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Britain’s new prime minister, Boris Johnson, is being called by many ‘the British Trump.’ It’s 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 Britain’s 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 today’s 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 Pakistan’s 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 Johnson’s claim to fame is his ardent support of getting Britain out of the European Union – aka Brexit.

He vows to crash out of the union even without an orderly exit deal to ease the blow to Britain’s 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 EU’s rules on free movement of people, the European Court of Justice, and the `bloody bureaucrats’ 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.

Brexit will compel Britain to join a lopsided trade pact with the US that will see the further gutting of British industry and farming. Ever weaker British military forces, still one of Europe’s more potent, will become auxiliaries to US forces in America’s endless imperial wars – rather the way Nepal’s Gurkhas have so long served the British Crown.

ORDER IT NOW

The unruly Irish are having their revenge on the Brits for centuries of exploitation and violence. No one seems to have an answer to what to do about Ireland’s ‘soft border’ with the UK or the desire of most Irish – and now add the Scotts – to remain part of the European Union. Trump-style chanting ‘wall them off’ won’t resolve this thorny problem. Making matters worse, the feeble Conservative hold on Parliament rests on ten Northern Irish members of parliament of the pipsqueak Democratic Unionist Party. If they get their Irish up, the government will fall.

If Britain really abandons the EU, the English language will begin to fade away on the continent, replaced by French and German. Similarly, Britain struggled for three centuries to prevent the French, then the Germans, from dominating Europe. After Brexit – which is due to happen in October – the French and Germans will finally become Europe’s paramount powers. The EU will become a joint Franco-German condominium – unless, of course, Russia joins. Britons will gnash their teeth. Jolly bad show, chaps!

The EU is ardently backed by Europe’s – and Britain’s – youth who bitterly oppose Brexit’s old duffers, rustics and romantics who believe Britania still rules the waves. The same type of out of touch oldsters who back Trump in the US. Many of these obsolescent British may be content to become members of a new US colony and take orders from the Great White Father in Washington.

But not the more modern British. Except, of course, for political opportunists, like Johnson and his cabinet. Now is the time for Britain’s opposition Labour Party to go into battle. It has been kept on the defensive by false charges of anti-Semitism. Like US candidate Bernie Sanders, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, has been sabotaged by his own party’s big money potentates.

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

    Boris Johnson can revert Britain’s status back to “Common Market” or “Custom Union” with the EU.

    The process of trade integration goes by the parties first to initiate a “ Free Trade Agreement”, then a Customs Union, followed by Common Market and finally Trade Union such as the European Union – Western Europeans have already went through all the above stages and decided to further their Political, Social and Fiscal integration which had led to the establishment of the European Union as we know it today.

    Yet, not all the EU members are ready or willing for political integration with the other European members, which requires partial surrendering of their national sovereignty to a mishmash of countries with whom they have no real synergies, for instance, what are the synergies between Bulgaria and the UK – why should advanced economies such as Britain, Germany, Denmark or Sweden to compromise their political sovereignty to the post-agricultural economies such as Bulgaria, Latvia, Romenia, or Slovakia.

    Boris Johnson can begin reverting Britain’s status back to “Custom Union” or “Common Market” with the rest of Europe which is a perfectly reasonable arrangement for the UK at this stage and for the next couple of decades.

  2. Sean says:

    If Britain really abandons the EU, the English language will begin to fade away on the continent, replaced by French and German.

    There is no high street in Britain you can walk down without hearing Polish and even Romanian. Flooding in, no end in sight, and no way to stop them short of leaving the EC . We asked and were told, if you want the benefits of EC membership that free movement of labour is a principle that must be accepted. Very well then, said the majority of the British people, we will leave.

    From Britain’s entry to the European (Economic) Community as it then was, the productive capacity of Britain inexorably declined relative to France. The economic rationale for going in was we would give up illusionary independence, but both business and labour would reap real benefits. It just did not work out that way in practice, because the economic benefits never materialised for most of the country. It was great for Polish labour and families and for Continental business but the only part of Britain doing well was the City, property and construction (employing foreign workers).

    Similarly, Britain struggled for three centuries to prevent the French, then the Germans, from dominating Europe

    No, Britain was fighting to avoid invasion. By my way of thinking, to allow an ENDLESS invasion by Poles ect in order to gain leverage on the continent is putting the cart before the horse.

    • Agree: anon19
  3. Bliss says:

    If Britain really abandons the EU, the English language will begin to fade away on the continent, replaced by French and German.

    Interesting point. Brexit will also lead to Scotland leaving the U.K. Interesting times ahead.

