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In many ways the UK is the greatest beneficiary of the worst aspects of the EU. In some respects, Brexit itself is a reforming act for the EU.

Excellent insight, Frank. I wish the latter were even more true, as Jungker's neo-liberalism is only a few shades less toxic than May's.

As long as policies favour finance over peoples' savings, as long as countries in the EU Zone continue to do worse than they did before joining, as long as the wealth gap keeps widening, and growth is so sluggish, as long as the cost of living continues to outpace the costs of employment and wages, as long as we continue to spend useless Euros on armaments while millions slip below the poverty line, as long as scandals such as Libor and the emissions scam go blind-eyed, wrist-slapped, relatively unpunished, as long as policies on mass immigration remain incoherent,as long as even after Paradise and Panama papers are revealed as business as usual nothing is done, as long as the cream of Europe's wealth is siphoned off leaving ballooning debts and underfunded pensions, as long as high taxes do not return to workers in the form of better social benefits, as long as every subsequent generation for the last three lives poorer than the previous ones the Brussels gang will not be credible as truly entitled to govern such a wide and varied continent.
If we don't change soon another country or two will want to bail and and risk their chances on their own.

Britain will spanked very hard by Brussels because if they do do well post-Brexit, it will show Europe up no end, and even if they just don't do worse, could be the thread that unravels the whole sweater.  

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Nov 23rd, 2017 at 07:46:09 PM EST
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