Britain is incapable of managing Brexit and calamity will follow

The UK has become so ludicrous because the issue of the EU is so deeply felt by a significant part of the body politic. The Brexiters are the Jacobins of UK politics. Their ideological intensity has devastated the Conservative party and reduced British politics to its present shambles. There is, as a result, neither a comfortable exit from Brexit nor a plausible way of managing it smoothly.

Whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad. So it now is over Brexit.

From the FT, unfortunately, it is behind a paywall, but the gist of it is that the UK Government hasn’t got a fucking clue about how to negotiate a sensible Brexit agreement and it will all go wrong unless something changes.

Business calls for softer Brexit in aftermath of election

An in-depth survey of small businesses undertaken by researchers for Harvard University revealed “almost all” business leaders wanted to retain membership of the single market and customs union to ease trade with the EU and countries with trade agreements with the EU. These account for 61 per cent of UK goods and services exports.

They were also largely content with EU regulations and standards and preferred these to dealing with duplicate sets of regulations if the UK’s rules begin to diverge from the rest of Europe.

“Contrary to much of the media and political commentary, the majority of businesses . . . were broadly satisfied with current regulatory approaches in their sectors . . . many spoke to the overall quality of EU regulations and rulemaking processes,” the report said.

Financial Times, 12 June 2017

You may find this behind a paywall.

Britain: The End of a Fantasy

Brexit is an elite project dressed up in rough attire. When its Oxbridge-educated champions coined the appealing slogan “Take back control,” they cleverly neglected to add that they really meant control by and for the elite.

Source: Britain: The End of a Fantasy | by Fintan O’Toole | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

 

Corbyn catches the spirit of Brexit, then terror strikes

A complete upset and a Corbyn victory of any kind, such as a hung parliament will be a tremendous blow against her ‘hard and dirty Brexit’ – and could open the way for a more creative relationship with the European Union. As Theresa May’s election strengthens opposition to her within the Tory Party and across the country, and breathes a new form of life into the Labour Party, her control over the meaning of Brexit has been badly damaged. What Brexit means is no longer just up to her. A process I thought would start only five to ten years hence might begin within a week.

Source: Corbyn catches the spirit of Brexit, then terror strikes | openDemocracy

How Newspaper Lies Led to Brexit

It shouldn’t be hard to guess that the Daily Mail features in this talk by journalist, John Danzig. Watching this left me feeling nauseated by the duplicity.

How the super-rich bought their Brexit victory

One of the undying Brexit myths is that it was a people’s revolt, a spontaneous anti-elite rebellion against a pro-European establishment. Yet we now learn that up to two-thirds of the cash that paid for Brexit came from just five extremely wealthy anti-European fanatics.

Source: InFacts How the super-rich bought their Brexit victory – InFacts

Colour me unsurprised.

Half of Leave voters want to bring back the death penalty after Brexit

The YouGov survey also found 42 per cent of those who opted to part ways with the European Union want corporal punishment back in schools and 30 per cent want inefficient light bulbs to return to shop shelves.

Source: Half of Leave voters want to bring back the death penalty after Brexit | The Independent

Make Great Britain “great” again? How Brexit reawakened England’s dormant imperialism

But the reactionary side of these islands was always there, sipping tea, grumbling about foreigners, hankering after the good old days—a resentful hinterland that has never quite accepted our lost pre-eminence. That’s why Brexiteers no longer care that they are cheering on a fantasy, by Jingo, so long as it’s a fantasy wrapped in the Union flag.

Source: Make Great Britain “great” again? How Brexit reawakened England’s dormant imperialism — Quartz

More on Empire 2.0.

 

Empire 2.0 is dangerous nostalgia for something that never existed

The empire, even at its height, never came close to absorbing the majority of our exports or providing the bulk of our imports, and neither will the Commonwealth, no matter how good a trade deal we win. Empire 2.0 is a fanciful vision of the future based on a distorted misremembering of the past. It’s a delusion and, like all delusions, has the potential to lure us into a false sense of security and lead us to make bad decisions.

Source: Empire 2.0 is dangerous nostalgia for something that never existed | David Olusoga | Opinion | The Guardian

Leavers claim they are looking forward, but I don’t believe them either. Unfortunately, they are looking backwards through rose-tinted spectacles.

How do you defeat President Donald Trump? 

Here are 20 lessons from across the fearful 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

A terrific answer from Eugenia Stonecroft. Some of the 20 lessons also apply to opposition to the way Brexit is being handled, like:

2. Defend an institution. Follow the courts or the media, or a court or a newspaper. Do not speak of “our institutions” unless you are making them yours by acting on their behalf. Institutions don’t protect themselves. They go down like dominoes unless each is defended from the beginning.

Remember the Brexshitter screams about judges when the Supreme Court ruled that our unelected Prime Minister could not sideline Parliament, after all the bollocks about taking back control.

4. When listening to politicians, distinguish certain words. Look out for the expansive use of “terrorism” and “extremism.” Be alive to the fatal notions of “exception” and “emergency.” Be angry about the treacherous use of patriotic vocabulary.

BoJo, Gove and Farage certainly vomited a lot of gung-ho crap.

8. Believe in truth. To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the most blinding lights.

£350 million… No more need be said.

9. Investigate. Figure things out for yourself. Spend more time with long articles. Subsidize investigative journalism by subscribing to print media. Realize that some of what is on your screen is there to harm you.

Too hard for some people: “I don’t care about statistics” was the retort I received from one Leaver I tried to enlighten

Source: How do you defeat President Donald Trump? – Quora