    Britain, really England, is the Mother of the Anglosphere which is overwhelmingly NOT in Europe. England never should have joined the European Union. It belongs to the Anglosphere which is effectively the leader of the planet.

    • Replies: @Sean
  4. Mr. Margolis writes:

    “But they are not alike. Johnson is a literate, witty product of Britain’s finest educational institutions, Eton and Oxford”

    Since many top British leaders are the product of these “fine” educational institutions, perhaps they are not so great. I know Margolis hates Trump, but Trump went to the best private schools in New York and graduated with great grades from one of the nation’s top business schools at Wharton.

    Recall that Britain had a vibrant economy before the EU, and declined after joining. But leaving the EU will make it worse?

    Today it was reported that Johnson is an idiot. He openly talked about amnesty for the million or so unwanted illegal aliens in Britain. This will be read throughout the world encouraging a million more to head to Britain this year. And if amnesty is granted, millions more will pour in to await their turn, like what happened in the USA.

    • Agree: Bill Jones
    • Replies: @Gunga Din
    , @lysias
  5. If Britain really abandons the EU, the English language will begin to fade away on the continent, replaced by French and German.

    Hahahaha!

    Yes, the reason EU citizens learn a second language, is because they want to be able to enjoy the erudite wisdom of Ursula von der Leyen or Emmanuel Macron in their native tongues.

  6. Gunga Din says:
    @Carlton Meyer

    I was hoping someone would offer up Trump’s academic credentials. Trump is EXTREMEMLY intelligent. A helluva lot more intelligent than the author of this sloppy, not well thought out or researched article. It’s nothing more than an opinion piece. And the author sounds like a real beta male.

  7. djm says:

    “Boris Johnson, is being called by many ‘the British Trump”

    Said no-one. Ever. (Apart from lazy jounos desperately seeking a hook for another poor article)

  8. pyrrhus says:

    Amazingly, Margolis gets everything backwards….Britain is the only sound economy in the EU, and the Eurocrats want to destroy it, particularly the British financial industry…It’s Brexit or die…

    • Replies: @El Dato
  9. Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, hails a new Golden Age for the United Kingdom, based on Britain’s great imperial past. Anything is possible: if the fundamentals are with you; if not, words are simply hollow rhetoric. A century ago Great Britain was the world’s wealthiest nation – no more. Empires rise and gain power; once gained they have to retain it; once lost, they have to regain it. The United Kingdom is probably in the last category – the most dangerous.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

  10. Krollchem says:

    Brexit will have major impacts on trade between the EU and commonwealth countries.
    http://thecommonwealth.org/sites/default/files/news-items/documents/TradeImplicationsBrexit_0.pdf

    I suspect that new markets will have to be established as well as more inter-commonwealth trade agreements.

  11. lysias says:
    @Carlton Meyer

    I thought it was unknown what grades Trump got at Wharton.

    I was in the same undergraduate Classics program at Oxford as Johnson, and I can testify to the high quality of the education in the program, Higher than any of my education in the U.S., and I have been to the best universities here.

  12. 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.

    Britain will be the thumb on the EU hand that has taken orders from the US for over 50 years. The US wanted the EU. Easier to control one vassal “government” than 20 vassal states.

    As for the economy, the EU exports about 3 times more to the UK, than the UK exports to the EU. Will everything be rosy? No, but I suspect it won’t get as bad as predicted.
    Here is a different view:

  13. Anonymous[402] • Disclaimer says:

    If Britain really abandons the EU, the English language will begin to fade away on the continent, replaced by French and German. Similarly, Britain struggled for three centuries to prevent the French, then the Germans, from dominating Europe. After Brexit – which is due to happen in October – the French and Germans will finally become Europe’s paramount powers.

    First: the English language won’t fade away any time soon. Chinese Mandarin might make some inroads but the French and German languages are as globally viable as the Juncker’s liver.

    Second: the “power” of (Western) Europe is shrinking in direct proportion to the number of non-Europeans infecting it. As always, it’s the people who make a nation or an Empire. Printed debt and negative interest rates can only get you so far. Watch this space.

  14. The EU will eventually fail. When that happens, those still in the EU will feel the most pain because the EU will ratchet up its totalitarian vision of government till the very end leaving members in worse shape then than they are now.

    The US will eventually fail as well. Good riddance! Let 50 new countries emerge and be forced to compete in the marketplace of ideas on how best to provide services to their inhabitants.

  15. Anon[179] • Disclaimer says:

    As is most often the case now, Eric the Clown Prince is showing his vacant cerebellum. Oh my goodness, another calamity awaits according to The Prince. What shall we do. Yes The Prince, like any politician speaks out of both sides of his mouth at the same time. Both sides are gibberish , and soon he will prove that monkeys can talk, or at least write articles under the pseudonym Margolis, Eric The Prince of Clowns. Is he really Eric Prince the War Criminal?

