Gardening

The spuds and garlic are doing well. We’re just planting out the tomatoes. The ginger didn’t take, perhaps I should take the advice of bringing it on indoors, and buying from a speciality shop; they won’t muck around with it so much. The later planted corns, which have been well watered have also been moved on. I also put two raspberry plants in this weekend. The basil is coming on too, obviously, a green house and watering helps. Ash stops slugs.

Gardening

Trade

When does long term trade deficit become a disaster, at what point can we no longer import? I assume we are borrowing foreign currency i.e. selling government bonds to foreigners to fund it today. Our balance of trade deficit is about the same size as the fiscal deficit.

Trade

Shield or sieve

The Register on whether the EU’s new #GDPR is so much a shield as a sieve, since their are a number of opportunities for national parliaments to weaken it. The IT industry has already considered if Judges & Courts can/should be considered to be an insider attack, now we can add national legislatures; there is little doubt that under the current government, any tuning of the GDPR will be pro-business, pro-spy and anti-privacy, although they are currently busy legalising Plod’s ability to break the Misuse of Computers Act. I also reckon they need something that they don’t care about to use up Parliamentary time after the referendum.

Shield or sieve