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Brexiteers and Buccaneers

by Oui Tue Jul 7th, 2020 at 06:28:32 PM EST

Use this diary as an Open Thread on all issues and non-issues of BoJo's Buccaneers and the final chapter of Brexit ... Leaving Europe to reach a Global Great Britain.

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Human rights abuse murder and torture Khashoggi ...

    And Saudi Arabian officials involved in the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi are also being targeted.

    Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the move sent a "clear message".

    Speaking in the Commons, the foreign secretary said the UK was taking action against the "thugs of despots and henchmen of dictators" as well as stopping those trying to launder their "blood-drenched ill-gotten gains".

Arms to KSA

The world has changed greatly since 2016. The vision of Global Britain needs to change with it | The New Statesmen - June 2020 |

Boris Johnson and his fellow buccaneers could start by being honest about how expectations for Brexit need to alter after the pandemic.

After seven years of Barack Obama's presidency the transatlantic relationship looked, if not perfect, then solid and uncontroversial. Britain's relationship with China had entered what officials dubbed a "golden era". Global trade and growth were picking up while Europe, still mired in the migration crisis and the aftermath of the eurozone crisis, looked stuck in a rut. It was a world in which much was taken for granted.

Artefacts of that time survive in buccaneering Brexiteer quotes, pre- and post-referendum, about the prizes to be won by sailing out on to these calm waters. As Boris Johnson blustered, post-Brexit Britons could be "even better and more valuable allies of the United States" and could build a "distinctive" (chummier) alliance with China. And as Liam Fox claimed, today's "post-geography trading world" made Britain "much less restricted to having to find partners who are physically close to us".

The 2020s would be the era of pick-and-mix international relations, a tangle of bilateral trading and security relationships rewarding the footloose and the flexible.

You did not have to be pro-Brexit to see the appeal of Global Britain. It offered Britain - the country that had lost its empire but not yet found its role, perched at the crossroads of various alliances - an attractive vocation as the pioneer and standard-bearer of this new age.

Empires of the Mind: The Colonial Past and the Politics of the Present

Commonwealth, Racism, Empire Ö

Trumpís Lead

Exposed! Riots Left the Emperor Naked

by Oui on Tue Jul 7th, 2020 at 08:37:34 PM EST
by Oui on Tue Jul 7th, 2020 at 08:40:15 PM EST

Summer 2020 Economic Forecast: An even deeper recession with wider divergences

Europe faces deep recession and UK will shrink by 10%, says EC | The Guardian |

by Oui on Tue Jul 7th, 2020 at 08:58:06 PM EST
The UK will be lucky to shrink by 10%.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Jul 10th, 2020 at 02:34:43 AM EST
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by Oui on Thu Jul 9th, 2020 at 01:17:56 PM EST
US-based Walgreens purchased Boots 2015; vulture fund KKR "privatize" the whole kit 2020.

-4K "right-sizing" is the tip o' the berg.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 10th, 2020 at 07:58:35 PM EST
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by Oui on Sat Jul 11th, 2020 at 12:50:08 AM EST
Vast Brexit customs clearance centre to be built in Kent | The Guardian |

The letter, from Rachel Maclean, MP and parliamentary undersecretary of state for transport, will say: "We are writing to inform you that the Department of Transport has purchased the site known as `MOJO' (Church Road, Sevington, Ashford). Preliminary works are scheduled to take place on the western parcel from Monday 13 July 2020. This will include: securing the site with fencing, grass and weed vegetation cutting, extensive survey work, the constructing of a temporary site office, and the constructing of a temporary access to the site from the A2070 link road.

by Oui on Sat Jul 11th, 2020 at 05:59:07 PM EST
by Oui on Sun Jul 12th, 2020 at 08:17:34 PM EST
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But think of all the glorious jobs that will go along with it!!!
by asdf on Sun Jul 12th, 2020 at 08:22:10 PM EST
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What I don't get is the argument about whether the COVID-19 spacing rule for the UK should be two meters or one meter.

