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My beloved British godfather, Lynn Perkins, always used to warn me of the manifest evils of Europe and beyond, “remember, Eric, the wogs begin in Calais (pronounced ‘Callis’ by the Brits.)” Wog is a nasty British term for oily, untrustworthy foreigners.

I recall the Perkins warning because of the upcoming British referendum to stay in the European Union, or pull out. Polls suggest Brits will narrowly decide to stay in the EU; my instincts say the same.

But then again, remember all those ‘wogs.’ Britons are often too well-mannered to bring up this issue, particularly in polls. But deep down, many of Great Britain’s people still think of Europeans (Germans, Swiss and Scandinavians excepted) and all Arabs and Indians as wogs. These are people who eat smelly food with garlic and don’t turn bright red in the sun like the Brits.

That old imperialist, Winston Churchill, patron saint of America’s neocon right, dismissed India’s great Mahatma Gandhi as a ‘half-naked fakir.’ He loved the British Empire and sneered, like many of his countrymen, at “the lesser races.”

Problem is, that the “lesser races” have poured into Britain since the 1950’s, changing its traditional character, politics, and rules. White Britons are losing ground in the new, multicultural United Kingdom, just as whites in California are headed for minority status. A lot of Brits, particularly north of London, don’t like it. Add now the flood of over a million Arab and African refugees into the Continent has many Britons in a frenzy that their happy little island faces growing troubles.

Hence the “Brexit” movement that wants Britain to ditch the European Union, bar the wogs, and sail off serenely on its own. They are whispering, “better be a full colony of the United States than another member of the do-nothing European Union.” To many Brits, it’s intolerable watching the hated French and Germans be the big dogs of the EU. Particularly the sneaky French who lust to get revenge for Waterloo.

Brexit partisans, taking a page from Trump’s book, ‘Presidency for Dummies,’ are becoming increasingly anti-Muslim, warning of fanciful terrorist threats and armies of lust-crazed Muslim dervishes coming to rape and pillage peaceful Britain.

The same contrived hysteria was whipped up when the British Empire was colonizing Africa in the 1800’s. And recently, when insular Brits quailed in terror before an expected invasion of Polish plumbers. Less sophisticated Britons just don’t like foreigners. I recall a Brit that I met in Paris who would only eat hard boiled eggs because “everything is filthy here in France.”

Brexiters assure the public that once the UK ditches the EU it will boom economically and establish close bilateral trade relations with the EU. In short, they will get all the benefits of the EU but escape its pesky requirements. Pork pie in sky!

ORDER IT NOW

The Continental EU members have long regarded Britain as an American Trojan Horse designed to keep Europe under Washington’s thumb. They don’t trust London and mock British pretensions of imperial grandeur. They also want a big slice of the City of London’s financial pie.

Europeans fear Brexit might very well create a domino effect, inspiring the EU’s weak sisters, like Greece and Italy – and maybe Spain, Portugal, or even Holland – to decamp and return to their bad old financial ways. The Russians and Americans would be pleased to see the EU founder, thus removing a strategic and economic competitor.

But a British departure from the union would be very unwise, even tragic. For all its blundering bureaucracy, over-expansion, stultifying regulations, and lack of full financial integration, the European Union was a majestic, historic achievement for war-ravaged Europe. Today, the EU is the world’s leader in human rights, education, more humane treatment of animals, transportation, environmental protection and universal health protection.

This is a huge, unprecedented accomplishment that must be safeguarded. I was again reminded of it while recently watching the commemoration of the frightful battle of Verdun that cost nearly one million French and German casualties.

If the Brits want out, let them go – but keep the Irish and Scots. The Brits never added much to the EU anyway beyond sneers and complaints. But they can’t go without paying a steep exit tax to discourage other potential deserters. An independent not so great Britain would likely become a giant American theme park in the North Atlantic while being mooned by the annoying French.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Craig says:

    You do talk a lot of bollocks Eric.

