Tonight Sweden played Malta at home in the qualification round for EuroCup 2020.
We won the game comfortbaly with 3-0. The lost important thing, our next superstar 19-year old Alexander Isak from Dortmund scored another goal after entering as substitute. He scored just after going on the pitch. He celebrated by looking as his arm for an imaginary watch telling the coach, “I only need a minute to score…”.
Isak is considered in Sweden as the ‘next one’. After our big son, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Now we are top two of the group, which qualifies for the EuroCup, but we are playing group favourites Spain away in Madrid on Monday.
That will be a real test for our new national team. A young team that did advance to the World Cup quarterfinals last year after knocking out Netherlands andnItaly and then beating Mexico, Korea and Switzerland in the main round.
“If you are reading this, it’s because you are now responsible for…”
All across Whitehall, civil servants will be writing documents with a similar purpose: they are in the process of handing over their responsibilities. Ministers aren’t alone in expecting to be in new jobs by the end of the summer; many officials, who have been through a gruelling time on Brexit, will also be on the move.
Joe Owen from the Institure for Government is making an interesting point on UK Government preparations. He has a point. I have had many interactions with key people from different UK institutions and agencies over the last two years and they are certainly working very hard on Brexit preparations. I have confidence in these professionals. There are good preparations done. However, I also know that you can’t prepare for the not known. So there will be elements that are not prepared when Brexit happens. [my remark]
Whether it is responsibility for critical no deal plans, key pieces of Brexit legislation or important policy positions, the architects of much of the UK Government’s Brexit preparations are unlikely to be in the same place by the autumn. Inevitably, this means that the UK Government is unlikely to be as ready for no deal in October as it was back in March.
Civil service turnover is likely to mean a lack of experience in key no deal jobs
Most senior managers in the civil service change jobs after two years. Three years on from the referendum, and two months on from the original Article 50 deadline, many of the 16,000 civil servants working on Brexit will now be looking for a change of scenery.
Philip Rycroft, the civil servant in charge of DExEU, left on the 29 March – even though the UK did not. He was replaced by Clare Moriarty (who was in charge of Defra), meaning that two of the most Brexit-focused departments had to make changes in their top team. The official who led on much of the Withdrawal Agreement negotiations has taken a promotion to DCMS. The official in charge of border preparations is retiring from the civil service.
There is likely to be even more churn in the levels below, even if it’s not as visible externally. By October, with the Brexit deadline rapidly approaching, the officials in some of the key no deal jobs could have been in post for little more than a few months.
Gearing up the Whitehall machine for October is not going to be easy
The internal civil service jobs market means that if you want to ‘get on’ then you need ‘move on’, but the rate of turnover also reflects the fact that many officials were worked into the ground in the run up to 29 March. Perhaps this is the price of public service, but the prospect of building up to another Brexit deadline is, understandably, not that appetising for some.
A lot of the officials drafted in as emergency support have returned to their old departments or moved on to new jobs, while the operational centres – for ‘Yellowhammer’ contingency plans – have been stood down. They will need to be resurrected and re-staffed, and earlier rounds of staff training will need to be repeated. At the same time, the energy and focus of those still in post on no deal jobs may be reduced second time round.
There’s a big risk that business will be even less ready for no deal in October
Despite some ministerial assurances of detailed government preparations ahead of the March deadline, the reality is that business was unprepared. The Government tried to shift the blame in February when it published a document that said, in essence, ‘we are doing lots but it’s the public and business that’s not ready’. Preparing businesses and the public for major change might normally be seen as part of the Government’s basic responsibility. Apparently not, when it comes to Brexit.
There’s little evidence that the extra six months are being used to make a difference. Some of the businesses that burned cash to prepare for a no deal that never came will be reluctant to do it again. Some point out that stock piling ahead of October will be harder than it was in the spring – warehouses are booked up in preparation for Christmas. Some doubt that no deal will really happen, while others will be unsure what key date to work towards. Will it be 31 October? Or a couple of weeks into November? Could there be a ‘technical extension’ to the end of the year? That may not matter to the Tory leadership contenders – but it is a critical piece of planning information.
When Theresa May’s successor walks into 10 Downing Street for the first time, the 31 October Brexit deadline will be that bit closer. Perhaps a bullish and bold Brexiteer prime minister will be able to galvanise business and the civil service to prepare for no deal. Or perhaps, if they also boast about renegotiating a Brexit deal, they will just be seen as crying wolf. Either way, they are likely to inherit a set of plans for no deal that are not much more developed than they were in March – and may well be overseen by a set of faces that are either too fresh or too jaded for the task.
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In his last game Swwdishnibternational Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored another fantasy goal, this time for his LA Galaxy in MLS. An overhead kick, a so called bicycle kick.
Yesterday he also had his fun in social media. Always, bicycling.
In the July / August issue of the British magazine Wired, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg embraces the cover.
“I don’t see myself as a celebrity or icon or something like that” says Greta Thunberg in the interview with Wired.
To be described as the whole planet’s voice, however, does not seem to weigh on Greta Thunberg, who is happy to tone down his own significance for global climate activism.
“I have not really done anything, I have only decided that I will do this even if there is no hope. Missing hope is no excuse for not doing anything. Everyone says different things. Some say that we are already done and some say still have time”, says Greta Thunberg.
For Greta Thunberg there is only one goal with the engagement: “I just hope that this movement will continue and we do something about the climate – because that is the only thing that matters”.
Another amazing miracle goal from Swedish superstar international Zlatan Ibrahomovic last night.
Zlatan scored with an overhead bicycle kick for a LA Galaxy against new England Revolution.
He has now scored 11 goals on 12 games this MLSseason.
This is the third year in a row we spend a long weekend in the Scotish higlands hiking.
Tjis year we are doing the wonderful West Highland Highway.
Here outside Drovers Inn, a wonderful local pub from 1705 on invernanan where famous Rob Roy McGregor used to drinknin the 1700s.
I love hiking, it is wonderful way to relax from daily business and reliad your batteries.
The Scottish Highlands or “the place of the Gaels”) is the rugged northern and north-western portion of Scotland.and it is absolutely amazing, beautiful and fascinating.
The West Highland Way is a linear long distance footpath in Scotland. It is 154 km (96 miles) long, running from Milngavie north of Glasgow to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, with an element of hill walking in the route.
Here with my best friend in the world, Vidar Gundersen a.k.a Saul Berensen.
We are walking the West Highland Way, like always when hiking, two families together.
The track goes from Milngavie to Fort William, taking in a huge variety of scenery along the way,
For me it is one of the most beautiful tracks I have ever done.
i really recommend this route for everybody that likes hiking and nature.