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Published on The Doomstead Diner on June 26, 2016



 






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The carnage across the markets and the political hornet's nest unleashed on Friday after the Brexit Vote came in with a LEAVE result has been truly amazing to behold, and this is only on Day 1.



We can be sure the Central Banks have been working furiously over the weekend to get a strategy for calming the markets on Monday, which undoubtedly will amount to huge injections of liquidity to keep any of the large systemic banks from locking up.  However, there is so much PANIC right now through all sectors in all markets it's hard to imagine how they can plug all the leaks here.



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http://www.monologuedb.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/braveheart.jpg For the crowd supporting Brexit, there is some initial Blowback which nobody predicted, which is that on the heels of this it Split the UK itself, with Scotland and Ireland in favor of Bremain, while Britain and Wales voted Brexit.  So now Scotland and Ireland are talking about holding their own Referendums on leaving the UK so they can stay part of the EU.  Scotland already held one of these referendums last year where the Leave camp lost, but with this latest change probably would sswing a new referendum the other way.  Ireland is a really peculiar example here of how confused things are, because way back when they actually voted AGAINST joining the EU initially, but then the thunbscrews were put on them and in a revote were persuaded to join.  “If at first you don't succeed, try, try again to get the voting result you want”.



Speaking from this POV, Paul Craig Roberts doesn't think the Leave Vote will stand up, with Brussels and the IMF, World Bank etc again putting the thumbscrews down to either force a new vote or to force Parliament to go against the vote of the people and Bremain anyhow.  The Referendum is supposedly “non-binding”, and in order to be enacted into Law, Parliament has to send a Letter or at least make an Official Statement invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.




1. Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.



2. A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention. In the light of the guidelines provided by the European Council, the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union. That agreement shall be negotiated in accordance with Article 218(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. It shall be concluded on behalf of the Union by the Council, acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament.



3. The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council, in agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period.



4. For the purposes of paragraphs 2 and 3, the member of the European Council or of the Council representing the withdrawing Member State shall not participate in the discussions of the European Council or Council or in decisions concerning it.



A qualified majority shall be defined in accordance with Article 238(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.



5. If a State which has withdrawn from the Union asks to rejoin, its request shall be subject to the procedure referred to in Article 49.




Even after such an “official” declaration by Da Goobermint, the negotiations to unwind this marriage have a timeline of 2 years.  That is a LOT of time for still more SHTF in both the UK and in the EU as a whole.



http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01528/Van-Rompuy_1528073c.jpg Far as the Brit Pols and the Eurocrat Clowns & Jokers are concerned, you have 2 opposing camps on this part of the debate also.  Current Prime Minister David Cameron is stepping down, but not for another 3 months.  As a Bremain supporter, he doesn't think he is the Man for the Job of negotiating a Brexit, which is about the first true thing I have heard out of the mouth of a politician in a long time.  Kudos to DC for that.  However, DC was also the person who actually suggested a Referendum, confident at the time I suppose that Brexit was a laughable idea and would be soundly defeated.



Unfortunately in the interim, the Refugee Crisis escalated out of control and the EU Clowns & Jokers have proved ever increasingly ineffective, anti-democratic and just plain stupid.  Any credibility they may have once had has long since been lost.  Really NOBODY in the entire EU except the Political Class beholden to Brussels can STAND these people, or being under their thumb economically, and as a result politically as well.  You don't bow to the will of Brussels, they make your life miserable.  See the Greeks for this, who after a brief and fairly impotent attempt at getting some kind of reasonable deal on their small mountain of debt totally capitulated to their Masters in Brussels.



The Brits (and Welsh, Scots & Irish) are in a slightly better position than the Greeks were.  First off, when they joined the EU they never gave up their own currency of Sterling.  So they can still print their own money.  Second, the UK is home to the City of London, one of the largest financial centers in the world, exceeded only perhaps by Wall Street.  This bollixes up all their operations, and while maybe they can move to Frankfurt or Brussels itself over some period of time, that would be an extremely expensive and difficult move to make.  Thus you get still further turmoil in the financial markets during this period.



http://www.galadjianlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/divorce-argument.jpg In any event, the EU Clowns are pushing the Brits to Invoke Article 50 IMMEDIATELY, to get on with this divorce! "Let's get it OVAH with here already!  We HATE each other and we don't want to sleep together anymore!  The Marriage is OVAH!"



