Lufthansa airlifts food to the UK amid lorry chaos
23/12/2020 | news | business | 543
The German airline is flying in fresh fruit and vegetables for shops such as Tesco and Sainsbury's.
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MVP
23/12/2020 13:11:31 17 15
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It is great that our friends in Europe are still willing to help us out in our time of need.

Especially since we have decided to turn our back on them to try to "go it alone" in the world.
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23/12/2020 13:21:56 2 4
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and if going it alone wasn't already the most ridiculous idea ....... let's remember who is at the helm ..........
28
23/12/2020 13:26:51 4 1
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Business people do business when it makes sense financially. This is what’s happening.

Here in Germany, nobody pays attention to the anti European feeling emanating from the UK.
32
23/12/2020 13:28:06 2 1
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Help us out? They aren't sending food, they are delivering food that has been ordered and fulfilling that. It's business not charity.
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23/12/2020 13:11:54 60 15
bbc
More accurate title would have been, ‘Germany exporting more via air to UK’ as we are not short of food as the title attempts to infer.
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23/12/2020 13:20:07 21 34
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Ok, so Germany/Lufthansa are wasting money, flying planes, paying pilots etc, while nobody in the UK has actually requested this food or is paying for it. Do you think people are stupid?
11
23/12/2020 13:21:51 13 2
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Or accurate without xenophobia "UK retailers try to find ways to fill their shelves with fresh produce for their UK customers"?
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23/12/2020 13:36:06 4 3
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A reader infers, an author implies.
269
23/12/2020 15:31:56 7 1
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That's too easy for the good old BBC. They needed the headline they used to open a HYS on this. So that people can rip into the comments other people have written
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23/12/2020 13:14:52 9 10
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I guess the EU are desperate to sell us their produce
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23/12/2020 13:20:55 5 3
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Just as desperate as the UK is to buy it.
10
23/12/2020 13:21:04 5 1
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Yep, it's good business. Nothing more, nothing less.
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23/12/2020 13:22:40 4 0
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Or are our retailers desperate to put produce on their shelves for us to buy?
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23/12/2020 13:16:28 5 7
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The Berlin Airlift repaid??
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23/12/2020 13:16:30 13 9
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"Germany's Lufthansa is airlifting fresh fruit and vegetables to the UK on Wednesday as firms seek to beat the lorry chaos at sea ports The airline said it is carrying 80 tonnes of food from Frankfurt to Doncaster Sheffield Airport for grocers including Tesco and Sainbury's."

"Bloody Europeans! How dare they help us! Go and help some poor African country", says Grease Smugg!
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nat
23/12/2020 13:24:52 9 3
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Not Help just a business opportunity.
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23/12/2020 13:17:50 5 5
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Berlin Airlift of 1948 springs to mind.
14
23/12/2020 13:22:34 2 0
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Quite, Except the planes are bigger!
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23/12/2020 13:24:17 0 0
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Yep - the Berlin Airlift in reverse.
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23/12/2020 13:18:22 49 2
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Ah, don't ya just love politics and politicians. Let's hope that the lorry drivers can get rapid turnaround tests and maybe get safely home for Xmas albeit under an effective lockdown.
55
23/12/2020 13:37:41 15 2
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Well said
2
23/12/2020 13:11:54 60 15
bbc
More accurate title would have been, ‘Germany exporting more via air to UK’ as we are not short of food as the title attempts to infer.
8
23/12/2020 13:20:07 21 34
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Ok, so Germany/Lufthansa are wasting money, flying planes, paying pilots etc, while nobody in the UK has actually requested this food or is paying for it. Do you think people are stupid?
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23/12/2020 13:24:35 19 1
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Not everybody is stupid. But LH are carrying goods that UK supermarkets ordered. It’s not charity.
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23/12/2020 13:25:03 24 0
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Germany/Lufthansa aren't wasting/spending any money. 'Germany' is not sending us food, German companies are exporting food we have ordered, and Lufthansa aren't wasting money, they are being paid to fly the food by the German companies, who in turn will charge the companies importing it.
321
23/12/2020 16:42:13 5 2
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Don't forget that Lufthansa is very heavily subsidised by the German Government and the EU.

So much for the level playing field.

The EU subsidised what ever it wants but complains if other countries do the same.

Total hypocrites.
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23/12/2020 13:14:52 9 10
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I guess the EU are desperate to sell us their produce
9
23/12/2020 13:20:55 5 3
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Just as desperate as the UK is to buy it.
3
23/12/2020 13:14:52 9 10
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I guess the EU are desperate to sell us their produce
10
23/12/2020 13:21:04 5 1
bbc
Yep, it's good business. Nothing more, nothing less.
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23/12/2020 13:11:54 60 15
bbc
More accurate title would have been, ‘Germany exporting more via air to UK’ as we are not short of food as the title attempts to infer.
11
23/12/2020 13:21:51 13 2
bbc
Or accurate without xenophobia "UK retailers try to find ways to fill their shelves with fresh produce for their UK customers"?
1
MVP
23/12/2020 13:11:31 17 15
bbc
It is great that our friends in Europe are still willing to help us out in our time of need.