Obviously it should be about two yards vs one yard. Or is the metric system so totally ingrained in the UK now that they have lost track of the glorious Imperial System of measurement that allowed Ruddy Olde England to Rule the Waves and build the Empire Upon Which the Sun Never Sets???

by asdf on Sun Jul 12th, 2020 at 07:14:49 PM EST
Send 'em Tucker Carlson.
by Bernard on Sun Jul 12th, 2020 at 09:13:50 PM EST
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Haha yep
by asdf on Mon Jul 13th, 2020 at 01:44:32 AM EST
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'Millionaires for Humanity'
Sign On Letter

by Oui on Mon Jul 13th, 2020 at 06:44:03 AM EST
by Oui on Mon Jul 13th, 2020 at 12:53:18 PM EST

UK to open 10-12 Brexit border customs sites in EU trading shake-up | The Guardian |

by Oui on Mon Jul 13th, 2020 at 06:02:35 PM EST
'Better for Her Majesty not to know': palace letters reveal Queen's role in sacking of Australian PM Whitlam | The Guardian |

Governor general John Kerr canvassed Queen and her personal secretary about his powers to dismiss Gough Whitlam but did not forewarn them.

Secret correspondence between Buckingham Palace and the governor general of Australia reveal discussion of a "last resort" option to dismiss then prime minister Gough Whitlam, but the final decision on the sacking was kept from the Queen as it "was better for Her Majesty not to know in advance".

The 211 letters, dubbed the palace letters, were finally released on Tuesday, after a four-year court battle launched by historian Jenny Hocking to remove one of the final veils of secrecy still shrouding one of Australia's greatest political crises.

That crisis reached its peak on 11 November 1975, when Kerr sacked Whitlam.

by Oui on Tue Jul 14th, 2020 at 07:22:04 AM EST
Fraser used intelligence agencies to counter protests against Kerr

Kerr also spoke of support he had received from a "very rightwing organisation which has taken up my cause - the League of Rights". He attached an Asio report finding the organisation had antisemitic leanings. Kerr said the organisation was distributing pamphlets in support of him and saying things that were "true enough".

But Kerr also noted: "Someone in the press, coining a phrase, has said, `with friends like these who needs enemies'. Eric Butler who is leader of the organisation is said to be racist and antisemitic but these things are not stressed in his organisation. I enclose an Asio report on his organisation. It is very pro-monarchy."

The League a social and political movement based on the theory of Social Credit as espoused by the English engineer and economic theorist C H Douglas (1879-1952)

Eventually, Douglas concluded that the main obstacle to the success of Social Credit was a world-wide Jewish conspiracy, in which Freemasons, International Finance, Communists and Nazis colluded to destroy Christian civilisation.

Fascism abounds throughout history ... close ties to the British monarchy.

Australian Conservatism: Essays in Twentieth Century Political History
Antisemitism Report 2009 - Australia WJC

by Oui on Tue Jul 14th, 2020 at 07:23:25 AM EST
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by Oui on Thu Jul 16th, 2020 at 05:13:27 AM EST

BA fast-tracks retirement of iconic Boeing 747 jumbo jet | Irish Times |

by Oui on Fri Jul 17th, 2020 at 12:13:39 PM EST
by Oui on Thu Jul 23rd, 2020 at 10:25:31 PM EST
Could the United Kingdom become an emerging market? | CNN Business |

Bank of America suggested in a recent note to clients that it may be time to treat the British pound as an emerging market currency, citing Brexit and worsening debt dynamics as a result of Covid-19.

"We believe [the pound] is in the process of evolving into a currency that resembles the underlying reality of the British economy: small and shrinking," wrote BofA strategists Kamal Sharma and Myria Kyriacou.

But what the comparisons make clear is that investors are bracing for a world in which the United Kingdom's standing is diminished.

For years, Britain has carried a sizable current account deficit, which means it spends more on goods, services and investments abroad than it brings in at home. That's now coupled with a worsening fiscal deficit as the country borrows huge amounts to finance its pandemic recovery plans. As of May, Britain's debt was bigger than the size of the entire economy for the first time since 1963.

ONS: Public sector finances, UK: May 2020

by Oui on Sat Jul 25th, 2020 at 07:58:03 PM EST

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