Sovereignty delivered early on the longest night of the year

Sovereignty, such a many-splendoured thing. The right to do what you bloody well like regardless of Johnny Foreigner. Taken all the way you get to Juche in North Korea, but it is what a small margin of our fellow Brits wanted in that Brexit vote.

Its core idea is that North Korea Britain is a country that must remain separate and distinct from the world, dependent solely on its own strength and the guidance of a near-godlike leader.

The opportunity to make our own laws, and to eat our own fish, even if in fact we don’t really like most of it so we flog it to people who do. I am old enough to know what Britain was like before we kowtowed to the EUSSR, back in ’73. As a child there was a fix1 for fish we didn’t like, we called it Rock Eel/Salmon in fish and chip shops, and it’s what poor people had. Used to be catfish back in the day, nowadays it’s random shark, even stuff on the IUCD red list of endangered species, because, well, capitalism is rapacious like that. Expect rock eel to come back to a chip shop near you, along with warm beer and the sound of willow on a balmy summer’s day. Oh, that’s the wet dreams of the aristocracy who funded Brexit. More from them later on.

The initial juche Brexit ideal of “self-reliance” centred on three elements: ideological autonomy, economic self-sufficiency, and military independence.

There always was a fractious relationship ‘twixt les rosbifs and the French back in the day, and it’s returning to form. Agence France Presse have syndicated that les rosbifs can keep their damn ros bif out of the EU, indeed they can keep their biohazard sarnies in Blighty. I don’t find that such a terrible thing, it’s how things used to be2.

It’s not unheard of – you need to eat your ham sandwiches and indeed anything organically live before you touch down in JFK3 coming from Blighty, because else it’ll cost you no end of hurt. The French need the rosbifs’ money to make the otherwise twisted wasteland of some of their northern districts work, but they also need something to push back against. As do we.

Wonders will never cease, eh? Brexit comes early on the longest night.

Johnny Foreigner to UK: Brexit – you wanted it, you got it. Christmas come early. Enjoy. Love and kisses, J.F.

The new strain of pestilence has brought the opportunity of Brexit forward to the longest night, while the Tory press and the backbenchers have got the knives out. Because.. Sweden. Unherd. The Great Barrington Declaration. I can understand their point of view. If you are rich enough to steer clear of the plebs then you can probably afford to take your chances in the shires. It’s the modern version of let them eat cake.

If you were in London I’m sure Carruthers can chauffeur you in the Daimler out to your estate, and who stays in the Great Wen over Xmas anyway, dahlink? The pheasants aren’t going to shoot themselves over Xmas y’know!

You probably got out before the coppers start throwing up roadblocks, and anyway, they’re not stopping a Daimler. They couldn’t be arsed to do ‘owt about the slob Cominic Dummings so they aren’t going to stop someone in a black limo with a gammon in Harris tweed sitting in the back.

Toffs to masses: our entitlement to Christmas hugs4 is more important than your right to live, and generally waaaaah. Actually they rephrase that as preserving your right to work some crappy job because they set up the system for high rents and shitty jobs, but that’s another thing. Pandemics shine a harsh light on societies. When Jacob Rees-Mogg is fulminating about UNICEF, perhaps he should have checked his privilege before sounding like an arse.

Let ’em eat cake, eh, Moggers? Those kids had it coming to ’em. Who the hell do they think they are – Oliver Twist? There’s only one political offence to be made in this direction Jake, and that is to incontrovertibly prove that there were no kids or that they had enough to eat before UNICEF came along. Else STFU Jacob, for some reason people get uptight about hungry kids.

While on the topic of privileged wingnuts, let’s hear it from Dezza

Dezza. Looks just the sort, eh? Science? I don’t need no steekin’ science tellin’ me what to do

Former minister Sir Desmond Swayne said ‘it does have all the characteristics of the Government being bounced by the science, as it was right at the beginning of the arrangements when we first went into lockdown last March’.