    • Replies: @boogerbently
  2. “Wog is a nasty British term”

    Only since political correctness took over sometime in the 1980s. Up until then the word “wog” had a certain comedic value. Google “Spike Milligan wogs”

    “remember, Eric, the wogs begin in Calais”

    Yeah my dad used to say that and it was delivered with a laugh and a smile.

    I haven’t heard anyone say ‘wogs’ or ‘wog’ in decades. Really. Literally decades.

    But deep down, many of Great Britain’s people still think of Europeans (Germans, Swiss and Scandinavians excepted) and all Arabs and Indians as wogs.

    Total bollocks. I admit there is a fair amount of antipathy toward Arabs but certainly not towards Indians and other Europeans.

    That old imperialist, Winston Churchill, patron saint of America’s neocon right, dismissed India’s great Mahatma Gandhi as a ‘half-naked fakir.’ He loved the British Empire and sneered, like many of his countrymen, at “the lesser races.”

    Yeah? So what? He was a man of his era.

    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
    , @Seraphim
  3. White Britons are losing ground in the new, multicultural United Kingdom, just as whites in California are headed for minority status. A lot of Brits, particularly north of London, don’t like it. Add now the flood of over a million Arab and African refugees into the Continent has many Britons in a frenzy that their happy little island faces growing troubles.

    Well you are on to something there. You do know that over half of Somalis granted asylum in The Netherlands and Denmark have moved to the UK don’t you? The unemployment rate amongst Somalis is phenomenal not to mention their charming cultural habits like FGM.

    Its very likely that half of the Merkel Jugend will move to the UK once they get theirs papers.

    • Replies: @wow
  4. They are whispering, “better be a full colony of the United States than another member of the do-nothing European Union.” To many Brits, it’s intolerable watching the hated French and Germans be the big dogs of the EU. Particularly the sneaky French who lust to get revenge for Waterloo.

    Right. Of course, France and Germany are not full colonies of the US Empire. They are totally and completely independent of the USA. They can sell their Mistral class Assault ships to whoever they like They can get their gold back from the New York Fed as soon as they ask for it. The US would never dream of bugging the phones of the German Government. The German Government can make American troops leave Germany any time it wants. Being in the EU makes them so much more independent.

    Neither the French nor the Germans are hated. Even the WWII generation didn’t hate the Germans. They hated the Japanese.

    “better be a full colony of the United States than another member of the do-nothing European Union.”

    It isn’t a choice between being a full colony of the USA or part of an independent EU, since neither of those things have any basis in reality.

    • Replies: @Andrei Martyanov
  5. anon • Disclaimer says:

    Yet another Margolis rant that sounds like a lot but means little.

    “lesser races have pouted into Britain since the 1950’s”.

    Yes but only because the treasonous British governments – especially the Labour party – have allowed them to do so. None of these peoples could have come to Britain if the British government had made serious efforts to stop them. The British people were never asked what THEY wanted.

    “A lot of Brits.. don’t like it”.

    And why should they? Why should the English welcome their racial dispossession from their own homeland, Margolis?

    “and now the flood of a million Arabs and African refugees”

    Let’s make that illegal aliens who are asylum shopping as economic migrants. Any reason why the Syrians couldn’t go to Morocco Margolis? There is no fighting there and they would face no language barrier either. But Morocco is not a rich western country is it?

    “Muslim,, fanciful terrosist threat”

    Yeah like the muslim suicide bus and trains bombing in 2005. Plus Charlie Hedbo and the concert in Paris and the recent atrocity in Brussels.”

    “The EU is a majestic achievement”.

    Just great if you are a third world illegal alien like the Somali economic migrants who invited themselves to the Netherlands. Half of them have since moved to Britain ans are “enriching” Londonistan.

    Margolis’ last attempt to conflate the EU with preventing another Verdun is too ridiculous to even bother fisking.

    • Agree: Jim Christian
    • Replies: @Stealth
  6. Matra says:

    Brexit partisans, taking a page from Trump’s book, ‘Presidency for Dummies,’ are becoming increasingly anti-Muslim, warning of fanciful terrorist threats and armies of lust-crazed Muslim dervishes coming to rape and pillage peaceful Britain.

