With or Without Theresa May, Says Corbyn, Brexit Chaos Proves Tory Party's "Total Inability to Govern"
All of this talk about, the Best Deal being made.
After my Sunday School upbringing, I had always understood that Heaven never made any deals.
Deals, were reserved for the Devil.
Perhaps May has already made her deal.
Uniting Europe once sounded like a fair idea which might give them
more power and options in protecting themselves from US/CIA bullying and fascism.
But it also pushed concerns of moving further in the direction of “One World Order.”
Also raises problems for Ireland and questions as to whether UK would act to do damage
to the peace agreement.
Anyone here have a more well-based opinion/debate on Brexit, May, and Ireland than my view?
I hope this link works for you: https://ritchiesinedinburgh.blogspot.com/search/label/Brexit
Elizabeth writes some very thought provoking articles on her blog. She’s also a long distant in-law of mine kinda sorta. I"m sure you’ll appreciate her thoughts on the subject.
Moss – Thank you for responding with some help – !
Really had no problem with Europeans uniting – but at the other end of it always feel that
no matter which way things go they will benefit Elites – i.e., European Union whether In or Out?
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And Brexit? That referendum really was a triumph of prejudice and ignorance.
Last year’s British Brexit Revolution was choreographed by a group of rich, privileged members of the upper and upper middle classes who manipulated a section of probably less well educated and definitely poorer voters. Using a set of largely fictitious financial data they claimed that Britain paid far more into the European Union’s coffers than it got out. In so doing, they ignored the benefits of EU support to our poorer regions - Cornwall, Wales and the north-east of England - and to valuable sections of our society, such as our universities, medical researchers and farmers. They threatened the security and welfare of millions of our European friends, colleagues and neighbours. Their basic assumption has been that we British owe nobody anything. We have no duties or responsibilities to poorer countries within the EU. In fact, we should focus only on our own welfare. By appealing to British selfishness, ignorance and xenophobia they have simply given a European twist to the ‘Britain First’ message. ‘Taking back control’ actually means ‘looking after ourselves first’.
Mixed up in our meanness about Europe, is our meanness about the rest of the world. The work of the Department for International Development is constantly attacked by Britain’s tabloid press. Right-wing writers sneer at the support we provide developing countries, using the misinterpreted cliche ‘charity begins at home’. They laud the ‘achievements’ of the British Empire, ignoring the injustices, violence and downright theft involved. Indeed, some commentators from developing countries regard our international aid as simple reparation for our draining of resources from their continent. We live our comfortable lives bankrolled by 19th century colonialism and slavery.
Priti Patel, International Development Secretary, recently said that leaving the EU would allow the Government to reclaim billions of pounds of annual aid funding from Europe to be used for Britain’s trade and economic development post-Brexit. “There are a whole raft of opportunities there where we can use that money for our national interest, or Global Britain’s interest, as well as helping to alleviate poverty around the world,” Ms Patel said. Has anyone told her that the same money cannot be used twice?
Britain is a rich country. If you told anyone in the developing world that even our poorest have clean safe water on tap and flush toilets, that all our towns and cities have street lights, tarmacked roads and pavements, that we have medical care and education free at the point of use and social safety nets of various sorts, they would regard us as unbelievably wealthy. We British know, of course, that provision of these services and social safety nets have huge holes in them through which increasing numbers of people are falling. However, that is because of deliberate political prioritising and choices made at both British and Scottish government levels. The Brexit vote to separate from Europe was a rebellion by the rich: the genuinely rich and the comparitively rich.
Other regions using financial arguments for greater autonomy are Lombardy and Veneto in northern Italy although they are not (yet) agitating to be independent. In Veneto, the turnout was 57%, with 98% in favour of more autonomy. In Lombardy, the region around Milan, it was just 38%, with 95% in favour. The two regions together generate 30% of Italy’s GDP. As with Catalonia, the regions claim that they contribute far more to the country’s economy than they receive in benefits. They express resentment at subsidising the south of the country, which they see with some justification as being corrupt and Mafia ridden.
Well, it is up to Catalonia and Spain, of which it is part, to determine what its future should be. The arguments for independence are different from those in Scotland and certainly not for outsiders to adjudicate. However, what does concern me is that increasingly these constitutional issues - in Catalonia, in Scotland, in the UK as a whole and in northern Italy and elsewhere - are viewed simply in economic terms. Far more important as far as I am concerned, are relationships among the people who make up these countries. Many of us have friends, family members and colleagues in Europe. Many in Scotland belong to intermarried families living in communities across the whole of the British Isles. I am pretty sure that the same is true of Spain. In the modern world, people do not stay behind borders. They work across, and live in neighbouring countries, within Europe and across the global community. As I have written before, I do not think that what this world needs is yet more walls and barriers, yet more divisions. Whatever happened to the socialist belief in the Brotherhood of Man?
By all means, if that is what you believe in, campaign for separation. By all means hold elections which will help your countrymen and women to decide. However, please do not agitate for independence because you are unwilling to support the poor, the weak and the vulnerable in other parts of the nation or continent to which you belong.