UK isn’t it. There’s no breakdown for the Scottish contribution to this happy story so I’ll give you it.
- Food and drink exports from Scotland rose to a record £5.5bn last year, government figures show.
- British food and drink exports as a whole grew by 8.3% year-on-year to £4.9bn – the largest first quarter figure on record.
So, the UK exports £19.6bn per year while Scotland exports £5.5bn per year or 28.06% of the total. How impressive is that? Oh, yes, we only have 8% (5.25 million) of the total UK population (65.14 million).
Even that may well be an understatement. Look again at the list of the top ten. Surely, we produce more than 28% of that?
Hi had a look thru all your blogs really really enjoyed would u be willing to share them on a free website http://www.anyvoice.co.uk would love to share your blogs on it
Yes please. Go ahead. Let me know when the link is there.
Ok are you on Facebook or Twitter john
hi Professor heres a link to the first one I have put on . you have so many great articles I think I will be using most of them. So many thanks again , http://www.anyvoice.co.uk/politics/snp-retain-nearly-seats-60-scots-never-vote-tories-ruth-davidsons-satisfaction-rates-collapsed-even-scottish-labour-sharing/
http://www.anyvoice.co.uk/politics/ruth-davidsons-lies-scotlands-fairer-tax-system/ hi thanks again professor your articles are excellent
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Yes both https://www.facebook.com/ProfessorJohnRobertson and https://twitter.com/JohnRob05454826
Professor Robertson, It has been great having you back blogging! It’s a great relief to be able to read positive news at the end of the day after being bombarded with the horrors of right-wing ideologies as though being a fascist is normal and ethics do not matter, the people that still believe what they read and hear on MSM spouting brain-numbing propaganda and ignoring the real issues. Of course Scotland can survive on its own, it can thrive. (that was my input on your article 🙂 )
I was perusing Theresa May’s Twitter, as one does, when I came across this wonderful article she has produced:
It is ‘Theresa May’s Clear Plan for Brexit’, and is a light read so do not be shy of taking a look. I thought it might be entertaining so did have a read, and ended up commenting to myself on what my opinion was on each of the 12 stages of the Clear Plan. It is shameful that a supposed leader of a country would produce or endorse such a woeful piece of writing, let alone one that is meant to be in charge of important changes. I find it extremely sad that such large numbers of people have voted for this – the Tories really, May’s version of ‘leave the EU’ does not quite tie in with her previous remainer status, or anyone’s definition.
So, because it is a bit sad that I only commented to myself, would it be an imposition to put it in your comments section so I can share? I will put it in a separate post so you can duly moderate – it is, surprisingly, quite wordy.
Of course. I’ll do it today.
My comments [in brackets] on:
Theresa May’s Clear Plan for Brexit
11 days after you vote, the EU will start the Brexit negotiations with Britain. So whoever is Prime Minister must be up to the job and ready to start.
Getting those negotiations right is central to everything and only Theresa May has the plan and the ability to deliver.
Theresa May’s 12-point plan for Brexit:
1. Provide certainty and clarity
We will provide certainty wherever we can as we approach the negotiations.
[This is SO detailed, outlining to us exactly how they will be providing certainty,,, and they don’t even mention clarity after the heading. Has she really never witnessed David Davis’ performance when answering committee questions? Or not, as the case may be. They keep SAYING this and not doing it – how is this, no. 1 as it is, a plan? The phrase ‘wherever we can’ appears to be a get-out clause for not doing whatever it is they were planning on doing (e.g. How about ‘Publish weekly reports’ or something equally simple – I mean, if you aren’t going to do it anyway, why not just shove in a practical example of what you COULD do? And this no.1 part of the clear plan is ‘as we approach negotiations’, not WHILE doing negotiations. So, if elected, they have eleven days in which to be certain and clear and provide it to someone,,, not sure, going by their track record, eleven big fat days are going to be enough. Of course, we know that the EU is going to be providing lots of clarity and certainty and big fat juicy reports and leaks and all sorts for us during negotiations, so maybe that’s why they’ve limited it to before.]
2. Take control of our own laws
We will take control of our own statute book and bring an end to the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the UK.
[Soooo, right. Is this a plan? It looks like a plan. It this the bit about the Bill of Rights? You know, that plan that has been slated as being nigh-on impossible to execute, and puts those same EU laws directly into English law where they can lie dormant for the next hundred years because no one can face sorting it out, and there are so many budget cuts there is no one left to do it anyway? Why do we no longer want the Court of Justice to have jurisdiction in the UK anyway? I thought they were a court of appeal, or do I have the wrong body?]
