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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


Shane Jones has had his election campaigns bankrolled by ‘friends’ in the fishing industry.    As a Labour MP he received donations from both Sealord and Talley’s.   In 2017, by which time he has switched to Winston First,  his bid for the Whangarei seat (where he came a poor third) was heavily supported by Talley’s.

Clearly the fishing industry invested well.    On assuming office one of the first acts by Winston First was to ‘persuade’ Stuart Nash to ditch plans to install monitoring cameras on commercial fishing boats.   And now the revelation that Jones heavied Nash to scupper the Technical Advisory Panel set up by National to provide expert advice on making fishing sustainable in the long term.

Judas ratted on Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.   It could be argued that Winston First/Shane Jones have shown they too they can be purchased for not much more … there is a fine line between influence peddling and corruption.    Has Jones crossed that line?    You be the judge.   

Written by The Veteran

December 4, 2018 at 8:36 am