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(Guardian)   What DOES a stream of raw sewage symbolize? Broken promises, my poor friend who eats beans on toast   (theguardian.com) divider line
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2021-10-26 10:48:07 AM  
First, all those Brexit promises - that nothing would change, except to improve; that our environmental protections without the EU would be, if anything, better.

Well yes and that Covid was a hoax and would be gone by summer. No wait, August. Wait wait wait. November! After the election!
 
2021-10-26 12:55:26 PM  
Stool Britannia
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2021-10-26 1:02:38 PM  
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I love it!
 
2021-10-26 3:20:42 PM  
What good is a waterway if it isn't full of shiate and condoms?

Csb: one of the clues to where an early typhoid epidemic came from a well to do lady who had water brought from her old neighborhood, where the water was poisoned.
 
2021-10-26 3:22:22 PM  
came for Naked Gun, leaving satisfied
 
2021-10-26 3:22:28 PM  
You knownwho likes clean water?  Continental pussies, that's who.  Now drink your turd shake.
 
2021-10-26 3:22:32 PM  
faecal

That's what you get for adding extra letters to sh*t.
 
2021-10-26 3:23:43 PM  
when you voted for a sloganed double decker and all you got was an upper decker, brexitrhea brexitrhea
 
2021-10-26 3:24:00 PM  

KiwDaWabbit: faecal

That's what you get for adding extra letters to sh*t.


Yeah, who does that shiat?
 
2021-10-26 3:24:30 PM  

KiwDaWabbit: faecal

That's what you get for adding extra letters to sh*t.


Not enough superfluous 'u's.
 
2021-10-26 3:25:31 PM  
The streams of raw sewage are a feature of Brexit, not a bug.  Swimming in raw sewage toughens you up and these damn millennials have gone soft.
 
2021-10-26 3:27:01 PM  
This Yankee across the pond saw that Brexit was going to be a logistical disaster.

How is it that half the population of the UK didn't see what was plainly obvious to me?
 
2021-10-26 3:28:58 PM  
Yes, but other countries have shiatwater beaches and they're doing just fine, so
 
2021-10-26 3:30:04 PM  

Mrtraveler01: This Yankee across the pond saw that Brexit was going to be a logistical disaster.

How is it that half the population of the UK didn't see what was plainly obvious to me?


They can't even figure out it's time to do to a dentist.
 
2021-10-26 3:33:30 PM  
But it's called GREAT Britain because we're better than those euro continental trash :(
 
2021-10-26 3:34:16 PM  
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2021-10-26 3:36:26 PM  
It'll be 1854 all over again
 
2021-10-26 3:37:52 PM  

Mrtraveler01: This Yankee across the pond saw that Brexit was going to be a logistical disaster.

How is it that half the population of the UK didn't see what was plainly obvious to me?


Sadly, half the US didn't see that electing an orange ball of moronic lard to the Presidency was going to be an utter disaster either.

MAGA and Brexit- they're the same thing in different packages
 
2021-10-26 3:39:56 PM  

Bobson Dugnutt: Oh, and raw sewage as opposed to cooked sewage?


as opposed to treated sewage
 
2021-10-26 3:41:28 PM  
The last time Cholera was a major issue was in London, so this sort of seems fitting for England.
 
2021-10-26 3:42:22 PM  

Bobson Dugnutt: as opposed to cooked sewage?


I call them steamed yams
 
2021-10-26 3:43:22 PM  
there is a building sense that the environment will bear the brunt as we witness the consequences of electing a joke government that doesn't keep promises.

I'm sure it will be fine.
 
2021-10-26 3:45:44 PM  
Aw, come on, Farkers.

At least you could have linked Martina Hyde.
 
2021-10-26 3:47:40 PM  

saintstryfe: Bobson Dugnutt: Oh, and raw sewage as opposed to cooked sewage?

as opposed to treated sewage


I've been on some bad dates too.
 