    Who carried out 7/7, the Madrid train bombings, and the attacks on Paris and Brussels? Shiptar Eric has probably never heard of Rotherham.

    • Replies: @anon
  7. This is one of those rare occasions that I disagree with Eric. I expect BREXIT to lose, likely due to vote fraud. But I’m cheering for the Brits to leave, in hopes it will be the first domino and bring down the entire nasty EU project. This supranational, undemocratic, corporatist state is not necessary to keep the peace. That could be maintained by a simple non-agression treaty among all the former member states. A simple customs union could provide most of the economic benefits of the EU without the costs.
    I further disagree that the US would like to see the EU founder. Russia, yes, but the US needs the EU to help it control Europe with a single point of leverage. It would be a lot less convenient to bully 30 separate countries.

  8. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website
    @Bilbo Baggins

    They can sell their Mistral class Assault ships to whoever they like

    And Thank God for US for this. I know many in Russian Navy were keeping fingers crossed for this sale going anywhere but Russia. John McCain can be instrumental for good cause sometimes;-)

  9. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Matra

    When it comes to Muslims, Margolis has a blind spot bigger then the Grand Canyon.

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  10. Honestly nukes, rather than any sort of international peacekeeping entity, have been responsible for the absence of warfare among 1st-world countries post WW2. Note how ineffective the UN has been at preventing warfare against nations lacking such a deterrent. It’s silly to pretend the collapse of the UN would lead to warfare between nations that either are or could easily become nuclear powers.

    • Agree: dfordoom
  11. Stealth says:

    But then again, remember all those ‘wogs.’ Britons are often too well-mannered to bring up this issue, particularly in polls. But deep down, many of Great Britain’s people still think of Europeans (Germans, Swiss and Scandinavians excepted) and all Arabs and Indians as wogs. These are people who eat smelly food with garlic and don’t turn bright red in the sun like the Brits.

    Your slip is showing. I think your feelings on this issue are rooted in spite.

    Sorry, but the fact that some people within a particular population don’t like foreigners is not a good reason to believe they should all be dispossessed within their own country.

  12. Stealth says:
    @anon

    Is any country other than Germany happy with being in the EU?

    • Replies: @anon
  13. “Wog is a nasty British term for oily, untrustworthy foreigners.”

    It is an acronym for ‘Westernised Oriental Gent’ and stems from a time when pretty much anyone from east of Greece was considered as living in the Orient but some had taken on western habits and education. There is little question that it was often used as a term of derision, but as noted in a comment above, I can’t recall hearing anyone use it in the past couple decades.

    “Today, the EU is the world’s leader in human rights, education, more humane treatment of animals, transportation, environmental protection and universal health protection.”

    Some might say that is only because (a) the EU dragged the UK down to their level, or (b) the UK brought the rest of the EU up to a higher standard.

    “If the Brits want out, let them go – but keep the Irish and Scots. The Brits never added much to the EU anyway beyond sneers and complaints.”

    “The Brits” technically include the Scots and some of the Irish … I think you meant to disparage the English.

    ” An independent not so great Britain would likely become a giant American theme park in the North Atlantic while being mooned by the annoying French.”

    Given the recent demographic developments on the Continent, one may reasonably doubt the French will be eager to drop trou and bend over in public as a sign of insult for fear of themselves being violated.

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
    , @PiltdownMan
  14. @anon

    I’m not sure it’s a blind spot. His is a warm, fuzzy and soft spot for the Muzzies. Anything to make Brits uncomfortable. His contempt for Britain is plain, simple and there for all to see.

    • Replies: @anon
  15. As I have mentioned previously, Margolis’ mother is an Albanian muslim- hence his less than honest commentary about the Religion of Peace. His father was apparently Jewish, so where is he getting godparents from !
    Unz, delete this rubbish from your list of commentators. Let the old fart go back to whichever Canadian backwater he’s been hiding in. Let him look after his beloved animals, unhindered by the need to write semi-coherent pieces about world affairs.
    Sometimes, Unzi, you’ve got to be cruel to be kind, as some balding Englishman once said. I’m sure Margolis met this guy when he was younger and can remember his name…… or maybe NOT.

