The plebs have been led to believe that fish is small fry - literally.You obviously believe that British motors sold to British customers through British retail aren't a worthwhile business. Are you now saying that trading to the Europeans is equally pointless and we should be concentrating on selling fish?
It was established years ago that Ireland's 'bounty' - all those EU development grants from German and UK taxpaayers in the 70s, 80, and 90s - went nowhere near the value of the fishing rigths they gave up around their huge coastline, when they joined in 1973.
Why do you think the Europeans and Icelandics fight and fought so hard?
'0.1% GDP' is the statistic for fools. A 'few £100k' Range Rovers would swamp most of the Grimsby fleet, right? No. That £100k is massively inflated, and only a tiny proportion is real value-added - genuine GDP - but the bean counters at the ONS, and DTI, whatever it's called now, just use the top-line label, deliberately, to crow/lie about UK's enormous 'automotive sector', and how its dwarf our obsolete, past-it fishing fleet.
Fishing is the equivalent of land - try telling a landowner his 3,000 acres is worthless, unproductive, that he needs to get with it.
Fish, crops grown from the soil, are real wealth - once you have the land, control that part of the sea, you have a literal god-given bounty, with almost no input cost.
Putting together cars, 'screwdriver assembly' overwhelmingly in UK's 'car industry', is low-skill, low-value added, low worth.
The real value is in the upper supply chain, the mining of minerals, metals, etc - you own the land, exploit its resources, like crops, rearing animals, and fishing.
Next comes the transformation of these raw materials into copper, aluminium, steel etc, and then the mechatronic integrators, now overwhlemingly software driven - the Bosch's, Valeo's, ZF's etc.
A 10 kilo cod must be worth around £20 wholesale, but eventually around £100-£300 in a fish&chip shop, or gastro pub - going by around one-third kilo filet.
And what was the input cost, the deductions from the bottom line? Diesel, low wages for 3-4 blokes, on a highly automated factory trawler, payments on the boat over 20-30 years?
The real cost, if it existed, would be 'buying' the land - the sector of the sea being fished. The Dutch got rights from England/the King, 500 years ago - so no cost today.
British fishermen, trawler skippers, bigger companies, overwhelmingly gave up thsi right, over the last 20-30 years - selling off their permits, for a one-time bonanza.
The French, Spanish, Dutch now rightfully own most of 'The British Sea' - and its bounty of contents - very valuable fish.
The only real exception, the ones that held on, didn't get massively greedy, and sell up and out, were the Scottish, like in Peterhead, who kept their rights, their permits, the father-to-son legacies, just like the Europeans, handed down, realising how valuable and worthwhile a life it is - compared to having their sons working in a call centre, or flogging motors for commission in a soulless glass palace.
Those langoustines are now gold - almost literally the same value by weight.
Fair play to them.
Spaffer promised these people he'd 'take back control ' - resulting in just 25% taken back, ...after 5.5 years, ...and even then, there'll be strings attached, and you just know possession is 9./0ths of the law, and the French, Spanish etc, will fight, literally, to keep what they have - i.e. not gonna happen - ever - and the Scottish know it - Spaffer will be gone in .5 years, never mid 2026, and Parliament always reserves the right to overturn, undo its forebears, so this will be forgotten about, the fishermen shafted, again, used to show that 'The Deal' was got.
As I said, partly because of this, and the ERG unpicking the reality of what fatboy has signed up to, this 'Deal' will last as long as Spaffer - a few months most.