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In Ñspel │ The Observer view on the cost of living crisis

Wages in Britain have been mostly stagnant since the financial crisis and productivity sits 15% below the United States, Germany and France. Photograph: Gary Calton/The Observer
Wejz in Britn hv bn mostli stagnnt sins ɖ fînanśl crîsis n prodctivti sits 15% b’lo ɖ Ynîtd Stets, Jrṃni n Frans. Foṭgraf: Gari Caltn/Ɖ Obzrvr

Ɖ Obzrvr vy on ɖ cost v livñ crîsis

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Observer on 1 May 2022)

Cabiṇtministrz’ glib śortcuts r dîr rspons t ic̣nomic crîsis

Súnde, 1 Me 2022

Livñstanddz r set t fōl at ɖer fastist ret sins recordz bgan in ɖ mid-1950z. Last munʈ, ɖ Ofis fr Bujit Rsponsbiḷti pridictd ɖt riyl hǎshold incmz wl fōl bî 2.2% ɖs yir, az eṇji n fūdprîsz incris bt wejz fel t cīp pes wɖ rîzñ bilz.

Ɖ impact wl nt b flt īqli. Fr sm, it wl bérli rejistr. Fr uɖr faṃliz, it wl mīn dificlt dsiźnz abt ẃt t cut bac on. Fr uɖrz stl, it wl b pṛfǎnd, strećñ pricerịs bujits in ẃć ɖr z olrdi no giv, forsñ imposbl ćôsz btwn isnślz sć az ptñ fūd on ɖ tebl n cīpñ ɖ hītñ on, n śarṗnñ ɖ fir v ɖ unixpctd ǎtle ɖt cn trigr a détspîṛl fṛm ẃć ɖr z no iscep. Wn esṭmet sjsts lowr-incm hǎsholdz wl fes a drop in incm v £1,300 ɖs yir.

Last wīc, ɖ lêtist ʈncñ fṛm ministrz on hǎ t adres ɖs crîsis in livñstanddz tricld intu ɖ hedlînz aftr a cabiṇt “brenstormñ” mītñ. Grant Śaps, ɖ trnsportministr, pṛpozd muvñ car MOTz fṛm wns a yir t wns evri 24 munʈs, sevñ a wn-car hǎshold a pōltri £23 a yir, at ɖ risc v jeṗdîzñ rodsefti. Ɖ edyceśnsecṛtri, Nadhim Zahawi, sjstd incrisñ ɖ maximm numbr v ćildṛn an rli-yirz wrcr cn b rsponsbl fr in ordr t moḍstli rdys ɖ cost v ćîldcer. Uɖrz arnd ɖ tebl rportidli sjstd yṇlatṛli scrapñ tarifs on fūd imports, ẃć wd wìcn Britn’z hand in tred ngośieśnz, n scrapñ guvnmntcmitmnts t rdys carbn imiśnz, a muv ɖt wd criet sgnificnt loñ-trm ic̣nomic n invîrnmntl costs fr ɖ YC.

Ɖ śalo sjsćnz rvil ɖ guvnmnt’s desṗreśn t gv votrz ɖ impreśn it z tecñ ax́n t adres ɖz harś ic̣nomic srcmstansz, bt wɖt spendñ eni muni. Ɖe r nt sirịs poḷsiz, bt fodr fr pres rlisz bfr ɖ locl ilex́nz.

Britn z xpirịnsñ a pṛloñd ic̣nomic mleiz. Wejz hv bn mostli stagnnt sins ɖ fînanśl crîsis, prodctivti hz bérli groun sins ɖen n sits 15% b’lo ɖ Ynîtd Stets, Jrṃni n Frans, n xtrnl śocs – ɖ slf-inflictd pen v līvñ ɖ YY’z sngl marcit n custmz yńn, n ɖ wor in Ycren – hv snt prîsz roc̣tñ.

Ɖr r no śortcuts t incrisñ livñstanddz. Eni aproć hz t b ʈri-proñd. Frst, ic̣nomic poḷsi nīdz t targit rîzñ prodctivti n t enśur ɖ spôlz r śerd īvnli wɖ implôīz ʈru incrist wejz, ptiklrli fr ɖoz in lo-peid wrc. Wn v ɖ rīznz in-wrc poṿti rets hv rizn z ɖt ɖr r tù mni jobz ɖt simpli d nt pe inuf t inebl ppl, ptiklrli ɖoz wɖ ćildṛn, t enśur a minimm standd v livñ. Ɖt cn b aćivd onli bî narowñ ɖ groʈgap btwn Lundn n ɖ sǎʈ-īst n ɖ rest v ɖ cuntri. It wd tec, at ɖ vri minimm, a radicl rībaḷnsñ v guvnmnt invstmnt in trnsport, infṛstrucćr n scilz awe fṛm ɖ rićist rījnz v ɖ cuntri, ẃć olrdi rsiv mor invstmnt p’ capita, twdz ɖ purist. Brexit hz onli md ɖs tasc hardr; it z fōrcast t sgnificntli rdys xports n t incris rījnl iniqoḷtiz ovr ɖ loñ trm.

Secnd, ɖ riyl-trmz cuts t beṇfits n taxcredits v ɖ past deced fr lo-incm faṃliz wɖ ćildṛn mst b rvrst. In an icoṇmi wɖ sgnificnt amǎnts v lo-peid wrc, ɖr wl olwz b a nīd fr guvnmnt t rīdistribyt incm twdz lo-incm peṛnts. Yt s’xesiv Cnsrṿtiv ćanslrz hv rdyst ɖ valy v beṇfits n taxcredits ovr tîm, wɖ sm faṃliz luzñ ɖ iqivḷnt v ʈǎzndz v pǎndz a yir fṛm ɖer hǎshold bujits, ẃl dliṿrñ xpnsiv incmtax cuts ɖt hv dispṛporśṇtli beṇfitd mor aflụnt hǎsholdz. Ɖs z anɖr ci rīzn ẃ in-wrc poṿti rets hv incrist n ẃ, in a cuntri az rić az ǎrz, ɖr r ppl, includñ ɖoz in wrc, rlayñ on fūdbancs t fīd ɖer ćildṛn. Ɖ s’port ɖt ɖ ćanslr, Riśi Sŭnac, hz anǎnst t hlp faṃliz wɖ eṇjibilz z tù ʈinli spred, includñ acrs hǎsholdz fr hūm it z nt criticl, līvñ ɖ purist faṃliz hoṛbli xpozd.

Last, ɖ guvnmnt nīdz t implimnt strucćṛl rformz t tacl ɖ hî cost v livñ. Ɖ most importnt v ɖz z hǎzñ, ɖ costs v ẃć irod tù mć v ppl’z pêćécs in wn fél swūp. Ɖ YC hz nvr bilt inuf hǎzñ wɖt sgnificnt public sectr invstmnt intu sośl hǎzñ; yt sośl hǎsbildñ levlz hv dropt dṛmaticli sins ɖ 1980z, līvñ ɖ sośl-hǎzñ stoc t dwindl az a rzult v deṃliśnz n ɖ rît t bai. Ɖs hz pśt mor n mor ppl hu hv litl hop v evr bayñ ɖer ǒn hom intu an oṿprîst prîṿt rentd sectr. Britn rjntli nīdz a program v public invstmnt in hǎsbildñ t criet mor aforḍbl homz fr rent.

Ɖz r loñ-trm ic̣nomic rformz ɖt rqîr sstend invstmnt. Īvn f pt in ples imīɉtli, ɖe wl tec tîm t fŭli dlivr fr ɖ icoṇmi. Yt ɖs z a guvnmnt ɖt swñz fṛm crîsis t crîsis, wɖ litl wilñnis or cpaṣti t plan fr ɖ nxt deced n a drʈ v îdīaz t adres Britn’z vri riyl n strucćṛl ic̣nomic probḷmz. Ɖs lacdezicl aproć wl probbli cnsîn s t yirz mor v slugiś groʈ ɖt drîvz incrisñ numbrz v faṃliz wɖ ćildṛn intu poṿti.

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Fṛm ɖ Gardịn │ Boris Johnson is flailing – so he is reviving his Brexit greatest hits

Anti-Boris Johnson protesters outside Downing Street, London, April 2022. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images
Anti-Boris Jonsn pṛtstrz ǎtsd Dǎnñ Strīt, Lundn, Epril 2022. Foṭgraf: Tolga Acmén/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Boris Jonsn z flelñ – so h z rvîvñ hiz Brexit gretist hits

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 26 April 2022)

Ɖ prîm̦inistr’z plan t ovŗîd ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol z a tîrd rpit v ɖ dsoṇsti ɖt got him ilectd

Raphael Behr

Rafel Behr, Tyzde 26 Epril 2022

Wn de, ẃn Boris Jonsn z no longr prîm̦inistr, n ɖ fl caṭlog v hiz frōdz z cmpîld, a speśl ples wl b’loñ t wn ɖt got him ilectd in ɖ frst ples. Bfr h atndd eni locdǎn partiz, bfr ɖr wr pandemic rūlz t brec or lîz t tel abt ɖ brecij, ɖr wz ɖ promis t Gt Brexit Dn.

It z nt dn. Ɖt z ẃ Jonsn’z guvnmnt z draftñ a lw ɖt wd gv ministrz ɖ pǎr t ovŗîd ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol v ɖ Brexit dīl. Ɖs z ɖ vri trīti ɖt Jonsn hêld az “gret”, “xḷnt”, a flfilmnt v ol hiz ngośietñ ambiśnz. F ɖt wr tru, h wd nt nǎ b planñ t set it on fîr.

Sǎnd fmiłr? It śd d. It z ɖ lêtist sīql in a hacnid franćîz wɖ a forḿlêic plot. In ɖ Brex̣tir imaɉneśn it z an ax́n’dvnćr muvi. Bruslz hz tecn a porśn v YC sovṛnti hostij. Pluci Boris mst g in, ol gunz blezñ, t rtriv it. In sć esc̣pedz v derñ-du, pleyñ bî ɖ rūlz n rspctñ trītiz z fr rmonrsoftiz.

A recap fṛm prīvịs eṗsodz: t avôd riimpozñ a hard bordr on ɖ îḷnd v Îrḷnd, a speśl custmzreźīm wz agrìd fr ɖ Norʈ ɖt rqîrz ćecs on sm gdz crosñ fṛm ɖ Britiś mênḷnd. Jonsn sînd p t ɖs. Ministrz nǎ clem it wz nvr mnt t b a prṃnnt s’lūśn, bî ẃć ɖe mīn Jonsn laid t hiz Yṛpiyn cǎnṭparts az wel az hiz votrz. H nvr intndd t onr ɖ dīl.

Untl nǎ, ɖ guvnmnt’s ajteśn hz bn xprest bî fnġrñ, bt nvr qt pŭlñ, ɖ trigr on articl 16 – ɖ brec̦lōz ritn intu ɖ Brexit dīl. Bt articl 16 z a rùt t mor ngośieśn n mīdieśn wɖn ɖ scop v ɖ trīti itslf. It z a cnvnśnl wepn. Ɖ ny dvîs biyñ asmbld in ɖ Dǎnñ Strīt buncr gz ńclir.

Wl it b deṭnetd? Vetṛnz v past Brexit worz wl b fmiłr wɖ ɖ cost-beṇfit iqeźn. It cmz dǎn t a tst v ẃr Jonsn ʈncs hiz śort-trm slf-inṭrest lîz. Ɖ ʈiyri z ɖt it tecs a propr crîsis fr Bruslz t tec notis v Britiś grīvns. Cuṛntli, ɖ YY z adresñ ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd qsćn in tecnicl, līgl trmz, via ɖ cmiśn. Jonsn wonts t esc̣let it t a dīl btwn p’liticl līdrz. H ʈncs a Britiś prîm̦inistr śd’nt hv t hagl wɖ byṛcrats. H śd b stićñ smʈñ p wɖ Paris n Brlin. Ɖt’s hǎ it wrct in ɖ old dez. Bt in ɖ old dez Britn wz a membr v ɖ YY. Ɖt z’nt hǎ it wrcs fr “ʈrd cuntriz”.