  16. wow says:
    @Bilbo Baggins

    ….and the great Somalian IQ estimated to be on average 69…i.e…a country and culture of retards.

    • Replies: @bondo
  17. “If the Brits want out, let them go – but keep the Irish and Scots. The Brits never added much to the EU anyway beyond sneers and complaints. ”

    I get the impression you only hate the English, you haven’t mentioned the Welsh but I can’t see why you wouldn’t include them with the Irish & Scots.

  18. Though anti- “wog” attitudes are part of the Brexit campaign, what the real issue is is the loss of sovereignty to unaccountable neoliberal bureaucrats willing to sell greater European sovereignty to the lobbyists and corporate parasites making these “trade” agreements like TIPP which would sideline the rule of law and replace it by corporate arbitrators which could eventually eliminate food regulations and even national health type medical systems which protect peoples’ health better than yankee corporate parasitism. The European Union also has the destruction of Greece and the establishment of permanent recession in places like Ireland and Spain on its conscience.

    The European Union is also how yankee neocon interests organize Europe to fight their new cold war against Russia. This, of course, is against everybody’s interest since the end result might be a nuclear war. If enough of the anti-imperialist element joins the anti-wog element, then Brexit will triumph, sovereignty will be restored, and the imperialist neocon neoliberal interests will be sent packing. Perhaps a similar dynamic is in place in the yankee homeland itself where politically incorrect critiques of immigration might successfully be combined with demands to protect living standards from neoliberal erosion and absurd warfare on behalf of foreign interests to do the good work, despite the negative aspects of the backwards attitudes, of achieving of anti-imperialist coalition.

  19. TheJester says:

    An independent not so great Britain would likely become a giant American theme park in the North Atlantic while being mooned by the annoying French.

    Yes, in my world travels, I’ve often thought that Britain IS one, gigantic, outdoor museum of a mythical imperial history similar to Greece and Rome. Everything: the buildings, the countryside, the cathedrals, the House of Lords, Oxford/Cambridge, its history, its class-based social system. The British do such a wonderful job with museums … the best in the world. And the world would be a lesser place without the Victorian monuments, the scarlet jackets and bearskin caps, and the Queen promenading down the boulevards.

    Third World immigration from alien cultures, religions, and social habits are a threat to all of this … our Anglo-Saxon heritage and memories. Please, Britain, BREXIT while there is still something left!

    • Replies: @helena
  20. SEK says:

    What a mean-spirited, ill-informed rant. As an American of mostly Irish descent, I was an Anglophobe for well over a decade. Then I started doing some deep research (and met a few Englishmen). Having left the shallow prejudices of my youth behind (and having studied the BREXIT/EU question), there is no doubt in my mind that the UK should leave if they want to keep their sovereignty and culture. For Margolis to praise the autocratic monstrosity that is the EU is the final straw that breaks the back of his credibility for me. I’ll be skipping in any further screeds from you, Eric, and will advise everyone else to do so as well.

    PS: The USA would like the Brits to leave?!? I don’t think Obama showing up to brow-beat the Brits was a charade. The US elites love the EU. It’s what they aspire to. Immigrants pouring in for no discernible benefit (to the non-elite) and rule by fiat.

    Go publish your twaddle on the Daily Kos, you bitter, old man.

  21. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Stealth

    How again did those evil Germans force all the other poor European nations into their fourth reich?

    Well, don’t bother with silly questions. Let’s firebomb Dresden again.

    • Replies: @Fredrik
  22. Europeans fear Brexit might very well create a domino effect, inspiring the EU’s weak sisters, like Greece and Italy – and maybe Spain, Portugal, or even Holland – to decamp and return to their bad old financial ways.

    Are you saying that current financial ways are good?

  23. Renoman says:

    I have never met anyone who has said anything positive about Somali’s. I’ve never met one is it true? Are they the Gypsies of Africa?

