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Johnson `adopting Trumpian madman' approach to Brexit negotiations
UK prime minister Boris Johnson may be adopting the "madman theory" of negotiations in his approach to Brexit, according to former Irish ambassador to the EU, Rory Montgomery.

The "madman theory", popularised by former US president Richard Nixon, involves scaring an opponent into concessions by cultivating an image of recklessness.



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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Sep 9th, 2020 at 10:59:12 PM EST
We thought it would come to this.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Sep 9th, 2020 at 11:06:34 PM EST
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Yes, but we thought the British government would try to pin all the blame for a collapse in talks on the EU. Now they are making it plain to all who listen that the fault lies entirely with themselves...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Sep 10th, 2020 at 09:52:12 AM EST
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It's the "all who listen" bit I find impossible to accept.  

A governing plurality can be sold any old nonsense as long as communication channels are restricted, the narrative is consistent and the message doesn't vary.

The EU will be seen as the aggressive party and the UK will be seen as the victim because that's what the 1% want the masses to believe and they own the media.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Sep 10th, 2020 at 04:06:27 PM EST
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"The fault, dear Boris...."
by rifek on Wed Sep 23rd, 2020 at 03:21:00 PM EST
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It may work when you're a powerful country with the highest GDP and the mightiest military in the world.

The UK? Not so much (and no, overinflated egos do not matter when push comes to shove).

by Bernard on Thu Sep 10th, 2020 at 04:10:55 PM EST
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It isn't just GDP, it's the Yankee Dollar itself.  I think half the sovereign and corporate debt on the planet has choice-of-venue clauses that run through federal court in Manhattan.
by rifek on Wed Sep 23rd, 2020 at 03:24:43 PM EST
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