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Her speech was cloyingly insincere and entirely lacking in imagination, the disco queen stunt hilariously uncool, and the crowd reaction bizarrely enthusiastic.
Boris never disappoints if taking a wrecking ball to the shreds of the Tory party is your idea of a DaDa art form.
He has one important Machiavellian skill, (the shiv between the shoulderblades), but the other of causing fear if respect and love are unattainable is beyond Boris' thespian capacities, considerable though they are.
Boris is entirely un-scary.
Buffoonery will only get you so far.
What did chill my blood though was the bulldog roar that greeted Boris' cluelessly transparent, disingenuous affirmation of the worst little-Englandist rump of the ship of fools that is the Tory party.  
There was a psychotic edge in this full-throated baying at the Brexit moon, an emotion so passionately, tenaciously, self-destructively stupid as to re-beggar belief!
This is what they meant in the saying: 'Those whom the gods destroy, they first make mad'.
Watching the political high jinks across the pond incites identical reactions.


'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 Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 10:06:46 AM EST
Twitter thread on Fintan O'Toole's talk explains where this psychosis comes from:

Basically, Britain (England) felt it got a raw deal after fighting / winning in WW2. E.g. the economic miracle happened in Germany of all places. The years into the seventies were not good. That's where the the understandable grudge comes from but also, more dangerously, the self pity that persists to this day. Self-loathing and narcissism are two sides of the same coin. That's why there is the constant barrage of moaning about the UKs lot combined with self aggrandizement from the very same people/papers. Churchill and blabla all the way back to 1066 - the 'Tirrany of Brussels'.

Also see the total paranoia by Brexiteers about being pulled back into the EU (=USSR) while acting as if they are being kicked out when it comes to the benefits. All hail to the victim role. But just you wait. Around the corner is the play to make plucky UK win against the evil empire. Just like the Irish free state did. Remarkably, 'zombie' imperialists can appropriate the pain of a former colony.

Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 08:58:34 PM EST
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Fascinating thread!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 11:28:59 PM EST
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I meant that October is UK Black History Month.

And because UK Black History Month happens to coincide, in the twitter timeline of a history lecturer, with the fall of "Rome", a significant number of post-colonial, Commonwealth characters are promoting books and seminars about the dastardly deeds and decadence of HRM's government in Africa, the Caribbean, and sub-continent --the empire.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 12:49:01 PM EST
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Fascinating link embedded in the discussion

Britain: The End of a Fantasy

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 04:11:45 AM EST
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That government will be weak and unstable and it will have no real authority to negotiate a potentially momentous agreement with the European Union. Brexit is thus far from being a done deal: it can't be done without a reliable partner for the EU to negotiate with. There isn't one now and there may not be one for quite some time--at least until after another election, but quite probably not even then.

Note: the article is dated June 10, 2017 so this may be Old News

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 04:13:58 AM EST
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 All hail to the victim role. But just you wait. Around the corner is the play to make plucky UK win against the evil empire.

Yup, Gilbert & Sullivan move over, it's time for the Steptoes.

'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 Sat Oct 6th, 2018 at 12:15:48 AM EST
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the economic miracle happened in Germany because they had no delusions of consquence. Britain simply re-started building the same old shit they were building before the war; cars like the austin 7.

Also, the government frittered away colossal sums re-arming our military, building a totally pointless independent nuclear deterrent, complete with our own inter continental ballistic missiles.

Also, we literally smashed our world beating computer technology at the request of the Aemricans, who claimed it would let the Russians know their cyphers were compromised. the fact that it gave IBM, Honeywell etc an open goal was, I'm sure, entirely coincidental.

Meanwhile, the Germans and the Japanese, no longer wanting to have a pointless military machine, re-built their industrial base for a post-war future where they would have to trade their way out of debt. They made their finance and government departments subservient to the needs of trade and well-paid employment.

Thei success in the 70s and beyond was 25 years in the making. British failure was of a similar vintage.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Oct 15th, 2018 at 05:17:54 PM EST
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