A dǎnsîd t confṛnteśn z ɖt it wd b dvîsiv at a tîm ẃn wstn neśnz r strîvñ fr soḷdaṛti ovr Ruśa’z atac on Ycren. On ɖt frunt, Jonsn ʈncs hiz cṛdnślz az a stōlẉt frend v Cyīv r sfiśntli wel istabliśt – n notd in Wośñtn – ɖt h hz rigl rūm t mc dmandz ovr Norɖn Îrḷnd, a subjict on ẃć ɖ Americnz mt prīvịsli hv slapt him dǎn.

Bt steṭs az ɖ most pro-Ycreńn līdr in ɖ rūm dz’nt gt Jonsn az far az h ʈncs in Bruslz, ẃr h z’nt in ɖ acćl rūm. H nīdz gdwil fṛm Emmanuel Macron t śift dipḷmatic dîlz fr him on ɖ Yṛpiyn caunsl. Ɖ Frenć prezidnt, wɖ a nyli aqîrd dmestic mandet bt a lot v trubl in hiz in-tre, w’nt spend eni p’liticl capitl dwñ fevrz fr a man h mstrusts, hvñ dlt wɖ him bfr.

Ɖ prîm̦inistr hz nvr bn wn fr cultvetñ foṛn alaynsz, sins it rqîrz cnsistnsi n rlạbiḷti. Hiz inṭrests r mor p’rocịl. Olso, wūndd bî Partiget, hiz foc̣s z nǎ on ɖ bér-nucl fît fr svîvl. T ɖt end, a confḷgreśn v YY iśuz mt hlp t ʈw rleśnz wɖ ɖ rîtwñ fax́n ɖt tṛdiśṇli setlz ɖ fet v Tori līdrz. It wd iṛtet modṛt MPz, bt ɖe r’nt az ruʈlis or az orġnîzd.

No rîvl fr ɖ līdrśp wl risc criṭsîzñ an act v hardlîn Brexit rvîṿlizm. Liz Trus, ɖ foṛn secṛtri, fansiz ɖ top job n z nośnli in ćarj v ngośieśnz ovr Norɖn Îrḷnd. Ś wd nt hv ćozn a mnūvr az wontnli vanḍlistic az ɖ proṭcol-ovŗîd bil, bt ś z sd t b recnsîld t ɖ muv. Ɖ ćanslr hz prīvịsli bn an obsṭcl ẃnvr Nu 10 hz wontd t pic fîts wɖ Bruslz, ćaṇlñ Treẓ́ri añzayti abt ɖ cost v a tredwor. Bt Riśi Sŭnac z badli dminiśt bî rīsnt p’liticl mșteps arnd tax – ɖ wnz h rezd fr votrz n ɖ wnz hiz nondoṃsîld spǎs avôdd peyñ. Jonsn no longr siz him az a ʈret.

Cabiṇt hz nt dscust ɖ plan t saḅtāj ɖ Brexit dīl in lw. Mć dpndz on ilex́nz nxt wīc. Ɖ Stormont-asmbli poul in Norɖn Îrḷnd cd trigr a crîsis bî mcñ Sinn Féin ɖ larjist parti. Yńnists wd ɖen lūz ɖ rît t nem ɖ frst ministr – a los v p’liticl prîṃsi ɖt wd b mostli simbolic, bt culćṛli intolṛbl fr ɖt rīzn. Mnẃl, f caunsl ilex́nz in Ñgḷnd rvil masiv discntnt wɖ Jonsn, Tori MPz me b sprd t muv agnst him.

Ɖen ɖr wd b dubl tmteśn t g ol in wɖ a Brexit bust-up. Jonsn wd se ɖt onli scrapñ ɖ proṭcol cd īz tnśnz in Norɖn Îrḷnd (olɖo in riaḷti ɖ ilex́n ɖr wl probbli śo a mjoṛti in fevr v cīpñ it). Ɖ ovŗîd lw mt nt īvn nīd t b pást. Ɖ prîm̦inistr wd b most inṭrestd in ɖ specṭcl – a batl wɖ Bruslz, obstrux́n in ɖ Hǎs v Lordz, ɖ fŭlṃneśnz v rmen-s’portñ libṛlz; a fîrwrcs dsple t gt ɖ old Yrosceptic cor vot ūwñ n āiñ in aprīśieśn, jst lîc ɖ old dez.

Wd it wrc? Probbli nt. Ɖ plej t Gt Brexit Dn hd sć bredʈ v apil bcz it rezd hop v endñ ɖ toxic, slf-involvd naśnl drama ovr an iśu ɖt most ppl hd nt cnsidrd ol ɖt importnt bfr a ćôs wz forst on ɖm in a reḟrendm. Onli a fnaticl mnoṛti misz ɖ fît inuf t rīstart it. N tde’z Jonsn hz lost ɖ nac ɖt hiz formr slf hd fr trnñ crîsis intu carnivl. Hiz leṿti no longr gts him līńnsi fṛm an ōdịns ɖt hz hŕd jst a fy tù mni lîz. Stl, ɖr wd b a srtn tîdi siṃtri f hiz dǎnfōl includd a Brexit bil ɖt ofrd fōls reẓluśn t a crîsis wɖt end – hiz last gret dsoṇsti in ofis biyñ a mirr v ɖ frst.

MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Dear Jacob Rees-Mogg, let me help you conjure up some Brexit opportunities

Jacob Rees-Mogg, Brexit opportunities minister, in Westminster on 8 February. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA
Jecb Rīs-Mog, Brexit-oṗtyṇtiz ministr, in Wsminstr on 8 Febrri. Foṭgraf: Eṛn Ćǎn/PA

Dir Jecb Rīs-Mog, let m hlp y cunjr p sm Brexit oṗtyṇtiz

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 3 Marć 2022)

Az ǎr wrsnñ pridic̣mnt bcmz clir, y nīd ppl hu wl tel it az it z – y’r clirli struġlñ t fînd ɖm

Michael Heseltine

Mîcl Hesltîn, Ʈrzde 3 Marć 2022

Dir Jecb Rīs-Mog,

I hv bn wuriyñ abt ɖ dificltiz y fes in yr ny dīpartmntl rǒl az ministr fr Brexit oṗtyṇtiz n guvnmnt ifiśnsi. On ɖ sîdlînz y hv a job t d in ẃt I cōld a ny dpartmnt. Ɖt z a bit v an xaɉreśn. I si ɖ adres n ɖ teḷfon numbr r ɖ sem Cabiṇt Ofis okpaid bî Devid Frost, yr prīdisesr.

Y r, rịlisticli, ɖ fifʈ holdr v ɖt ofis in six yirz. Devid Devis wz apôntd bî T’rīza Me t ɖ Dpartmnt fr X’tñ ɖ Yṛpiyn Yńn in 2016, foloud bî Doṃnic Rāb n ɖen Stìvn Barcli bfr it wz clozd in 2020. It popt p agn ẃn Lord Frost wz gvn ɖ grand tîtl v ministr v stet in ɖ Cabiṇt Ofis wɖ oṿsît v tred n cooṗreśn agrīmnt n wɖdrwl agrīmnt. H páct it in at ɖ end v last yir, cmplenñ t ɖ prîm̦inistr abt ɖ d’rex́n v travl.

Nǎ ɖ prîm̦inistr hz demnstretd gret feʈ in y nt onli t cunjr p ɖ ptnśl v Brexit bt, at ɖ sem tîm, t impruv guvnmnt ifiśnsi. I wd qaytli pspon ɖs aspect v yr tîtl f I wr y. Ɖ ćanslr wd mc a bad eṇmi ẃn y start pǒcñ abt in ɖ Treẓ́ri t trî t fînd ɖ miłnz lost t frōd. Periś ɖ ʈt, bt phps ɖt’s ẃ ɖ prîm̦inistr gev y ɖ tîtl in ɖ frst ples!

Y r rît abt ɖ nīd t s’kr cuts bî cntrolñ rcrūtmnt. Marġrit Ʈaćr wz so imprest bî ɖ we I dd ɖs ɖt ś asct m t priznt mî meʈ̇dz t a speśl mītñ v ɖ cabiṇt. Ɖt pruvd dzastṛs ẃn ɖ gret figrz v ɖ tîm wr tld bî ɖs yuñ xbiznismn ɖt ɖe hd t mîcromanij ɖer dpartmnts.

Ɖ ofiślz advîzñ y w’nt hv ćenjd mć, n ɖt sīmz t m t b yr frst probḷm. I srvd in difṛnt dpartmnts fr 19 yirz. I wel rmembr ɖ frst de in ć ny job. Ɖr wr ol ɖoz fîlz brstñ wɖ ǎtstandñ jobz, wɖ ny pṛpozlz n wɖ lists v maṇfsto cmitmnts yt t b flfild. Smtmz I wz īvn asct f I hd eni îdīaz v mî ǒn. It ol add p t a formiḍbl wrclod. Y wl wont t b cōśs. Y r nt ɖ frst t sīc Brexit gold at ɖ renbo’z end. T’rīza Me rîtli pt Yṛsceptic colīgz Boris Jonsn, Devid Devis n Liym Fox intu ɖ top jobz. Devis rzînd bcz Me’z dīl wz no gd. Fox sd it wz ɖ onli dīl on ofr. Jonsn left bʈ ǎt v hiz guvnmnt n wz dnǎnst pubḷcli bî Devis in ɖ Hǎs v Comnz in consiqns.

Fîv yirz aftr ɖ YY reḟrendm, ɖ batn hz pást t y n yr Cabiṇt Ofis tīm.

Yr frendz n yr s’portrz in ɖ mīdia wl hv wornd y abt ɖz ofiślz. Ɖe r an inrt, inactiv blob, rmonrz t evri last man n wmn, ɖe wl se. Ɖt z ẃ y hv bn pt in ćarj. Īvn a mśīn az xḷnt az a Rolz-Rôs gz nẃr unls ɖ drîvr ćuzz ɖ d’rex́n n filz ɖ tanc.

Ɖt z ẃ yr apil t ɖ ppl ɖmslvz t fil ɖs inṭlecćl vôd – so eḷqntli xprest in ɖ Sún – wz so injīńs. I wz at frst a sceptic abt ɖs consttyśnl iṇveśn in ɖ deṃcratic proses, tecñ ɖ rɖr ilītist vy ɖt ɖt wz ẃt ministrz wr fr.

Ɖt z ẃ I flt cmpeld t trî t hlp. It z importnt ɖt yr invteśn rīćz ɖ wîdist ōdịns. Y wl nt wont t rlî on a fy crancs, or on a rgrjtetd splrj fṛm Nîjl Farāź. Y wl wont t pṛtct yr c’rir fṛm eni sć asośieśn.

So hǎ cn w hlp y t fînd ǎt ẃt ppl r riyli ʈncñ n seyñ, n ɖus inebl y t rvrs ɖ preznt poulz, ẃć rvil ɖt a sgnificnt mjoṛti v ppl nǎ ʈnc ɖt Brexit z gwñ badli?

A ci targit fr yr mesij mst b ɖ smōl ontṛpṛnŕz n ɖ larjr Britiś cumṗniz, ẃć y mst śo hǎ t xplôt ɖ ny cmrśl oṗtyṇtiz. Y mst nt b pt of bî ɖt cruwl cartūn in ɖ Fînanśl Tîmz ɖt śoud a mîcṛscop on yr ny dsc ʈru ẃć y cd fînd ǎt ẃt ɖz r.

I am prezidnt v ɖ Yṛpiyn Muvmnt, n az ǎr contṛbyśn, w r gwñ t pṛvîd y wɖ a websait ɖt wl c’lect ɖ lêtist nyz n alǎ ppl t rejistr ɖer advîs az y hv rqstd. It z poṣbl ɖt y wl nt lîc evrʈñ ɖe se, bt ɖt z an oṗtyṇti fr y t yz yr formiḍbl dbetñ scilz t rībut ɖm.

Y wl nt b s’prîzd t lrn ɖt I wz pswedd t mc ɖs hlpfl sjsćn bî ɖ sort v coments I rsivd in rspons t mî articl in ɖ Gardịn last munʈ. Wn tld m ɖt Brexit hd rect hiz wîf’s YC xport-t-Yṛp biznis.