Especially since we have decided to turn our back on them to try to "go it alone" in the world.
12
23/12/2020 13:21:56 2 4
bbc
and if going it alone wasn't already the most ridiculous idea ....... let's remember who is at the helm ..........
13
23/12/2020 13:22:32 23 7
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Classic BBC headline. Make it seem as it is some kind of Red Cross aid mission. Rather than, Germany companies exporting via air rather than lorries
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23/12/2020 13:27:06 10 11
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It still puzzles me, all these people that read the BBC news and headlines and then moan about them. If I don't like something, I go elsewhere. There are plenty of other news platforms on the web that may please these people. Why do they not use them?
459
24/12/2020 07:57:31 0 0
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You can't expect BBC reporters to understand economics
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23/12/2020 13:17:50 5 5
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Berlin Airlift of 1948 springs to mind.
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23/12/2020 13:22:34 2 0
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Quite, Except the planes are bigger!
3
23/12/2020 13:14:52 9 10
bbc
I guess the EU are desperate to sell us their produce
15
23/12/2020 13:22:40 4 0
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Or are our retailers desperate to put produce on their shelves for us to buy?
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23/12/2020 13:23:01 1 2
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We'll see how this goes come January 1st.
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23/12/2020 13:23:51 107 21
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"Despite assurances that plenty of food will be available, some shoppers have found empty shelves"

What a load of ?? been this morning, shelves were packed. Sensationalized reporting...
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23/12/2020 13:36:46 19 16
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I noticed shelves were full but of different things, not the usual fruit and veg.
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23/12/2020 14:07:40 3 1
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Hence "some"?
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23/12/2020 14:39:49 7 9
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So at the time you visited one local shop, in a single area, you found they had stock, therefore that's the same for every shop in every part of the whole of the country? No wonder people talk about dumbing down...
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23/12/2020 14:41:25 9 0
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Exactly, my local store has full shelves of everything & queue of grateful shoppers outside.
361
23/12/2020 18:18:04 0 0
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Where?
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23/12/2020 18:23:11 0 0
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Picture shows quite different, well, picture.
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23/12/2020 20:46:52 0 0
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Grease Smogg will announce the introduction of ration books soon so the shelves will stay full. The thought of our supermarkets looking like something I last saw in pictures from eastern bloc countries. But the pencil does have a dream of going back in time.
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23/12/2020 13:23:53 7 5
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1: Airlifting Portaloos and supplies to drivers and passengers should not be a problem. Where is the military in all this.

2: The authorities should requisition toilets in private homes along routes.

3: Either get on with it or Cholera will soon be on top of COVID!
51
23/12/2020 13:35:54 8 4
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I'm shocked the governments response was to send in the police rather than food and facilities to support these drivers who are innocent victims of the English Virus
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23/12/2020 13:23:59 5 5
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BA are also using passenger planes for freight according a stewardess friend of mine but usually high value items rather than Christmas veg. Bit of a non story really.
46
23/12/2020 13:34:15 2 2
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Interesting if BA are using passenger flights to ensure the rich have a nice Christmas. Johnson will be so pleased
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23/12/2020 13:17:50 5 5
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Berlin Airlift of 1948 springs to mind.
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23/12/2020 13:24:17 0 0
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Yep - the Berlin Airlift in reverse.
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23/12/2020 13:20:07 21 34
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Ok, so Germany/Lufthansa are wasting money, flying planes, paying pilots etc, while nobody in the UK has actually requested this food or is paying for it. Do you think people are stupid?
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23/12/2020 13:24:35 19 1
bbc
Not everybody is stupid. But LH are carrying goods that UK supermarkets ordered. It’s not charity.
403
23/12/2020 20:49:53 2 0
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Its called capitalism. Supply and demand. How do you think we get all the Charlie here?
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23/12/2020 13:16:30 13 9
bbc
"Germany's Lufthansa is airlifting fresh fruit and vegetables to the UK on Wednesday as firms seek to beat the lorry chaos at sea ports The airline said it is carrying 80 tonnes of food from Frankfurt to Doncaster Sheffield Airport for grocers including Tesco and Sainbury's."

"Bloody Europeans! How dare they help us! Go and help some poor African country", says Grease Smugg!
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nat
23/12/2020 13:24:52 9 3
bbc
Not Help just a business opportunity.
8
23/12/2020 13:20:07 21 34
bbc
Ok, so Germany/Lufthansa are wasting money, flying planes, paying pilots etc, while nobody in the UK has actually requested this food or is paying for it. Do you think people are stupid?
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23/12/2020 13:25:03 24 0
bbc
Germany/Lufthansa aren't wasting/spending any money. 'Germany' is not sending us food, German companies are exporting food we have ordered, and Lufthansa aren't wasting money, they are being paid to fly the food by the German companies, who in turn will charge the companies importing it.
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23/12/2020 13:25:30 7 7
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The shelves in M&S yesterday and Morrisons this morning were overflowing with fresh produce. This seems like a bit of a PR exercise on behalf of Tescos and Sainsburys to drum up business as customers shop elsewhere for better quality or value
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23/12/2020 13:25:40 23 9
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So a reverse of the Berlin Airlift...
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23/12/2020 13:32:59 8 4
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One good turn deserves another
132
23/12/2020 14:02:38 5 1
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"So a reverse of the Berlin Airlift."

As others have pointed out it's more an increased use of air freight rather than an 'airlift'
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23/12/2020 13:26:03 44 37
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On the first day of Christmas, BoZo brought to me
An emergency airlift of supplies from Germany
On the second day of Christmas, BoZo brought to me
Two thousand gridlocked lorries, and an emergency airlift of supplies from Germany.
On the third day of Christmas, BoZo brough to me
Three food parcels from UNICEF, two thousand gridlocked lorries, and an emergency airlift of supplies from Germany...
34
23/12/2020 13:29:05 15 10
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Well done!
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23/12/2020 15:46:22 1 4
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you dont seem to understand the 12 days of xmas
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23/12/2020 13:26:10 171 45
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'Airlift'?

Bit unnecessarily dramatic isn't it BBC?

Could have just used the term 'air freight' - which is simply what it is.

Fresh produce and perishables are sent via air freight every day.

They are simply using this as a suitable temporary alternative to transporting via road/ferry.

That doesn't sound quite so apocalyptic though does it BBC?
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23/12/2020 13:29:58 51 67
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Bit over-sensitive?
Merry Christmas!
194
23/12/2020 14:33:08 7 20
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The term “airlift” is being used by all media outets to describe what’s happening

It’s just a word - get over it
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23/12/2020 14:36:31 10 17
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I agree that this is sensationalist but you cant deny the food situation is worrying.
289
23/12/2020 15:48:30 9 6
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The BBC are just playing to the brain dead click bait crowd as per usual.