The Brits on the other hand are shuffling their feet here on this, as mentioned Cameron won't send this letter and is stepping down to let some other Pol do the dirty work.  From the Brexit side, they are in no rush either to carry through with the Referendum Results, especially given the already nasty fallout from the first day!  They want to now use this to try to negotiate a better deal with the Euroclowns, but like the Greeks before them they don't REALLY want to leave the EU.



Problem on this of course is that at least by EU standards, the Brits ALREADY had the best deal, they got to keep their currency but ALSO had access to the Eurozone trading market with low or no tariffs, etc.  The Euroclowns don't want to negotiate a STILL BETTER deal with them, since of course directly after that everybody will be clamoring for the same deal.



Which now brings us to another perhaps even larger problem than Brexit (which certainly is a big enough problem on its own!), which is the fact that in just about all the countries in the Eurozone, there are simmering Populist Movements that want OUT, extant even before the Brexit Vote.



Podemos in Spain under Pablo Iglesias wants Out.  5 Star in Italy under Beppe Grillo wants Out.  The National Front under Marine LePen in France wants Out.  The Party for Freedom in the Netherlands under Geert Wilders wants Out.  Just about every country on the Balkan Migration Route of the MENA Refugees does NOT want Brussels dictating to them precisely how many Refugees they should or should not give Asylum to.  This includes places like Austria, Hungary, Croatia etc.  So Brussels is under a LOT of political pressure here, and in the medium to long run simply will not hold together as a union.  That does not mean though that in the near term they will not use all tools at their disposal to keep this Ponzi afloat, they most certainly will do that.  Everything depends on this, the solvency of the banking system leading the way on this.



Next week certainly will have a lot of Market Turmoil as all the Big Players try to reposition themselves in the aftermath of the initial carnage.  How well the Central Banks can contain this and prevent Financial Contagion from spreading throughout the entire system is an Open Question.  Interest Rate tools are pretty much shot since they are at ZIRP or NIRP all through the bond market.  Ouright monetization of debt would destroy whatever is left of credibility here, and beyond that there still is no mechanism to deliver freshly printed money to the consumers who spend that money.  Without that, you have no flow of funds, velocity of money drops to zero and it does not matter how much you print.



To sum it up, this would be a good time to load up on preps.



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Brexit prompts a push to end English in the European Union
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2016, 02:46:06 PM »
In a fit of pique, the Euro Clowns are now going to kick the English Language out of the EU.  lol.

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Brexit prompts a push to end English in the European Union
By Michael Birnbaum June 28 at 12:23 PM


British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, speaks with E.U. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Tuesday. (Thierry Charlier/AFP via Getty Images)

BRUSSELS — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a message for Britain on Tuesday. He delivered it in French.

With the impending British exit from the European Union, the polyglot Babel that has 24 official languages may soon strike English off the list, according to officials here, who note the change with a mixture of sadness and glee.

The European Union long conducted its business in French, even for decades after Britain and Ireland joined the bloc in 1973. But as the alliance expanded into Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, the momentum moved ineluctably toward English, the second language of choice for a far wider number of European citizens, diplomats and leaders. English is the common tongue at summits such as the one taking place Tuesday, with the leaders of E.U. member nations descending on Brussels for a grim, English-speaking dinner with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

But if Britain pulls out, the European Union will lose the only nation that has designated English as its official language inside E.U. institutions. Each country is allowed to pick one tongue, and Ireland and Malta — the other two E.U. nations that are predominantly English-speaking — chose Gaelic and Maltese, respectively. But they are tiny compared with the juggernauts of France and Germany, which supply the other two “unofficial” working languages of the European Union.

“Despite the vote, the British remain our friends,” Juncker told the European Parliament in French on Tuesday, forcing many of the 751 legislators to put on headsets to hear a translation. “As a result of the British vote, we’ve lost something very important.”
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Britain's anti-E.U. leader Nigel Farage and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker appeared to share a private joke June 28, but later the UKIP leader delivered some inflammatory remarks to his fellow European Parliament MEPs. (Reuters)

Juncker, a former prime minister of polyglot Luxembourg, typically speaks publicly in a succession of English, French and German, although English is his weakest language among the three. Other top E.U. leaders, including European Council President Donald Tusk, a former prime minister of Poland, confine their public comments to English.

