Interests of Scotland’s fisheries ‘buried’ by Norway/EU deal done by ‘United’ Kingdom minister

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Robert Goodwill, Minister for Agriculture and managing director of Mowthorpe burials company

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From the Scottish Government:

Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing has expressed disappointment at the outcome of fishery negotiations between Norway and the European Union, which have concluded after a third round of talks in Brussels. A significant 50% cut in the North Sea cod quota for 2020 was agreed, reflecting scientific advice on declining numbers. Mr Ewing said: “A cut of this size will be very challenging for Scottish fishing businesses. We recognise the need to manage fish stocks sustainably, necessitating a substantial reduction, but it is regrettable that once again the main burden has fallen on Scotland.”

The UK minister, Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby, seems particularly ill-equipped to represent the Scottish fisheries. His ‘fishing’ constituency is only a tiny part of the wider UK industry (map above) dominated by North-East Scotland. Why was a Tory MP from that area not selected? Did they all refuse?

Perhaps less surprising, Goodwill has a track record of failure and hypocrisy:

The children and families minister Robert Goodwill has been sacked after just six months in the role.Goodwill was appointed last June to replace Edward Timpson, who lost his seat at the election. He was responsible for policy on safeguarding, school disadvantage funding, special educational needs and disabilities and free school meals funding.

Children’s minister Robert Goodwill sacked

In August 2005, Goodwill co-authored a letter to The Spectator with five other newly elected Conservative MPs, criticising the “decadent” nature of British society. In January 2016, the Labour Party unsuccessfully proposed an amendment in Parliament that would have required private landlords to make their homes “fit for human habitation”. According to Parliament’s register of interests, Goodwill was one of 72 Conservative MPs who voted against the amendment who personally derived an income from renting out property.

All things considered, would even Ross Thomson have been a better choice?

Published by johnrobertson834

Retired Professor of Media Politics Not-for-profit independent political analysis

6 thoughts on “Interests of Scotland’s fisheries ‘buried’ by Norway/EU deal done by ‘United’ Kingdom minister

  1. Bertie has cut and run , “nothing to do with me sir ” he will say , Elspeth MacDonald , now head of Scottish Fisheries Federation will say” nothing to do with me sir , just started in the job ” .
    Time Scotland had an SNP head of fisheries , this faffing about with useless Unionists is a fools game , they will sell them down the river again . Too bad Scottish fishermen have allowed themselves to be duped again , when will they ever learn , and I sincerely hope you were joking about Ross Thompson John! .

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  2. Now that former Aberdeen City cooncillor Ross Thompson is at a bit of a loose end can’t help but wonder whether the Bitter Together coalition at Aberdeen City Council will put him up in the seemingly inevitable(?) by-election following former tory councillor Alan Donnelly’s court conviction for sexual assault? – The former Bitter Together Depute Provost Donnelly seems to be hingin’ oan fur dear life – but the Bitter Together coalition are now trying to scrape him aff their collective footwear – Even if he does hing oan it looks as if the Committees will have to be altered to reflect that the Bitter Together crew will now be a minority administration (if they survive at all). Link and snippets below:

    The former deputy provost of Aberdeen has been removed from all council committees after being found guilty of sexual assault.

    Alan Donnelly had earlier resigned from the Scottish Conservative party after the verdict on Friday, but remains a councillor.

    Group leaders will now also be asked to sign a letter asking Donnelly to resign from the council.

    As a Conservative, Donnelly was part of Aberdeen City Council’s ruling administration of Tories, Labour and independent members.

    The administration is calling for an urgent business committee to be convened.

    (BBC Scotland’s Steven Duff said if he is removed from the group, it would affect the composition of council committees. “Told there will be an “emergency” meeting of the @AberdeenCC admin group early next week. There is a decision they have to make. While it’s right to say it’s up to Mr Donnelly if he resigns or not, the @ScotTories/Ind Lab and ind group leaders need to decide if he’s formally still part of the admin group. If they decide he’s not, that would mean an automatic rejig of the committees on the council to reflect the new balance. Currently 23 admin/22 opposition.”)

    Remember – Labour sub-branch office have been delaying and delaying any decision on the ‘suspended’ Bitter Together labour group on Aberdeen City Cooncil – Now seems like a perfect opportunity for sub-branch manager Richard Leotard to do his duty, n’est pas?


  3. Have just seen that Lesley Laird has resigned as labour Scotland sub-branch manager. Not sure what happens next? – Will be interesting to see if an internal labour election gives a chance for the pro-‘Scotland has a right to determine her own future’ element of the labour party to coalesce around a candidate to challenge the Bitter Together crew and to keep pushing things on a wee bit more?

    Lesley observed: “The people of Scotland and the wider UK deserve better than they got on Thursday night.
    I am heartbroken for those in our communities that will once again be left to bear the brunt of a cruel Tory government.” – Now, Lesley – if only there was some sure-fire way to prevent those benighted communities being saddled with a ‘cruel’ tory govt which they never elected. If only the combined ingenuity of our human race could identify a solution to the problem of vulnerable communities in Scotland bearing the brunt of unelected tory rule? Oh – wait a moment – there is such a solution – Pity Lesley campaigned so long and so hard agin’ it.

    Apparently some geezer who was a master of the hunt in Pembrokeshire has been appointed Secretary for Wales – presumably that proves his One Nation credentials in Boris-land? beeb snippet below:

    Mr Hart came to Parliament in 2010 with a background in rural affairs as chief executive of the Countryside Alliance and a former master of the South Pembrokeshire Hunt.

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