Maybe they should try and monetise these clicks. They would make an absolute fortune.
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23/12/2020 16:16:42 8 2
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The EU already imports large quantities of fruit via air freight - 40% from sub-Saharan Africa. This is perfectly normal, high capacity road and sea freight are actually more environmentally friendly compared with single truck road freight for long-haul journeys. It wouldn't surprise me if this becomes the new norm - providing new jobs for aviation and sea ports.
362
23/12/2020 18:18:04 5 6
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I think it's quite a nice reference.

Germany airlifting food into the UK

it's. different
446
24/12/2020 06:28:05 1 2
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Another left wing snow flake me thinks!
449
24/12/2020 07:35:49 1 0
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Why, it is Germany coming to the rescue of the Brits.

Let’s give them the credit and the Thanks and oh, the irony
451
24/12/2020 07:39:02 1 1
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Absolutely! Typical BBC dramatised dross, they might as well report on Plebian Chump.
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rog
24/12/2020 09:44:31 0 0
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Hear,hear. Perfectly correct.
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MVP
23/12/2020 13:11:31 17 15
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It is great that our friends in Europe are still willing to help us out in our time of need.

Especially since we have decided to turn our back on them to try to "go it alone" in the world.
28
23/12/2020 13:26:51 4 1
bbc
Business people do business when it makes sense financially. This is what’s happening.

Here in Germany, nobody pays attention to the anti European feeling emanating from the UK.
94
23/12/2020 13:50:55 0 0
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There's no anti European feelings coming from the ????, it's anti EU, a big difference
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23/12/2020 15:03:18 0 0
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So little attention in fact, that you don't post comments about it.
??????
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23/12/2020 13:22:32 23 7
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Classic BBC headline. Make it seem as it is some kind of Red Cross aid mission. Rather than, Germany companies exporting via air rather than lorries
29
23/12/2020 13:27:06 10 11
bbc
It still puzzles me, all these people that read the BBC news and headlines and then moan about them. If I don't like something, I go elsewhere. There are plenty of other news platforms on the web that may please these people. Why do they not use them?
433
24/12/2020 00:41:38 0 0
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It's always good to get a broad perspective by looking across a number of media platforms, not sure spitting the old dummy out and going elsewhere is a balanced attitude. Oh and free speech is not banned quite yet ??
460
24/12/2020 07:59:34 0 0
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Peter it makes us feel better and we are paying for it but not for much longer I hope
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23/12/2020 13:27:17 6 10
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These no good Europeans !

Trying to subdue us with the jackboot of kindness, when we would be honest and let them rot.

They are deliberately trying to make the UK look bad.

Glad we have left.
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23/12/2020 13:31:16 10 2
bbc
FFS we already look bad - in fact it is rumoured we are a joke around the world and Berlin looks on in bemusement at the chaos and indecision showed by our government - a government who currently cannot even arrange a good drink in a brewery.
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23/12/2020 13:31:37 4 1
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This is a racist comment and you're a sad p*ick
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23/12/2020 13:32:57 2 0
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Just continuing to do business.
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23/12/2020 13:28:04 0 0
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We'll get our Turnips and Potatoes then?
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23/12/2020 13:33:59 1 0
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From East Anglia to all places across, England, Wales, Scotland and N Ireland.
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MVP
23/12/2020 13:11:31 17 15
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It is great that our friends in Europe are still willing to help us out in our time of need.

Especially since we have decided to turn our back on them to try to "go it alone" in the world.
32
23/12/2020 13:28:06 2 1
bbc
Help us out? They aren't sending food, they are delivering food that has been ordered and fulfilling that. It's business not charity.
33
23/12/2020 13:28:44 1 6
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Where is Labour in al this Chaos? There is a VACANCY at the Heal of Labour!
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23/12/2020 13:31:19 6 5
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Not in power, so watching it all and fulfilling their role as “the opposition”. Doing that quite well, in fact.
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23/12/2020 13:32:53 3 2
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Labours are irrelevant now.
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23/12/2020 13:26:03 44 37
bbc
On the first day of Christmas, BoZo brought to me
An emergency airlift of supplies from Germany
On the second day of Christmas, BoZo brought to me
Two thousand gridlocked lorries, and an emergency airlift of supplies from Germany.
On the third day of Christmas, BoZo brough to me
Three food parcels from UNICEF, two thousand gridlocked lorries, and an emergency airlift of supplies from Germany...
34
23/12/2020 13:29:05 15 10
bbc
Well done!
27
23/12/2020 13:26:10 171 45
bbc
'Airlift'?

Bit unnecessarily dramatic isn't it BBC?

Could have just used the term 'air freight' - which is simply what it is.

Fresh produce and perishables are sent via air freight every day.

They are simply using this as a suitable temporary alternative to transporting via road/ferry.

That doesn't sound quite so apocalyptic though does it BBC?
35
23/12/2020 13:29:58 51 67
bbc
Bit over-sensitive?
Merry Christmas!
469
24/12/2020 08:23:24 1 0
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If anyone has taken journalism 101 they get taught at kindergarten stage to take the opposing view and sensationalise it. Anyone who has been at an incident reported in the press the following day knows it never happened like that. They are bigger twisters of the truth than politicians
537
24/12/2020 12:16:26 0 0
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no ,i think facts are facts
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23/12/2020 13:30:23 46 20
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Thank you Germany
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23/12/2020 13:38:42 69 9
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They are getting paid, it's not charity.
Removed
156
23/12/2020 14:06:34 8 2
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Airfreight flew of Luton today to Frankfurt, no need to thank us Germany
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MVS
23/12/2020 14:15:41 15 2
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"Germany" is doing nothing. One of many airlines (this one happens to be German) is reported for doing what airlines do to carry freight.
This is very close to a fake news story.
Come on BBC, you can and should do better than this.
237
23/12/2020 14:59:12 3 0
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German airline operating out of other countries,
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23/12/2020 16:42:47 3 0
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For what exactly? It's not a gift.

