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In one sense Boris is completely correct, the chequers plan is completely stupid and unworkable. Being entirely fantastical, it is impossible to use it even as a starting point for any discussion.

the problem for Boris comes with his next statement: "Do not believe them when they say there is no other plan and no alternative" which, while entirely true, does not include any solution acceptable to the EU as well as Boris and the ultras.

Boris is a wrecker, a man given to grand gestures and spending other people's money as wastefully as possible (his tenure as Mayor wasted billions on his profile-boosting vanity projects). He talks now of glibly building a bridge across the Irish Sea as some sop to Ulster. As if that could solve anything.

Sadly, his destruction of the Tory party as an electoral force is proceeding too slowly to impede brexit.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 06:38:03 PM EST
Sadly for the UK, there is no middle ground on Brexit. You either go for a clean break - either through no deal or a minimal deal plus Canada ++ - as Boris and the ultras prefer, or you go for Remain. Everything else is sub-optimal, if not outright impossible.

The clean break has the political "benefit" of restoring national sovereignty - although in practice under US multi-national hegemony. Canada++ - has many the costs of EU membership and none of the benefits. What is truly delusional is the notion that the EU will break/amend its own treaties in order to facilitate a unique deal for the UK. No one in the EU is advocating that...

Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 07:02:52 PM EST
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These are relatively intelligent, fairly well-informed people.

Are they truly delusional? Or is this a snow-job?

Selling a facade of a deal to a low information tabloid reading british public while, behind the scenes, laying the groundwork for their Shock-Doctrine predator-bankster low wage, low regulation offshore tax haven. They're asking for the impossible to avoid making any sort of deal cos no deal suits them just fine. They have no regard for the well-being of the country, they're conservatives : To the winner, the spoils

too many of those most closely involved will make too much money from this. They've been boasting about how they're gonna clean up.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 09:03:04 PM EST
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Religion is full of relatively intelligent, fairly well-informed people. Who are utterly deluded or pretend to be for the sake of power and position.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 11:55:41 AM EST
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Some time ago I linked to a J. W. Mason article that made the very reasonable claim that no economic variable is meaningful without specifying how to measure it. On reflection, that is often also true in hard sciences.
And it certainly is true for intelligence.
by generic on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 01:47:13 PM EST
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