Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Being a silver lining kinda guy, part of me cheered Brexit at the beginning as I thought it might offer the EU the spanking it needed to reform. At the time it looked as if Italexit was as - if not more - likely to be first to bust out of the asylum.
I also was conscious of how long and expertly the UK had trolled the EU for years while allowing - or instumentalising - the press to paint such a bleak picture of the EU - thus paving the way for such intellectual luminaries as Nigel Farage to exert their hold on public opinion.
Part of me also thought the UK needed to be taken down a peg or three and after Brexit would have to accept its imperial decline and start getting more real wth the world. Being back to the wall might be just the ticket to a nation reinventing itself after the kind of reality check Brexit would be.
So it was all hypothetical... I never really thought the referendum would win.
When they did, I never really believed they would be able to hammer out such complex legislation with the armies of lawyers needed and besides, it was consultative not binding so I figured the sheer lumpiness of tryng to figure a realistically practical way to get 'er done would stymie it in its tracks.
Especially with such a slim majority...
Apart from on FB I never dialogued with a hardcore Brexiteer, and after years on ET I had no illusions about the EU being heaven on earth politically/economically so it was a bit 'a pox on both their houses' and part 'frying pan or fire' as it's a distraction from the bigger geo-political picture involving Russia, China, the USA, World bank, IMF, goldbugs, the repercussions of austerity after the financial crashes of 2007-8 and 2012, the global financialisation of politics and the slide towards fascism seen almost everywhere as eternal-growth capitalism became cantilevered to the point of imminent worldwide collapse (along with the ecology needed to support the conceit). Those were the real problems, not this bureaucratic supranational power-bloc reapolitik squabble.
Now after a few years of Teresa May and Boris Johnson I thin the Tories couldn't exit gracefully from a paper bag, let alone the EU!
Still, deep in my gut I never believed it would happen,  it just is so off-the-wall nuts.
Still feel that way, and will till the day it happens probably.
If it does...
I guess one has to step back to the point where it objectively looks like ex-empires getting their overdue just deserts, or a collection of hilariously demented lunatics trying to out-ridicule each other for our entertainent.

Politics, showbiz for ugly people ~ F. Zappa

Meanwhile Grenfell... grotesque, hideous!

Brexit will be worth it only if it buries the myth that Etonians deserve to rule by divine grace, and the Tory party ends up 6 feet under, for once and for all.

Go Jezza ;)

'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 Fri Nov 29th, 2019 at 08:04:15 AM EST

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