Stupid comment.
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23/12/2020 13:30:33 82 48
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Transport Minister Grant Shnapps did not even plan for toilets and water for those stranded towards Dover.

Get rid of this man, call in the military now and get on with it!

UK Government you are a disgrace.

What a humiliation for a so-called "advanced" country.
50
23/12/2020 13:35:17 61 50
bbc
Precisely. In the referendum I voted leave - and now bitterly regret my decision. Never did I believe we would see such an incompetent government, littered with double-talk, false promises and astounding indifference.
56
23/12/2020 13:31:58 19 19
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Macron caused the problem. He should have considered the the health of his countrymen.
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23/12/2020 14:05:24 8 2
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He also told the nation there was only 175 lorries stranded, he is hopeless.
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AMc
23/12/2020 14:31:28 9 3
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This is action being taken by France, what have France or indeed the EU done to support their citizens that they have stranded and ignored!?

Deafly silence......
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23/12/2020 14:38:04 0 1
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Call in the military...to (replace, help, assist) the government.

The Battle of Britain was Hitler's biggest mistake. He should have just bought into a few newspapers and stayed patient.

Simple, uncompromising solutions don't equate to real solutions - sorry for you.
480
24/12/2020 09:03:47 0 0
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That is why they wanted them to go to Manston where the services have been provided. If they clog up the streets of Dover instead you cannot anticipate all situations. Many of those drivers say that they didn't even know there was a problem at Calais!
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23/12/2020 13:27:17 6 10
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These no good Europeans !

Trying to subdue us with the jackboot of kindness, when we would be honest and let them rot.

They are deliberately trying to make the UK look bad.

Glad we have left.
38
23/12/2020 13:31:16 10 2
bbc
FFS we already look bad - in fact it is rumoured we are a joke around the world and Berlin looks on in bemusement at the chaos and indecision showed by our government - a government who currently cannot even arrange a good drink in a brewery.
123
23/12/2020 14:00:17 1 1
bbc
No rumours about it - at this time of year we receive letters from friends overseas, and, yes, the UK has been an international laughing-stock for the last four years, not just in the EU but around the world. Perhaps most of all in those countries with memories of the British Empire.
33
23/12/2020 13:28:44 1 6
bbc
Where is Labour in al this Chaos? There is a VACANCY at the Heal of Labour!
39
23/12/2020 13:31:19 6 5
bbc
Not in power, so watching it all and fulfilling their role as “the opposition”. Doing that quite well, in fact.
30
23/12/2020 13:27:17 6 10
bbc
These no good Europeans !

Trying to subdue us with the jackboot of kindness, when we would be honest and let them rot.

They are deliberately trying to make the UK look bad.

Glad we have left.
40
23/12/2020 13:31:37 4 1
bbc
This is a racist comment and you're a sad p*ick
41
23/12/2020 13:32:22 125 43
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BBC doesn't even care about journalistic integrity anymore. They know the writing is on the wall and within 10 years they are to be dismantled and their overpaid "talent" will need to get proper jobs in an actual competitive environment. So they just print this sensationalist nonsense. France closes borders, Germany's industry uses a different freight method and according to the BBC it's doomsday.
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23/12/2020 13:35:16 108 33
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Sadly you're entirely correct.

The BBC has turned in to some sad mutation of Heat Magazine and a red top rag.
61
23/12/2020 13:39:58 10 14
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We don’t have a BBC it’s become the EBC
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23/12/2020 13:52:06 11 4
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I fear you are right, but just remember, whatever replaces the BBC will be much, much worse.
225
23/12/2020 14:50:52 4 6
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Why are you even here?
232
23/12/2020 14:56:58 8 1
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Having travelled the World, the BBC is still way better than most offerings. The worst case scenario is that it becomes as bad as the UK's rabid press.

Be careful what you wish for...
268
23/12/2020 15:31:30 6 4
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I have to agree with Guy Fawkes, unfortunately there's an element in the BBC who're intent on picking quarrels with Murdochs press in particular, it's masochistic, it's a public schoolboy thing, they'll lose of course.
329
23/12/2020 16:53:27 7 0
bbc
arrived home for Xmas and was flabbergasted when my 72 year old mother insisted on watching news on ITV because "BBC has turned into a load of utter rubbish"
355
23/12/2020 18:07:42 1 3
bbc
What would you like to see in the title? British Airways? easyJet?
357
23/12/2020 18:15:59 3 4
bbc
If it is an emergency supply by planes, it is an air lift.
Seems Brexit nationalists have problem with Germany planes flying food to England. Now they cannot say they hate Germans and EU in general so they turned on BBC.
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23/12/2020 23:04:02 1 0
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@"BBC doesn't even care about journalistic integrity anymore. They know the writing is on the wall"
--

Merry Christmas to our friends in St Pete's!

These boards wouldn't half of what they are without your dedication and perseverance, day in, day out.
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23/12/2020 13:27:17 6 10
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These no good Europeans !

Trying to subdue us with the jackboot of kindness, when we would be honest and let them rot.

They are deliberately trying to make the UK look bad.

Glad we have left.
42
23/12/2020 13:32:57 2 0
bbc
Just continuing to do business.
25
23/12/2020 13:25:40 23 9
bbc
So a reverse of the Berlin Airlift...
43
23/12/2020 13:32:59 8 4
bbc
One good turn deserves another
230
23/12/2020 14:56:15 2 0
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Exactly give them WTO
303
23/12/2020 16:03:02 2 1
bbc
Reminds me of the Spike Milligan poem:

"Said baby tern to mother tern; can I have a brother?
Said mother tern to baby tern; one good tern deserves another."
44
23/12/2020 13:33:02 24 2
bbc
Apparently there will be empty shelves of Brussels Sprouts come Easter..
45
23/12/2020 13:33:47 45 4
bbc
Hmmm ... Birmingham wholesale market reported more than adequate stocks of fresh fruit and veg just yesterday.