3. Strengthen the Union
We will secure a deal that works for the entire UK – for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and all parts of England. We remain fully committed to the Belfast Agreement and its successors.
[Should we read this as ‘remain fully committed to treating all nations as colonies’ perhaps? Being so entrenched in the Westminster bubble, as the phrase goes, how does she know what will work for the entire UK, she certainly has not reacted to the input from the other nations or involved them in p l a n n i n g so far, so she must believe she knows what is best for them. She does talk as though she is addressing young schoolchildren generally, a rather patronising demeanour you might say, so her opinion does appear to be that the UK populace cannot make a rational decision. She should be including herself in this, of course, because every time a garbled non-sentence comes out of her mouth you have to wonder exactly what planet she resides on and how different the laws of physics there must be. ‘Secure a deal’ does not quite tie up with her ever-popular sound bite of ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ either – which is it to be? How can you have confidence in someone that has no confidence in their own abilities to make a deal? How on earth someone so bad at communicating got to that position I cannot fathom, it makes a mockery of the education system, equality (where someone with the skills gets the job regardless of background) and supposed democracy (is this a feudal system controlled by propaganda?).]
4. Protect our strong and historic ties with Ireland and maintaining the Common Travel Area
We will work to deliver a practical solution that allows for the maintenance of the Common Travel Area, whilst protecting the integrity of our immigration system and which protects our strong ties with Ireland.
[Aye, my erse. Strong ties, has she shown any inclination to discuss with Ireland the Brexit thing? Does she have suggestions for what some of these ‘practical solution’s might be? She has had quite a few months to come up with a few clever ideas, and I assume it won’t affect the secret Brexit negotiating stance that is ever so secret, so surely letting a few ideas loose would help along filling out some of step no.1 of the clear and certain plan? I have yet to hear in the Scottish news that Enda Kenny has stepped down as party leader -as he promised to do – and will step down as Taoiseach soon, so I guess the strong and historic ties don’t include hearing any news from Ireland within the past century. The phrase ‘protecting the integrity’ of our immigration system implies that it is fine as it is, so why has there been such a big deal made of it? We know, of course, that it is not immigration that is a problem, but the lack of investment in infrastructure and social services and laws governing workers rights, oh and tax laws too while we are at it, that causes the problems people see and experience.]
5. Control immigration
We will have control over the number of EU nationals coming to the UK.
[See above. This does not need to be controlled (to the degree they are proposing, though they haven’t even stated what that is here), the state party does (UK government). They need to be held to account for every policy and action they make and take, and it needs to be legally binding, and the consequences of each fully explored. They have been accused of being in breach of international human rights laws, yet nothing is done – it is not like no one knows how abysmal this government, and the last, is. If anyone thinks reducing the number of immigrants is going to solve anything, then they are severely divorced from reality. But,,, as a part of the Plan of Clarity, it does not make much clear; the sentence itself just says ‘this will happen’ which is not, really in any sense, a Plan. It is a statement. It doesn’t even say WHEN it will happen. Deary me, another big mark down for the education system that produced people that would write this woeful drivel and try and pass it for a plan]
6. Secure rights for EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU
We want to secure the status of EU citizens who are already living in the UK, and that of UK nationals in other Member States, as early as we can.
[Welllll, I would hate to break it to Ms May, but I believe the EU have categorically stated that this will be sorted instantly and NO negotiations will take place before hand. So the rather feeble ‘as early as we can’, while already sending people away and bringing in discriminatory policies for EU workers, is not really good enough for a Plan of Clarity step. Showing hostility towards those you wish to negotiate with – well, on what planet do you get a good deal then? ‘We want to’ is a bit wishywashy too, it has to be done to proceed with Brexit, she could have, at least, made it sound like her idea and not an airy fairy notional idea that would be kind of nice to have.]
7. Protect workers’ rights
We will protect and enhance existing workers’ rights.
[Eh? What has this got to do with Brexit? Ohhh, yes, it is because our very own Tory party fight tooth and nail against every single workers rights legislation that is proposed by the EU. How very comforting, certain and clear of them to plan on this. I wonder what the ‘enhance’ part entails – could this be bigger banker bonuses for those already outrageously overpaid for not being very productive perhaps? How does it help with the Brexit negotiation Plan though? Should this not be in their election manifesto… Maybe it is. Well stage 7 gets a negative vote, I doubt the EU will be impressed with this as a negotiating stance.]
8. Ensure free trade with European markets
We will forge a new strategic partnership with the EU, including a wide reaching, bold and ambitious free trade agreement, and will seek a mutually beneficial new customs agreement with the EU. And because we will no longer be members of the single market, we will have control of our money once again: the days of Britain making vast contributions to the EU every year will end.