Aides to Juncker said before his speech that the omission of English was a deliberate effort to send a message to Britain.

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“English can no longer be the third working language of the European Parliament,” left-wing French politician and European Parliament member Jean-Luc Mélenchon wrote on Twitter.

“English is our official language because it has been notified by the U.K.,” Danuta Hübner, the chair of the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, said at a news conference on Monday. “If we don't have the U.K., we don't have English.”

Official E.U. rules require that all official communications be translated into all 24 E.U. languages — a vast operation that the European Commission says makes it the largest employer of translators in the world. If English were to be struck from the list, that would leave Britain to muddle through the difference between "adieu" and "au revoir" on its own.
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Re: Britain Goes Bonkers After Brexit: The End of the Beginning
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2016, 06:55:02 PM »
This nails the problem.
Because I want to see the damage caused by BAU ended as quickly as possible, my "vote" on Brexit was to leave, while his is to stay, but I agree with the underlying causes.

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/349028-migrants-europe-inequality-uk/
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30 Jun, 2016

Humanity and migration are two sides of the same coin, enjoying a symbiotic relationship that will never be broken no matter how much people and politicians may try.

Indeed, rather than the alien phenomenon it is currently in vogue to characterize it, immigration is as natural as the sun rising and setting every day. In a previous article I explored how mass migration was a key factor in the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, doing so in relation to the refugee crisis that began lapping up on Europe’s southern shores in 2015, an ongoing crisis directly related to the chaos that has engulfed the Middle East and North Africa. This refugee crisis is not the same phenomenon as immigration; however both are linked in so far as they are the product of concrete factors out of the control of those most affected by it – i.e. people compelled to uproot and move to other countries and parts of the world due to economic factors or in order to flee conflict and the societal collapse that conflict produces.

The prominence that the subject of immigration/migration now has across the northern hemisphere is directly linked to the global economic crisis which began in 2008 which continues to wield havoc, especially in poorer economies that were most exposed to its impact. In political terms it has wrought the collapse of the center ground, opening up space for radical ideas and narratives. Thus we have seen the emergence and rise of movements, parties, and political leaders from both the radical right and left, vying for the hearts and minds of people and communities, especially poorer and low income communities where the impact of migration is felt most, in the battle of ideas.

We have seen the rise of left wing anti-austerity parties such as Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain, while existing political parties have thrown up radical leaders such as Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party in the UK, and in the US democratic socialist Bernie Sanders winning mass support in his challenge to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party nomination for US president.

However despite the aforementioned examples of a left wing political response to the economic crisis that has engulfed the West, it is the right that has gained most traction and currency in recent times. Indeed, not since the 1930s have we experienced such a resurgence of the far right as we are experiencing now. In western Ukraine, across Scandinavia, Hungary, France, Holland, in the UK and in the United States, where Donald Trump has gained huge support for his idea for a wall on the US-Mexican border to keep out migrants, differing gradations of ultra-nationalism, reaction, and in some instances full blown neo-fascism are gaining mass support in societies that have been rocked by the huge economic turbulence of the past six or seven years, leading to the normalization and legitimization of racism and xenophobia where migrants are concerned.
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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump © Lucas Jackson Trump backs Brexit, brands migration crisis a ‘horrible thing for Europe’

Trump, we have already mentioned, but the real focus at this point is on the UK, where in a momentous vote 17 million people have just voted to end Britain’s 40-year membership of the EU. It has unleashed the biggest political crisis to engulf the country in generations, leading to renewed calls for a referendum on Scottish independence and a call in Northern Ireland for an all-Ireland referendum on Irish unity between north and south, given that the majority of people in Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain rather than exit the EU.

Regardless of the embroidery about the lack of democracy within the EU, which the official Leave campaign argued, this was a referendum on immigration and migrants, specifically the free movement of people that is part and parcel of membership of the European single market, one of the four freedoms – of goods, services, capital, and persons - enshrined in the Treaty of Rome.

