There was more bad Brexit related news yesterday: as the BBC has reported, “British regional airline Flybmi has cancelled all its flights and filed for administration, the airline has announced … The company said it had been badly affected by rises in fuel and carbon costs and uncertainty over Brexit … The East Midlands-based airline, which has 376 staff, operates 17 planes flying to 25 European cities”.
A spokesman for the carrier told “The airline has faced several difficulties, including recent spikes in fuel and carbon costs, the latter arising from the EU's recent decision to exclude UK airlines from full participation in the Emissions Trading Scheme … Current trading and future prospects have also been seriously affected by the uncertainty created by the Brexit process, which has led to our inability to secure valuable flying contracts in Europe”.
Brexit is a significant influence here, including participation in the Emissions Trading Scheme, which won’t affect the likes of Ryanair (based in Ireland), BA (now a Spanish-registered company) or EasyJet (now registered in Vienna). But for those who imbibe the Brexit Kool-Aid, there can be no admission, and definitely no ownership, of blame.
So when the Guardian told “FlyBMI collapses, blaming Brexit uncertainty”, semi-detached Labour MP Kate Hoey snapped “Typical @Guardian ignoring airlines point re spikes in fuel and carbon costs and EU decision on Emissions Standards”. Yes, typical Guardian reporting the facts. Ms Hoey was soon called out for her dishonest spin.
Steve Peers from the University of Essex was one of them. “Typical lie. The Guardian is quoting from the airline's own press release. The carbon emissions point is a consequence of Brexit. Take some responsibility for your actions”. Privacy Matters was also on her case: “linked to ‘EU’s recent decision to exclude UK airlines from full participation in the Emissions Trading Scheme’ & why would that be? Perhaps read FlyBMIs statement and the role Brexit played in its demise … Be honest”.
From Ireland - Ms Hoey’s home patch - Andrew Quinn was equally unimpressed by an MP in whom her local party no longer has any confidence. “You are without question one of the toxic politicians I’ve ever encountered. Flybmi explicitly stated they’ve gone into administration because of Brexit. Take responsibility for what you and others did. The rising carbon costs are a direct result of Brexit!!!” So they are. Except in Hoey World.
And one former London Borough CEO had this to say about one of his local MPs: “And typical #DUPMPforVauxhall reaction. Attention span doesn’t last long enough to read quote from #FlyBMI before she dismisses airline’s own statement as a lie . Or maybe she just doesn’t care. Lie early and lie often seems to be her maxim”. Ouch!
Kate Hoey, like so many committed Brexiteers, is so unable to admit that her actions have consequences that she is prepared to deny reality just to keep faith in the cause. She was told there would be economic disruption. Now it’s coming. But she can’t admit it.
She needs to get used to the bad news. Because it’s only going to get worse.
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