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A central contradiction June 18, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Thought this useful, a piece in the Atlantic that points to a basic fissure in the Leave camp in the UK between protectionists and free traders. And it asks whether – assuming a hard Brexit takes place, British voters are genuinely prepared to make the trade offs necessary for a ‘free-trade Britain’. For example, it notes:

…there is little appetite to stomach the compromises of free trade: Only 26 percent of Leave voters we surveyed would be willing to accept any increases in immigration from, for example, India, one of Britain’s priority markets—even if they were crucial to securing a free-trade agreement.

The irony is that a no-deal Brexit is certain to usher in precisely the context where such trade-offs are necessary whereas the May deal, or any other deal closer to a soft Brexit will not.

Yet this central contradiction seems at best unexplored in the discussions and debates taking place on the issue.


1. Dermot M O Connor - June 18, 2019

Fissures in their own heads. A staggering number of conservative members don’t seem to know (or care) that their party name is the conservative and unionist party. Brexit Uber Alles!


Sixty-three per cent of members said they would be prepared to accept Scottish independence to get Brexit, while 59 per cent said the same about a united Ireland. Just 29 and 28 per cent were opposed, respectively.

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WorldbyStorm - June 18, 2019

Saw that, says it all really doesn’t it?


2. Dermot M O Connor - June 18, 2019

It’s straight out of an Adam Curtis documentary at this point. Ever see Ep. 3 of ‘The Attic’?

Tories are trapped in a dream inside a dream (Thatcher’s dream of Churchill’s dream).

I read a definition of a Baudrillardian simulacrum: a copy of a copy of an original that never existed. They’re living in World War 2 forever, but it’s a World War 2 of the imagination. Toxic. Wonder if / when that spell will break? Surely the young ones aren’t as badly infected. American baby boomer generation are derganged here pretty badly, a lot of younger people can’t wait for them to hurry up and die; perhaps it’s the grinding of demographics that they have to wait for. 10 or 20 years to go yet, if so.

Who would have thought in ’45 that the war would have a better effect on Germany than the UK? Not just materially, but psychically.


Dermot M O Connor - June 18, 2019

57min 13 seconds for the spell part.

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WorldbyStorm - June 19, 2019

Demographically what you suggest is borne out – younger English appear a lot more open ran their older compatriots.


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