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Nothing will come of nothing. Perhaps the greatest work of the English imagination, William Shakespeare's King Lear is about the break-up of Britain. It begins with a feckless act of misrule and some capricious egotism and it ends in catastrophe. And at its heart is nothing at all.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jul 2nd, 2019 at 04:34:36 PM EST
Never, never, ... never never...

The new Tory motto.

Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Tue Jul 2nd, 2019 at 10:35:38 PM EST
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Not new, just an even-more-simplistic version of Maggoty Trencher's "There is no alternative."
by rifek on Thu Jul 4th, 2019 at 01:15:28 PM EST
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When Lear's daughter Cordelia refuses to play along with his narcissistic demands for flattery, he asks what more she has to say. "Nothing, my lord." The word bounces back and forth between them, uttered five times in four lines. Lear warns that "Nothing will come of nothing". He does not yet know what he is saying: that this dark non-thing will grow and grow until it blots out everything - all meaning, all possibility, all of the future.

Brexit is nothing. It was always a negative proposition. Most British leaders, even those who wanted to stay in, never created for their people any positive vision of the European Union. It was spoken of grudgingly and engaged with defensively. The Remain campaign in 2016 essentially presented staying in as the lesser of two evils: the EU is bad but leaving it would be even worse. And David Cameron's egotistical capriciousness allowed the Leave campaign to offer a pure negative: vote for what you don't want (EU membership).

It was not required to put forward any clear sense of what would happen after it won. It pointed to the exit sign but shed no light on what lies outside the door. Insofar as it offered any vision - £350 million a week for the NHS, sunny uplands, global Britain, easiest deal ever, have cake/eat cake, Brexit means Brexit - it was a thing of airy nothing.

And nothing does in the end come of nothing. Three years ago, very few of the Brexiteers, let alone those who voted for them, really imagined that Britain would simply leave the EU with no agreement on a future relationship. Few suggested that affiliation would be anything other than close. Yet here we are now with both contenders for the leadership of the Tory party, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, proposing a no-deal Brexit as a serious possibility that must be kept on the table. The lunatic fringe of 2016 is now at the centre.




Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Jul 3rd, 2019 at 10:05:55 AM EST
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This madness has a Lear-like logic. Brexit is a nothing that pretended to be a thing, a departure that posed as a destination, a break-up masquerading as a relationship. It knows only what it is not. It is rooted in a crisis of identity within the UK and in such crises, when you don't know what "us" means, it is always easier to go for the negative definition: we're not them. And thus there is an absurd rationale in Brexit ending up with a supposed policy that is merely an absence: no deal. The Brexit discourse has now arrived at the point where it has to present that nothing as if it were a something, as if failing to create an alternative to EU membership is in fact the alternative.


Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Jul 3rd, 2019 at 10:07:58 AM EST
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In my humble opinion, Fintan O'Toole has again excelled himself in that article. Sometimes he can be overly repetitive, sometimes he goes over the top a bit. But generally I think he is one of the best writers on the topic of Brexit and much else. I suspect you will shortly be able to access the whole article in the Guardian.

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Jul 3rd, 2019 at 10:13:15 AM EST
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As with Der Drumpfenfuehrer's nothings of 2016, which are now manifesting themselves as a full-on fascist state.  For the deluded tools who voted for him, nothing will remain nothing, or worse.  But the lapdog media are incapable of reporting this reality, and Little Donny's minions are incapable of accepting it.  The Anglophone world is goose-stepping off a cliff.
by rifek on Thu Jul 4th, 2019 at 01:21:24 PM EST
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That seems to be the standard Western response for the fall of an Empire in the modern age.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Jul 4th, 2019 at 05:30:14 PM EST
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Remember the ladies, said Abigail once upon a time.
NEEDS MOAR CANNON

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jul 4th, 2019 at 06:48:47 PM EST
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How the EU is gearing up to become a major arms vendor
PESCO dividends on the table!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 5th, 2019 at 01:44:12 AM EST
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