Ɖen ɖr wz ɖ rport in ɖ Tîmz v ɖ lêtist srve bî ɖ Britiś Ćembrz v Comrs intu ɖ vyz v its membrz. A ʈǎznd cumṗniz wr asct t ases ɖ rzults v Brexit fr ɖm; 320 cmplend v ɖ dis’dvantjz cmperd wɖ onli 59 hu wr poẓtiv. Ɖz r ɖ ft soljrz upn hūm y hv t rlî in yr ambiśn t gt ɖs gret public dbet gwñ. Y me hv notist ɖt tū v yr stōnćist s’portrz, ɖ Dêli Meil n ɖ Dêli Teḷgraf, dd nt print ɖ stori at ol. I s’poz w cn cnsol ǎrslvz wɖ ɖ ʈt ɖt ɖ priṿlij v a fri ssayti z ɖ frīdm nt t publiś ẃt y d’nt lîc.

Ɖ truʈ wl ǎt. Ẃt dz it se so far?

  • Ɖt ɖ guvnmnt’s Ofis fr Bujit Rsponsbiḷti hz sd it xpcts Brexit t hit ɖ icoṇmi twîs az hard az ɖ globl pandemic.
  • Ɖt ɖ Neɖrḷndz Foṛn-Invstmnt Ejnsi sz ɖt “sins ɖ reḟrendm in 2016, 316 cumṗniz hv ćozn ɖ Neɖrḷndz bcz v Brexit”.
  • Ɖt ɖ prezidnt v ɖ Naśnl Farmrz’ Yńn, Minét Batrz, b’livz lebrśorṭjz rletd t ɖ end v fri muvmnt wɖt adiqt rplesmntscīmz léd t “40,000 hlʈi pigz” biyñ “culd n simpli ʈroun awe … an utr dsgres n a dzastr fr ɖ pig inḍstri”.
  • Ɖt ɖ Naśnl Feḍreśn v Fiśrṃn’z Orġnîześnz sz it xpcts an inorṃs public-rleśnz campen t portre ɖ dīl az a fabyḷs vicṭri, bt ɖt it wl inevitbli b sìn bî ɖ fiśñ inḍstri az a dfit.
  • Ɖt ɖ Fūd n Drinc Feḍreśn sz seilz t Yṛp fél 23.7% in nîn munʈs in 2021.

Nʈñ so rvilz ɖ riaḷti v Brexit az ɖ mītñ v Yṛpiyn līdrz in Bruslz, in ɖ afṭmaʈ v Vlajīmir Pūćin’z asōlt on Ycren. Ǎr continnt fesz a ʈret az svir az enʈñ sins ɖ end v ɖ cold wor. I am aśemd ɖt ɖ cuntri ɖt in mî lîftîm sevd Yṛpiyn dmocṛsi hz nǎ absntd itslf az uɖrz dtrmin Yṛp’s rspons.

Ɖr wl, Mr. Rīs-Mog, b mor caunslz cuṿrñ ɖ clîṃtcrîsis, ǎr invîrnmnt, inṭnaśnl crîm, cntrol v ɖ inṭnet. In evri ces w wl b absnt. Ɖt z ẃt Brexit mīnz.

• Mîcl Hesltîn z a formr Cnsrṿtiv depyti prîm̦inistr

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In Ñspel: The Guardian view on Jacob Rees-Mogg: opportunities to do damage

‘Mr Rees-Mogg’s goal is to reduce legal controls on employers, markets and wealth.’ Photograph: Tom Nicholson/Reuters
‘Mr Rīz-Mog’z gol z t rdys līgl cntrolz on imployrz, marcits n wlʈ.’ Foṭgraf: Tom Niclsn/Rôtrz

Ɖ Gardịn vy on Jecb Rīz-Mog: oṗtyṇtiz t d damij

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Guardian on 18 February 2022)

Ɖ ardnt līvr’z dīreğletri instñt in hiz ny miṇstirịl job wl b t cut sefgardz n reğleśnz

Frîde 18 Febrri 2022

F  Boris Jonsn’z rīsnt rīśufl hd an oṿarćñ prṗs it wz t śo Cnsrṿtiv MPz ɖt a b’līgrd prîm̦inistr wz liṣnñ t ɖm. Ɖs z ɖ pspctiv in ẃć ɖ most î-caćñ miṇstirịl muv, ɖ apôntmnt v Jecb Rīz-Mog az ministr fr “Brexit oṗtyṇtiz”, śd olso prîmṛli b sìn. Mr Jonsn wonts hiz MPz t b ri’śurd ɖt hiz feʈ in Brexit z undiminiśt n ɖt h hz instōld anɖr ardnt līvr at hiz sîd aftr ɖ dparćr v Lord Frost.

Ẃt z les clir, ɖo, z xacli ẃt Mr Rīz-Mog z ɖr t d. H hz nt simpli tecn ovr fṛm Lord Frost, huz rsponsbiḷti fr ngośieśnz wɖ ɖ YY wz trnsfŕd t ɖ foṛn secṛtri, Liz Trus. Bt Mr Rīz-Mog’z xtndd job tîtl gvz a clu; in adiśn t hiz Brexit-pṛmośn rǒl, h z olso in ćarj v “guvnmnt ifiśnsi”. Mr Jonsn z sd t hv tld him t draft an ax́nplan wɖ “1,000 reğleśnz w wont t gt rid v”.

Ẃt mt ɖz brdnsm reğleśnz acć̣li b? On ɖ Cabiṇtofis websait, ɖr z stl a blanc undr ɖ hedñ “Rsponsbiḷtiz”. On hiz frst de in hiz ny post, Mr Rīz-Mog wz rdyst t raitñ an articl in ɖ Sún in ẃć h asct rīdrz t sjst YY reğleśnz ɖt ɖe wd lîc t si aboliśt. Bt, in ɖ sem articl, h md clir ɖt hiz ǒn vy v “Brexit oṗtyṇtiz” z larjli abt ic̣nomic n fnanśl dīreğleśn.

H wonts, h rout, t līd a drîv t scrap “obṣlīt lwz”, t dvrj fṛm YY rūlz, n t cut “ɖ red tep ɖt bîndz yr handz”. Ɖs z fmiłr stuf fṛm ɖ reḟrendmcampen. Bt in nirli six yirz sins ɖ vot it hz pruvd a vaḳs n dsonist aproć t poḷsi.

Ɖ riaḷti v Brexit – in farmñ, fiśñ, rodhōlij, hǎsbildñ, meḍsinz n cerhomz amñ uɖrz, t se nʈñ v cmrśl lincs wɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd – hz bn mor lw, mor rūlz n mor red tep, nt les. Ol d’rîv fṛm Mr Jonsn’z dzîr t apiz fnatics lîc Mr Rīz-Mog bî līvñ ɖ fri-tredñ arenjmnts v ɖ YY.

At ɖ end v Jańri, ɖ guvnmnt pṛdyst a glosi 105-pej pubḷceśn cōld Ɖ Beṇfits v Brexit. Ɖ rport z fl v infletd n unṣbstanśietd clemz. It seḷbrets for caṭgriz v ćenj az ɖ clir beṇfits v Brexit, ẃć r in fact no sć ʈñ: sm r ćenjz ẃć ɖ YC cd hv md az a YY membr; uɖrz r indd a rzult v Brexit bt r dis’dvantjz; a ʈrd grūp r unlîcli evr t b md fr practicl n cmpettiv rīznz; n ɖr z a fînl caṭgri ɖt, az Pṛfesr Stìvn Weɖ̇ril v Oxḟd Yṇvrṣti pts it, ofrz “litl mor ɖn pî in ɖ scî”.

Mr Rīz-Mog’z ǒn vy v “Brexit oṗtyṇtiz” z dīreğletri. Hiz gol z t rdys līgl cntrolz on imployrz, marcits n wlʈ. Ɖs z phps nt s’prîzñ gvn ɖt h z a mejr śerholdr in an invstmntfrm, Suṃsét Capitl, ẃć speṣ́lîzz in ɖ imrjñ marcits in ẃć h z nǎ tasct wɖ fîndñ “Brexit oṗtyṇtiz” fr Britn.

Bt ɖs z at odz wɖ Mr Jonsn’z cmitmnts t leṿlñ p n t hayr levlz v guvnmntspendñ. Mr Rīz-Mog’z apôntmnt me prîmṛli b emd at stopñ Cnsrṿtiv bac-bnćrz fṛm ǎstñ ɖ prîm̦inistr. Bt h cd d a lot v sirịs sośl damij in ɖs rǒl tù.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: How can Jacob Rees-Mogg find ‘Brexit opportunities’? They don’t exist

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the new Brexit opportunities minister, pictured in Downing Street this week. Photograph: Tayfun Salcı/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock
Jecb Rīz-Mog, ɖ ny Brexit oṗtyṇtizministr, picćrd in Dǎnñ Strīt ɖs wīc. Foṭgraf: Tayfun Salcı/ZUMA Preswîr/REX/Śuṭstoc

Hǎ cn Jecb Rīz-Mog fînd ‘Brexit oṗtyṇtiz’? Ɖe d’nt xist

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 11 February 2022)

It z incrisñli clir ɖt Brexit z dwñ inorṃs damij t Britn’z icoṇmi. N fr ẃt, xacli?

Jonathan Freedland

Joṇʈn Frīdḷnd, Frîde 11 Febrri 2022

Jecb Rīz-Mog rmîndz m v a cipr. A vri sṗsific cipr, restñ on a plastic pilo v îs, ẃć intrudd intu ɖ public conśsnis bac in 2019, ẃn Boris Jonsn hld it aloft, pṛclemñ it az an xampl v ɖ absrd, petifogñ rūlz impozd bî Bruslz on ɖ yomntredrz v Britn. Naćṛli, Jonsn’z clemz fél apart on inspx́n. Ɖr wz no Yṛpiyn d’rectiv mandetñ a cŭśn v îs fr ɖ slīpñ fiś. On ɖ contrri, ɖ îspilo wz dmandd bî a Britiś rūl, drwn p bî Britiś ofiślz. Nʈñ t d wɖ ɖ YY.

Ɖ episod cem bac t m ẃn Rīz-Mog, nyli apôntd ministr fr Brexit oṗtyṇtiz n guvnmnt ifiśnsi, apild t rīdrz v ɖ Sún t rait in n tel him “v ENI peti old YY reğleśn ɖt śd b aboliśt”. Ɖt’s bcz Jonsn’z cipr iḷstretd nt onli hiz sirịl dsoṇsti on matrz Yṛpiyn – olrdi wel-dokmntd – bt olso a gap in ɖ Brexitrz’ arsnl. Ɖt gap wz ferli wel cnsild in ɖ 2016 reḟrendmcampen, bt Rīz-Mog’z pli in ɖ Sún, lîc Jonsn’z cipr, hz xpozd it.

Hir’z hǎ it cn b îdnṭfaid. Tec ɖ Brexitrz at ɖer wrd – ɖt līvñ wz abt mor ɖn endñ Yṛpiyn iṃgreśn – n asc ɖm t nem sm uɖr rform ɖt Britn badli nīdd bt ẃć pruvd un’ćiṿbl so loñ az w rmend in ɖ YY: a sṗsific ćenj ɖt onli Brexit cd unloc. Ɖ cmitd līvr wl strugl n sputr, bfr îɖr mnṣ́nñ blu pasports or els rtritñ intu abstract nǎnz: “frīdm” or “sovṛnti”. Pres ɖm fr a concrīt, riyl-wrld beṇfit v Brexit, wn ɖt svîvz scrūṭni, n ɖe wilt. Ɖe îɖr end p mcñ smʈñ p, az Jonsn dd, or els fonñ a frend – lîc Rīz-Mog’z cōl-ǎt t Sún rīdrz.

Phps w’r biyñ unfer. Aftr ol, Jonsn z olwz telñ s ɖt Britn’z swift oʈ̇rîześn v Covid vaxīnz wz poṣbl onli bcz w wr ǎtsd ɖ YY. Xpt ɖt, tù, z fōls. Ɖ vaxīn dsiźnz wr tecn jrñ ɖ trnziśnpirịd, ẃn ɖ YC wz stl bǎnd bî YY rūlz. Ɖr wz no nīd t līv t mc ɖt hapn.