Seems like someone is looking to charge a premium for lettuce given the price of air freight ... this is not just a lettuce this is an M&S lettuce with more air miles than a frequent flyer
19
23/12/2020 13:23:59 5 5
bbc
BA are also using passenger planes for freight according a stewardess friend of mine but usually high value items rather than Christmas veg. Bit of a non story really.
46
23/12/2020 13:34:15 2 2
bbc
Interesting if BA are using passenger flights to ensure the rich have a nice Christmas. Johnson will be so pleased
47
23/12/2020 13:35:05 3 1
bbc
A camel train has been spotted just south of Calais ...
48
23/12/2020 13:35:10 0 0
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Lucas was right, it's all like poetry.
41
23/12/2020 13:32:22 125 43
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BBC doesn't even care about journalistic integrity anymore. They know the writing is on the wall and within 10 years they are to be dismantled and their overpaid "talent" will need to get proper jobs in an actual competitive environment. So they just print this sensationalist nonsense. France closes borders, Germany's industry uses a different freight method and according to the BBC it's doomsday.
49
23/12/2020 13:35:16 108 33
bbc
Sadly you're entirely correct.

The BBC has turned in to some sad mutation of Heat Magazine and a red top rag.
266
23/12/2020 15:28:32 3 4
bbc
Then why are you here?
311
23/12/2020 16:14:11 2 3
bbc
Don't read it and certainly don't log in to comment
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23/12/2020 16:22:34 7 2
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With Institutional Left Wing Bias
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23/12/2020 19:07:13 0 0
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Boom Boom
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23/12/2020 13:30:33 82 48
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Transport Minister Grant Shnapps did not even plan for toilets and water for those stranded towards Dover.

Get rid of this man, call in the military now and get on with it!

UK Government you are a disgrace.

What a humiliation for a so-called "advanced" country.
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23/12/2020 13:35:17 61 50
bbc
Precisely. In the referendum I voted leave - and now bitterly regret my decision. Never did I believe we would see such an incompetent government, littered with double-talk, false promises and astounding indifference.
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23/12/2020 13:41:00 19 5
bbc
Hopefully one postiive to come out of the whole Johnson episode will be a move to PR and ditching FPTP. Hopefully this will be the last ever govt run by the old etonion cult born into a life in mindset of superiority and entitlement.
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23/12/2020 13:59:19 5 13
bbc
" In the referendum I voted leave - and now bitterly regret my decision, Never did I believe we would see such an incompetent government"

No one voted for the govt in the 2016 referendum.

The only people that confuse the two are remainers so I would question your statement
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23/12/2020 14:53:59 2 1
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What a load of c££p closet remainer
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23/12/2020 15:02:31 6 1
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Not a BREXIT issue
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23/12/2020 13:23:53 7 5
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1: Airlifting Portaloos and supplies to drivers and passengers should not be a problem. Where is the military in all this.

2: The authorities should requisition toilets in private homes along routes.

3: Either get on with it or Cholera will soon be on top of COVID!
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23/12/2020 13:35:54 8 4
bbc
I'm shocked the governments response was to send in the police rather than food and facilities to support these drivers who are innocent victims of the English Virus
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23/12/2020 13:11:54 60 15
bbc
More accurate title would have been, ‘Germany exporting more via air to UK’ as we are not short of food as the title attempts to infer.
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23/12/2020 13:36:06 4 3
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A reader infers, an author implies.
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23/12/2020 14:24:48 2 3
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Your name is Sir Ernest Gowers and ICMFP.
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23/12/2020 13:23:51 107 21
bbc
"Despite assurances that plenty of food will be available, some shoppers have found empty shelves"

What a load of ?? been this morning, shelves were packed. Sensationalized reporting...
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23/12/2020 13:36:46 19 16
bbc
I noticed shelves were full but of different things, not the usual fruit and veg.
Easter eggs already?
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MVS
23/12/2020 14:16:40 13 1
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Was there enough food? Yes! There is no reason for sensationalist reporting.
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23/12/2020 15:45:42 11 0
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I’m sure i can manage without a bit of salad, especially seeing as it’s December and a bit nippy outside
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23/12/2020 13:37:20 22 1
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This has got the emotions going! Methinks that LH are carrying goods ordered by UK retailers. They won’t be doing it for nothing. Just normal since surface transport is disrupted.
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23/12/2020 13:45:03 5 15
bbc
Who is LH? Lufthansa is one word.
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23/12/2020 13:18:22 49 2
bbc
Ah, don't ya just love politics and politicians. Let's hope that the lorry drivers can get rapid turnaround tests and maybe get safely home for Xmas albeit under an effective lockdown.
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23/12/2020 13:37:41 15 2
bbc
Well said
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23/12/2020 13:30:33 82 48
bbc
Transport Minister Grant Shnapps did not even plan for toilets and water for those stranded towards Dover.

Get rid of this man, call in the military now and get on with it!

UK Government you are a disgrace.

