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If Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union is a good compare-to.


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by ATinNM on Mon Jan 7th, 2019 at 08:21:28 PM EST
it's a useful one to compare, except that Russia wasn't an import-dependent economy. Also, you had  population who were somewhat used to shortages and had many work arounds to cope.

Wheras we've been the 5th/6th richest economy in the world for quite a while, most of us are somewhat accustomed to live amidst plenty. Shortages are gonna be a shock, scapegoats will be sought and I hope Boris Johnston is high on that list.

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jan 7th, 2019 at 08:30:47 PM EST
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scapegoats will be sought and I hope Boris Johnston is high on that list.

If only. I fully expect the Brexit crowd to point at the EU's "intransigence", to deflect the blame, then, if the situation deteriorates, accuse the Continentals of organizing a blocus to turn plucky Britain into a vassal state, conjuring shades of the "darkest hours" and the famous "blitz spirit".

Blaming Johnny Foreigner has always been a winning formula for UK pols; I don't expect Brexit to change that; quite the opposite, actually.

by Bernard on Mon Jan 7th, 2019 at 09:01:56 PM EST
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Who will be their Putin?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jan 7th, 2019 at 08:35:41 PM EST
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Nobody currently in Parliament, that's for certain. Chinless wonders are fine when little is at stake except when one might reasonably have the first gin, but they lack the ruthlessness necessary for the sitautions that will develop over the next 18 months. David Davis or somebody like them may be the puppet figurehead, but I suspect that Johnston and Rees-Mogg will be given to the mob as useful sacrifices.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jan 7th, 2019 at 08:42:06 PM EST
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Don't forget it took Putin almost 10 years to become President after the fall of the Soviet Union. These things take time.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jan 7th, 2019 at 08:56:25 PM EST
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