Science, eh? Miserable shit that it is, buggering up your Christmas. That’s the funny thing about science, innit? It keeps on coming, like the Terminator, or the moving finger – “having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it“. There seems to be a macho pissing match going on here. After all, it was perfectly acceptable to ride roughshod over protocol last year when it was a case of getting Brexit done, but suddenly when you get to eat a whole Christmas turkey all on your own it’s soo terrible. Dezza I’m sure you have a big freezer out in some barn on your estate, you don’t have to eat it all at once.

There may well be a debate to be had as to who is bearing the cost, and if we decide that it’s fair enough to kill some people off for the greater good, then let’s man up and say what price we are going to put on our marks’ heads, and look the blighters in the eye when we tell ’em your end of the boat is going down for our end to go up.

We should beware of going too far down that direction, because it doesn’t usually end well. Nature has been doing it all the time but it goes to some very very dark places when the decision of identifying some group of people as a general load on society put in the hands of human decision-makers.

But you won’t get that sort of debate in today’s febrile political environment. Nevertheless, Desmond, me old mucker, when you end up railing against Science for having cancelled your Christmas then you really ought to go the whole hog and throw out electricity in your stately pile, reject cleaning products, the germ theory of disease, and die early as they used to before science did something about pestilence and people listened up. But at least you get to eat all your turkey, what-ho.

Good old Marx,  history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. Quite so, old boy. Happy Winter Solstice to y’all. It’s all up from here as the light returns. It couldn’t get any worse. Could it?


  1. No idea what people did with herring back in the day. We don’t really like it, so we sell it to the Scandinavians, and if you’ve even been to Scandinavia you will observe that what they do with herring is very strong food indeed. Bear in mind that 50 years ago a Vesta curry was considered the height of exotic cuisine in the UK. 
  2. As a child I wanted to bring a seed from a German forest to grow in the garden, and my parents told me i need to keep it on the QT entering the country. As it was it didn’t take in the clay London soils. 
  3. Not sure what the USDA APHIS do about Canucks taking some home cooking over the border to the US, or whether this is regarded as a North America thing 
  4. British elites often come from independent/boarding schools which turn out bad people and great novels. It’s possible that because of this childhood trauma some of these guys are so sociopathic they can’t understand other people other than incidental landscape. The great independent/boarding schools of Britain were designed to craft Imperial leaders operating in a time of poor communications. Efficacy is valued over scruples. q.v. Jacob Rees-Mogg, Westminster School, Eton College 

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    1. «some of these guys are so sociopathic they can’t understand other people other than incidental landscape.»

      That’s the wrong definition of sociopathic: those see *everybody else* as incidental landscape. Instead many of “these guys” really love and related to their families, mates, to those they consider “our own”, it is just that their notion of “our own” does not include the servant classes (just as it does not include the squirrels, the birds, the frogs in the environment). In their turn many of the UK servant classes have also a restricted notion of “our own”: they don’t consider the south sudanese or the moldovans or the papuans as “our own”.

      Consider the argument that the the NHS, health care free at the point of use, is a human right, and UK taxes on the right should be high enough to fund it so. My impression is that many people making that argument also believe that human right ends at the UK border, and that the south sudanese, the moldovans, or the papuans have no human right to health care free to the point of use funded by UK taxes. The implication is either that they don’t regards the inhabitants of those countries as human beings, or that they are crass hypocrites when arguing that free halthcare is a human right (but only to themselves).

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      1. That’s a fair point. And a fair cop – I am tribal too, and care more about what’s near to me that further away, both in terms of physically and in terms of the connection tree.

        I’m not sure that free healthcare is generally claimed as a human right in the UK. I do hope people are aware it comes from taxations 😉 I have some admiration for the European models which as at least partially insurance based where the State takes up the insurance from general taxation for those too poor (as it appears to me to be the case in Germany). But what I have an abject terror of is the American version, where the best is probably better than anything available on earth, but it is for the very few.

