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Brexit and the Hundred Years War...
At the Tory party conference last October, Jacob Rees-Mogg issued a rallying cry that linked Brexit to the great triumphs of English arms on continental Europe: "We need to be reiterating the benefits of Brexit!" he cried. "Oh, this is so important in the history of our country... It's Waterloo! It's Crécy! It's Agincourt! We win all these things!"

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They stormed towns, raping and killing at will. They enslaved men and women. They held anyone they thought had money for ransom and tortured them until their families paid up. They stole everything that could be moved and destroyed most of what could not. When they had stripped an area of everything, they moved on to the next set of victims - all in the name of the English "king of France".

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The English claim to the throne of France and the grand rhetoric of Brexit's revival of the glorious Englishness of Agincourt are bold and thrilling as well as being bonkers - they stir the blood even while they numb the brain. The other is that these grand gestures are far easier to make than to unmake.

It is astonishing how much pain people will suffer and inflict rather than admit they made a mistake. Brexit is not the Hundred Years War, but unless someone finds a way out it now, the consequences will be felt for a century.



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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 04:15:22 PM EST
I'm getting increasingly worried at a ratcheting of the violent rhetoric when Brexit inevitably fails to deliver the riches promised. The EU has been portrayed as the villain for decades and now is refusing a "good Brexit deal" (They want to punish us!)

Coupled with a drift to authoritarian right-wing policies, it is sadly not hard to envision an isolated post-Brexit Britain becoming increasingly aggressive vis a vis its European neighbors. After all, what's best to stoke the flame of patriotism (the last refuge of the scoundrels)?

Britain has one of the most powerful militaries in Europe, along with France, and goodness forbids should anything happen, like Spain's Rajoy government trying something rash on Gibraltar...

After Dunkirk last July, Darkest Hour last month, what's the next movie to revive the good old days? Trafalgar?

by Bernard on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 06:51:17 PM EST
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Afghanistan 1842?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 07:00:32 PM EST
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As Gary Younge points out, the most recent analogy for brexit is the Suez debacle from the 50s, where Imperial fantasies hit the rocks of reailty. The UK (and France) were humiliated, a fate which awaits us in the near future.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Feb 5th, 2018 at 10:15:31 PM EST
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