Śrli ɖr mst b smʈñ. Or z “Brexit oṗtyṇtiz” an oximōrón, on a par wɖ “Ibola upsîdz”? Ɖ tred xprt Sam Lǒ gemli ofrz ɖt, “Cnsymrz cd beṇfit fṛm ɖ YC imbresñ a pziśn az a reğletri frīlodr in ɖ medicl-dvîsz spes: bt ɖs z nt wɖt its riscs.” Wundr ẃ ɖe nvr pt ɖt on ɖ sîd v a bus.

F ɖ wrst w cd se v Brexit wz ɖt it hz’nt dlivrd eni v its promist genz, mbi w cd let it pas. Bt Brexit z inflictñ grev losz, startñ wɖ dīp ic̣nomic pen, īvn f ɖt pen hz bn wel caṃflaźd bî Covid n bî ɖ omertà impozd bî a Lebr līdrśp ɖt wd rɖr tōc abt olmst enʈñ els.

Ɖ evidns v ɖ hrt z in abundnt s’plî. On Wnzde, ɖ public-acǎnts cmiti rportd on ɖ “clir incris in costs, peprwrc n bordr dlez” ɖt Brexit hz impozd on YC bizṇsz. Ɖ nxt de it wz ɖ trn v ɖ Ofis fr Naśnl Sttistics, huz biznișrve faund ɖt mor ɖn haf v ɖ YC’z importrz n xportrz nǎ sáit adiśnl peprwrc n hayr transṗteśncosts az probḷmz, wɖ ɖoz tū iśuz ɖer bigist hedecs bî a wîd marjin. Ɖ fon-in programz hum wɖ Britiś ontṛpṛnŕz, plenti v ɖm līv̦otrz, nǎ drivn t dsper, forst t spend preśs, xōstñ aurz filñ in formz ɖe nvr yst t hv t fil in n peyñ costs ɖe nvr yst t hv t pe.

Ignor ɖ tōc v ɖ gretist groʈ sins ɖ secnd wrldwor: ɖt’s jst a fuñśn v ɖ icoṇmi hvñ c’lapst so badli in 2020. Not instd ɖ Banc v Ñgḷnd’z fōrcast v 1.25% groʈ in 2023, fōlñ t jst 1% in 2024. Devid Smiʈ, īc̣nomics editr v ɖ Súnde Tîmz n no rmonr fnatic, pts ɖt dǎn partli t Covid bt partli t ɖ “advrs fiscl consiqnsz v līvñ ɖ YY”, ẃć left ɖ cuntri “wɖ a bujithoul ɖt hz hd t b fild wɖ hayr taxz. W nǎ hv a hî-tax icoṇmi strangld bî redtep n hamprd bî tred rstrix́nz.”

Ɖ ppl hu léd s of ɖs clif cntiny t pritnd ɖt nn v ɖs z haṗnñ. In a fespām momnt in ɖ Comnz ɖs wīc, ɖ pro-Brexit MP fr Dovr, Naṭli Elfic, cmplend abt ɖ “mîlz v traficjamz” bsetñ hr cnstitẏnsi. Ɖoz r bcz v ɖ l’borịs ćecs n dlez ɖt nǎ cnfrunt loriz cmñ intu ɖ port, bt Elfic insistd ɖ jamz wr “nt bcz v Brexit bt bcz v Bruslz byrocṛsi”. Lîc mni Brexitrz, ś z ǎtrejd ɖt ẃn y līv ɖ YY, ɖ YY trīts y az f y’v left ɖ YY.

Ẃrvr y lc, it’s ɖ sem picćr. Fr ol ɖ fŕ-hat foto-ops in Mosco, Britn z no mor ɖn a bit pleyr in ɖ cuṛnt crîsis ovr Ycren. Bfr Brexit, ɖ YC wz wn v ɖ ʈri dsîsiv membrz in an ic̣nomic blóc ɖt std btwn ɖ YS n Ćîna az ɖ most pǎrfl in ɖ wrld. Ǎtsd ɖ YY, n hvñ brocn ǎr cmitmnt on oṿsìz ed n fōrsecn ɖ soft pǎr ɖt cem wɖ it, ɖ YC z struġlñ t ste reḷvnt.

Mnẃl, ɖ delic̣t consttyśnl mśīṇri ɖt cept Norɖn Îrḷnd at pīs hz bn smaśt. At ɖ sem tîm, ɖoz uɖr parts v ɖ YC ɖt wns rlaid on YY caś nǎ fes a guvnmnt ɖt hz brocn its maṇfstopromis t plug ɖ gap prīvịsli fild bî Bruslz fundz. Ɖt dprîvz Wêlz, ẃć votd t līv ɖ YY, v clos t £1bn ovr ɖ nxt ʈri yirz.

Ɖs z ẃt Rīz-Mog śd b rīdñ in hiz meilbag. Ɖt Brexit hz inflictd gret losz on ɖs cuntri; ɖt ɖ s’pozd ofsets fr ɖoz losz d’nt ofset ɖm at ol; n ɖt ɖr r nxt t no “oṗtyṇtiz” wrɖi v ɖ nem. Brexit z a ranc fełr. I unḍstand ẃ ǎr poḷtics canot yt se az mć, ɖt a dīsnt inṭvl hz t pas btwn 2016 n ɖt momnt. Bt ɖt momnt wl cm ivnć̣li – n ẃn it dz, it ʈretnz t arîv wɖ a mîti fyri.

Joṇʈn Frīdḷnd z a Gardịn coḷmnist

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Fṛm ɖ Gardịn │ Distrust, disengagement and discord will be the disgraceful legacy of Boris Johnson

Illustration: Matt Kenyon for the Guardian
Iḷstreśn: Mát Ceńn fr ɖ Gardịn

Dstrust, disingejmnt n discord wl b ɖ dsgresfl leġsi v Boris Jonsn

(Transcription of an Observer article of 24 January 2022)

Ɖ damij dn bî ɖs prim̦inistr’z misrūl gz we bynd him, hiz inr srcl n īvn hiz parti

John Harris

Jon Haris, Munde, 24 Jańri 2022

Az Boris Jonsn n ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti añśsli tréd p’liticl wōtr ẃl rpitidli biyñ pld undr bî strîf n dsgres, tū plotlînz r unfoldñ. Wn z abt ɖ imīɉt momnt, n wl rīć anɖr ci juñćr wɖ ɖ iminnt rport bî ɖ sīńr sivl srvnt Su Gre, ẃć me fîṇli foc̣s weṿrñ Tori mîndz on ɖ imposbiḷti v ɖ prim̦inistr’z pziśn. Mnẃl, amd ny aḷgeśnz v blacmeil, rūmrz v yt mor ilisit gaɖ̇rñz n Doṃnic Rāb’z caṛcṭristicli clevr insistns ɖt hiz bos z “lîc a sīznd prîzfîtr” hu hz “tecn sm nocs”, anɖr stori z in denjr v biyñ lost: ɖ dîr impḷceśnz v Jonsn’z antics fr ppl’z trust in poḷtics, n a gap btwn Wsminstr n ɖ cuntri ɖt me nǎ b bigr ɖn evr.

Ol ɖoz Dǎnñ Strīt n Ẃîthōl partiz – alñ wɖ ɖ prim̦inistr’z iveźnz, haf-apoḷjiz n despṛt atmts t śor himslf p – hv bn rportd in trmz v śoc-horr reṿleśn. Bt fr mni votrz, ɖe wl cnfrm loñstandñ îdīaz abt ɖ cnd v ppl hu run ɖ cuntri, or aspîr t.

In 1944, abt a ʈrd v Brítnz indorst ɖ îdīa ɖt MPz n ministrz wr mirli “ǎt fr ɖmslvz”, bt lêt last yir ɖt figr wz pt at 63%. Acordñ t poulstrz n acdemics, ɖ frst fêz v ɖ pandemic sw p’liticl dstrust brīfli fōl bfr it rvrtd t prīpandemic levlz. Ɖe me hv dytifli foloud ɖ guvnmnt’s rūlz n rstrix́nz, bt miłnz v ppl evidntli hv mć ɖ sem vy v poḷtics n pǎr az evr: îɖr indifṛns or a tndnsi t ǎtrej n a redinis – fer or nt – t asym ɖ wrst v poḷtiśnz, ẃćvr parti ɖe repriznt. Ɖ riyl traɉdi v Jonsn’z fōl z ɖt it wl snd ɖt ełneśn sōrñ: ẃn Sajid Javid rīsntli cnsidd ɖt ɖ acǎnts v ol ɖ partiz hv “damijd ǎr dmocṛsi”, ɖs z prizyṃbli ẃt h mnt.

In 12 yirz v p’liticl rportñ, I hv nvr flt ɖt ɖ rīznz fr sć dis’fx́n r ol ɖt compḷcetd. Eni mīnñfl sns v a sośl contract hz loñ gn; mni ppl’z lîvz r so pricerịs n ceotic ɖt poḷtics sǎndz lîc ẃît nôz, n its practiśnrz inevitbli sīm coṣtd n priṿlijd. Eṗsodz sć az ɖ Irac wor, ɖ craś v 2008 n ɖ MPz’ xpnsz scandl onli axeḷretd ɖt istrenjmnt. T cap it ol, Fes-bc, Twitr n ɖ rest hv fostrd a bitrli angri n dvîsiv public discors, n crietd a spectṛm v disingejmnt ɖt runz fṛm an xtrim ǎtr éj t ɖ hart v public opińn. At wn end r ppl hu ʈnc ɖ wrld z run bî a sīcrit ordr v vampiric liẓdppl or wrs; bynd ɖs hardcor lî verịs śêdz v ɖ b’lif ɖt poḷtiśnz r a strenj n hiṗcriticl clīc, n most v ẃt guvnmnts gt p t cnfrmz ɖs.

Sm poḷtiśnz hv sd ɖe wont t pruv ol ɖs stuf roñ n rstor ɖ repyteśn v bʈ ɖer pṛfeśn n ɖ stet. Jonsn, bî contrast, z wn v ɖoz figrz hu sveid ɖ foment n sw mǎʈwōṭrñ posbiḷtiz. Ntwɖstandñ hiz frst, abortd run fr ɖ Tori līdrśp, h sn md it t ɖ top v hiz parti, ʈancs t ɖ YY reḟrendm v 2016 n ɖ s’xes v a līvcampen ɖt tapt intu miłnz v ppl’z fīlñz v distns fṛm pǎr, rezñ ɖer hops wɖ proṃsz ɖt evrwn involvd mst hv noun wd qcli trn t dust. Hiz ʈumpñ ilex́nvicṭri in 2019 wz at līst partli best on ɖ selñ t ɖ public v a poḷtiśn hu s’pozidli wz’nt a poḷtiśn, wɖ a cntmt fr cnvnśn ɖt hld ɖ ci t Brexit’s imposbl puzlz.

Sins ɖen, most v hiz bhevyr in ofis hz apaṛntli bn best on ɖ b’lif ɖt f ppl’z feʈ in līdrz n insttyśnz wz so lo, old-faśnd “dlivri” wd hardli matr, n h wd hv ɖ moṛl lattyd t gt awe wɖ jst abt enʈñ. Az pruvd bî ɖ paṇci rag-bag v poḷsiz h rīsntli flotd – atacñ ɖ BBC, sndñ ɖ armd forsz intu ɖ Ñgliś ćanl, smhǎ tac̣lñ NHS wêtñlists – t lc fr chiṛns, or t imajin mni v hiz îdīaz biyñ impḷmntd, z t mis ɖ pônt: hiz p’liticl aproć z az ceotic n voḷtîl az ɖ public mūd ɖt gev rîz t it, n riyli abt nʈñ bt him. Az mni hv loñ noun, ẃt w hv besicli bn dīlñ wɖ z a p’liticl-sîc̣lojicl cuzn v Trumpizm, rūtd on ɖ pleyñ fīldz v Ītn rɖr ɖn sbrbn Ny Yorc – n it z ol abt dfayñ ɖ dmandz v tṛdiśnl poḷtics bî yzñ trmôl, misinḟmeśn n endlis pformns. Bt ɖs z nt America – yt – n Jonsn hz dscuvrd ɖt īvn f ɖ public r jedd n sinicl, sm ʈñz rmen bynd ɖ pel.