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      2. Your argument holds for garden variety toffs but not toffs who are also statesmen. An elected leader of the people is expected to be able to extend the definition of his tribe to include his electorate.
        The real tragedy here is that said electorate appears to be either (A) too dumb to realise that in the eyes of their leaders they are nothing but incidental landscape of (B) dumb like the dumb bitches in nightclubs that used to sing along to Prodigy’s Smack My Bitch Up (now I’m showing my age!) thinking that the song somehow wasn’t about them.

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      3. I hesitate to reply to such a terminally stupid comment but let’s give it a go. You argue that 1. free healthcare is a human right and 2. British taxpayers fail to provide free health care to Moldovans and South Sudan due to innate racism and sociopathy.

        What are you prepared to say to those many nations that fail to offer free health care to Brits? Is that due to their racism and sociopathy too? Or do you ascribe those motives solely to British folk?

        And if you ascribe those motivations solely to British folk- what then does that make you?

        Or have I misunderstood? Perhaps you are implying the British are incorrigible racists for failing to pay for the free healthcare for all within those overseas locations.

        Ignoring the fact that British taxpayers have sent meaningful aid to South Sudan and other nations beset with poverty.

        Ignoring the fact that our resources are not limitless and our jurisdiction has boundaries.

        Happy new year- perhaps your new years resolution might start by trying not to tar a whole nation as bigots, and to learn some economics.

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  1. Herring! I grew up in Yorkshire, and we certainly ate them there. My mother used to make a tray of herring ‘rollmops’ every now and then – bloody gorgeous with some fresh bread and butter…

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      1. I always thought it was a central/eastern European Jewish food. I have always loved rollmops and remember shocking the parents of Jewish school friends by no only professing to like them but actually demonstrating that for real by eating them.

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      2. > demonstrating that for real by eating them.

        Strong food indeed, though not as strong as that Swedish stuff. I am partial to it too, but you do have to avoid other humans afterwards, it has a shorter latency than garlic, but a similar pungency!

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      3. «associated rollmops with Germany»

        The past is truly a foreign country… Once upon a time when the rivers and the seas were not over-polluted and over-fished, sea and river food was so abundant that things like salmon (from the Thames too), oysters, lobsters (and heels and herrings) were bulk food for the poor; just like once upon a time a tan was a sign not of being so affluent to be able to spend a month or two a year in holidays in sunny places, but of being so poor that one had to work outside when it was hot, and being pale was a sign of affluence.

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  2. I remember that Rock Salmon in the chip shops back in the day. Never ate it, I was a fussy eater and parents could only get me to eat white fish like Cod. I might try it now just to see what I missed as less fussy!

    I was watching a history program the other day talking about surgery in the 19th century before they had the antiseptic measures introduced by Lister, no hand washing, gowns, masks or cleaning of instruments etc. We tend to take these basic scientific advances for granted. Maybe if Sir Dezza needs some major surgery in future he could try it old style and see how he gets on, the science being kind of inconvenient and all.

    Yes, I think the next months are going to be tough going. As the drop ship pilot in the film Aliens said “We’re in for some chop”, and didn’t that end well. Strap in and enjoy the lightening days!

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  3. Ah, the seventies!

    A nice Vesta Beef curry, followed by caramel Angel Delight, washed down with a pint of Watney’s Red Barrel… Yes, it really was a thing, whippersnappers, not just a line in a Monty Python sketch.

    Comestibles for travellers putting themselves at the mercy of British Rail’s unreliable timetabling? Week-old ham sandwiches, curling at the margins, and sump oil coffee served in a chunky bile-green china cup and saucer.

    I kind of miss it.

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  4. “it goes to some very very dark places when the decision of identifying some group of people as a general load on society put in the hands of human decision-makers.”

