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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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