What a humiliation for a so-called "advanced" country.
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23/12/2020 13:31:58 19 19
bbc
Macron caused the problem. He should have considered the the health of his countrymen.
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23/12/2020 13:42:10 19 2
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He did what many Brits thought the UK should have done.
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23/12/2020 13:43:52 7 6
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No he didn't, read the news properly
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23/12/2020 15:06:11 3 4
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Although I would love to join you in blaming Macron, this was an own goal by our leadership. We told the whole world something, which as yet has no foundation in science and the world decided to shut us out.
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23/12/2020 16:40:08 2 0
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Macron did not cause the problem and the lorry drivers are from all over Europe.
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23/12/2020 13:38:20 12 10
bbc
All this because Johnson simply just couldn't fess up to making a mistake by allowing 5 days at xmas in the first place. A little white lie blaming on the new strain to cover up their incompetence led to all this. Yet another proud moment for the Tories and little England.
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23/12/2020 13:48:32 3 1
bbc
What's a decision about the future got to do with a situation that has arisen in the present due to a mutation in the virus ? How can you possibly conflate Macron's and other foreign countries (incl non-EU) decision to close their borders with the UK with a decision, since rescinded, to allow people to travel at Xmas. Could you simply not find another way to blame the govt for the virus change ?
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23/12/2020 13:38:33 11 2
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Well must be good business if they can afford to air lift it, just remember we spend more in the EU that they spend here!
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23/12/2020 13:40:36 11 1
bbc
The consumer will be paying for the air transport.
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23/12/2020 13:41:46 2 0
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It's the UK consumer who pays for the air freight in the end....
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23/12/2020 13:42:59 1 0
bbc
It’s just business.
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23/12/2020 13:38:41 13 10
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All the brexiteers will be raging that the Germans are bailing us out (just repaying the Berlin airdrop) Thanks Germany
Removed
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23/12/2020 13:30:23 46 20
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Thank you Germany
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23/12/2020 13:38:42 69 9
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They are getting paid, it's not charity.
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23/12/2020 14:29:27 4 8
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Unlike the 'bungs' our government is dolling out for nothing, to their crony mates.
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23/12/2020 14:39:58 3 10
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The Government are getting paid & providing bugger all for the lorry drivers, once again they are a national embarrassment.
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23/12/2020 15:03:04 4 0
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These aircraft operate from a number of destinations and not just Germany.
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23/12/2020 17:43:51 2 0
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Tesco and Sainsbury probably asked for it. Willing to pay.
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23/12/2020 13:32:22 125 43
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BBC doesn't even care about journalistic integrity anymore. They know the writing is on the wall and within 10 years they are to be dismantled and their overpaid "talent" will need to get proper jobs in an actual competitive environment. So they just print this sensationalist nonsense. France closes borders, Germany's industry uses a different freight method and according to the BBC it's doomsday.
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23/12/2020 13:39:58 10 14
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We don’t have a BBC it’s become the EBC
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23/12/2020 18:16:27 0 0
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English?
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23/12/2020 13:38:33 11 2
bbc
Well must be good business if they can afford to air lift it, just remember we spend more in the EU that they spend here!
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23/12/2020 13:40:36 11 1
bbc
The consumer will be paying for the air transport.
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23/12/2020 14:45:33 1 0
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The consumer always pays
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23/12/2020 13:35:17 61 50
bbc
Precisely. In the referendum I voted leave - and now bitterly regret my decision. Never did I believe we would see such an incompetent government, littered with double-talk, false promises and astounding indifference.
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23/12/2020 13:41:00 19 5
bbc
Hopefully one postiive to come out of the whole Johnson episode will be a move to PR and ditching FPTP. Hopefully this will be the last ever govt run by the old etonion cult born into a life in mindset of superiority and entitlement.
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23/12/2020 13:44:31 6 2
bbc
I hope so but won't hold my breath
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23/12/2020 13:48:11 6 1
bbc
I wish. They hold this country back whilst protecting themselves.
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23/12/2020 14:24:09 0 2
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Wow, people actually voted this down. Just, wow.
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23/12/2020 15:36:16 1 0
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One small problem with that. No Tory government will ever allow PR.
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23/12/2020 13:41:15 7 11
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So Germany is now airlifting food to the UK

UNICEF is feeding our starving children because the government refuses to do so

And the full impact of Brexit hasn't even been felt yet.
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23/12/2020 13:44:41 1 1
bbc
And won’t be.
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23/12/2020 13:38:33 11 2
bbc
Well must be good business if they can afford to air lift it, just remember we spend more in the EU that they spend here!
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23/12/2020 13:41:46 2 0
bbc
It's the UK consumer who pays for the air freight in the end....
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23/12/2020 13:31:58 19 19
bbc
Macron caused the problem. He should have considered the the health of his countrymen.
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23/12/2020 13:42:10 19 2
bbc
He did what many Brits thought the UK should have done.
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23/12/2020 13:42:19 8 5
bbc
Even if it does have a tariff on it my next car's going to be German.

Cheers guys :)
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23/12/2020 13:44:23 5 2
bbc
That’s another 8% tax you’ll be giving to the UK government. I’m sure they’ll be happy for your donations.
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23/12/2020 13:42:50 4 2
bbc
So this is what we've been reduced to under the EU?

Cheaper to fly the stuff in than grow it here!