    Yes, it does indeed. I was thinking today of one of the most disturbing books I have ever read, ‘Into That Darkness’, the result of a series of long interviews conducted by Gita Sereny with Franz Stangl, the commandant of Treblinka under whose command somewhere between 800,000 and 1.3 million people (the figures are still disputed) were murdered over a period of 14 months in 1942 and 1943.

    These unbelievable events are already fading from the collective memory. ‘Those who forget their history, etc…’

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  5. Good Afternoon,  Alistair Campbell’s piece for Tortoise on Rees-Mogg Snr’s 1997 book predicting the Information Age and the sovereignty of (select) individuals… Alastair Campbell: The 23-year-old book that explains Brexit – Tortoise  | | | | | |

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    Warm Regards, Ian

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      1. .It is plain you have been captured by Leftist ideology, and can no longer be relied upon to think clearly for yourself.

        If you actually read that article, you will find that the libertarians were restricted from managing the bear population due to a Government edict that prohibited bear hunting. Left to themselves they demonstrated they could coexist or destroy bears on their land according to their individual proclivity. But they had been denied that agency legally by dictat.

        This neatly proves the libertarians arguments right- Government is too big, overweening and unresponsive and it truly prevents people from solving real world problems.

        Awaiting your next Leftist foolishness with interest.

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      2. > lefty … antiblissex

        2021 seems to be a timewarp where we’ve seemed to regress back to the name-calling of my school playground this year. We’ll be in short trousers soon at this rate.

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  6. For God’s sake, we had a referendum and your side lost. Why on earth can’t you accept that? The endless moaning is just tedious. You lost, and in the campaign nobody on your side had the balls to discuss the actual existing EU, a sure sign that you deserved to lose.

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    1. I’m perfectly entitled to moan and bitch because I think the idea sucks bricks and was bought. For thirty years the rich Brexit brigade has been bitching starting with James Goldsmith I think that the people who voted for Brexit should get what they wanted. Good and hard. Note that I haven’t said it should be annulled or reversed, I am not even for any more delay. BoJo was hired to Get Brexit Done and may it happen for God’s sake on the 1st Jan.

      Maybe there’s success to be had from it. But I don’t want to hear any moaning from these SOBs if it doesn’t turn out how they wanted it and the drivel written on buses turns out to be empty promises. Tough luck.

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    2. «or God’s sake, we had a referendum and your side lost. Why on earth can’t you accept that?»

      Nigel Farage himself a month before the referendum wrote:

      https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36306681
      “In a 52-48 referendum this would be unfinished business by a long way.”

      «in the campaign nobody on your side had the balls to discuss the actual existing EU»

      The Conservative and New Labour “Remain” campaigners did not and just run a “Project Fear” line, but people like Jeremy Corbyn campaigned vigorously for “Remain” after discussing both advantages and disadvantages, and arguing that EU membership was 75% positive, acknowledging that there was a 25% of downside, a fair estimate I think.

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    3. The moaning is probably linked to losing the automatic freedom to work, live, retire in the 27 countries that make up the EU. It’s a pretty special privilege and one that is unlikely to be replicated in any deal. Having been thru’ the ball-ache of applying for visas to work in Japan (successfully) and the USA (gave up trying) it really isn’t a great thought to be recreating those hurdles to work in our nearest neighbours’ economies.

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  7. ‘Sovereignty, such a many-splendoured thing. The right to do what you bloody well like regardless of Johnny Foreigner.’

    Poised on the eve of brexit and still reeling from neverendin’ lockdowns, how good is it looking to recapture all that potential future wealth strangely spurned all these last decades?

    Well, the poor are already fk’ed from the economic vandalism thus far, with the chancellor committing to subsidising restuarant meals for the middle class while ignoring precariat children having adequate nutrition, cos y’know, that’s what the tories deliver reliably. (I know, I too was shocked, shocked I tell you, who could have seen that one coming?)