Phps, lîc an iniśl crac on a car windscrīn, ɖ dsgres v partiget wl śatr jst abt evri aspect v hiz record. Bt hir w hit wn v ɖ most glẹrñ consiqnsz v hiz misrūl: ɖ fact ɖt īvn f h z forst ǎt, ɖ ramiḟceśnz v hiz tîm in ofis wl spred far frɖr ɖn him n hiz inr srcl. Sm v hiz Cnsrṿtiv colīgz evidntli ʈnc ɖt aftr h hz gn, a ny līdr wl b ebl t anǎns a cmplitli freś start. On ɖt scor, I wd d’rect ɖm t ɖ opińn v a frst-tîm Tori votr in ɖ nyli Cnsrṿtiv cnstitẏnsi v Boltn Norʈ-Īst, huz opińnz wr rīsntli rcordd bî ɖ formr Dǎnñ Strīt poulstr Jemz Jonsn: “Ɖ’r ol p ɖr bacñ him, most v ɖm. Ɖt’s mî wuri nǎ, wɖ ɖ [Cnsrṿtiv] parti: ’Ǒ, h’z apoḷjîzd, let’s jst gt on wɖ ɖ job.’ No – y’v laid abt dwñ ɖ job.”

Īvn f ɖe hv cept ɖer distns, huevr s’xidz Jonsn wl b fest bî linġrñ angr abt hiz rūl-brecñ n dsit, n hǎ mć h wz induljd bî hiz colīgz – nt t mnśn ɖ consiqnsz v Brexit, ɖ fōlǎt fṛm hiz larjli dzastṛs hanḍlñ v Covid, n ɖ cost-v-livñ crîsis ẃć, bî rezñ Naśnl Inśuṛns n scrapñ ɖ £20-a-wīc rîz in yṇvrsl credit, hiz guvnmnt hz manijd onli t dīpn.

Ɖr z a rɖr nîīv vy ɖt az Jonsn’z popylaṛti tumblz, Lebr’z wl cari on rîzñ, n – bî sm az yt unixplend miṛcl – Cir Starmr n hiz parti wl ivnć̣li win inuf sīts t tec pǎr. Bt lîc ol Lebr līdrz, h wl dpnd on ɖ public biyñ opn t hiz îdīaz, n priperd t b’liv ɖt guvnmnt cn mc a difṛns t ɖer lîvz. Hiz cuṛnt līdz in ɖ poulz r’nt bad, bt y cn fînd similr numbrz in ɖ hisṭri v plenti v Lebr līdrz hu wnt on t lūz – ẃć phps sjsts ɖt ɖ dis’fx́n n angr spred bî Jonsn’z msconduct n brocn proṃsz me partli bîpas Lebr n fīd intu smʈñ mć mor insidịs n grim.

Ɖs z ɖ prospect ɖt śd wuri ppl on ol sîdz v poḷtics. Loñ bfr partiget, yirz v public disingejmnt gev s Nîjl Farage, Tomi Robinsn n miłnz v ppl cncludñ ɖt ɖ sistm wz brocn n simpli swićñ of. In ɖoz srcmstansz, ɖ frst dyti v enwn in hî ofis śd hv bn t trî t hīl ɖ brīć. Bt, hvñ bcm prim̦inistr in ɖ mdst v a crîsis v trust, Jonsn ɖen md it īvn wrs, smtmz az a matr v dlibṛt dzîn, wɖ consiqnsz ɖt wl loñ ǎtlast hiz tîm at ɖ top. Ẃnvr h gz, ɖs wl b hiz most lastñ leġsi – ẃć z śrli ɖ gretist dsgres v ol.

• Jon Haris z a Gardịn coḷmnist

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Fṛm ɖ Obzrvr │ Despite the violent past and toxic present, Britain and Ireland cannot escape the ties that bind

Iḷstreśn: Doṃnic MCnzi/Ɖ Obzrvr

Dspt ɖ vayḷnt past n toxic preznt, Britn n Îrḷnd canot iscep ɖ tîz ɖt bînd

(Transcription of an Observer article of 23 January 2022)

Ɖ fiftiiʈ aṇvrsri v Bludi Súnde rmîndz s ɖt hisṭri n jiogṛfi mīn ɖt nǎ, az ɖen, ɖ fets v ɖ tū cuntriz r intwînd

Fintn OTūl, Súnde, 23 Jańri 2022

Olmst 50 yirz ago, in ɖ rli aurz v 2 Febrri 1972, ɖ Britiś emḅsi in Dublin wz gutd bî fîr. Ɖs wz nt an axidnt. A hyj crǎd hd gaɖrd in protest ǎtsd ɖ luvli Jorjn teris in Merịn Sqer ol ʈru ɖ prīvịs de. Ɖe ćird az yuñ men clîmd acrs ɖ balc̣niz n smaśt a windo. Ɖe ʈrù in sm petṛl n lit it. A fyẓled v petṛlbomz wz unlīśt fṛm ɖ crǎd. Ppl ćantd ɖ slogn ɖe hd lrnt fṛm ɖ Wots rayts in Los Angeles in 1965: brn, bebi, brn. Ɖ p’līs dd nʈñ t stop ɖ atac.

I wz 14 at ɖ tîm, so I wz’nt ɖr. Bt sm v mî oldr frendz wr n I wśt I hd bn wɖ ɖm. Ɖ asōlt wz orġnîzd bî ɖ IRA, bt most ordnri, pīsfl Îriś ppl apruvd v it. It sīmd lîc ɖ rît ʈñ t d, a rīzṇbl rspons t ɖ maṣcr ɖ prīvịs wīcend in Deri v 13 unarmd sviłnz bî ɖ frst btałn v ɖ Britiś armi’z Paṛśutrejimnt. A wmn wêtñ fr a bus in Dublin tld ɖ Îriś Tîmz: “I flt ǎtrejd ɖt ɖ Britiś śd d ɖs n I flt ɖt ẃtvr ɖ rîts n roñz, ɖe wd nǒ hǎ w flt ẃn w brnt dǎn ɖer emḅsi.”

Ɖ ǎtrej wz nt jst ɖ atroṣti in Deri itslf. It wz olso ɖ we ɖ Britiś laid abt it, fōlsli clemñ ɖt ɖ paṛtruprz hd cm undr fîr n wr pṛtctñ ɖmslvz agnst terrists. Ɖ ofiśl Wiɉri inqîri, ẃć isnṣ́li rpitd ɖs lî, md it clir ɖ Britiś stet hd no inṭrest in acnoḷjñ ẃt hd hapnd, let alon puṇśñ enwn fr ẃt ɖ Deri coṛnr, Mejr Hyḅt ONīl, cōld “śir un’dulṭretd mrdr”. Agnst sć imprvịsnis, brnñ dǎn ɖ emḅsi dd indd sīm lîc ɖ onli we t let ɖ Britiś istabliśmnt nǒ hǎ most Îriś ppl flt.

Ɖus, 50 yirz aftr ɖ fǎndeśn v ɖ Îriś Fri Stet, rleśnz btwn Britn n indipndnt Îrḷnd wr abt az bad az ɖe cd b. Ɖr hd bn uɖr lo pônts, ptiklrli jrñ ɖ Secnd Wrldwor, ẃn Îrḷnd’z ńtraḷti sīmd, t mni in Britn, a scandḷs btreyl. Bt rleśnz aftr Bludi Súnde sīmd īvn wrs bcz ɖ slōtr wz wn episod – olbiit an ispeṣ́li dzastṛs wn – in a conflict in Norɖn Îrḷnd ɖt wz stl esc̣letñ. (1972 wd indd trn ǎt t b ɖ bludiist yir v ɖ Trublz.) It flt in ɖoz munʈs olmst az f ɖ tū stets on ɖz îḷndz wr slîdñ uncntroḷbli intu ḿćl n vayḷnt hostiḷti.

Yt, jst et dez bfr Bludi Súnde, smʈñ cmplitli difṛnt hd hapnd. Ɖ Britiś prim̦inistr, Edẉd Hīʈ, n ɖ taoiseach, Jac Linć, hd bn tgɖr in a seṛmońl hōl in Bruslz t ć sîn hiz cuntri’z trītiz v axeśn t ɖ Yṛpiyn Ic̣nomic̦ḿṇti. Ɖr r picćrz v ɖ tū men standñ śoldr t śoldr, bʈ bīmñ wɖ boṇmi. Les ɖn a yir aftr ɖ brnñ v ɖ emḅsi in Dublin, ɖ tū cuntriz wd b clos partnrz in ɖ Yṛpiyn project. It z fer t se, morovr, ɖt Îrḷnd oud its ples in ẃt wz ɖen an xclūsiv club t its dīp ic̣nomic cnx́n t Britn. On its ǒn, Îrḷnd wz tù pur t jusṭfî a sīt at ɖ top tebl v Yṛp. It wz admitd isnṣ́li on Britn’z coțeilz.

It z strenj, in retṛspect, hǎ ɖz tū storiz ran sîd bî sîd – wn v pṛfǎnd n dīpli rūtd aṇmoṣti, ɖ uɖr v intns cooṗreśn; wn fl v fracć̣rñ n dviźn, ɖ uɖr a jônt cmitmnt t “evr closr yńn” in Yṛp. Az it hapnd, membrśp v ɖ YY alaud Îrḷnd t wīn itslf of its dpndnsi on ɖ Britiś icoṇmi n t aćiv a mć mor sbstanśl indipndns. (Wn v ɖ mni ʈñz Brexitrz cd nvr unḍstand z ɖs nośn ɖt ɖ s’pozidli opresiv YY cd b, fr smōl neśnz, a rùt ǎt v doṃneśn bî bigr nebrz.) Bt it olso bcem a scūl in ẃć Îriś n Britiś guvnmnts lrnt t wrc vri closli, n rspctḟli, tgɖr.

Ɖt xpirịns, in trn, md poṣbl ɖ jônt coriogṛfi v ɖ 1990z, ɖ cerḟli caḷbretd steps ɖt pṛdyst ɖ pīs’grīmnt v 1998. Bî 2011, ẃn ɖ Qīn bcem ɖ frst Britiś moṇc in a snć̣ri t vizit suɖn Îrḷnd, it riyli flt lîc ɖs gd-nebrlinis hd bcm a prṃnnt cndiśn, ɖt Britiś aṛgns n Îriś rej wr xibits in a ḿziym v historicl krioṣtiz.

Ɖt iluźn v prṃnns wz śatrd bî Brexit, nt jst bî ɖ los v ɖ comn grǎnd v YY membrśp bt olso bî ɖ rfyzl t ʈnc at ol abt ɖ consiqnsz fr ɖ îḷnd v Îrḷnd. Mni v ɖ Brexitrz stl si ɖoz consiqnsz nt az ɖ inevitbl rzults v ɖer ǒn ćôsz, bt az sm cnd v Îriś cnspiṛsi t ʈwort ɖm. Ɖr z a cornr v ɖer mîndz in ẃć Brexit wd hv bn a rip-rorñ trîumf bî nǎ f ɖ dámd Îriś hd’nt spôld it wɖ ɖer bacstops n proṭcolz. Ɖ opn atmts v ɖ Jonsn admiṇstreśn t ter p ɖ agrīmnts on ɖ Îriś dmnśn v Brexit hv rvîvd ɖt old spectr, Pfidịs Albịn.

N yt w śd rmembr 1972. Īvn at ɖt ōfl nedir, ɖ stecs wr far tù hî fr Britn n Îrḷnd t alǎ ɖer rleśnśp t dtirịret intu toxiṣti. Tū litl ʈñz forst ɖm tgɖr: hisṭri n jiogṛfi. Ɖ tū big îḷndz on ǎr arc̣peḷgo cn no mor iscep ć uɖr’z fets ɖn Britn cn flot of intu ɖ Atlantic awe fṛm Yṛp.

Mbi ɖr r īvn wez in ẃć w unḍstand ć uɖr betr. Sm slo lrnrz in Britn hv dscuvrd, aftr a mir snć̣ri, ɖt Îrḷnd z an indipndnt cuntri wɖ its ǒn naśnl inṭrests n rleśnśps wɖ Yṛp. Îriś ppl hv dscuvrd ɖt ɖe hv no mnoṗli in ɖz îḷndz on îdntticrîsīz n bîṇri triḅlizmz. It z ny fr Îrḷnd t fīl lîc ɖ mor stebl n slf-confidnt v ɖ stets on ɖ arc̣peḷgo n ny fr Britn t b dīlñ wɖ ɖ frax́s afṭmaʈ v a naśṇlist reṿluśn. It me tec sm tîm fr ol v s t gt yst t ɖz novltiz. Bt in mć wrs srcmstansz, w hv faund wez t fes ny riaḷtiz tgɖr.