2021-10-26 3:48:26 PM  

Sail The Wide Accountancy: The last time Cholera was a major issue was in London, so this sort of seems fitting for England.


Cholera is still a major issue in parts of the world, and John Snow's work on epidemiology started in London.
 
2021-10-26 3:50:22 PM  
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2021-10-26 3:54:08 PM  

saintstryfe: Bobson Dugnutt: Oh, and raw sewage as opposed to cooked sewage?

as opposed to treated sewage


Pasteurized sewage with added vitamin D?
 
2021-10-26 3:55:52 PM  
This is what freedom and sovereignty are all about. We don't need the EU telling us not to swim in our own shiat. We can decide for ourselves if we want to see faeces floating by the pier while we're on holiday.
 
2021-10-26 3:59:01 PM  

Shaggy_C: This is what freedom and sovereignty are all about. We don't need the EU telling us not to swim in our own shiat. We can decide for ourselves if we want to see faeces floating by the pier while we're on holiday.


What's nice is there's no foreign shiat taking up space from proper native shiat.
 
2021-10-26 3:59:17 PM  
Turd Reich has been trending all day in the UK, and it makes me titter.
 
2021-10-26 3:59:21 PM  

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The rich can buy clean water. Who cares about the poors.
 
2021-10-26 4:01:11 PM  
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I wonder if the black ribbed knobbler are running....
 
2021-10-26 4:01:17 PM  
I noticed we don't have any 'Leave' voters in here, defending the need to continue pumping raw sewage into the ocean.

Weird, that.

Funny.

/carter?
 
2021-10-26 4:06:13 PM  
What else can you expect from conservatives? For them to not turn your water into literal gushing shiat? I think that's asking a bit much.
 
2021-10-26 4:07:58 PM  

The Sophian Church: I noticed we don't have any 'Leave' voters in here, defending the need to continue pumping raw sewage into the ocean.

Weird, that.

Funny.

/carter?


Oh. Okay. Um... um...

The increase in deoxygenated rivers will...

Um, no. That's not a good start. Maybe

Big Fish Eat shiat. Brexit For Bigger, Brexiter Fish!
 
2021-10-26 4:24:01 PM  
Hmm, normally by now we've already had commentary on how this is part of the plan, it's not that much poop, Britain is still better off, and all the other countries also smell like sewage anyway just worse.
 
2021-10-26 4:30:29 PM  

lilplatinum: Mrtraveler01: This Yankee across the pond saw that Brexit was going to be a logistical disaster.

How is it that half the population of the UK didn't see what was plainly obvious to me?

They can't even figure out it's time to do to a dentist.


Good point.

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2021-10-26 4:30:57 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: Mrtraveler01: This Yankee across the pond saw that Brexit was going to be a logistical disaster.

How is it that half the population of the UK didn't see what was plainly obvious to me?

Sadly, half the US didn't see that electing an orange ball of moronic lard to the Presidency was going to be an utter disaster either.

MAGA and Brexit- they're the same thing in different packages


Valid point.
 
2021-10-26 4:48:15 PM  

PartTimeBuddha: Aw, come on, Farkers.

At least you could have linked Martina Hyde.


Okay, then:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentis​f​ree/2021/oct/26/cop26-guests-rivers-en​vironmental-conference

To the £2.9m Downing Street briefing room, and a Monday matinee performance by dissolute children's entertainer Boris Johnson. Johnson always looks nervous talking to kids, as though he's afraid one of them might ask for a hair sample or his discarded coffee cup. Still, here he is, Climate Santa - holding a Q&A with some youngsters in a show that never felt more than four seconds away from a slurred, "I'm sorry kids, I just threw up a little in my prime minister's costume."