    And the middle classes?* The debt load carried by those clinging on to aspirations of middle class security is staggering. Burdening powerless students with uncertain futures with billions in high-interest debt would have been viewed as criminal two generations ago, but now it’s celebrated by those reaping the interest from precariat debt-serfs.

    Broadly speaking, the key assets of the middle class are capital and agency, with capital being defined as financial, intellectual and social capital that generates income, earned and unearned, and agency defined as control over one’s life and options and having a say in public decision-making. Understood in this way, the 50% between the bottom 40% and the top 10% own precious little income-producing capital and possess very little agency. The political class serves the top 0.1% and only gives lip-service to the PR-worthy convention of a middle class in the form of platitudes. In terms of control over one’s options, those claiming middle class status cling to jobs because they need money to pay ever increasing unavoidable bills, (reflecting accelerating real accelerating inflation) not because the job is rewarding.

    As for possessing skills, much of the workforce has few producer skills, as the consumer economy devotes inordinate attention not to producing but to marketing, speculation and complying with counterproductive regulations and bureaucratic file-shuffling. Once the con of printing billions out of thin air dissolves and the nation has to balance its books in the real world, these file-shuffling and speculative skills will no longer generate meaningful income.

    The last vestiges of financial security for the middle 50% are pensions and ownership of a home, which is less a real asset and more a call-option on the current housing bubble amongst others. This phantom “wealth” is one encounter with reality away from disappearing into the mists of speculative extremes imploding. As for pensions, these promises on future energy and income gains are only geared for an economy of ever-expanding energy, productivity and production of surplus goods and services. As ‘developed countries’ have substituted speculation for these real-world gains, pensions are also one encounter with reality away from disappearing. (*middle class discourse adapted for sovereignty from: https://www.oftwominds.com/blog.html )

    So, all-in-all, in yearning for the glorious past, maybe the Light Brigade can do it this time, show them foreigners

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  8. Just a quick Happy Christmas and thank you for pointing to Pi-hole, which I had never heard of. Took me half an hour to set up and a further fifteen to identify where my streaming service was goes.

    Cheers

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it. One thing you may want to note is that PH seems to do a lot of diskactivity, which makes the Pi more sensitive to corrupting the SD card if you have a power failure. So if you’ve done a lot of config on the Pi make a backup of the working SD card, so you can reflash it if it needs it. I’ve moved PiHole off my main Pi doing a load of temperature monitoring – that Pi had run for years without needing a reflash and it’s needed to be reflashed twice in three months since running PH. They’re cheap enough to allocate a dedicated board.

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  9. Thanks for the posts during the year. But I think Swayne has made some good points on the issue of government by unelected experts. (I don’t care how big his house is or where he went to school.) Politicians and journalists are just not numerate enough to be able to ask the right questions. Devolved assemblies even worse – support for the SNP is a pre-requisite to be a Scottish government advisor it seems. https://twitter.com/DesmondSwayne/status/1344392598027440135

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    1. He’s may have made some good points, but this is the fundamental problem of epistemology, and decision-making in the face of uncertainty. There is hidden assumption in his speech, which is that the One Truth is knowable. Imagine collecting a cadre of varying experts and trying to sort out the mess. Rummy was right, t’aint the known unknowns that get ya, it’s the unknown unknowns. I’m not sure the wisdom of crowds approach of including the Great Barrington wide boys and Sage will generate any useful or actionable policy.

      Quite apart from the general problem of Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? there is an increasing problem nowadays that thought is increasingly bought/sponsored. We did once allocate resources to trying to understand issues in the public realm, such as animal husbandry and health, but ever since Thatcher we have decided that this is all better outsourced to the private sector. Which is all very well in theory but it always results in the principal/agent problem. The answer from any management consultants is that you need to do what they say, and if it isn’t good enough you need more of them. And gets us a track and trace system headed up by horsey chum Dido who has a track record of incompetence at handling personal data

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  10. My commiserations for some of the grumpy responses you’ve had. Having voted for Brexit personally and still thinking it was the right call (with roughly the same intensity as back in 2016 i.e. not that much), I nevertheless entirely respect your right to post frequently about how silly an idea it is – your blog, your rules. Cheers for a cracking blog, and all the best for 2021.

