Brexit, An Ongoing Soap Opera
Brexit = British Exit (from the European Union, EU).
The EU is just one of dozens of important, entangled European institutions. For some (complicated psychological) reasons the UK Prime Minister decided to submit British EU membership to referendum. Thus he impaled himself on his own stupidity, because he knows how bad Brexit would be, and that enrages him.
Europe is beset with serious problems, and most have to do with the non existence of a United States of Europe. Whereas the USA’s mighty union insures the stability of its environment enough to keep serious war far from its shores, this is not the case of Europe.
And here comes an angry Prime Minister Cameron, asking for less Europe. Does that means he wants more USA?
In the last decade or so, Great Britain made it very easy to move to, and work in, Britain, and bring (often very dirty) wealth to the country, no questions asked. This made the UK much bigger, demographically and economically. It also made the British very angry, as the gain in (global) wealth was paid by a loss in (English) soul.
[Detailed demographic studies support this: the entire growth of the population is from immigration and first generation immigrants, bringing a feeling of dilution of the English soul. The original English population of 40 million has not grown; the entire UK is up to 63 million, thanks to recent immigration; whereas the more than 70 million holders of French passports are older French stock, mostly]
Cameron himself incarnates this anger, making entire discourses about immigration looking positively enraged.
Hundreds of thousands of French people live in London alone (as London’s freewheeling ways suck out the wealth from the more regulated rest of Europe). Some say London is France’s fourth largest city.
Great Britain spent much of the Twentieth Century, paying debts to the USA. But it is against a non-existing “United States of Europe” that it wants to contend in vain. Meanwhile the UK is getting major weapon systems from the USA: Trident nuclear missiles, and the corrupt and ineffective F35, the most expensive weapons program, ever (a massive subvention of Britain to the USA).
Europe does not need brainless cockroaches as friends. Britain, whether it realizes it, or not, is within Europe.
The much heralded English democracy started when the Duke of Normandy, at the head of a large French army, freed the slaves of England (more than 20% of the population, the French evaluated in a census). Later the French Barons imposed their own rights to the monarch: after all, they had started as an association. Still later, Simon de Monfort, from Toulouse, trying to be elected king, transported the Roman Republican ways of South France (Narbonensis) to the English Parliament, making it stronger.
So much of what is supposedly deeply English was imported (starting with Britannia herself!). Richard the Lion Hearted, proudly riding in front of Westminster, was born, married and died in France. That Frenchman spent less than three years of his life in England.
So now we hear that Britain wants to do like Switzerland, which has more than 600 treaties with the European Union. Fine. I guess, it makes sense, as Britain is used to take its orders from Washington and especially Wall Street. All what Franco-Germania needs is good soldiers used to follow orders.
Paradoxically, Brexit would reinforce Europe. Instead of taking its orders from Washington, London will have to start taking orders from the Paris-Berlin axis, as Switzerland presently does. It will finally eradicate 260 years of English interference between the two capitals.
And let me tell you what. Franco-Germania does not need friends apparently just keen to behave like angry cockroaches. If Britain did not want immigration, it should have done like France (which has very little). But accusing the EU is grotesque.
To the preceding a Euro hater in The Economist replied that the French and Germans hated each other, so Franco-German governance was not going to happen. In truth, it has long been happening. The same character pointed out that the USA was a nation.
The USA had the worst civil war known. 3% of the population killed in combat.
Yes, that’s a surprising statement. That observation was about wars within European regimes, not some obscure war in China; or European wars which involved foreign states, of which there were many. No, the “30 year war” in Germany does not count: many foreign powers, including France and Sweden were involved. Also it was between different states. Similarly the seven religious wars in France at the end of the 16C don’t count, as Spain was bankrolling and exciting the Catholic League. The United States of America is just that: an Union. Several states had independent existence for generations, at least two were independent republics (Texas, for ten years, California).
The USA is more a World Union than really a nation, held together by a rather curious philosophy. Truly a Republic such as California is semi-independent and Washington has neither the will nor the power to impose its ways, it prefers to follow.
Surely, then, if 320 million Americans follow 40 million strong California, then 50 million something England will follow 180 million strong Franco-Germania (I reincorporated the Benelux inside Franco-Germania, of course; after all the Franks were Dutch, and the Belgiae a famous tribe of Gaul).
Switzerland follows scrupulously the orders it gets from Paris and Berlin. It has to. Power speaks.
To the preceding, again, irate commenters suggested that both Europe and the USA were on the decline.
However, this declinist desire is not valid for the USA. The power of the USA has never been greater. Just to give you an idea, the decision was announced today to build 20,000 Megawatts of solar and wind power in Southern California public lands, in a collaboration between the USA and the California Republic. That’s the equivalent of 20 nuclear power plants. Timescale? Before 2020: five years.
Make no mistake: China is mighty. Because it’s the factory of the USA.
Brexit is a good thing, let’s have it. It’s going to be a pleasure to break the back of English-London fostered world plutocracy (remember the “Non-Doms?). First by yanking out of London so much trading that should happen in the Eurozone, rather than London.
Cameron knows this, hence his rage. But he can’t get out of it because he has neither the intelligence nor the character. So what does he do? He reduces his demands.
He may as well, because he will get no concession. And he will get no concessions because the French and the German know it is best if the people who rule in Westminster cannot interfere anymore in European decision making.