• Fintn OTūl’z most rīsnt bc z W D’nt Nǒ Ǎrslvz: A Prsnl Hisṭri v Îrḷnd Sins 1958

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Fṛm ɖ Obzrvr │ Even Macron still hopes Brexit Britain will come to its senses

Keir Starmer in the Commons: Brexit is, or should be, an open goal for the opposition. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/PA
Cir Starmr in ɖ Comnz: Brexit z, or śd b, an opn gol fr ɖ opziśn. Foṭgraf: Jesica Teilr/PA

Īvn Macron stl hops Brexit Britn wl cm t its snsz

(Transcription of an Observer article of 28 November 2021)

Līvñ ɖ YY hz hd a teṛbl impact on ol partiz. W mst grasp ɖt it z a poḷsi ɖt canot b md t wrc

William Keegan

Wiłm Cīgn, Súnde 28 Nvmbr 2021

“Xcz m, sr, bt ẃ r y wẹrñ a popi? Rmembṛns De wz on Ʈrzde.” Ɖ spīcr wz a Spaniś jntlṃn. Ɖ sīn: ɖ brecfstrūm v a hotel in Valladolid, an aur’z trenrîd norʈ-wst v Mdrid, on Saṭde, ɖ 13ʈ v ɖs munʈ. I wz struġlñ wɖ ɖ tostr. Y nǒ hǎ it z ẃn wn arîvz at a slfsrvis brecfstrūm.

I rplaid ɖt I olwz wòr a popi untl Rmembṛns Súnde, ẃn ɖr wz ɖ tṛdiśnl Seṇtaf p’red in Lundn. “Ā,” h sd. “Fgiv m, bt ẃ on rʈ dd yr cuntri vot ɖ we it dd?”

It trnd ǎt ɖt mî inṭloktr wz a hisṭripṛfesr at Mdrid Yṇvrṣti. H pṛsidd t por hiz hart ǎt abt ɖ traɉdi v Brexit, n ɖ apōlñ impact it z hvñ on Britn’z rleśnz wɖ ɖ cuntriz ɖt Boris Jonsn rfŕz t – aftr ol ɖ ićnomic n dipḷmatic carnij hiz Brexitrz r inflictñ – az “ǎr Yṛpiyn partnrz.”

Viẓtñ Spen aftr olmst tū yirz v absns fṛm ɖ continnt wz an olmst yforic xpirịns. Yṛp! A fîn historic Spaniś siti, nn ɖ wrs fr biyñ reḷtivli uņoun – xpt, phps, fr its ftbōltīm – t ɖ Brits hu fevr ɖ Costa del Brexit. Ẃt a trīt t b rīviẓtñ ɖ Yṛpiyn Yńn w bcem part v undr mor inlîtnd Cnsrṿtiv līdrz ɖn ɖ preznt śǎr.

Tru, t vizit ǎr dōtr – hu tīćz Ñgliś in Valladolid – ɖr wz an ōfl lot v fṛstretñ Brexit byrocṛsi. Ɖs wz on top v ɖ tîrsm, f hoļi unḍstanḍbl, pepr, cmpytr n smartfon wrc nseṣtetd bî Covid pricōśnz. Bt ẃt a rlif it wz t si ɖt, unlîc in Jonsn’z Ñgḷnd, mascs wr biyñ wòrn evrẃr: sm cnx́n, śrli, wɖ ɖ lo Covid caźltiret in Spen.

I hd jst réd, in an inṭvy wɖ ɖ Ny Yṛpiyn, ɖt gret Yṛpiyn Ceniʈ Clārc obzrvñ ɖt undr Jonsn, huz Brexit-inflictd damij cn no longr b cnfyzd wɖ ɖ impact v Covid, “w r nǎ gtñ denjṛsli clos t ɖ ‘ilectd dictetrśp’ ɖt Lord Hêlśm, ɖ formr lord ćanslr, wornd s abt haf a snć̣ri ago”.

Bt ɖr z hop. Ɖ wd-bi dictetr z biyñ faund ǎt. I hv bn rīrīdñ Ánṭni Pǎl’z Dans t ɖ Ḿzic v Tîm. Ɖr z a gret pasij: “Hvr, lîc most untruswrɖi prsnz, Uncl Jîlz hd ɖ gift v inspîrñ confidns in a gret mni ppl wɖ hūm h cem in contact. Īvn ɖoz hu, t ɖer cost, hd noun him fr yirz, smtmz faund dificlti in esṭmetñ ɖ leñʈs t ẃć h cd cari hiz lac v rlạbiḷti – n indd śir inćpaṣti – in matrz v biznis.” Dz ɖs rmînd y v enwn?

Ɖ gd nyz z ɖt nt onli r hiz parḷmntri colīgz n ɖoz hŭdwnct “red wōl” votrz bginñ t rumbl Jonsn: it lcs az ɖo ɖ līdr v ɖ opziśn, Sr Cir Starmr, hz fîṇli dscuvrd, in ɖ spirit v hiz gret prīdisesr Haṛld Wilsn, ɖt riḍkl z a fîn dbetñtūl.

Amñ ɖ Jonsn apôntīz hu srtnli dzrv t b riḍkld z hiz so-cōld “ngośietr”, Devid Frost. Unforćṇtli, Starmr canot gt at him d’recli bcz Jonsn caṭpultd Frost intu ɖ Hǎs v Lordz. Bt I gaɖr Lord Adonis hz a gd g at him ɖr. Frost z on record bfr ɖ reḟrendm az pôntñ t ɖ cnsidṛbl advantjz v membrśp v ɖ custmzyńn n sngl marcit, ẃć h ɖen pt at p t 8% v GDP, or £1,500 a yir p’ prsn on aṿrij incm.

H śd hv stuc t hiz gunz n nt sold hiz soul t ɖ Brexit devl. Ẃć brñz s bac t Starmr, hu wz rît t opoz Brexit, n śd olso most srtnli hv stuc t hiz gunz. Ɖ dzastr v Brexit z an opn gol fr ɖ opziśn. It z no gd ispǎzñ a poḷsi v “mcñ Brexit wrc”. Ɖ fact v ɖ matr z ɖt Brexit z’nt wrcñ n canot wrc.

Dspt ol ɖ iṛteśn Brexit hz inflictd on ǎr partnrz in Yṛp, ɖe r awer ɖt ɖ snṣbl ʈñ fr s wd b t priper ɖ we bac, olbiit wɖ ǎr teil btwn ǎr legz. Ɖ cuntriz v Yṛp nǒ ɖt ɖe beṇfitd fṛm Britiś membrśp – nt līst fṛm ɖ sngl marcit ɖt ɖ YC ćampịnd bfr luzñ its snsz.

In hiz ny bc Yṛp Bynd ɖ Yro, Ćarlz Īnoc v St Anṭni’z Colij, Oxḟd, qots Imańl Macron az seyñ: “In a fy yirz’ tîm, ɖ YC wl b ebl t fînd its ples, f it wśz” in ɖ YY – a YY ɖt wd b “rīfoc̣st on uncompṛmîzñ valyz n an ifctiv marcit.”

Mnẃl, cn enwn tel m f ɖr z eni presidnt fr ɖs dgri v naśnl slfharm?

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Fṛm ɖ Gardịn │ Johnson’s foreign quarrels can’t conceal the truth about Brexit

The British trawler detained in Le Havre last week over a licensing row. Photograph: Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP/Getty Images
Ɖ Britiś trōlr dtend in Le Havre last wīc ovr a lîsnsñrǎ. Foṭgraf: Samir Al-Dūmi/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Jonsn’z foṛn qoṛlz c’nt cnsil ɖ truʈ abt Brexit

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 31 October 2021)

Fiśñrǎz ntwɖstandñ, mć v Yṛp lcs on at ɖ YC’z plît wɖ astoniśmnt – n īvn, stl, simṗʈi

William Keegan

Wiłm Cīgn, 31 Octobr 2021

At ɖ rīsnt seḷbreśn v ɖ lîf n aćivmnts v mî frend n felo Rmenr Jon l’Care, I wz asct bî a līdñ acdemic ẃɖr I wz abṣlutli srtn ɖt w cd rījôn ɖ Yṛpiyn Yńn.

Ɖ ansr z ɖt I am nt. Bt az ɖ evidns v ɖ damij v ɖt fūliś reḟrendm dsiźn acruz, it z bcmñ mor n mor srtn ɖt w śd trî. At ɖ vri līst, w śd b rperñ fnsz n atmtñ t riistabliś az clos a rleśnśp az poṣbl – a cōz ćampịnd bî Lebr’z impresiv śadoćanslr, Rećl Rīvz.

V cors ɖr z an obvịs denjr ɖt an apḷceśn wd b gvn śort śrift bî Yṛpiynz, huz peśns wɖ, n simṗʈi fr, ɖ YC mst b clos t xōsćn – nt līst az a rzult v ɖ bizar n rɖr sinistr bhevyr v ǎr so-cōld ngośietr, Lord Frost. Bt ɖ ćansz r ɖt ǎr felo Yṛpiynz – w stl śer ɖ sem continnt – wd rgard it az in ɖer inṭrest, az wel az ǎrz, ɖt a grīṿs err śd b reṃdid.

It me sīm od t b seyñ ɖs in ɖ mdst v a fiśñ dspyt wɖ Frans, bt ɖs vri dspyt z a d’rect consiqns v Brexit, n ɖr r obvịs cnsrnz ɖt ɖ Jonsn/Frost aproć z t esc̣let ʈñz fr śort-trm p’liticl advantij. Ɖs guvnmnt jst luvz t “bizi gidi mîndz wɖ foṛn qoṛlz” (Hnri IV Part 2).

Yṛpiynz’ unḍstandñ v ɖ houl ẃć ɖs cuntri hz dug fr itslf wz iḷstretd rīsntli bî tū coments, fṛm a Bruslz cmiśnr n a rtîrd Deniś ftbōlr. Thierry Breton, ɖ cmiśnr fr ɖ intrnl marcit, sd: “Lc at ẃt z haṗnñ on ɖ sūṗmarcit ślvz. Lc at ẃt z haṗnñ at ɖ petṛlpumps. Lc at ẃt z haṗnñ wɖ ɖ śortij v nrsz n doctrz. Lc at ẃt z haṗnñ wɖ ɖ śortij v trucdrîvrz. Lc at ẃt z haṗnñ in ɖ cnstrux́nsectr.”

Brexit, sz Breton, hz bn “a ctastṛfi” fr ɖ YC. N Pītr Schmeichel – ɖ formr Manćestr Ynîtd pleyr n faɖr v Kasper, ɖ Lstr golcīpr – ẃn asct hiz vy v Brexit bî a membr v ɖ ōdịns jrñ an inṭvy ɖt wz mnt t b abt ftbōl, rplaid s’xñtli: “Ẃt on rʈ wr y ol ʈncñ v?”

Ɖz r jst sm xamplz v frendli obẓveśnz fṛm ppl ǎr prim̦inistr oceźṇli cōlz “ǎr Yṛpiyn frendz”. Closr t hom, a rīdr raili informz m ɖt ɖr z an eria v Wŭsṭśr ẃr “ɖe hv no aplpicrz, n, īvn f ɖe hd, ɖr r no trucs t dlivr ɖm t ɖ sūṗmarcit.”

Ɖ guvnmnt trîz t hîd bhnd Covid n ɖ fact ɖt ɖr r s’plîćen probḷmz arnd ɖ wrld. Bt ɖe r nʈñ lîc ɖ Brexit-magṇfaid s’plîćen iśuz hir. Funi hǎ Jrṃni, ẃć admitd a miłn imigṛnts instd v rpelñ ɖm, z nt suḟrñ ɖ śorṭjz v lebr ɖt w r.