We already know that many children live with a sense of powerless anxiety about the climate crisis - and these ones had presumably been handpicked for being particularly committed to the cause. So really, just a very special outreach effort from the PM. Let's take a look at some of the lowlights. "Recycling isn't the answer, I've got to be honest with you," the prime minister told their little faces, as the WWF UK chief executive next to him suppressed another thousand-yard stare. "You're not going to like this. It doesn't begin to address the problem"; "We need to have municipal toothpaste, something or other, we'll work this out later"; "We have to encourage [cows] to stop burping"; "It's going to be very, very tough, this summit, and I'm very worried because it might go wrong. We might not get the agreements that we need. It's touch and go, it's very, very difficult ... It's very far from clear that we'll get the progress that we need."

How - HOW? - did some grim-faced aide not burst through the doors and wrap it up. "OK kids, Climate Santa's feeling tired now, so if you could just find your way back to your parents that'd be great. Don't forget to sign the safeguarding waiver; and if you post about this on Tripadvisor you'll receive a lifetime store ban. Oh stop CRYING, you little squits - you got to see the briefing room didn't you?"

Britain: a country hosting a climate summit next week. Also: a country where the governing party just voted to allow water firms to keep discharging raw sewage into the nation's rivers and seas, a practice they indulged in just the 400,000 times last year. Time to add irony to the extinction watchlist. During the G7 meeting at Carbis Bay last summer, the prime minister took a swim in the Cornish sea. I wonder if next week in Glasgow he'll take a dip in the Clyde, into which Scottish Water have released hundreds of millions of litres of raw sewage. Finally, a wild swimming article I'd actually like to read.

The PM has yet to give us his Rivers of Crud speech, but no doubt it's in the post. In many ways, sewers are his natural territory. Students of Johnsonlore will know his prime ministerial origin story is akin to one of those urban alligator myths. In the immediate aftermath of the 2016 referendum, Johnson was flushed down a toilet by Michael Gove. But instead of ridding us of an unwanted pet, this allowed Johnson to bide his time in the sewers. Thence emerged a vast mutant Johnson, which now stalks our politics, devouring all before it.
Even so, this current sewage-dumping story feels unfortunate. There is something Swiftian about the rising tide of effluent passing from the metaphorical to the literal. Johnson's Brexit deal has disrupted imports of water treatment chemicals - another deeply foreseeable and indeed foreseen consequence for which this faux environmentalist failed to plan. It is, however, fair to say that better outcomes were available. As Conservative backbencher Steve Double once intoned in a 2019 Commons debate over Theresa May's deal: "This is a turd of a deal, which has now been taken away and polished, and is now a polished turd. But it might be the best turd that we've got."

Well quite. I note that despite having previously allied with Surfers Against Sewage and chaired something called the Protect Our Waves group, Mr Double is one of those MPs who held his nose and voted for water companies to be allowed to continue dumping sewage. Since we're in the Swift section, here are some of the poet's thoughts on the Irish parliament of his day: "Let them, when they once get in / Sell the nation for a pin; / While they sit a-picking straws / Let them rave at making laws; / While they never hold their tongue, Let them dabble in their dung"

Of course, this isn't quite how MPs see it, with reactions to the public drubbing they're receiving on this issue ranging from indignation to suggestions that it's bullying/hate speech. Apparently, they've only done what they've done to protect bill-payers from having improvement costs for chronically under-invested sewerage infrastructure passed on to them.

This feels somewhat confusing. After all, water privatisation was originally pushed as the best way of getting investment ploughed into the infrastructure. It's almost as if those water firms have instead ploughed £57bn cash into their shareholders, leaving them with no choice but to spray sewage into rivers every time it rains a bit. Also left with no choice are some of our aforementioned Conservative MPs, who have responded to public outrage by writing pissy little blogs about how they're only voting in favour of it to help consumers with their bills. To which one response might be: maybe stop "helping" consumers? It's almost as if you've spent the past few decades "helping" consumers to line the pockets of profiteers. Every time you try to "help" consumers, another few million litres of sewage gets flushed into places they love and value.