Under free movement of people nationals of other EU member states have the automatic right to move to other member states across Europe to live and work. British author and academic, Chris Bickerton, reveals in his 2016 book – ‘The European Union: A Citizens Guide’ – that of the EU’s total working population of around 242.3 million people, 7.3 million are living and working in a country other than their own. Breaking the figure down, this represents 3 percent. However, and this is the key point, most of this intra-EU traffic is from poorer economies within the EU – such as the former communist states in the east - to richer, such as Germany, France, and the UK.

Absorbing migrants from other parts of the EU has become a particular concern in countries where austerity has been most severe in response to the economic crisis. Cutting spending on welfare, on health, education, and housing, merely increases the demand, especially on the part of the poorer sections of the population, which relies on them most. This inevitably results in increased hostility towards migrants; hostility is easily exploited by the political and far right for ideological reasons.

Of course there are also cultural challenges that need to be surmounted when it comes to migration. Language barriers foment a sense of alienation and apartness, which is exacerbated in downward economic cycles such as we are living through at present. Such barriers can take generations to overcome. The experience of Irish, Caribbean, and Asian migrants to the UK bears this out. At first they were met with hostility and bigotry, with their assimilation blocked, resulting in them drawing deeper into their native cultures for protection and the sense of worth and identity denied them by the wider society in which they had arrived.

The fundamental problem then, as we see, is not migration but the misdistribution of wealth and resources, which is a non-negotiable condition of free market capitalism. Gross economic inequality in periods of economic boom is bad enough, but in terms of bust and recession it is tantamount to lighting a fire under the issue of migration in the wealthier EU economies that are the preferred destination of migrants under the auspices of free movement.

Just over a week after the decision to leave the EU was taken by a small majority of British voters the spike in racism and xenophobia, hate crimes, and attacks has left no doubt that people such as myself, arguing the case for remain, have been proved right when it comes to what would ensue.

It should be pointed out that when it comes to the UK, just over half of migrants coming into the country are from outside the EU and Europe. It also has to be emphasized that the refugee crisis that has caused a political crisis all by itself is directly related the West’s disastrous role in destabilizing Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Afghanistan in recent years, producing societal collapse and the conditions out of which terrorism has proliferated.

Stopping immigration by setting quotas and implementing ever more stringent border controls and measures is futile. The only way to reduce it is to deal with its underlying causes – namely inequality, poverty, and unfettered capitalism.

Like it or not, we live in an inter-dependent world in which we either all rise together or fall together. For far too long the huge wealth and affluence of the northern hemisphere has rested on the crippling poverty of the southern hemisphere, where millions are denied even the semblance of a decent quality of life, exploited as cheap labor for global corporations, producing goods for consumption in the West. Across the EU there is a gross inequality between smaller countries such as Greece and larger such as Germany, which while favoring the German people and economy punishes their Greek counterparts to such an extant it has called into question the sustainability of an economic union that is currently falling apart at the seams.

Blaming migrants for the problems and crises produced by a global economy that is a tyrant rather than a servant is both unjust and immoral. To be a migrant is to be human, and attacking migrants for doing exactly what we would do if in their shoes is inhuman.
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Re: Britain Goes Bonkers After Brexit: The End of the Beginning
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2016, 07:16:27 PM »
Blaming migrants for the problems and crises produced by a global economy that is a tyrant rather than a servant is both unjust and immoral. To be a migrant is to be human, and attacking migrants for doing exactly what we would do if in their shoes is inhuman.

I would argue with this conclusion.

It might be "unjust", but attacking migrants is not only typically human behavior, it is the behavior of all mammals that have their territory and livelihood threatened.

There is no way Europe can absorb all the people who would like to migrate away from the conflicts and climate catastrophes underway in the Middle East and Africa.  Just no way.

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Re: Britain Goes Bonkers After Brexit: The End of the Beginning
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2016, 02:29:12 AM »
Blaming migrants for the problems and crises produced by a global economy that is a tyrant rather than a servant is both unjust and immoral. To be a migrant is to be human, and attacking migrants for doing exactly what we would do if in their shoes is inhuman.

I would argue with this conclusion.

It might be "unjust", but attacking migrants is not only typically human behavior, it is the behavior of all mammals that have their territory and livelihood threatened.

There is no way Europe can absorb all the people who would like to migrate away from the conflicts and climate catastrophes underway in the Middle East and Africa.  Just no way.