£18 billion-a-year for that!!
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23/12/2020 13:48:28 4 3
bbc
You write “under” the EU. You were members. Nobody forced you to start buying foreign food. The UK was and is not subservient to the EU. The EU is effectively the sum of its members.
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23/12/2020 13:43:37 7 2
bbc
What are our farmers doing? All those empty fields with some sheep, cows and pigs. Start growing some food. And as for strawberries at Christmas, what a pathetic nation we have become.
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23/12/2020 13:46:25 5 1
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I wouldn’t say pathetic. It’s just business, offering year round fruit. We never had it as kids. As for the farmers: the sheep, cows and pigs ARE food!
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23/12/2020 13:55:07 0 0
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They are looking to sell the land for houses!
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23/12/2020 13:57:11 0 0
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Actually, all those empty fields with some sheep, cows & pigs (although I wonder how long it's been since you really saw a pig in a field) are being used for food production. It may well be food you choose not to eat, but it's food all the same. Grazing land is often unsuitable for arable use, so taking away the animals would just mean more land out of food production.
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23/12/2020 15:50:44 0 0
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Plonker.
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23/12/2020 13:31:58 19 19
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Macron caused the problem. He should have considered the the health of his countrymen.
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23/12/2020 13:43:52 7 6
bbc
No he didn't, read the news properly
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23/12/2020 13:41:00 19 5
bbc
Hopefully one postiive to come out of the whole Johnson episode will be a move to PR and ditching FPTP. Hopefully this will be the last ever govt run by the old etonion cult born into a life in mindset of superiority and entitlement.
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23/12/2020 13:44:31 6 2
bbc
I hope so but won't hold my breath
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23/12/2020 13:37:20 22 1
bbc
This has got the emotions going! Methinks that LH are carrying goods ordered by UK retailers. They won’t be doing it for nothing. Just normal since surface transport is disrupted.
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23/12/2020 13:45:03 5 15
bbc
Who is LH? Lufthansa is one word.
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23/12/2020 14:17:38 2 0
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Lufthansa also known as DLH - Deutsche LuftHansa
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WM
23/12/2020 15:14:16 3 0
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Pretty poor contribution. LH is perfectly acceptable and seems you, as did many others, understand the meaning.
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23/12/2020 15:17:01 2 0
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But it is derived from 2 words. Luft is ggerman for air, hansa is a Latin term for "guild" LH is alright by me.
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23/12/2020 16:08:04 6 0
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LH is the two letter airline designated flight code for Lufthansa.
BA = British Airways
CX = Cathay Pacific
QF = Qantas Airways
VS = Virgin Altantic
Etc, etc, etc.
Using LH just saves typing out the full airline name.
You're welcome.
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23/12/2020 13:45:30 5 2
bbc
Incompetent government Ministers, port officials and many more in high paying jobs but clueless on future planning.
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23/12/2020 13:46:10 66 6
bbc
Great news, the thought of seeing in the New Year without lettuce is unbearable.
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23/12/2020 14:41:39 28 9
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Using aviation to transport lettuce etc is utterly contrary to the UK and EU's goals of reducing our carbon footprints, and in turn, climate change.
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23/12/2020 19:13:22 4 0
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Lettuce pray for a brighter future. Lettuce or no lettuce.
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23/12/2020 13:46:21 4 4
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aart said-

"What are our farmers doing? All those empty fields with some sheep, cows and pigs. Start growing some food. And as for strawberries at Christmas, what a pathetic nation we have become.---"
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Subsidised by the EU out of our £18 billion-a-year payment!

You couldn't mzke it up!!
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23/12/2020 13:50:07 1 0
bbc
UK Farmers grow a lot of bio-fuel crops these days because cheap imports has made it unprofitable to grow fresh food.
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23/12/2020 13:43:37 7 2
bbc
What are our farmers doing? All those empty fields with some sheep, cows and pigs. Start growing some food. And as for strawberries at Christmas, what a pathetic nation we have become.
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23/12/2020 13:46:25 5 1
bbc
I wouldn’t say pathetic. It’s just business, offering year round fruit. We never had it as kids. As for the farmers: the sheep, cows and pigs ARE food!
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23/12/2020 13:47:11 9 2
bbc
ohh no, what do german sprouts taste like I've only ever had brussels
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23/12/2020 13:51:50 2 3
bbc
They say “ve haf vays off making you eat me”.....
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23/12/2020 13:41:00 19 5
bbc
Hopefully one postiive to come out of the whole Johnson episode will be a move to PR and ditching FPTP. Hopefully this will be the last ever govt run by the old etonion cult born into a life in mindset of superiority and entitlement.
78
23/12/2020 13:48:11 6 1
bbc
I wish. They hold this country back whilst protecting themselves.
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23/12/2020 13:30:23 46 20
bbc
Thank you Germany
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Removed
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23/12/2020 13:28:44 1 6
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Where is Labour in al this Chaos? There is a VACANCY at the Heal of Labour!
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23/12/2020 13:32:53 3 2
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Labours are irrelevant now.
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23/12/2020 13:28:04 0 0
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We'll get our Turnips and Potatoes then?
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23/12/2020 13:33:59 1 0
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From East Anglia to all places across, England, Wales, Scotland and N Ireland.
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23/12/2020 13:42:50 4 2
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So this is what we've been reduced to under the EU?

Cheaper to fly the stuff in than grow it here!

£18 billion-a-year for that!!
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23/12/2020 13:48:28 4 3
bbc
You write “under” the EU. You were members. Nobody forced you to start buying foreign food. The UK was and is not subservient to the EU. The EU is effectively the sum of its members.
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23/12/2020 13:38:20 12 10
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All this because Johnson simply just couldn't fess up to making a mistake by allowing 5 days at xmas in the first place. A little white lie blaming on the new strain to cover up their incompetence led to all this. Yet another proud moment for the Tories and little England.
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23/12/2020 13:48:32 3 1
bbc
What's a decision about the future got to do with a situation that has arisen in the present due to a mutation in the virus ? How can you possibly conflate Macron's and other foreign countries (incl non-EU) decision to close their borders with the UK with a decision, since rescinded, to allow people to travel at Xmas. Could you simply not find another way to blame the govt for the virus change ?
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23/12/2020 13:54:26 0 2
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Read the original post! This has NOTHING to do with the new strain. They should never have allowed a 5 day xmas, but they used the new strain as the excuse to cancel. Boris can never admit he was wrong, he has to have a reason for everything. The new strain gave him his reason, and spectacularly backfired. Are you saying a 5 day xmas would have been allowed if the new strain hadn't appeared?
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23/12/2020 14:01:53 0 1
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Because making a decision on xmas 5 weeks in advance was a really clever thing to do right? When there is documented evidence that shows they already knew of the mutation! By defending this clown you become the clown.
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23/12/2020 13:48:52 5 6
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.... and I bet the Germans won't be banging on about how they saved the British from the French for the next seventy years :)
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23/12/2020 13:49:10 7 4
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UK heading towards being a third worldcountry
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23/12/2020 13:49:54 2 2
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Nermal said-

"Even if it does have a tariff on it my next car's going to be German

Cheers guys :)"
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Cheers for what- paying through your nose?