    • Replies: @anon
  24. Often I look to see what Eric Margolis has to say about things, maybe because he once described himself as an Eisenhower Republican. At age 22, I cast my first Presidential election vote for Eisenhower, a great world leader and Keynesian who launched our great interstate highway system and peremptorily ordered Britain, France and Israel to cease and desist their invasion of Egypt. Here, Margolis’ narrative surveys pivotal points of Europe’s Brexit dilemmas and is a clever analysis of complex social, economic and cultural phenomena. I suggest that prominent Euro skeptics, such as honorable Pat Buchanan, in their equations carefully weigh the future direction of the massive economic and cultural power of the very smart Chinese world that’s growing up around them. Based on history and common sense, well informed, sophisticated folks like them should see that balkanized, bickering European states would be weaker and easier economic, cultural, military and geographic prey for ambitious others.

    Functioning unity would not be a new thing for Europe. In large part, it was long unified as one entity under the power, glory and culture of Pax Romana, an era of great European strength, force and safety. With that at heart, Britain, instead of whining, should not only remain in Europe, but move to the cutting edge of European leadership by asserting its historically great talent and experience toward rethinking, reforming, restoring and advancing European culture and power.

    An independent, federalized and parliamentarian style European democracy with sharply defined, secure borders should be Britain’s goal. Reform and control of the austerity pushing bureaucracies of Brussels, an early exit from America’s NATO, and integration of the European monetary, tax and banking systems should be at the top of the to-do list, as well as an economic/military alliance with Russia. Later, once Europe has cut itself loose from the neo-liberal/con noose of Washington DC, close economic and military alliances with the USA and Japan, could be effected.

    There are severe problems plaguing Europe, but it can move above these by independently driving forward as the world’s strongest economic power and culture. It would not only be be the best bet for Britain and Europe, but for America, Russia, Asia and the peace of the world. If Europe and Britain fail tounderstand this, they will both certainly die, and so will we.

    • Replies: @HdC
  25. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Renoman

    Actually they are a million times worse then Gypsies. Gypsies, cheaters and con artists that they are, are generally not violent. Nor are they Muslims. Somali is one of the most violent places on earth.

  26. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Jim Christian

    Isn’t it interesting how he writes “fanciful terrorist threat” when just today a Muslim just engaged in the greatest mass shooting slaughter in the USA.

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  27. @The Alarmist

    I think the term wog refers to those from the sub-continent, being west of the orient.

  28. @The Alarmist

    It is an acronym for ‘Westernised Oriental Gent’ …

    This is a back-constructed euphemism, which became current in post-colonial times and was promoted as a self-flattering explanation by post-independence Anglicised Indian elites to preserve their dignity. The truth is quite undignified and nasty.

    Wog was short for golliwog, quite simply.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golliwog

  29. @Bilbo Baggins

    That old imperialist, Winston Churchill, patron saint of America’s neocon right, dismissed India’s great Mahatma Gandhi as a ‘half-naked fakir.’ He loved the British Empire and sneered, like many of his countrymen, at “the lesser races.”

    Yeah? So what? He was a man of his era.

    So was Gandhi.

    They were both educated in Victorian times in the British Empire, and their racial worldview was not totally divergent.

    Gandhi’s views, in his 40s, on Black South Africans could have come straight from Churchill’s pen.

  30. Marcus says:

    I wonder if Churchill felt any regret after the war when the immigrants began to arrive.

    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
    , @anon
  31. @Marcus

    Apparently, when Churchill finally met India’s first Prime Minister, Nehru in the early 1950s, he burst into tears at the thought that the British Empire had jailed Nehru for two decades.

    But that might have simply been because Nehru, anglicised to the fingertips, was an old Harrovian like Churchill, and a few years his junior at Harrow, the very upper crust English boarding school.

    • Replies: @Marcus
  32. Marcus says:
    @PiltdownMan

    Probably so, he expressed hatred for Indians “a beastly people” and of course was largely responsible for the Bengal famine.

  33. HdC says:
    @Alexander Contis

    While I agree with your reasons why Britain should remain in the European Union, I would add that the EU would also be able to counteract USA war mongering to some extend. For example I cite the recent Nuclear treaty with Iran. And the EU should definitely “make nice” with Russia.

