|1953 - Great Britain|
The Empire on which the Sun never set.
2016 - Isolation & Meltdown
by Mel Cooper
8 Jul 2016
So here we all are thinking about the events of the past two weeks.
Conspiracy or Cock-Up? I am beginning to fear the former but still vaguely lean towards the latter because of the stupidity and adolescent emotionalism of the Brexiters and the Remainers both. Either way, it seem to me that it means UK meltdown. It will get worse unless someone actually manages to shock people into stopping and taking a deep breath and doing some serious thinking.
Also into realising that if you make a mistake you should not just carry on as if you were on an unstoppable express train, but do something to rectify it, pull the emergency brake.
Jeremy Corbyn feels to me as if he wants total meltdown followed by The People’s Soviet Republic of Britain, with the smug middle classes worked to death in the Nantwich salt-mines. I see no evidence that he wants to confront anything about the current situation, only tell people how clever he was to oppose the war in 2003. Oh, and that we should all join the CND and fight for unilateral nuclear disarmament in the UK. I get the impression that he has his own sense of priorities and that they stopped evolving around 1972.
David Cameron has his nice offshore money to fall back on anyway and is damned if he will address the nation now any more than he really did during his campaign. His party, especially his back bench, is just as blinkered, tribal and self-righteous as the Labour Party.
Boris Johnson is, I suspect, wishing he had taken the offer to join REMAIN and then get a cabinet post from David when they won instead of gambling on the British public to make it a close call but for REMAIN so that he would be in a position to take over from David in 2 or 3 years. But of course, if he had done that, both George Osborne and even Michael Gove might have been in place to stop him. So he chose Brexit. And did he mean a word of it?
So what caused all this and why don't we take a deep breath and stop it? Well, there is one glaring reason at least. As many people have been crying out for years, but not articulately or loudly enough, we should have redistributed the immense increase in wealth since 1980. The very rich, including Rupert the Murd-doch, a Mr Murdstone in David Copperfield if ever their was one, should have realised that there needed to be some compromise and humane help for the rest of us, instead of behaving like the wicked aristocrats in Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. Suddenly Dickens appears to be less of a sour, dark satirist in that book and others than he is a prescient realist!
So where are we?
Iain Duncan-Smith’s Kick-A-Bankrupt-Cripple-Campaign is what we have all actually done or acceded to. We are truly all to blame. The bad things take over when the good people do not act to stop it.
If you look carefully and think of the EU attempts to stop tax evasion and redistribute a fraction of the new wealth, the top VIP LEAVERS are desperately back-pedalling away from rapidly emerging EU (and UN and OECD) laws against their offshore tax-evasion where they have hidden about £2 trillion in untaxed UK assets. (£2,000,000,000,000 = 8 million good jobs for ten years). It suits these super-rich to turn the UK into a banana-republic tax haven – like Greece. One begins to suspect their mindset is also that there is little point in being a WINNER unless you can lord it over millions of impoverished LOSERS. Furthermore, I think they believe that God told them that if they left the EU they would also probably get their Empire back.
The EU has been working slowly and carefully as well as painfully towards equalising wages and incomes across the 28 Member States – and in the long term to follow that with equal wages globally. None of this attempt to right things has been imposed upon the UK; we have, in fact, been in the forefront of getting these laws through the EU parliament and then debating and accepting them in the UK. The idea that we are living under a bunch of EU laws that are imposed upon us is total crap and a lie. As is much of what the Brexiters were saying. But the completely incoherent Brexit position had to have something behind their ranting, and I think this is it. This inevitable-levelling of the mood and movements within the EU has led to a Europe wide reaction that is unanalysed and unthinking, the belief among the Le Pens of this world being that the cardinal sin of “socialism” is taking over, and this upsets all of us who feel superior to 3rdworld countries – compared to whom we are all “super-rich”. This very long term (100 years?) and quite complex programme needs to be managed, not left to “The Free Markets” and corrupt officials. The EU also needs rules and co-operative action to alleviate regional over-crowding, such as 427 people per sq km around London.
There are many, many problems in the UK that can only be sorted out by co-operation with the other 27 countries now left in the EU. And then there is the whole question of access to the unified, EU market, the need for co-operation to stop the pollution of our atmosphere, the needs of genuine refugees who are looking to Europe for aid. Not to mention how the EU is reacting to having been betrayed by an ally that had the reputation of being tolerant and morally correct. David Cameron, over a referendum that did not need to happen at all, has thrown away not just the reputation and economy of this country, but its future, and the future of people under the age of about 40. For what? And of course, the Brexiteers are gloating. They have won. And there seems to be no one, especially not in the official Opposition, willing to sound the alarm or try to stop them.
Need you ask ever again how someone like Hitler, Franco or Mussolini took power and kept it with the full support of the entranced mobs, and probably not even a majority?