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And I would argue with you. "Attacking migrants is not only typically human behavior" is a statement that not only blames the victim, but enshrines every single us against them prejudice that has been in place the first Cro-Magnon killed a Neanderthaler.

You are correct that Europe cannot absorb all these people, and that the reaction to "defend what's ours" is a natural reaction to events, but "blame" needs to be affixed where it belongs. Yesterday you posted an article (http://journal-neo.org/2016/06/01/saudis-have-lost-the-oil-war/) that articulated the roots of the current imperial neocon war policy that has reduced the middle east to cinders and caused all these people to flee, in exactly the same way you or I would. It was orchestrated by Dick Cheney and articulated in the infamous PNAC Articles of Imperium.

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A year after the PNAC report was issued, then-General Wesley Clark, no peacenik to be sure, in a March 2007 speech before the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco, told of a Pentagon discussion he had had shortly after the strikes of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center and Pentagon with someone he knew in Defense Secretary Rumsfeld’s office.

Ten days after the 911 attacks, Clark was told by the former Pentagon associate, a general, that the Pentagon planned to invade Iraq. This was when Osama bin Laden, a bitter foe of the secular Baathist Socialist, Saddam, was being blamed for the terror attacks, and there was no 911 link to Iraq’s government. Clark related his conversation that day with the general:

“We’ve made the decision we’re going to war with Iraq.” This was on or about the 20th of September. I said, “We’re going to war with Iraq? Why?” He said, “I don’t know.” He said, “I guess they don’t know what else to do.” So I said, “Well, did they find some information connecting Saddam to al-Qaeda?” He said, “No, no.” He says, “There’s nothing new that way. They just made the decision to go to war with Iraq.”

“I came back to see him a few weeks later, and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan. I said, “Are we still going to war with Iraq?” And he said, “Oh, it’s worse than that.” He reached over on his desk. He picked up a piece of paper. And he said, “I just got this down from upstairs” — meaning the Secretary of Defense’s office — “today.” And he said, “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.”


These were all wars, or attempted wars from the US for military control of the most abundant proven oil regions of the world, what Cheney in 1999 described as, “where the prize ultimately lies.”
http://journal-neo.org/2016/06/01/saudis-have-lost-the-oil-war/

And who benefits from all this loss of life, the incineration of $7 trillion at least of US cash, and the fracture of previously stable middle eastern governments?

THe REAL driver of US foreign policy, the Zionist Apartheid State.
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Re: Britain Goes Bonkers After Brexit: The End of the Beginning
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2016, 04:01:37 AM »
This nails the problem.

The "problem" has always been numbers. Remember Micawber!!

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Re: Britain Goes Bonkers After Brexit: The End of the Beginning
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2016, 08:17:24 AM »
Like it or not, we live in an inter-dependent world in which we either all rise together or fall together.

We have not risen together, nor will we fall together.

My heart goes out to displaced individuals. But I find much to detest about foreign cultures, which in their own ways are just as fucked up as ours, and often more backward, xenophobic, discriminatory, and violent.

I take issue with the concept that the world should be without borders or controls to prevent those on the leading edge of the die-off to move anywhere they want and destabilize some other country, particularly mine.

I think the author (and Surly) are correct in identifying some of the bad guys. Climate change and PO are driving this too. The solution? There isn't one, although the idea of a Final Solution will become a lot more popular, the way we're headed. The Kumbaya shit won't fly, not in this world.
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Re: Britain Goes Bonkers After Brexit: The End of the Beginning
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2016, 10:39:22 AM »
The solution? There isn't one, although the idea of a Final Solution will become a lot more popular, the way we're headed.

That should be interesting down in TX, since it's pretty evenly split between Gringos and Chicanos.  So which group goes to the Human Waste Recycling Center in San Antonio?  If the Gringos in TX elect Chuck Norris playing Uncle Adolf and orders all Chicanos rounded up, will you go along with it, or will you have "Eddies's List" and try to smuggle them to Illinois?

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« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2016, 12:38:56 AM »
Coming tomorrow on the Diner...my version of 7 Days in June, 2016.

Here is WBs version.  I absolutely SWAMPED him in word count.  :icon_sunny:

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Seven days in June By William Bowles
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30 June 2016

[A lightly edited version of this was published in the latest issue of Coldtype, available here as a pdf]

It’s very rare that you see the ruling elite totally at a loss for words: but they were. Gobsmacked and stunned would be accurate descriptions of the look on the political class’s collective face on the morning of June 24, 2016.