[Okay, this looks like a Planning Step. The first ‘we will’ implies a deal with the EU, the words bold and ambitious sound incredibly positive. No idea how they Plan to go about it so no clarity but at least they are thinking about it – and have been for quite a wee while now. The second part assumes outright that leave EU = leave single market. That was not what people voted for, or even understood, but we already understand they are ignoring this. How leaving the single market equates to control of our money is incomprehensible. Zero points for clarity.]
9. Secure new trade agreements with other countries
We will forge ambitious free trade relationships across the world.
[Wow. Detailed. Really, how, is there a team, is there any mention this can’t be done until Brexit is done with. This may be a post-Brexit plan, but don’t think it can be part of the Clear Brexit Plan.]
10. Ensure that the UK remains the best place for science and innovation
We will remain at the vanguard of science and innovation and will seek continued close collaboration with our European partners.
[Again perhaps lacking some detail. Already research is suffering and all this collaboration they are going to continue is being destroyed by rEU nationals being sent away despite research grants, and grants from the EU are being cut. ‘Vanguard’ is a bit of a stretch, so not sure how they are going to remain there. Are they planning to invest in research, or are they just hoping it will kind of happen? And why do they want to ensure this? Zero points for clarity and plan.]
11. Cooperate in the fight against crime and terrorism
We will continue to work with the EU to preserve European security, to fight terrorism, and to uphold justice across Europe.
[Oooo, no mention of remaining a member of any of the EU security agencies. At least is says ‘cooperate’, but I have still to see evidence of Ms May cooperating on anything, so forgive any scepticism. Can’t give any points on clarity for this one.]
12. Deliver a smooth, orderly exit from the EU
We will seek a phased process of implementation, in which both the UK and the EU institutions and the remaining EU Member States prepare for the new arrangements that will exist between us.
[Good plan. A bit wordy for the lack of information, and it doesn’t tell us anything. You would have thought this could be assumed, and maybe a vague outline of timing on those phases would have demonstrated a sort of plan, or even what those phases are?? Pah. Pitiful.]
With a strong hand in the Brexit negotiations, Theresa May can guarantee Britain’s economic security and future prosperity for you and your family.
A vote for any other party risks Jeremy Corbyn running the Brexit negotiations and putting jobs, living standards and our economic security at risk.
[oh FFS, give it a rest. If this is the best she can do to promote her own skills – which, I have to say, appear to be non-existent – to vaguely imply someone else would be worse without backing up the claims with evidence is utterly pathetic.]
[So, as a Plan; this isn’t one. On clarity: zero points. On Theresa May as a credible leader to represent the UK in negotiations: negative 100 points. The mindless inane rubbish they are producing here is an insult to the electorate, her use of the word ‘clear’ must be a hopeful expectation that no one will read the Plan. I mean, if a business produced something like this to bid for a contract, would it not be instantly binned? And also:
Theresa does not seem well:
If her health cannot hold up during an election campaign then it is very unlikely she is fit enough for Brexit negotiations. This looks like a panic attack though, darting eyes and difficulty forming words, laughing at inappropriate moments. Let’s hope it is not anything more serious, but that does not take away from the fact she does not appear to be able to handle the pressures of her position.]
While I am inundating here, a commenter over on weegingerdug blog site posted this video:
I had watched T May being ‘interviewed’ by A McNeil (he really does need to attend etiquette classes), and had barely noticed that she just kept repeating, when asked about the NHS, that they would be following the Naylor Report – shocked to find out it is in fact a lengthy Plan on how to go about privatising much of the NHS mainly by selling off the assets.
Good technique that – we asked experts, they wrote a report for us, oh you didn’t read it before the election and had no idea what our plans were? Well more the fool you, put up and shut up, this is what you voted for. I mean, really, how many people are going to wonder what a mystery report is and look it up? I didn’t do so, and I do a fair amount of critical listening. Or was it me just not paying enough attention?
~~wistful thinking~~ wouldn’t it be nice to live in a world where journalists paid attention, looked these things up for us, summarised them honestly, and presented them in an easy to read format? Sigh. ~~end of wistful thinking~~
Eek bit of a shocker seeing myself headlined when I went to check out the good news just now… I am not sure my posts constitute Good News, but certainly any publicity on the outrages of the Naylor report is very good. You can never tell what might spur someone on to realise the ineptitude and gross mismanagement perpetuated by the Tories.
I do hope you checked for spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, Professor?
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