Déjà vu

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Remains of a nineteenth-century ship wreck found on the beach in Miedzywodzie, northern Poland, 07 October 2016.

The US, the UK and political correctness


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Ode to Oetti

This week I had in mind to write about the attempted character assassination of Vice-President Günther Oettinger. By the way, I never met Oettinger and I disagree with what he said and its spirit, particularly regarding gay marriage, the Walloons, and the Chinese but I will go only as far as that. Racist or not, politically correct or not, it is a matter to be judged by Oettinger’s voters, his party leader Angela Merkel and by his political supervisor at his current job, Jean-Claude Juncker, only. In the end, politicians are judged by the sum of their actions, and indeed their performance. As to the relatively recent invention of “political correctness,” I will come back to that matter another week…

There are two major issues to take into consideration, today. The American elections and the Decision of the High Court of Britain to refer to the Parliament the triggering Article 50 of the Treaty, which will lead the UK leaving the EU.

 

Sound the Trumpets: America votes

 Tuesday, Americans will vote and their vote will send shockwaves through the entire planet. The general perception is that in this election, Americans are invited to pick from two bad options; between the lesser of two evils. Hillary Clinton, is under FBI investigation (again) and this, to some, explains why she is not a good candidate. But Donald Trump why is he a bad candidate? Some point to his business record and his shocking statements. I do not say that he is a good candidate, but this also does not mean that he is a bad candidate either; let us not forget one thing, Trump has no record of governance to be judged by. The issue is to a certain extent perceptional. Perceptions are created by the media and PR agencies, and these perceptions in turn become realities. It remains to be seen if perceptions will prove real or not.

The good thing about this election is that regardless of who the winner and who the loser is, Trump championed the need for real change in the system and this is something that was endorsed by Americans. Although to an entirely different electorate, Trump has similar style battle cries to Bernie Sanders, who lost his battle with Hillary Clinton.

This dire demand for change will become apparent it in the months to come, and it can only be seen as a positive product of this election. The western world is navigating through rough waters and it is up to the people to fix it.

 

Not so united Kingdom

The Decision of the UK High Court did not come as a surprise. Indeed, it is most probably not a coincidence that in the European Commission, by word of mouth, nobody is allowed to utter the word Brexit except for the President himself, who however is using the word Brexit rather rarely.

Great Britain, with the democratic decision of the subjects of Her Majesty to leave the EU, will lose its last colony.

Theresa May when elected, pompously announced that by March 2017 the UK will activate Article 50 of the EU Treaty and thus begin the withdrawal procedure.

The High Court of the UK ruled that the decision must be taken by the Parliament. The government will appeal against the Decision and in a month we will know the final result.

Now, I can guess what will happen next. As it seems that everything was preset, May will lose in appeal and the Parliament will not vote for Article 50, but rather for a new referendum (or elections that will act as the same result). Fair enough as the interests of the Empire prevail over the vote of ordinary people. Whoever believes the opposite is simply naïve.

If this happens it will then be the turn of the European Union to speak. A second referendum or elections that will certainly result against Brexit are not a bad idea. There are precedents like in France, the Netherlands and Ireland.

Yet, this is a different type of Referendum and according to the majority of the Brits, their country is out and this decision was most welcomed by EU leaders.

However, if the Brits eventually decide to stay in the EU, the European Union must place its conditions, simple and easy to understand. The European Union is an alliance of equals. Therefore, there should be no special privileges afforded to the UK (abatements, opt-outs, etc). The UK must be an EU member State like all others, Croatia, Portugal, Czechia and the rest of all EU member states. And one more term: The UK should not stand in the way of the EU Defense and Foreign policy affairs any more. This is an issue for Member States to decide by majority while taking into account the national interests of Member States concerned. All in all, if the Brits manage to manipulate the democratic decision of the people of the United Kingdom in order to stay in the EU, they must come to terms that they will stay on as equals.

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