Jrñ hiz bujitspīć, ɖ unrīcnstructd Brexitr Ćanslr Sŭnac wz screpñ ɖ botm v ɖ globl baṛl ẃn trayñ t fînd Brexit diṿdndz. Ɖ frīdm t ngośiet treḑīlz? Sori, ɖ pziśn ɖ guvnmnt fîndz itslf in z ɖt it hz gvn p fnomiṇli pṛductiv treḑīlz injoid az a YY membr n hz bn trōlñ arnd, cap in hand, lcñ fr a hanfl v far wrs dīlz, at gret xpns. Morovr, it hz nt iscept obzrvrz ɖt muvñ ɖ emḟsis on tred awe fṛm ɖ YY hz a neġtiv impact on ɖ YC’z targits fr rdysñ carbn imiśnz.

Agn, wn v ɖ mni beṇfits v YY lejsleśn ɖt w tc fr grantd wz its bnefisnt ifct on ɖ clenlinis v ǎr rivrz n bīćz. W r nǎ plúmñ ɖ depʈs, at a tîm ẃn Britiś wōtrcumṗniz sīm t b mor in ɖ nyz ɖn evr fr p’lūtñ ɖ wōtrz.

Ẃt Sŭnac wz nn tù cīn t emḟsîz last wīc wz ɖ Ofis fr Bujit Rsponsbiḷti’z calkleśn ɖt Brexit hz pṛdyst a prṃnnt hit v 4% t ɖs cuntri’s prodctivti, or GDP p’ capita. I cd hardli b’liv it – or phps I cd – ẃn Jorj Ysṭs, ɖ invîrnmntsecṛtri, dsmist ɖs on ɖ Tde program az “an old figr.” Sori, Mr Ysṭs, bt it z a figr ɖt rmenz vri mć wɖ s, n mcs a nonsns v ol ɖ guvnmnt’s clemz ɖt Brexit friz ɖ icoṇmi t incris its prodctivti.

Morovr, 4% me b a cnsrṿtiv esṭmet. Uɖr indipndnt bodiz, sć az Ɖ YC in a Ćenjñ Yṛp, pt ɖ rdux́n at nirr 6%. Hvr, w cn rlî on Prîṿt Î t levn ɖ glūm. I jst luvd its rīsnt hedlîn: “Brexit nt ɖ fōlt v Brexit.”

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ Brexit’s Mr Pooter may not survive his dispute with Cummings

‘A litl misunḍstandñ’: Jonsn n Cumñz in Dǎnñ Strīt, 2019. Foṭgraf: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Brexit’s Mr Pūtr me nt svîv hiz dspyt wɖ Cumñz

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 2 May 2021)

Boris Jonsn n hiz formr eid r loct in a rleśnśp ɖt z stl hvñ daṃjñ consiqnsz fr ol v s

William Keegan

Wiłm Cīgn, 2 May 2021

Bfr h muvd on t lowr ʈñz, Boris Jonsn livd in ǎr nebrhd, jst of ɖ Hoḷwe Rod in Lundn’z Izlñtn. Anɖr feṃs Islñtońn hu livd of ɖ Hoḷwe Rod wz ɖ fix́nl Mr Pūtr, pṛtaġnist v ɖ Victorịn clasic Dayri v a Nbdi.

Mr. Pūtr’z wîf wz cōld Cári, n hiz clos nebr wnt bî ɖ nem v Cumñz, v hūm on wn oceźn Pūtr raits: “Cumñz n I hv a litl misunḍstandñ.”

Wel, in ɖ gret bc – ẃć I rec̣mnd t enwn hu z tîrd v “strīmñ” n, indd, v ɖs guvnmnt – Cári’z huzbnd n hiz frend Cumñz manij t gt ovr ɖer misunḍstandñ. Hvr, f ɖr z wn ʈñ srtn abt ɖ fōlǎt btwn ɖ Brexitrz v Dǎnñ Strīt, it z ɖt hel hʈ no fyri lîc a Cumñz scornd. It z obvịs ɖt ɖs episod z gwñ t end in tirz; n, az a betñman, I wd nt pt muni on Jonsn’z loñ-trm svîvl – nt līst on acǎnt v ɖ we ɖ f’renzic scilz v ǎr unḍesṭmetd līdr v ɖ opziśn, Cir Starmr, sīm t b cmñ intu ɖer ǒn.

Hvr, ɖr z inuf elsẃr on ɖ subjict v slīz inqîriz n ɖ stnc v c’rupśn ɖt prmiets ɖs guvnmnt. Jonsn n Cumñz me hv fōḷn ǎt, n Devid Camṛn me b p t hiz nec in hiz ǒn slīz inqîriz, bt ɖ foc̣s śd nt b tecn of ɖ imns damij ɖ ʈri v ɖm hv dn t ɖ Britiś icoṇmi, n t ɖ vạbiḷti v ẃt z stl cōld ɖ Ynîtd Cñdm v Gret Britn n Norɖn Îrḷnd.

Camṛn startd ɖ rot, nt jst bî bawñ t ɖ rzisṭbl preśr fr a reḟrendm fṛm ẃt Edẉd Hīʈ yst t cōl, in a dlîtḟli veṇṃs ton, Yroseptics; Camṛn olso wǒḟli mshandld ɖ reḟrendmcampen. Ɖ formr prezidnt v ɖ Yṛpiyn cmiśn, Jean-Claude Juncker, rīsntli rvild in an inṭvy ɖt, nwñ hǎ dstortd ɖ Britiś vy v “Yṛp” hd bcm az a rzult v a larjli Yroscepticl pres, h hd ofrd t xplen t ɖ public ɖ advantjz v ɖ YY n hǎ it riyli wrct.

It me sīm lîc poetic justis ɖt Jonsn n Cumñz hv fōḷn ǎt, bt ɖ ōfl truʈ z ɖt ɖe wún ɖ batl t dminiś ɖs cuntri

Camṛn evidntli trnd ɖs ofr dǎn flat, seyñ h himslf cd handl evrʈñ t pṛdys a sef rzult, wɖ ɖ rzult ɖt, in Juncker’z wrdz, “nwn tld ɖ Britiś public ẃt w agrìd on, se, ɖ fri muvmnt v wrcrz” in Camṛn’z prīreḟrendm ngośieśnz. I agri wɖ Juncker ɖt tù mni membrz v ɖ Britiś public wr “brenwośt” intu votñ Līv – nt v cors bî Camṛn, bt bî ɖ unholi alayns v ɖoz tū formr frendz, Jonsn n Cumñz.

W nǒ ẃt ɖt rzult wz, n w r trayñ t liv wɖ it. A wns gret neśn, huz foṛn poḷsi wz gird t impruvñ ǎr oṿsìz tred, voḷntṛli sînd p fr a hard Brexit, ẃć z hvñ ɖ rvrs ifct n hitñ xports badli. Fṛm ɖ reḟrendm rzult onẉdz, ɖ Britiś icoṇmi’z pformns wz infirịr t ɖt v ɖ rest v ɖ YY, n, nǎ ɖt w hv left, ʈñz r gwñ fṛm bad t wrs, az ol repytbl srvez śo.

Obvịsli ɖr z an ic̣nomic rcuṿri fṛm ɖ impact v s’xesiv locdǎnz on ǎtpt, n ɖ guvnmnt z mcñ ɖ most v ɖt fact. Bt biznis invstmnt hz bn fībl n ɖ ʈnctanc YC in a Ćenjñ Yṛp xpcts Brexit wl in tîm ǎtwei ɖ pandemic in its inhibtñ impact on groʈ.

Fr ɖ momnt ɖ obvịs caźlti z Norɖn Îrḷnd, huz guvnmnt, léd bî ɖ Deṃcratic Yńnist parti (DYP), wz – sori, I canot rzist ɖs – DYPt bî Jonsn.

Az ɖ YY’z ambasdr t ɖ YC sd in an inṭvy wɖ ɖ Insttyt v Guvnmnt last wīc, ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol z nt ɖ probḷm; “ɖ probḷm z Brexit”.

Bt it wz nt jst ɖ DYP hu wr dypt. Tù mni Ñgliś ppl wr dypt tù. It me sīm lîc poetic justis ɖt Jonsn n Cumñz hv fōḷn ǎt, bt ɖ ōfl truʈ z ɖt ɖe acć̣li wún ɖ batl t dminiś ɖs cuntri – wɖ noc-on ifcts fr ɖ YY itslf, huz līdrz nǒ ɖe beṇfitd fṛm ǎr membrśp.

Fir nt: w r tld ɖt ɖs z ɖ most dṛmatic rcuṿri sins 1948 – or z it 1066? Nt dificlt aftr ɖ bigist c’laps fr 200 yirz. Morovr, az Roḅt Ćǒt, formr d’rectr v ɖ Ofis fr Bujit Rsponsbiḷti, pônts ǎt, olɖo ɖr z a fīlñ ɖt ɖ guvnmnt śd b dvotñ a gretr śer v spendñ t public srṿsz, noṭbli hlʈ n sośl cer, “ɖ guvnmnt z cuṛntli pnṣlñ in lowr dīpartmntl spendñ ɖn it dd prīcrîsis”.

Leṿlñ p? Pl ɖ uɖr wn …

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ Forget curtains and cash – Johnson’s legacy will be the bitter taste of Brexit

An anti-Brexit protester holds a placard after Boris Johnson drove past to attend prime minister’s questions on Wednesday. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP
An anti-Brexit pṛtstr holdz a placard aftr Boris Jonsn drouv past t atnd prim̦inistr’z qsćnz on Wenzde. Foṭgraf: Mát Dunm/AP

Fget crtnz n caś – Jonsn’z leġsi wl b ɖ bitr test v Brexit

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 30 April 2021)

Ɖ prim̦inistr hz impeṛld pīs in Norɖn Îrḷnd, n evri de ɖ ic̣nomic fōlǎt wrsnz

Poli Tônbi, 30 Epril 2021

Amd sliṗjz, losz, vaṇśñ invstmnts n xportdrops, ɖ drip, drip v Brexit damij nvr stops. I c’lect xamplz evri wīc, az f picñ p spent mortŗǎndz fṛm a batlfīld. On Wenzde, it wz 450 jobz lost az carparts mańfacćrr Tôoda Gosei priperz t śut facṭriz in Roɖṛm n Swonzi, n rīḷcet t ɖ Ćeh Rpublic.

A breʈtecñ £800 rol v gold wōlpepr dstracts ǎr î. A prim̦inistr hu cōzd tnz v ʈǎzndz v bodiz t pîl hî, ẃl apaṛntli fixñ taxz fr palz n contracts fr croniz, hz ǎr îz ǎt on stōcs. Nwn nz hǎ dīp in sluri Boris Jonsn cn snc n stl swim ǎt.

Bt hisṭri wl record wn gret p’liticl crîm abv ol ɖ uɖrz, hiz tōdri dsoṇstiz mir iluṃneśnz rnd its éjz. Ɖ dlinqnt hu mișold Brexit t haf ɖ neśn wɖ a stardust v fōls proṃsz t s’kr himslf ɖ ʈron wl līv bhnd ɖ Brexit brec̣jz loñ aftr h hz gn.

Ɖ most sirịs so far z impeṛlñ pīs in Norɖn Îrḷnd, az Arlīn Fostr z bròt dǎn bî Brexit’s imposbl contṛdix́nz. Ɖr wr wornñz: tū formr prim̦inistrz spouc in Deri jst bfr ɖ reḟrendm, ẃn Toni Bler sd ɖr “wd hv t b ćecs btwn Norɖn Îrḷnd n ɖ rest v ɖ YC, ẃć wd b plenli un’xptbl”, ẃl Jon Mejr wornd v a “historic mstec” ɖt wd dīsteḅlîz ɖ Gd Frîde agrīmnt. Bt Fostr, an ardnt Brexitr, dsmist ɖs az a “dīpli ofnsiv” rmen scer stori.

Ɖ DYP’s imposbl Brexit stans wl b inheṛtd bî ẃćvr unluci canddet s’xidz hr. Ẃ bac Brexit ẃn Norɖn Îrḷnd wz agnst it n ɖ bordr dlema flaśt a red wornñ? Ẃ bac Boris Jonsn ẃn, v cors, h wd rat on hr wɖ hiz YC-splitñ proṭcol? Ẃ dd’nt ɖ DYP dmand ɖ hol YC ste in ɖ sngl marcit?

