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Britain is incapable of managing Brexit and calamity will follow

The UK has become so ludicrous because the issue of the EU is so deeply felt by a significant part of the body politic. The Brexiters are the Jacobins of UK politics. Their ideological intensity has devastated the Conservative party and reduced British politics to its present shambles. There is, as a result, neither a comfortable exit from Brexit nor a plausible way of managing it smoothly.

Whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad. So it now is over Brexit.

From the FT, unfortunately, it is behind a paywall, but the gist of it is that the UK Government hasn’t got a fucking clue about how to negotiate a sensible Brexit agreement and it will all go wrong unless something changes.

The ultimate 3500-word guide in plain English to understand Blockchain

… there comes a time to write something to which everyone can point the other lost souls to — that’s the purpose of this post — written in plain english that any regular internet user understands.

Source: The ultimate 3500-word guide in plain English to understand Blockchain | Mohit Mamoria | Pulse | LinkedIn

Very understandable explanation.

Philip Hammond, the designated adult among the children

Mr Hammond is a grown-up in a political playpen that is stuffed with children. The chief claimant to the throne, Boris Johnson, is the most childish of all. Bumptious and bungling, he wants to grab the shiniest prize for himself for no other reason than that it is shiny. Other claimants also have problems with maturity. David Davis, the Brexit secretary, is a vainglorious contrarian who has spent much of his career on the backbenches and who habitually underestimates the damage a bad Brexit might cause. Amber Rudd is a neophyte. Ruth Davidson, the woman who single-handedly revived Scottish Toryism, doesn’t have a Westminster seat. On the other side, Mr Corbyn is an extreme case of arrested development. He is a man-child leading an army of disgruntled youths, a professional protester who has reached his late 60s without ever having to make adult decisions about allocating limited resources, let alone creating them in the first place.

Source: Philip Hammond, the designated adult among the children

Bazinga!

Why tax-avoiding media tycoons want Britain outside the EU?

Colour me unsurprised…

Veritas et Libertas

To protect their wealth from tax authorities, Britain’s tax avoiding media tycoons wanted you to leave the EU.

Ahead of the EU referendum, pro-Brexit media blamed the EU for increasing the increasing number of migrants, accused Angela Merkel of bullying Britain, condemned High Court judges as “Enemies of the people”, influencing British people to vote to leave the EU.

Just like politicians that work together around a common policy, there is a common conviction that distinguishes a particular news agency. Regarding the pro-Brexit mass communication campaigners, most of them are owned by wealthy tax-avoiding billionaires. Rupert Murdoch owns The Sun, Barclay Brothers own The Telegraph, Richard Desmond owns Daily Express, and Lord Rothermere owns Daily Mail.

Richard Desmond’s Tax Profile

“New Express owner Richard Desmond’s huge publishing and TV sex empire has paid just £200,000 in corporation tax since it was established eight years ago, The Observer can reveal…His…

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Business calls for softer Brexit in aftermath of election

An in-depth survey of small businesses undertaken by researchers for Harvard University revealed “almost all” business leaders wanted to retain membership of the single market and customs union to ease trade with the EU and countries with trade agreements with the EU. These account for 61 per cent of UK goods and services exports.

They were also largely content with EU regulations and standards and preferred these to dealing with duplicate sets of regulations if the UK’s rules begin to diverge from the rest of Europe.

“Contrary to much of the media and political commentary, the majority of businesses . . . were broadly satisfied with current regulatory approaches in their sectors . . . many spoke to the overall quality of EU regulations and rulemaking processes,” the report said.

Financial Times, 12 June 2017

You may find this behind a paywall.

Britain: The End of a Fantasy

Brexit is an elite project dressed up in rough attire. When its Oxbridge-educated champions coined the appealing slogan “Take back control,” they cleverly neglected to add that they really meant control by and for the elite.

Source: Britain: The End of a Fantasy | by Fintan O’Toole | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

 

Corbyn catches the spirit of Brexit, then terror strikes

A complete upset and a Corbyn victory of any kind, such as a hung parliament will be a tremendous blow against her ‘hard and dirty Brexit’ – and could open the way for a more creative relationship with the European Union. As Theresa May’s election strengthens opposition to her within the Tory Party and across the country, and breathes a new form of life into the Labour Party, her control over the meaning of Brexit has been badly damaged. What Brexit means is no longer just up to her. A process I thought would start only five to ten years hence might begin within a week.

Source: Corbyn catches the spirit of Brexit, then terror strikes | openDemocracy

How Newspaper Lies Led to Brexit

It shouldn’t be hard to guess that the Daily Mail features in this talk by journalist, John Danzig. Watching this left me feeling nauseated by the duplicity.

Outsourcing Your Online Presence

It’s 2017. There are a million ways to get a web site set up inexpensively that you can easily update yourself. Setting up a Facebook page and letting your web site rot, or worse, not even having a web site of your own, is outsourcing your entire  online presence. That’s truly insane. It’s a massive risk to your business, and frankly, stupid.

Source: Joe’s Blog » Outsourcing Your Online Presence


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