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    1. He is absolutely free to disagree with the referendum decision. He is free to claim it was bought by Russians or the or Sir Jimmy Goldsmith any number of other conspiracy theories. We are equally free to disbelieve him and demand evidence.

      So ermine- put up your evidence the vote was bought. Or are you just another Internet crank who lost his marbles listening to the biased mainstream media scare stories? I note the Guardian journalist lost her defamation defence vs Aaron Banks for the lies she printed about Leave funding. I bet you swallowed all that KoolAid good and proper, for you to say the referendum was “bought”. It was exactly what you wanted to hear. You are one who complains that voters were told by Leavers exactly what they wanted to hear- perhaps you should look closer to home with the Grauniad telling fibs to a credulous Remain crowd.

      So do you actually have evidence of election funding malfeasance ? Put up or shut up time.

      If not readers should ask themselves if ermines judgement is unreliable on certain push-button issues due to ideological capture. He seems unable to accept the vote was won honestly and demeans it as “bought”. In short – just as much a sore loser as his hated Trump.

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      1. Bloody hell, we all do seem to have gotten out of bed on the wrong side in 2021 and stuck our foot in the chamber pot. FFS, YOU LOT WON AND GOT WHAT YOU WANTED. Exactly what part of that is making y’all so miserable this year?

        Although it’s not worth arguing with trolls I will in this case, although not for too many rounds:

        The result was 48:52 of those who voted. Roughly half of the electorate was going to be pissed off with the result. Loss aversion will also imply that people feel what they have lost more than the gain, beats me what is making your lot so miserable. You’ve got what you wanted, make something of it, FFS! Or at least cheer up.

        I don’t like rich people with deep pockets running single issue politics. WTAF was Tice doing in the European Parliament if it was so bad? Ditto Farage. And Banks is another rich bastard in it for a larf. Bad boys of brexit, indeed
        The Electoral Commission observed there was fraud. I am sure Remain wasn’t pure as the driven snow either, but since their spending wasn’t effective it doesn’t matter now, though I am sure your crew would be after a full drains-up had it gone the other way.

        I thought Goldsmith made his point cogently and featured the bloke in a previous post on Brexit, where I tried to understand some of your lot’s point of view, which seems to be something you don’t extend to the 48%. And since you don’t strike me as the sort to actually seek out anything that doesn’t agree with your preconceived ideas although you’re more than happy to charge me with it here’s a quote from that previous post

        It’s not necessarily irrational, if your end of the boat is sinking, to vote for things that may damage the economy in general if it stops your end going down. Or even if it fails to do that but delivers a punch on the snout to people doing better than you 😉

        I never really liked the common Remain narrative that just over half my fellow countrymen were racist twits. Britain is a relatively tolerant country IMO. 5% of ’em may be racist twits, 50%, no.

        I detest what Brexit has done to my personal interests – it devalued the value of my pension by ~20%, I will have to apply for Schengen visas just to get off this septic isle just as I enter the phase of life where I will be doing more international travel. Some of the things Brexit voters care about I just don’t – I am not after unskilled work and I think that the winds of automation will have a far greater effect on employment than EU immigration.

        On the other hand I get the sovereignty issue a little bit more, although to my mind if we are going to throw off the yoke of European diktats then we should just as keen to throwing off the yoke of the domestic oligarchy and vested interests. I understand a little more why EU membership sat less well with British cultural assumptions, the what is not allowed is forbidden versus what is not forbidden is allowed. Hannan made a fair case that we are the exception with this in the EU.

