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Comment on The “Workers’ Brexit” delusion by M Risbrook

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:24:00 +0000

Enoch Powell had some vision of Britain having a friendly relationship with Russia in the future but presumably after the collapse of communism. I will have to look deeper into this. As you say, it certainly wasn't a common view within the Conservative Party but in a post empire Britain where the EU is a dead end and the wrong club then I can understand the viewpoint to an extent.



Comment on The “Workers’ Brexit” delusion by M Risbrook

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:19:00 +0000

I'm referring to Londoners who live in London rather than Londoners who have emigrated to Gillingham and Basildon. Somewhere I have On Being a Londoner by Russell White. It's a good read.



Comment on The “Workers’ Brexit” delusion by George Carty

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:47:00 +0000

"I can see Sweden and Denmark leaving the EU before 2030." Presumably because you think the EU will try to force them to join the Euro? As for Enoch Powell, it seems to me that he was a racial/ethnic separatist but not a supremacist (I'm thinking of his speech on the massacre of suspected Mau Mau). And bizarrely for a British Tory it seems like the one empire he did have a soft spot for was the Soviet empire!



Comment on The “Workers’ Brexit” delusion by George Carty

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:41:00 +0000

Well 40% of current Greater London residents did vote Leave, and the percentage is no doubt higher amongst born-Londoners (especially if you count those who no longer live in London now – White Van Dan promoted by the Sun newspaper was probably one as his house bore a West Ham flag despite being located in Gillingham territory).



Comment on The “Workers’ Brexit” delusion by M Risbrook

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:15:00 +0000

I wouldn't be surprised if most Leave voters rarely venture out of their own suburbs. There is some correlation between people who move around the country throughout their career or move to London voting Remain and those who prefer to stay put voting Leave. I wouldn't be surprised if a large fraction of 'real' Londoners voted Leave.



Comment on The “Workers’ Brexit” delusion by George Carty

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:09:00 +0000

"Maybe some Brexiteers wish they could still go to America or Canada or that their ancestors had taken the boat, but they’re stuck here." Great point -- perhaps a lot of those Leave voters who complain that "Britain is full" are mentally comparing the UK not with other European countries, but with the sparsely-populated settler nations of the New World?



Comment on The “Workers’ Brexit” delusion by M Risbrook

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:40:00 +0000

Enoch Powell once stated that all empires, and that includes the EU, eventually collapse I can see Sweden and Denmark leaving the EU before 2030. Poland knows which side their bread is buttered on but is there any benefit for Britain entering into an alliance with Poland?



Comment on The “Workers’ Brexit” delusion by Matthew Smith

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:39:00 +0000

Who’s to say we get to pick and choose? It would be great if we could join the group of countries just to our west but there isn’t one. There was talk for a while of anti-EU parties coming to power in France and the Netherlands but in both cases they didn’t. Poland et al have made hostile noises (mainly about Syrian refugees) and have rolled back on democratic freedoms but they won’t pull out — they know which side their bread is buttered on and it isn’t Russia and they won’t amount to much on their own. The EU is the only show in town and our nearest other friendly trading partners with similar lifestyles, development profiles etc to ours are thousands of miles away and have formed other alliances since we joined the EU. Maybe some Brexiteers wish they could still go to America or Canada or that their ancestors had taken the boat, but they’re stuck here.



Comment on The “Workers’ Brexit” delusion by M Risbrook

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:32:00 +0000

Brexit is the beginning of the end of the EU project. Tell me, if you could pick and choose EU countries to form a new trading bloc with Britain then which ones would you pick and which ones would you reject?



Comment on “I’ve stopped fighting for Britain” by M Risbrook

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:39:00 +0000

I want you to be honest and upfront here. Are your pro-EU posts coming off your own bat or are you a collaborator with some other outfit?