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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

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