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NYT Magazine - Ben Judah - London's Laundry Business

England's establishment is not what it was; the old imperial elite has become crude and mercenary. On Monday, a British civil servant was photographed arriving in Downing Street for a national security council meeting carrying an open document in his hand. We could read for ourselves lines from a confidential report on how Prime Minister David Cameron's government should respond to the Crimea crisis. It recommended that Britain should "not support, for now, trade sanctions," nor should it "close London's financial center to Russians."

The White House has imposed visa restrictions on some Russian officials, and President Obama has issued an executive order enabling further sanctions.

But Britain has already undermined any unified action by putting bankers' profits first.

This is what it boils down to: Britain is ready to betray the United States to protect the City of London's hold on dirty Russian money. And forget about Ukraine.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Mar 7th, 2014 at 02:04:02 PM EST
But what about standing up to the Yanks to protect the British economy?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Mar 7th, 2014 at 07:56:13 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 8th, 2014 at 01:53:01 AM EST
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