    However, you are wrong to claim that the Roman Empire unified Europe and brought peace. The tribal regions that now constitute Germany were never part of the Roman Empire. Read “Battle of the Teutoburg Forest” in Wiki for a thumbnail sketch of those times.

    And, surely thou jest when you advocate that Britain take a leadership role in re-vamping the governance of the EU. Britain managed to subdue a large portion of the planet because of technological superiority (guns vs spears). And, having instigated two terrible wars in Europe, they certainly have not shown any ability to lead, or manage a lemonade stand.

    When the EU was formed my father and I debated what the ultimate result would be. The original thinking by the French was that the French would be the political leader, the British the financial leader, and the Germans would do the heavy, dirty, manual work of manufacturing.

    My dear departed father predicted with astounding accuracy the result that we see now!

    Historically the Brits have always been on the wrong side of any conflict. Whether they go or stay will have little effect on the EU but will have a large effect on the banking business in London, such as taxes on financial transactions.

    We are living in interesting times. HdC

    • Replies: @5371
  34. bondo says:
    @wow

    69 very high for somali goat herders taking a test written in english.

  35. 22pp22 says:

    Why is this guy on the Unz Review? He is unworthy to share a platform with Anatoly Karlin, Steve Sailer, Razib Khan and several of the others contributors.

  36. DavidB says:

    In 60+ years in England I have never heard Calais pronounced ‘Callis’. Maybe back in the 16th century?

    The writer thinks the UK should pay a steep ‘exit tax’ for leaving the EU in accordance with procedures incorporated in the EU’s own treaties. Interesting.

    And what form would this ‘exit tax’ take? Refusing to sell us German cars or French cheese? Yup, that will go down well with the producers. By refusing to buy UK exports? Maybe, but one of the most striking features of UK trade is that it is much easier to export to the world outside the EU than to the EU itself. In fact, the UK has a healthy surplus in trade (goods and services combined) with the rest of the world, outweighed by a massive deficit within the EU. No-one knows why. After all, it should be much easier to sell our exports within the fabled ‘single EU market’. Whatever the reasons, the short-term result of simply stopping all UK-EU trade would be an overnight reversal of the UK’s trade deficit. Bring it on.

  37. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Marcus

    The evidence suggests Churchill was appalled by the colored arrivals in Britain but was too old and tired to do much about it during his last term of office. He was just too burned out and most Britons were clueless to what was ahead for them. See Patrick Buchanan’s book Churchill, Hitler the Kaiser and the unnecessary wars. What Churchill failed to realize was that in seeking to destroy Germany, a fellow European country, he was also undermining the whole structure of Euro-supremacy and suzerainty over Africa and Asia.

    It would have been far better for history if the British, political, financial and naval elites has reached an understanding with Germany around 1900. Effectively giving up some “room” to Germany, rather then throwing in with France and the degenerate Tsarist empire.

    • Replies: @Marcus
  38. I think a Brexit vote is more likely now than it was several weeks ago.

    The reason? Because more voters than ever realise that Brexit is not merely the cause of the right wing of British politics. The Labour party may officially be in favour of Remain , but their voters aren’t listening. A recent poll showed that Labour’s 2015 voters are still in favour of Remain, but they have split with 44% favouring a Brexit.

    A TV debate last week featured Boris Johnson on the Brexit team, allowing the Remain team to charge him with only supporting getting out of the EU to further his prime ministerial ambitions. However, the Leave team of debaters was led by a Labour MP, Gisela Stuart, who herself was born in Germany and speaks with a slight accent, so helping put to bed the notion that only right wing Colonel Blimps hate Brussels. The next day, a left wing icon, Dennis Skinner, the “Beast of Bolsover,” who just a few weeks ago was thrown out of the House of Commons, for referring to Cameron as “Dodgy Dave,” came out of the closet and called for a Leave vote.

    And there are even campaigns for exiting by groups of Lib Dem and Green politicians. Little surprise then that two polls out tonight, using different methodologies, show ‘Leave’ ahead by six per cent.