More money than sense??
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23/12/2020 13:46:21 4 4
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aart said-

"What are our farmers doing? All those empty fields with some sheep, cows and pigs. Start growing some food. And as for strawberries at Christmas, what a pathetic nation we have become.---"
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Subsidised by the EU out of our £18 billion-a-year payment!

You couldn't mzke it up!!
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23/12/2020 13:50:07 1 0
bbc
UK Farmers grow a lot of bio-fuel crops these days because cheap imports has made it unprofitable to grow fresh food.
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23/12/2020 13:50:38 6 3
bbc
Never thought I would ever say thank you to Germany for flying their planes over UK airspace
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23/12/2020 13:50:41 1 3
bbc
Is this what our government has brought us to, a Berlin Airlift in reverse, and Brexit isn't here yet!
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23/12/2020 13:41:59 11 3
bbc
Good on Lufthansa for doing the decent thing.... It also did the decent thing for me too, many decades ago when I travelled around Germany inter-railing as a student - I ran out of money, but they had the decency to amend my flight bookings so I could return home, I was so, so grateful. I will never forget that. Great service, great people!
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23/12/2020 14:20:39 6 1
bbc
"Good on Lufthansa for doing the decent thing"

Getting paid by British supermarkets for delivering a service?

I've got no problem, it's good business, but it certainly isn't charity
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23/12/2020 13:38:41 13 10
bbc
All the brexiteers will be raging that the Germans are bailing us out (just repaying the Berlin airdrop) Thanks Germany
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Removed
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23/12/2020 13:38:33 11 2
bbc
Well must be good business if they can afford to air lift it, just remember we spend more in the EU that they spend here!
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23/12/2020 13:42:59 1 0
bbc
It’s just business.
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23/12/2020 13:42:19 8 5
bbc
Even if it does have a tariff on it my next car's going to be German.

Cheers guys :)
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23/12/2020 13:44:23 5 2
bbc
That’s another 8% tax you’ll be giving to the UK government. I’m sure they’ll be happy for your donations.
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23/12/2020 13:26:51 4 1
bbc
Business people do business when it makes sense financially. This is what’s happening.

Here in Germany, nobody pays attention to the anti European feeling emanating from the UK.
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23/12/2020 13:50:55 0 0
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There's no anti European feelings coming from the ????, it's anti EU, a big difference
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23/12/2020 13:51:21 6 3
bbc
Airlifts - LOL! How the BBC hates the UK and just lurves the EU.
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23/12/2020 13:53:14 2 2
bbc
To be fair, there are goods being lifted by air: what IS your problem?
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23/12/2020 13:47:11 9 2
bbc
ohh no, what do german sprouts taste like I've only ever had brussels
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23/12/2020 13:51:50 2 3
bbc
They say “ve haf vays off making you eat me”.....
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MVP
23/12/2020 13:41:15 7 11
bbc
So Germany is now airlifting food to the UK

UNICEF is feeding our starving children because the government refuses to do so

And the full impact of Brexit hasn't even been felt yet.
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23/12/2020 13:44:41 1 1
bbc
And won’t be.
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23/12/2020 13:32:22 125 43
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BBC doesn't even care about journalistic integrity anymore. They know the writing is on the wall and within 10 years they are to be dismantled and their overpaid "talent" will need to get proper jobs in an actual competitive environment. So they just print this sensationalist nonsense. France closes borders, Germany's industry uses a different freight method and according to the BBC it's doomsday.
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23/12/2020 13:52:06 11 4
bbc
I fear you are right, but just remember, whatever replaces the BBC will be much, much worse.
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23/12/2020 14:23:01 8 1
bbc
We have only ourselves to blame, the ongoing dumbing down of debate and the loss of critical thinking. We have the mass media we deserve, serving to the increasingly lowest common denominator.
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23/12/2020 13:52:37 105 10
bbc
It's not "an airlift", it's air freight. It's not an emergency, it's a business opportunity. Nobody ever had xmas ruined because they couldn't buy lettuce.
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23/12/2020 14:12:35 27 2
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Indeed
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23/12/2020 14:30:09 1 3
bbc
What about Mr Cress, from Inverness? His crimbo was terrible, the lettuce inedible, he shouted titanic, as the iceberg approached, and put it in salad beyond all reproach
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23/12/2020 14:42:12 4 9
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Airlift, noun

an act of transporting supplies by aircraft, typically in a blockade or other emergency.

UK cannot use ports meaning no deliveries in, empty lorries can't get back to base to fill and come back in. Supermarkets are warning of supply chain problems and various products being unavailable not just lettuce

It's 100% the correct use
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23/12/2020 18:20:49 0 1
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if you're a billionaire who's value of $10 billion has gone up by 20% during the pandemic, and this means your value goes down by 20% - your Xmas is ruined
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23/12/2020 19:09:42 2 0
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Plenty of lettuce grown here in winter. But the likes of Tesco and never going to buy them at 10p a piece when they can get them from the EU for next to nothing.
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24/12/2020 10:52:22 0 0
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Try telling that to the Easter Bunny. He was already on hunger strike because Cadbury's was bought by the Americans! And don't mention the Mad March hare, that poor sod was on a good earner as Trump's hair piece, and now he's out of a job as well....
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24/12/2020 10:54:32 0 0
bbc
Try telling that to the Easter Bunny! ;-)
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23/12/2020 13:36:54 12 4
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The Germans are just taking advantage of a business opportunity. It’s all about business. The BBC make it sound like they’re saving us.