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Britain needs a day of reckoning
There is something surreal about these last days before Brexit - just 39 now. There is still no visibility on a deal, and no clarity on a no deal. There is no parliament that seems to have a grasp on managing the slide into the unknown, other than humiliating the prime minister in vote after vote and then proposing little as an alternative. The scene outside parliament is a collection of Brexit doomsday soothsayers and naysayers, each with chants and flags and signs and regalia.

Elsewhere, stranger things are happening: pro-remain campaigners have started stripping off, we are arguing about Winston Churchill and Boer War concentration camps, and children are marching in the streets chanting: "F**k Theresa May." It feels like the last days in the compound of a cult that once flourished but is now finally and fatally besieged.

The end of such a cult, that operates outside the bounds of common sense, is inevitable. Not only that, it should be welcomed. It is time. It is time for the country to come to terms with the fact that it has for too long been in denial about some of its fundamental flaws - and if a messy unplanned Brexit is the way to do that, then so be it.

These past few weeks are proof that Brexit, maybe even a hard Brexit, is now looking more likely. Yet, counterintuitively, it also looks like it is necessary. The country is paralysed and polarised ahead of next month's deadline in a fever of predictions, lies and anticipations that will only break when the reality bites.



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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Feb 18th, 2019 at 05:45:08 PM EST
it's difficult to argue with that essay. We probably do need a big doese of hubris. Whether the media will ever allow the public to see the evidence of this disaster is another thing entirely

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Feb 18th, 2019 at 07:43:58 PM EST
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The end of such a cult, that operates outside the bounds of common sense, is inevitable.

If I recall correctly, it ends when they all line up to drink the poisoned Kool-Aid.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Feb 20th, 2019 at 11:42:52 AM EST
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Well, the 39 day theory seems to be out the window.

Britain has until mid-March to seal a deal with the European Union, diplomatic sources in the bloc said, or it would otherwise be too late for the gathering of 28 national leaders later that month to approve it before Brexit day on March 29. "They have until March 10, maybe March 15 at the latest."

That is 23 days.

by asdf on Wed Feb 20th, 2019 at 04:31:46 PM EST
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27 Jan archive

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 20th, 2019 at 06:12:04 PM EST
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