Via Liberal England
The far left says its despises “Blairite” compromise. Yet on the great issue of the day, it has so triangulated with the Tories even Tony Blair is now outflanking “Jeremy” on the left.
International trade is dirty, that’s why we need rules. By advocating unilateral free trade, ‘liberal’ Leavers are bringing chocolate spoons to a knife fight. U.K. industry will be decimated.
— Chris Kendall on why it takes a large economic power to retaliate against such protectionist measures such as those imposed by the U.S. against Bombardier.
This strip seems appropriate, somehow.
But the kinds of compromise being advocated won’t work: it simply puts off the day of reckoning. Kicking the can down the road is not a strategy. At some point soon the choice of a very damaging Brexit and rethinking the whole project will have to be faced.
Otfried Best, who is hoping to become mayor of Völklingen, near the French border, was asked by a member of Die Partei, a satirical party, during a debate earlier this week what he thought of Arabic numerals used in the town, Stern magazine reported.
The audience cheered and laughed, but Stern reported that Best gave a serious answer: “You just wait until I am mayor. I will change that. Then there will be normal numbers.”The audience cheered and laughed, but Stern reported that Best gave a serious answer: “You just wait until I am mayor. I will change that. Then there will be normal numbers.”
Brexit is going to be a disaster for the U.K. economy, and [Theresa May] needs to be over there [in Brussels] negotiating, not swanning around Japan drinking tea and sake.
— Ryanair chief, Michael O’Leary
If you’re in a city that is losing people, and it’s still hard to find an affordable flat, then maybe the structure of the housing market needs to be shaken up. If you’re not competing with as many other jobseekers as 20 years ago, and yet there are still no jobs, then maybe the problem is industrial decline. If you feel your culture is under threat, and the communities are segregated, then maybe you’ve lost the open-minded, mobile young people who might have bridged that gap in the past. And if every young person is moving to London, then maybe the problem is the UK’s centralisation of jobs and resources in a single, greenbelt-locked city.
A guy basically went mad, right there on the stage in front of you, and you cheered and booed right on cue because you’re sheep and because he directed his insanity at all the scapegoats that your favorite radio and TV personalities have been creating for you over the past three decades.
— Charles P. Pierce addresses the people who waited for hours in 105-degree (Fahrenheit) heat to listen to Trump vent his spleen.
As if to emphasise the sitcom takeover of Britain, as soon as she came back from holiday our prime minister chose to become embroiled in the War of Big Ben’s Dong (oo-er missus).
— Flip Chart Rick on Britain’s shabby authoritarianism. Once ridiculed, now dominant.