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BREXSHIT

Of course this is all entirely speculative....

By applying similar strategies as for the Brexit vote in 2016, the Tories won an 80 majority in 2019: in both instances the far right demonised the left and in effect achieved a coup.

The strategy, it hardly needs saying, in both the Brexit vote and the 2019 election were entirely fraudulent, solid with specious propaganda, scare tactics and blatant lies designed for and aimed specifically at the most gullible and naïve in the most deprived constituences of the UK. The efforts of the world's most skilled propagandists from the US, Australia, Israel and elsewhere were highly effective.

Regarding Brexit, enough public to tip the balance fell for it, as the far right had assessed they would: ie, Cambridge Analytica with their subtle Facebook targeted ads, Farage with his infectious charisma, and hangers-on like Aaron Banks with his Russian billionaire funders... and Boris, of course, with his popularity for acting the clown and displays of unbounded optimism.

At the start of the Brexit debate Boris was briefly unsure which side to take: Leave or Remain? Does anyone remember that? And this was after he'd written several persuasive articles in favour of Remain - though no-one with more than half-a-brain needed any persuading.

Then suddenly he sided with Leave. What, one might wonder, was behind that decision? To me it's obvious: Boris opted for Leave because it was precisely what he was bribed to do in return for the promise that his lifelong ambition would be fulfilled: ie, he'd be given the job of PM.

Some might wonder since Boris became PM why instead of weighing an issue on its merits, he seems always so erratic, why he changes his mind so much. Might the explanation be that those who instruct Boris are just utterly inept and uncaring - except with regard to increasing their wealth and power? I'm talking about Murdoch and other media chiefs, Israel and various billionaire spivs - none of whom give a rap for the public or anyone, not for Boris’s reputation or even their own – though neither their involvement (or their existence probably) is suspected by anyone but a few intellectuals who watch the machinations and manoeuvring of Boris's cabinet and their policies.

Boris couldn't sack Cummings, for instance, because regardless of how inept either of them appeared, Cummings hadn't quite seen Brexit through when he broke covid rules.

 

The Coup

Although, as I say, both Brexit and the 2019 election were a coup, Brexit was by far the most significant and harmful, if also the least decisive with only perhaps a third of the voting population supporting it. In 4-years there'll be a chance to change the government... except next time the choice will be between Tory-mark1 and Tory-mark2 (or 'New' Labour again). But it will be a lot longer than 4-years before another EU referendum. As to the cost, which is ALWAYS borne by the poorest, it has already been enormous. The super-rich, who are behind Brexit, have already gained enormously - see the record increase in billionaires.

So now with the wealthy elite in control in the UK and no longer restrained or regulated by EU rules on welfare, workers’ rights and working conditions, etc., etc., the working class will gradually be increasingly exploited. While taxes for the super-rich will decline together with welfare and public services... So it goes.

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3 comments from this NYT article:


NY Feb.12

Brexit is an ill conceived chauvinistic concept that will lead to an enormous contraction of the UK’s economy and will threaten London’s preeminence as the financial center of Europe. It may also result in the dissolution of UK as Scotland and Northern Ireland may wish to depart and return shortly to the EU. It was a self imposed blunder by demagogic Right Wing politicians that used a fantasy of economic nationalism to appeal to disillusioned and xenophobic voters to maintain political control. But unfortunately this fantasy will precipitate a rapid decline in the prosperity and influence of Britain in Europe and in the world. Over time it must be reversed and the UK must return to the reality that it is a part of Europe and that its future prosperity is tied that fact.


Philadelphia Feb.12

I am a small online bookseller. In our world we learned that with Brexit, if we sell books priced at less than 135 pounds and ship them into the UK via our own websites or private sales we must collect and pay VAT taxes to the UK. This is the only country in the world asking us to do this. I am a one person business who can't even figure out how to do this and don't want to file yet another tax return so I simply stopped shipping books to the UK. I have no desire to receive a letter in five years that I owe $1000 in back taxes and fines to the UK Customs Office. The good people of the UK have made their beds and now they are laying in them. The UK will not be pulling out of this recession anytime soon.


NYC Feb.12

A relatively minor economy secedes from the second largest economic union in the world - yet, still dependent on that same union for survival, Q: Who could have possibly foreseen an economic disaster coming for the UK ? A: EVERYONE And, it’s not over - Scotland will leave in short order, followed by Northern Ireland. England & Wales will be what’s left of a greatly diminished UK. Let that be a lesson for the all the isolationists/nationalists intent on division, racism & bigotry.