[LMB] OT:Stop Brexit

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Sat Jun 1 00:31:55 BST 2019


On Tue, 28 May 2019 22:06:14 -0400, "B. Ross Ashley"
<brashley46 at gmail.com> wrote:

>I suppose I must interpose among all of the antiBrexit discussion here that
>I have militant Socialist and Labour Union comrades over there who support
>Lexit. They would never vote for Farage, but consider the EU to be a
>bankers' conspiracy against economic democracy, based on forced austerity
>and privatizations, directed by the European Commission rather than the
>so-called European Parliament. Workers' and People's Europe can't be built
>within that framework.

Yeah. *sigh*.  It's mainly bollocks.  The "so-called" Parliament must
ratify any legislation, and has (and has used) the power to dismiss the
Commission entire.  It can also veto any Commission appointment.

The perception problem is that they think MPs write legislation.  They
don't: it's almost all done by civil servants, under the (often
notional) direction of (unelected) ministers.

>The EU sits on Greece, forbidding any road back to prosperity that would
>actually work.

Greece neglected to enforce its own taxation rules for decades, allowed
people to retire at 45 on generous pensions without having the income to
sustain them, and made it almost impossible to fire anyone.

The big error was bending the rules to let Greece into the Eurozone in
the first place.

For all that, the support for the EU is still high, even in Greece -
more so since they've seen what a car-crash Brexit has proved to be.

>It weighs in on the side of the Francoist monarchy in the
>Spanish state, against freedom for Catalonia. Et cetera.

I find it ironic that those who criticise the "tyrannical" EU had a
meltdown when it quite reasonably declined to interfere in the internal
affairs of a sovereign nation.

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