It’s the corporate/state media that effectively calls the shots when it comes to national decision-making in the UK these days, so most people assumed that the Remainers would win the previous day’s vote on whether or not the country should remain in Europe. The pre-voting propaganda was so solidly devoted to the “immigration problem,” that nobody considered the implications of actually exiting from the EU should the Brexiters win the vote. In fact, it just added to the confusion, the results of which are all too apparent now, with pro and anti at each other’s throats. And all of it, engineered.

However, almost a week after the vote, economist Richard Wolff spelled out the reasons for the result during an interview with the Real News Network:

    “It’s perfectly clear that the mass of people wanted to send a message to the old, established, austerity-committed government of David Cameron, that they don’t want him, they don’t want what he does, they don’t believe in any of this. They believe that the leadership of the European Union, what is crushing Greece, etcetera, is not something they want to be part of. They feel victimised by all of that. And the Brexit vote gave them a chance to say no, we don’t want it. Sure, there were racist elements and anti-immigration elements. That’s part of the British political scene. Of course it’s going to play its role, seeking its objectives as part of this.”

The BBC’s propaganda campaign in favour of remaining had been as relentless as their attacks on Jeremy Corbyn since his election as leader of the Labour Party almost a year ago. So it seemed almost logical that, in a bizarre inversion of reality, that he, not Cameron, is the one they, and the rest of the media, would blame for Brexit.

Media watchdog Medialens highlighted one of the meanest media attacks on Corbyn in the days following:

    “Perhaps the worst example of an anti-Corbyn attack, post-Brexit, was in the Mail on Sunday. A piece by Dan Hodges was illustrated by a Photoshopped image of a malevolent vampiric Corbyn in a coffin with the despicable headline, ‘Labour MUST kill vampire Jezza.’ That this should appear just ten days after Labour MP Jo Cox was brutally murdered is almost beyond belief.” – ‘Killing Corbyn‘, Media Lens, 29 June 2016

Reading what passes for news this past seven days, you’d never know that the real cause of the upset was the Tory Party, which, aside from Cameron’s resignation, has barely been mentioned; for the reality is that it was an internal spat in the Tory Party that started the whole Brexit ball rolling.

Instead, the Remain camp feels they’ve been cheated out of victory by their Brexit opponents – wrongly labelled as a bunch of Nazis and xenophobes. This is exactly the way the BBC has been portraying events: images of angry Remainers demonstrating outside Parliament, contrasted with interviews of penitent Brexiters, who have seen the “error of their ways” and wished they’d voted with their ‘internationalist’ brothers and sisters. So no problem taking in the refugees then?

A convenient scapegoat

Initially this was going to be a kind of blow-by-blow diary of the vote and its dramatic outcome, but it’s two stories: one about the UK as a broken capitalist state and its relationship to the EU; the other, much more important story, of the attack on Jeremy Corbyn by his enemies inside and outside the Parliamentary Labour Party in an conspiracy to remove him as leader of the party.

Medialens reports:

    “Attempts to unseat Corbyn have been supported by Left Foot Forward Ltd, a company set up by Will Straw, which runs the country’s ‘No. 1 left-wing blog’ of the same name. Straw is the son of Jack Straw, who served as Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary under Tony Blair. . . . Will Straw is ‘among a network of longtime Blairite stalwarts trying to re-found the Labour Party – a project demolished by Jeremy Corbyn’s landslide victory in the Labour leadership elections in September 2015.’

    “The independent journalist Steve Topple highlights the links between coordinated attacks on Corbyn and a network of Labour figures with direct links to the PR company, Portland Communications…. The PR firm was set up in 2001 by a former adviser to Blair. Its clients include the World Economic Forum, the EU, the UK government, Barclays Bank and large companies, including Morrisons and Nestle.” (Ibid)

All this is reminiscent of the dirty tricks the Establishment used against a previous Labour Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, in 1976, as Ann Talbot of WSWS reminded us in 2006:

    “For a large part of his career and throughout his time as prime minister from 1964 to 1970 and again in 1974-76 Wilson was the object of a smear campaign that emanated from the British security services and the CIA. They fed material to the press that appeared to substantiate the view that he was a Soviet agent who had been put in place after the KGB had supposedly murdered Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell. In the course of the documentary, the Daily Express defence correspondent Chapman Pincher unapologetically admitted his part in spreading those rumours.”