Still, what a backdrop for Cop26, already shaping up to be the opposite of Sleeping Beauty's christening. Which is to say, none of the bad fairies actually want to come. Earlier this month, it was Chinese leader Xi Jinping's turn to find himself otherwise engaged. Latest to phone in with an excuse is Vladimir Putin. I haven't treated myself to yesterday's No 10-issued readout of Johnson's call with the Russian president. But I imagine it went along the lines of, "Sorry mate - I've tested positive for not giving a litre of sewage about your climate event."
Small wonder, perhaps, that Johnson is already retreating into his briefing room, which was famously not even single-use and looks extremely plastic. It's too soon to definitively conclude the PM's Cop26 preparations have been so half-arsed as to be a Cop Out. But if he wants to get out of shiat Creek, he's going to need a bigger paddle.

Marina Hyde is a Guardian columnist
 
2021-10-26 4:51:23 PM  
U-turn is apparently happening.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politic​s​-59052995

I like this bit:

But a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the intentions of the Lords' amendment, which it said would involve an overhaul of the UK's Victorian sewerage system - would cost upwards of £150bn.

"That would mean that individuals - every one of us as taxpayers - paying potentially thousands of pounds each as a result," they added.


biatch, they're private companies. If they can't do their jobs, is it time to nationalise them and tax the wealthy to pay for critical infrastructure upgrades?
 
2021-10-26 4:55:58 PM  

PartTimeBuddha: Marina Hyde is a Guardian columnist


Marina Hyde is a national treasure.
 
2021-10-26 4:58:26 PM  

iron de havilland: U-turn is apparently happening.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics​-59052995

I like this bit:

But a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the intentions of the Lords' amendment, which it said would involve an overhaul of the UK's Victorian sewerage system - would cost upwards of £150bn.

"That would mean that individuals - every one of us as taxpayers - paying potentially thousands of pounds each as a result," they added.

biatch, they're private companies. If they can't do their jobs, is it time to nationalise them and tax the wealthy to pay for critical infrastructure upgrades?


Joseph Bazelgette is revolving in his grave.
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2021-10-26 5:01:29 PM  
Media is so far ignoring prime asshole David Davies who doubled down on victimhood for being called out on his vote to allow sewage to be dumped in rivers

https://twitter.com/DavidTCDavies/sta​t​us/1451637904548237324

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2021-10-26 5:01:38 PM  
Carter can't comment at the moment, I suspect, seeing how most of his normal retoric has been released into open waters already, untreated.
 
2021-10-26 5:04:01 PM  

iron de havilland: I like this bit:

But a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the intentions of the Lords' amendment, which it said would involve an overhaul of the UK's Victorian sewerage system - would cost upwards of £150bn.


When I lived in London about 10 years ago, I saw these signs on waterworks: "Overhauling the Victorian sewerage system".

I was thinking, like, "You're blaming Isambard Kingdom Brunel for not precisely planning 120 years ahead? And only now you're doing something about it?"

It seemed ungracious, even rude.

But, now, I suppose, without the benefits of Empire, we'll be graced with something that will last 5 years and cost 10,000 times as much.

The UK: where you poop, you pay.
 
2021-10-26 5:06:05 PM  
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2021-10-26 5:12:57 PM  

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2021-10-26 5:24:25 PM  

Kixy: Media is so far ignoring prime asshole David Davies who doubled down on victimhood for being called out on his vote to allow sewage to be dumped in rivers

https://twitter.com/DavidTCDavies/stat​us/1451637904548237324

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Yeah, there was some weird concerted effort by Tory MPs over the weekend to claim abuse when they received valid criticism. Here's another example:
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They are exactly as cultish as the GQP.

/And, relevant to this thread, when I started typing "Jenkyns", my phone gave me the suggestion "jenkem", which is appropriate for such a shower of shiat.
 
2021-10-26 5:25:50 PM  
Oh, and of course Andrea Jenkem used #ProTrump.

smdh
 
2021-10-26 8:25:44 PM  
I took this photo this morning right before the wind shifted.

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The best part was the four hour drive home before I could shower.
 
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