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Well, Duncan Weldon's comparison is bogus. First of all, Yanis Varoufakis did not want to leave the Eurozone, he wanted to call the bluff of the Eurogroup, which repeatedly threatened to throw Greece out of the Euro. Also, he doesn't mention a major event which led to Varoufakis resignation: the referendum where the Greeks said no to the troika and after which Tsipras nevertheless wimped out. Besides, as far as I know, unlike Cummings, Yanis Varoufakis is not a proponent of authoritarianism...  

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by Melanchthon on Sun Sep 1st, 2019 at 01:09:08 PM EST
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Perhaps the comparison is that Brexiteers claim not to want to leave without a deal, and their tactic is to call what they see as the EU's bluff on the Irish backstop.  Cummings is likely to suffer the same fate as Varuoufakis if it turns out the EU weren't bluffing after all.

If the Brexiteers really were confident in their own position, they would have no difficulty calling a second referendum on Remain vs. whatever Brexit they do want. If the public did end up voting for whatever Brexit they do want, they are protected from any negative consequences - they can claim to be delivering exactly what the country voted for.

The reason for all their anti-democratic tactics now is that they know they wouldn't win that referendum...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Sep 1st, 2019 at 10:16:17 PM EST
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