  39. @anon

    Well, it stops being “fanciful” when it starts being you. I doubt Margolis has a soft spot for those fellas in Florida, however.. I’d be curious if a retraction is in the pipeline.

  40. 5371 says:
    @HdC

    The original thinking by the French was that the British wouldn’t be part of European institutions at all. They themselves would be the rider and the Germans the horse.

  41. Marcus says:
    @anon

    It let the US and USSR (both anti-colonialist, though imperialist in their own ways) fill the void.

  42. Fredrik says:
    @anon

    Yeah,

    listening to some Brexiters it’s 1938 again. Germany is always evil.

    I just can’t make up my mind if Brexiters in general have valid concerns about EU or are just nutcases longing for their long gone empire.

    • Replies: @C H Ingoldby
  43. IBC says:

    Pish-tosh! This is not a thoughtful, accurate, or even useful piece unless its real purpose is to goad out more “leave” supporters. There have been hints in his past work, but Mr. Margolis really does seem to have an errant wine gum stuck permanently to his back teeth when it comes to Britain, or more specifically, “England.”

  44. Nasty piece of shite, aren’t you Eric.

  45. helena says:
    @TheJester

    slightly OT – a few years ago a huge AS cemetry was uncovered. All the bones were removed and then an industrial park was built on top. Can you imagine any other ethnic group behaving this way about their ancestors? The site could have been a huge and fascinating museum, resource for schools, tourist attraction, spiritual centre. (Even Stonehenge could be greatly enhanced. I mean, Leicester has the second biggest Bollywood, why couldn’t Stonehenge be the biggest or second biggest Pagan gathering or some such? )

  46. Seraphim says:
    @Bilbo Baggins

    @I haven’t heard anyone say ‘wogs’ or ‘wog’ in decades.

    You haven’t been to “Anglo-Celtic” Australia.

  47. That was a weird anti-British screed that told us a lot more about the author than either the British or the EU.

    • Agree: Jeff77450
  48. @Fredrik

    The only people I’ve heard talk about the ‘long gone empire’ are Americans and a few of the more fevered ‘Remain’ supporters. Never heard a ‘Leave’ supporter even hint at it. I have heard a lot of talk about the more than £300 million a week that the UK sends to the EU and I’ve heard talk about the unelected European Commission issuing binding laws, without any democratic oversight and I’ve heard about the massive waves of immigration coming from the EU. Do those count as ‘valid concerns’ or do you wish to invent more odd and inaccurate sneers?

  49. Jeff77450 says:

    I’m genuinely fond of my Celtic/Roman/Anglo/Saxon/Jute/Frisian(?)/Viking/Norman/Huguenot cousins “across the pond.” In early 1991 I served in Kuwait with some British & Australian troops and they were just the greatest guys in the world; very professional soldiers. They were mostly combat engineers & explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) and I was with the (U.S.) 431st Civil Affairs Company working refugee related issues, sundry odd jobs and “showing the flag.”

    I can’t adequately express in words how saddened I am that my British cousins didn’t heed Enoch Powell’s timely & prescient warning before it was too late.

    Without being able to see into the future I believe that it is in the U.K.’s best interests to leave the E.U. Said in all sincerity, may God bless and keep the United Kingdom and its people. –Jeff York writing from Houston, Texas (and still cursing the Battles of Bosworth & Stoke’s Field; written somewhat tongue-in-cheek)

  50. @Craig

    “fanciful terrorist threats and armies of lust-crazed Muslim dervishes coming to rape and pillage peaceful Britain.”

    Like is happening right now all over EU.

    • Agree: Jeff77450
  51. ” Less sophisticated Britons just don’t like foreigners. ”

    Like only the uneducated are for Trump.
    Do you lib progressives ALL follow the same handbook?
    Oh yeah, Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”.

    ” But they can’t go without paying a steep exit tax to discourage other potential deserters.”

    You just don’t get it. WHEN Britain leaves, the EU will no longer be in position to be dictating any
    “exit taxes”…….which is why they’re leaving.

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