        I believe the British economy in general will be damaged, and since I have no human capital left I will take more of a hit from that than many, although I have moved as much of that capital as I can into worldwide assets. On the other hand, there are two significant hazards ahead that Brexit may defend us from.

        The first is large scale migration into the EU which Europe is currently lost as how to handle. It is causing internal tensions, and I can’t see how Schengen or freedom of movement will cope with that in the medium term, it’s got to go sooner or later IMO. Schengen was a child of the cosy club of northern European states pre 1995. I was in Malta a couple of weeks ago, and heard how Armed Forces Malta are in charge of defending the EU’s southernmost border. Those migrant boats unfortunate enough to end up there get given fuel and a tow out to Italian waters8, since Malta can’t handle the theory of the EU’s first state of refuge claim. Schengen looks a bit sick under that sort of pressure, even if it isn’t the primary problem.

        The second is the problem of the Euro, there is clearly not enough common cause across Europe to sustain a common currency without more political integration. Greece and Germany simply feel too differently about how to live a good life. Things that can’t go on don’t, although they can go on a lot longer than they should. If the Euro blows then in the UK we will get on our knees and thank Brexiters, even if they got the right answer for the wrong reasons. An awful lot of capital and wealth will be destroyed in that whirlwind.

        We don’t spend enough time listening to each other. I’m sure I’ve misrepresented a lot of the Brexit case here due to a limited understanding, but it’s clearer to me where it came from, and that in many cases it may have been a rational response to a lived experience.

        Your lot won. For God’s sake neck the champagne, then roll up your sleeves, spit on your hands and get to work delivering some of those promises you made to the people who supported the idea in the hope that it would make their lives better.

        > ermines judgement is unreliable on certain push-button issues due to ideological capture.

        Well, of course it bloody well is. It’s opinion for heaven’s sake. Unlike you I do sometimes at least try and comprehend views I don’t agree with. There are billions of websites on t’internet. I suggest you go and use the all too short time you are given on this earth more productively if what I say pisses you off so much.

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  11. Ermine – always love your blog posts and your refreshingly, honest comments. Happy 2021, or as happy as it can be with the sh*t show that is Brexit and Covid.
    Interesting times ahead, though maybe not advantageous ones to most of us.

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  12. Oh dear, the doom project really hasn’t happened has it? We endured 4 years of you carping on about how we are doooomed and yet… everything is fine. Must be disappointing.

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    1. Flippin’ heck, I know about the old saw about the blind men and the elephant, but, FFS, if this looks like success to you mate, God help us all if we ever run into your definition of failure!

      Everything is fine?

      How’s about the fish? Actually belay that. Brexit’s great for British fish, ‘cos Jake is spot on, the suckers are still swimming, rather than in the bellies of some Continentals.

      I have no idea how I will be able to drive my camper van to France to see stones, but sure, First World probs on IDPs

      Brexiters appear to have failed to understand the difference between Customs and tariffs, hahahaha

      How do you go bankrupt?

      Two ways – gradually, then suddenly

      The fat lady ain’t sung here, but everything is fine is not how I’d say the current state of the Kingdom is. Even the ravens are falling out of the sky in the Tower of London despite Churchill’s best efforts back in the day when Albion had competent leadership

      Keep on drinking the Kool-Aid, sunshine.

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  13. Ah, but brexit beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so for the bigotry, 1- 1.5 million foreigners leaving england because they think the standard of living is tanking correlated to jobs evaporating – pardon my french – en masse, makes it all so so worth it. When the scale of the submerged iceberg becomes clear, the clusterfk they proudly birthed will be blamed on a roll-call of scapegoats, anyone but them basically. Finally in a bitter irony they wont get, those most likely to cark it now, the poor ones prematurely, will be the ‘red-wall’ millions who lose their work and develop sh1t-life syndromes from trying to survive on austerity benefits and then the retired millions in leafy Tory shires whose time was up anyway but really, really wanted to die sovereign.

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