The political class sees Corbyn as a danger, although we are constantly told that socialism is so passé, so 20th-century? So what’s the panic? Why the demonisation of this man, if he is so ineffectual and seemingly from another era, with his scruffy clothes and his vaguely subversive and quaint ideas about not wanting to drop atomic bombs on people? Just what is it that the elite are so afraid of that such venomous dirty tricks should be used against him?

The Great Unwashed

The truth is that Corbyn’s election woke up a sleeping giant – not just those few percent who tipped the balance in favour of Brexit, but the millions of working people who have had enough of austerity while the richest one percent get even richer.

They voted not so much about leaving the EU as in giving the government a black eye in the only way they could (what does this tell us about the current state of of the Labour Party, never mind the Tories?).

In any case, given the nonsense both government and media have been talking about for the past couple of months, how could anyone come to the right conclusion based on so much disinformation and outright lies?

So what should Corbyn do? Or is he just going to turn the other cheek to the vicious attacks being made on him?

Writing on the World Socialist Web Site, on June 29, Julie Hyland clarifies:

    “The extraordinary scale of the right-wing coup, which had already seen Corbyn lose most of his shadow cabinet in a series of timed resignations, was intended to force the Labour leader to resign. But in a statement put out moments after the result, Corbyn said that he had been elected ‘by 60 percent of Labour members and supporters”’ only last September, and ‘I will not betray them by resigning.’” -‘In right-wing putsch, UK Labour MPs deliver overwhelming anti-Corbyn vote‘ By Julie Hyland, 29 June 2016

The second assault on Corbyn (after the carefully timed shadow cabinet resignations), a vote of no confidence passed by 170 Labour MPs (with 40 in his favour), has no legal basis, but is merely an opinion. The only way to attempt to remove him is to call for an election which, I believe, requires the signatures of 50 Labour MPs. Fine, let them run a new election, they have the numbers. But it’s an election, which according to a YouGov poll, Corbyn will win all over again, and by much the same margin.

As I write, Angela Eagles, one of his former shadow cabinet colleagues, in a traitorous move, has been persuaded to stand against him. But she was roundly trounced in the election that made Corbyn head of the Constituency Labour Party last year, collecting just 16.9 percent of the votes against Corbyn’s 60 percent. In fact, Corbyn was so popular with rank-and-file Labour supporters that he got more votes than all the other contenders combined. Now he has to live up to the faith those voters put in him, but it’s an uphill struggle with the combined weight of the Establishment, the media and his own colleagues in Parliament, out for his blood.

Corbyn has, in my opinion, only one chance of success and that’s if if he steps outside the straightjacket of Parliament and works directly with his supporters. Perhaps ultimately, this might mean splitting the Labour Party in two (and not for the first time) but I doubt Corbyn has got the bottle to do that. It is, after all, an Institution. But as far as I’m concerned, it would be no great loss, in fact I view the Labour Party as an obstacle to real progress.

This is, after all, one of those extremely rare moments in our lives, when things change radically. A dislocation if you like, or revolution even, which is why I wonder whether Corbyn has the bottle or not to take a step into the unknown? 52% did, even if they didn’t know it at the time due to our devious and lying media.

Of course, there’s still no guarantee that a way won’t be found to either neutralize, reverse or rerun the Referendum, now that the awful reality of a Brexitized UK has sunk in. Awful, because that’s the way the elite want it to be and demonizing Corbyn as its cause is an essential part of it.

The issues go to the very heart of a broken economic and political system, not just our place in Europe. The next few weeks are critical.

And if this was not enough to raise the country’s blood pressure, next week we see the publication of the long-awaited (by some at least) Chilcot report on the Blair government’s murderous and illegal assault on Iraq. A report that has been delayed over and over again and is now more than two years past its original publication date.

Will it change anything? It all depends on its content, but which by now will have been well sanitised of anything truly incriminating for our present or past political class. But it adds to the overall sense of unease that permeates the country at this critical juncture in the downward spiral of capitalism.
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