No Minister

We shall defend our Island…

Not a headline I expected to see in the early 21st century.

Apparently it’s something to do with fishing vessels

A Franco-British feud over access to prime fishing waters escalated on Thursday as the two countries deployed patrol and navy ships near the Channel island of Jersey.

Access to Britain’s rich fishing waters was a major sticking point in post-Brexit talks. A transition period was agreed in which EU fishermen would give up 25 percent of their current quotas — the equivalent of 650 million euros per year — in 2026. The deal would then be renegotiated every year.

Until then, EU vessels have access to an area between six to 12 nautical miles from Britain’s coast, but they have to ask for new licenses.

This is where things got complicated.

The French side says London acted outside of the deal by tightening conditions for access to UK waters

Basically a repeat of the Great Cod War of the mid-1970’s then. Not until reading that Wiki did I realise that there had been similar stoushes in the early 1970’s and 1958-1961.

It seems the French are already turning to the comfort of land warfare, where they have a history of far more success against the British than at sea:

“We’re ready to resort to retaliatory measures” that are in the Brexit accord, Girardin told lawmakers in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

“Concerning Jersey, I’ll remind you of the transport of electricity via submarine cables,” she added. “I would regret it if we have to do it, but we’ll do it if we have to.”

Anyway, I don’t think we should treat this as entirely funny because, as the great Edmund Blackadder once said:

Doesn’t anyone know? We hate the French! We fight wars against them!

Did all those men die in vain on the field at Agincourt?

Was the man who burned Joan of Arc simply wasting good matches?

Written by Tom Hunter

May 10, 2021 at 5:32 pm

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  1. When dealing with the French, one should remember this is the nation which gave Margaret Thatcher the confidential codes to Exocet missiles France sold to Argentina, with which missiles Argentina was pounding the shit out of the Royal Navy.


    May 10, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    • Adolf has always believed in myths.

      He believed the Gulf of Tonkin “incident” lie.

      He believed the WMD lie.

      He believed Osama bin Laden was in Afghanistan lie.

      He even believed the lie that Obama was a Muslim and Trump a president.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if he still believes in Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and a resurrected Osiris.

      Sir Loin

      May 10, 2021 at 9:17 pm

  2. That’s a myth.

    John JohnO

    May 10, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    • Well, no it’s not. I read about it in The Guardian, so it must be true!


      May 10, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    • There was an issue with codes though. The Argentinians needed French help with linking the exocets to the aircraft weapons launch controller. French avionics technicians in Argentina continued to assist with this during the conflict despite Mitterand declaring that France would not assist Argentina miliarily.

      John JohnO

      May 11, 2021 at 8:31 am

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