Yńnists, lîc tù mni Brítnz, wr bgîld bî ɖt majic wrd sovṛnti: ẃt îṛni ɖt it me nǎ brec ɖ yńn. V ɖs, Jonsn n hiz recñcru ń nʈñ n cerd les. Ɖr wz olwz Cet Hǒi, dǎti yńnist, t cīp proṃsñ: “Brexit w’nt hrt Norɖn Îrḷnd at ol – instd it wl brîtn its fyćr.” Nǎ, in rpost, pṛtstñ agnst ɖ proṭcol, ś clemz ɖt “Norɖn Îrḷnd hz nt got Brexit”.

Jst so. Nwn hz got ẃtvr Brexit ɖe imajind bcz nn wz evr paḷtbl or vaybl. Ɖt wz ɖ craftinis v ɖ līvrz: ɖe nvr sd ẃt cnd v Brexit, bcz eni vrśn wz a cilr. So hir w r wɖ ɖ wrst v ol Brexit dīlz. Nxt wīc’s ilex́nz in Scotḷnd lc srtn t dlivr a naśṇlist mjoṛti: ɖ mor rpeḷnt ɖ Wsminstr Cnsrṿtivz, ɖ mor apilñ Holirūd indipndns. Az ɖ Yṛpiyn parḷmnt indorst Brexit ɖs wīc, Scotiś culćṛl līdrz begd MYPz t welcm Scotḷnd bac intu ɖ YY.

Ɖs wīc līdñ YC arts orġnîześnz rout t Jonsn cōlñ on him t fix ɖ vīza, custmz n wrc-prmit crîsis ɖt privnts ɖm turñ in ɖ YY, pṛvîdñ rnñz ɖe nīd t svîv. Jonsn promist ɖm last munʈ ɖt h wd “fix ɖs”, bt h c’nt “fix” ʈñz, az evri sectr fṛm fiś n fnans t bale begz fr sm “speśl dīl”. Ɖr z no fineġlñ hiz hard Brexit: it’s ɖ sem dīl evri ʈrd cuntri gts. Az ɖ Yṛpiyn cmiśn’z prezidnt, Ursula von der Leyen, strest: “Feʈfl implimnteśn z isnśl.” No wundr ɖ YY parḷmnt add a reẓluśn ɖs wīc rcordñ Brexit az a “historic mstec”.

No big bañz so far, bt Brexit sîḷntli heṃrijz pǎr n muni: far mor ɖn ɖ £350m a wīc on ɖ infṃs bus z lost olrdi, Prof Nîjl Drifīld v Woric Biznișcūl tlz m: £1.3tn olrdi fled fṛm ɖ Siti, ẃl “ɖ dscǎntñ v gílts sins ɖ reḟrendm z wrʈ a hol bus”. JP Morgn’z ĆXO tlz śerholdrz ɖt YY sitiz r tecñ ovr Lundn biznis, n ɖt “Yṛp hz ɖ upr hand”.

Vast lost inwd invstmnt gz unricordd: Prnil Rudlin, a līdñ cnsultnt on Jaṗnīz biznis, tlz m: “Ɖ YC z atractñ fywr ny cumṗniz fṛm Jpan ɖn uɖr cuntriz in Yṛp sins Brexit. Bfr 2016, ɖ YC wz ɖ numbr wn desṭneśn fr Jaṗnīz invstmnt in Yṛp.”

Yesṭde, ɖ Comnz invîrnmnt, fūd n rṛl aferz cmiti cnfrmd ɖ woz v fiśñ n farmñ, az YY imports flud in ẃl YC xports r stuc, wornñ ɖt “bizṇsz wl rīḷcet activti t ɖ YY or stop xportñ t Yṛp”.

Ɖs wīc, tù, Mc YC, reprizntñ mańfacćrrz, rspondd t ofiśl figrz śowñ profits at ɖer lǒist fr mor ɖn a deced, blemñ a “ynīc coctel v srcmstansz” mldñ Covid wɖ Brexit. T tec jst wn xampl, Jemz Grīnm, maṇjñd’rectr v medicl-iqipmnt mcr EMS Fizio, sz h z peyñ a fortyn in ny xportñcosts, n luzñ custmrz: a Swīdiś cumṗni, fîndñ ʈri-de dlivriz arîvñ for wīcs lêt, hz trnd t anɖr s’playr in ɖ Neɖrḷndz. H grits hiz tīʈ in iṛteśn at guvnmnt adz telñ him t tred wɖ Mx̣co instd – ẃr, h sz, ɖr r hyj reğletri hrdlz. “W wr sold a lî.” Evri wīc I c’lect rīmz v ɖz têlz.

Wōlpepr n lîz me brñ Jonsn dǎn, bt Brexit z ɖ crîm agnst ɖ cuntri fr ẃć h wl b fr evr dámd. Rayts n ɖ fōl v Arlīn Fostr impeṛl ɖ pīs agrīmnt in Îrḷnd, n ɖ YC’z brecup z on a nîf éj. A nesṣri trigr wl cm t hand sn fr Lebr t līd ɖ ćarj agnst ɖ bad Brexit dīl. In hiz wîld rant at prim̦inistr’z qsćnz, Jonsn akzd Lebr v votñ agnst it, n mni wś it hd – ɖo btwn a roc n a hard ples, no dīl wz’nt an opśn. Wel bfr ɖ nxt ilex́n, Lebr wl līd ɖ cōz v gîdñ Britn twdz a rtrn t ɖ sngl marcit, n ɖ sefr hêvn v a Norwe s’lūśn.

Poli Tônbi z a Gardịn coḷmnist

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ The Brexit elite cannot hope to fool us for much longer

Boris Johnson: vaulting ambition, but varying convictions. Photograph: Getty Images
Boris Jonsn: vōltñ ambiśn, bt vẹriyñ cnvix́nz. Foṭgraf: Geti Iṃjz

Ɖ Brexit ilit canot hop t fūl s fr mć longr

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 4 April 2021)

Ex̣tñ ɖ YY wz nt gd fr Britn. Grīd dd nt brñ s ɖ vaxīn. Jonsn’z naṛtivz wl nt stand ɖ lît v de

William Keegan

Wiłm Cīgn, 4 Epril 2021

Ɖr cn b fy ppl hu hv nt at sm stej in ɖer lîvz felt ɖt ɖe hd bn “tecn fr a rîd” or cond. Yt ɖt, I ʈnc, wl b ɖ dōnñ rịlîześn v a fer pṛporśn v ɖ 37% v ɖ ilectṛt hu – wɖt, in most cesz, hvñ ɖ fentist îdīa v ɖ impḷceśnz – votd on 23 Jūn 2016 t līv ɖ Yṛpiyn Yńn.

Nǎ, yẓ́li, f wn z cond, it z ovr sm reḷtivli mînr matr in ɖ gret scīm v ʈñz, n wn lrnz wn’z lésn. Bt ẃn a sgnificnt part v a cuntri z tecn fr a rîd, it canot b dsmist az a trivịl matr fṛm ẃć it cn īẓli rcuvr.

Sć, I b’liv, z ɖ cndiśn v ɖ YC at ɖ momnt. I rīd ol ɖs stuf abt “Teflon Jonsn” – a prim̦inistr upn hūm ɖ sún nvr sets n t hūm no akześn stics, hvr jusṭfaid. N I nǒ ɖt ɖ Brexitrz r hvñ a “cloʈ v gold” de, luvñ ɖ fact ɖt ɖ unḍstanḍbl obseśn wɖ ɖ Pleg z obskrñ ɖ damij biyñ cōzd bî Brexit – damij ẃć z nt obskr t ɖ ʈǎzndz v smōl n mīdịm-sîzd bizṇsz huz vri fyćr z at stec, mni v ẃć r hvñ t set p oṗreśnz wɖn – ges ẃt – ɖ YY’z sngl marcit.

Nɖr wl it b at ol obskr, ẃn ɖ Covid rstrix́nz r ivnć̣li īzd, t a hol jeṇreśn v yuñ ppl hu hv groun p injoyñ ɖ frīdm t travl, tec Irazṃs scoḷrśps n wrc enẃr in ɖ YY.

At tîmz v naśnl crîsis, it pez t lisn t ɖ gret plêraits. Raitñ in ɖ Ny Stetsmn, Devid Hér mcs ɖ pônt ɖt ɖ riyl culprits in ɖ Brexit fiasco r nt ɖ “red wōl” victimz v an osteṛti-indyst discntnt roñli atribytd t ǎr membrśp v ɖ YY. No: ɖe r cumftbli of membrz v an influenśl ilit. Hér raits: “Ɖ ppl hu wr despṛt t pl Britn awe fṛm its jịgraficl murñz wr az lîcli t b faund in Naitsbrij az in Hartḷpūl. Ɖ līdr v ɖ YC Indipndns Parti, Nîjl Farāj, hu pt ɖ fir v God intu ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti, wz a stocbrocr. Hiz prinsipl ćirlīdrz wr pres ǒnrz, peid-up membrz v an ilit hu ol livd abrōd: Rūṗt Mrdoc, Lord Roɖ̇mir n ɖ Barcli bruɖrz.”

Ɖe srtnli pt ɖ fir v God intu Devid Camṛn, wɖ hiz il-jujd reḟrendm – n, v cors, vōltñ ambiśn pswedd influenśl poḷtiśnz sć az Jonsn n Gov t g alñ fr ɖ rîd. Ɖen ɖr wr ɖ dludd bt ol-tù-ifctiv odbōlz (hiz ǒn wrd) sć az “Î-Tst” Cumñz, hu argyd ɖt Brexit wd b gd fr ɖ YC’z saynsbes. Unforćṇtli, ɖ rvrs z pruvñ t b ɖ ces. Smwn fr hūm I hv rɖr mor rspct ɖn ɖ igrījs Cumñz z Sr Pōl Nrs, d’rectr v ɖ Fransis Cric Insttyt n a Nobél lorịt. H sz: “Sm v ɖ cuts w’v bn hírñ abt wd b caṭstrofic, īvn existnśl.”

Jst az hlʈ n uɖr isnśl wrcrz hv cm p trumps jrñ ɖ pleg, so Britn’z sayntists hv rizn t ɖ fōr in ɖ impresivli rapid dveḷpmnt v vaxīnz. It śd nvr b fgotn ɖt Jonsn rīsntli dclerd: “Ɖ rīzn w hv ɖ vaxīns’xes z bcz v capiṭlizm, bcz v grīd, mî frendz.” Luc̣li, Jonsn hz hiz eṇmiz wɖn ɖ preznt, larjli godḟsecn, Cnsrṿtiv-Brexit parti n ɖs rmarc wz imīɉtli līct. Ǒ, jst a joc, sd hiz frendz. No, yr onr: I sbmit ɖt ɖs wz ɖ tru Jonsn. At a tîm ẃn h pez lipsrvis t cerrz, ɖ man w hv t cōl prim̦inistr z a d’nt-cerr.

Wêt a minit: Jonsn’s preșecṛtri sz ɖ PM “dz b’liv in ɖ wîdr prínsiplz v integṛti n oṇsti”. V cors! Cocniz hv a trm fr hiz sort: h’z a wîd bô.

Evrwn nz ɖt it wz ɖ NHS n ǎr sayntists hu cem t ɖ resk, nt grīd or capiṭlizm. Morovr, ɖr z nʈñ Britn dd t dveḷp ɖ vaxīn ɖt w cd nt hv dn wɖn ɖ YY. Indd, nwñ az I d hǎ mć Britiś inflụns in Bruslz wz aprīśietd bî uɖr membrstets, I sspct ɖt f w hd rmend insd ɖ yńn w śd hv actd az a beṇfiśnt inflụns, privntñ ɖm fṛm gtñ intu sć a tangl ovr vaxīnz.

In hiz novl Ɖ Ʈri Clarcs, Ánṭni Troḷp rout v ɖ 19ʈ-snć̣ri prim̦inistr Sr Roḅt Pīl: “Psteṛti wl pônt at him az a poḷtiśn wɖt a poḷsi, az a stetsmn wɖt a prínsipl, az a wrśpr at ɖ ōltr v xpīdịnsi, t hūm nɖr vǎz sworn t frendz nr decḷreśnz md t hiz cuntri, wr in eni we bîndñ.’

Rmînd y v enwn? Bt Pīl cnductd sevṛl spectaklr U-trnz, nt līst on ɖ cornlwz n Caʈ̇lic imanṣpeśn. F onli Jonsn wr t d an U-trn on Brexit n, lîc Pīl, pt cuntri bfr parti.

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