Political expediency vs national interest in the UK

The brexit omnishambles continues: May appoints Boris as foreign minister. Really.

Yes he would do less damage to her on a short leash, as opposed to running loose as a backbencher. No, this is not what Britain needs: A new foreign minister with zero credibility. If he lied to brits he will be lying to everyone else – and EU officials know it. Britain is now the butt of jokes.

Theresa May

First day in office and she’s already debased her premiership. (The Guardian)

The only solution is for all counterparties to cut him down to size and treat him like the buffoon he is. They need to make sure all negotiations are made directly with May, as if he wasn’t in the room. The EU need to seriously press for a quick brexit; are visas feasible?

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You know you’re in trouble when a unitedstater (a) gets the joke and (b) tries not to laugh at you. US State Dept. spokesman trying very hard not to laugh at Boris Johnson, and brits in general. (The Guardian).

Lesson for everyone: Politicians running in a closed mental loop will always put self interest first, national interests a distant second.

Brexit is (potentially) great news for the rest of the EU (Joris Luyendijk, The Guardian)

The economic and political realities of the EU, vs British delusions. Not even the remain camp was really in.

Sir Humphrey

We went in to screw the French by splitting them off from the Germans.

The opportunity for the EU is to wake up, improve what is working well, reform what isn’t; social democracy needs teeth against populists, easy one liners and its own technocrats. The UK needs to be cut down to size in its access to EU markets, and used as an example if you don’t want to become the laughing stock of the world: if you’re going to take a decision of this magnitude, at least take it for the right reasons.

UK citizens need to realise the huge mistake they have made by voting for the wrong questions and change their politicians, quickly. The Boris and Fromage clowns need to pay the price, the Tory party has been mismanaging the country, Labour is missing in action, the Liberal Democrats should cease to exist.

RIP Great Britain

Brexit: Little England kills Great Britain, for the silliest of reasons. Pour un oui, pour un non.

Great Britain turns into Little England

From The Economist

Small mindedness, pettiness, emotions triumph over self awareness, pragmatism, phlegm.

When two clowns brought down a realm of ideas, for short lived personal gain over their own country. Scotland becomes independent and later joins the EU, Wales remains hostage, Northern Ireland returns to chaos – or realises its destiny lies reunited with Ireland in the EU, for simple economic and stability reasons.


Clown number one. They weren’t actually listening to me, were they? (The Guardian)

The lessons for the UK: a much smaller economy, a much smaller state of mind, at the mercy of economic winds and much bigger powers. Welcome to the little leagues.

The lesson for Europe: do not underestimate populism, lack of leadership and sheer stupidity. The reasons for the European Union remain strong, but need to be actively defended, and not by small minded lower case politicians.

Clown number two

C’est la vie, says Fromage. (The Guardian)

We are ruled by people who confuse rhetoric and reality

Nous sommes gouvernés par des personnes qui confondent la rhétorique et la réalité (T. Piketty, Libération). Indeed, and with nefarious consequences.

Reform the EU by establishing more democratic mechanisms… Might get us away from the rule of “professional politicians”, but doesn’t seem to be the answer, as their own rhetoric is divorced from reality: just ask most Brits if the EU is an economic advantage or not.

Fiscal reform… The problem with Hollande (and every other politician) isn’t that he has the wrong policies, it’s that he has no policy at all, and simply changes according to the circumstances.

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Monumental stupidity: the age of austerity

The case for cuts was a lie. Why does Britain still believe it? The austerity delusion
by Paul Krugman (The Guardian).

Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 21.40.04“It is rare, in the history of economic thought, for debates to get resolved this decisively. The austerian ideology that dominated elite discourse five years ago has collapsed, to the point where hardly anyone still believes it. Hardly anyone, that is, except the coalition that still rules Britain – and most of the British media.”

“If this counts as a policy success, why not try repeatedly hitting yourself in the face for a few minutes? After all, it will feel great when you stop.”

“Britain’s opposition has been amazingly willing to accept claims that budget deficits are the biggest economic issue facing the nation, and has made hardly any effort to challenge the extremely dubious proposition that fiscal policy under Blair and Brown was deeply irresponsible – or even the nonsensical proposition that this supposed fiscal irresponsibility caused the crisis of 2008-2009.”