New Captain for a Sinking Britain

By Eric Margolis

July 30, 2019 "Information Clearing House" -  Britainís new prime minister, Boris Johnson, is being called by many Ďthe British Trump.í Itís an easy comparison, given their quirky, confrontational styles, prominent blond hair, tribal politics and xenophobic policies.

But they are not alike. Johnson is a literate, witty product of Britainís finest educational institutions, Eton and Oxford, who down-plays his erudition and upper class roots. Trump is just the opposite. But both are consummate entertainers, which is essential in todayís TV-driven politics.

Trump and Johnson are allowed political license to act outrageously and say taboo things that would get other politicians kicked out of office. Last week, in a threat barely noticed by US media, Trump boasted to Pakistanís leader, Imran Khan, that he could kill ten million people in Afghanistan if he really wanted to and end the 18- year old war there. The lapdog US media barely noticed this genocidal threat by a leader whose grip on reality appears to be weakening.

Boris Johnsonís claim to fame is his ardent support of getting Britain out of the European Union Ė aka Brexit.

He vows to crash out of the union even without an orderly exit deal to ease the blow to Britainís economy, which does about half of its export business with the EU.

After Brexit, most British exports to the continent will fall under new EU taxes, duties or tariffs. British businesses are, to no surprise, in a panic. Chaos is expected at British ports. Supplies of agricultural products and auto manufacturing face chaos. All in all, Brexit threatens to throw Britain into a gigantic muddle. But Brits are famous for muddling through the toughest of times. For many pro-Brexit Brits, trade chaos is a price worth paying to escape the EUís rules on free movement of people, the European Court of Justice, and the `bloody bureaucratsí in Brussels.

Britons will never be slaves, neither to the French or the EU bureaucrats!

All very jolly. Except that Brexit will transform Britain from a mid-level European power into a lonely, isolated appendage of the United States that takes orders from Donald Trump, a far less stable monarch than occasionally mad king George III.

   

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