  16. El Dato says:
    @pyrrhus

    The UK is imbued with both a “sound economy” and “financial industry”? And it’s the “only sound economy in the EU”?

    I don’t know man, I just don’t.

  17. Some good points, but some foolish ones too.

    1. “English will fade from Europe and be replaced by German and French if the U.K. leaves the EU.”
    Absurd. The number of actual Germans declines every year, as does the number of actual Frenchmen. Germany and France are old, demoralized, deracinated nations and they are both getting older. They are becoming militarily and culturally weaker as they willingly forgo having children and Invite in settlers, to whom they then submit.

    There isn’t much point in learning German or French as a supposed regional, let alone global, language. Only worthwhile if you have sentimental reasons (like my family German heritage) or if you live nearby and think it would be fun to speak the language for vacation or student exchange. Why study that language, to prepare to actually live in a Muslim African/Arab France or a Muslim African/Turkish Germany or Austria?

    English will not fade from Europe until the USA collapses or severely declines and stays down, which will probably happen.

    It would be smarter for Europeans to learn Mandarin rather than German or French.

    2. The author says that the U.K. has the most substantial military in Europe. They might, but that means nothing given how small, pathetically weak, and under-equipped the militaries of Germany, France, Spain, and Italy are. Formerly-great formerly-Britain is approaching joke status when it comes to its military no less than its culture and self-respect.

    3. The reference to Britain becoming an appendage of the US and beholden to supposedly uniquely volatile Trump, the second part st least, doesn’t make much sense. Britain is deciding its whole future course, and trump will not be president five years from now one way or the other. The person currently occupying the us white house should have absolutely no effect on britons’ decision making.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  18. Bearikins says:

    Will? Do you have next weeks lotto numbers?

  19. Bearikins says:
    @El Dato

    Ah George Galloway – A Stalinist Communist…

  20. MikeTr says:

    I love Eric Margolis and have even corresponded with him, and read his books.

    But here, you can clearly tell he’s not one of the Britons who had to work for $4.50 an hour, competing with EU migrants from Latvia, Lithuania etc.

  21. @RadicalCenter

    I agree with the thrust of your post but:

    “2. The author says that the U.K. has the most substantial military in Europe. They might, but that means nothing given how small, pathetically weak, and under-equipped the militaries of Germany, France, Spain, and Italy are. Formerly-great formerly-Britain is approaching joke status when it comes to its military no less than its culture and self-respect.”

    Overlooks the central fact that most Europeans understand: There is no serious military threat to Europe.
    Their ” small, pathetically weak, and under-equipped” militaries are perfectly adequate for defense, just not the military adventurism so beloved by the globalist filth.

    They might usefully spend a tenth of a percent of GDP on functioning Coastguards, a few of Soros’ boats at the bottom of the Med would help a lot.

  22. Sean says:
    @Bliss

    Friendly Fire, a poem by Boris Johnson (under the name James Michie)

    The Scotch – what a verminous race!

    Canny, pushy, chippy, they’re all over the place,

    Battening off us with false bonhomie,

    Polluting our stock,

    undermining our economy….

    It’s time Hadrian’s Wall was refortified

    To pen them in a ghetto on the other side.

    I would go further. The nation

    Deserves not merely

    isolation

    But comprehensive

    extermination.

    No Brexit will never lead to Scotland leaving the U.K. Not a chance.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-47775175

    100th Scottish-built satellite enters orbit
    By Kenneth Macdonald
    BBC Scotland Science Correspondent
    1 April 2019

    https://news.sky.com/story/glasgow-leads-britains-satellite-space-race-11343521

    My nephew worked for a similarly high tech international manufacturing company in Scotland and on the day of the referendum the boss said if it is Yes (to independance) we are all out of a job. The oil price has fallen greatly since the referendum. Fracking killed the SNP and its former head t) Alex Salmond has already been arraigned and is going to be tried on a charge of attempted rape.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Ferguson
    [Adam] Smith emphasized capital accumulation as the driver of growth, but Ferguson suggested innovation and technical advance were more important, and he is therefore in some ways more in line with modern thinking. According to Smith, commerce tends to make men ‘dastardly’. This foreshadows a theme Ferguson, borrowing freely from Smith, took up to criticize capitalism. Ferguson’s critique of commercial society went far beyond that of Smith, and influenced Hegel and Marx.

  23. JamesD says:

    “But they are not alike. Johnson is a literate, witty product of Britain’s finest educational institutions, Eton and Oxford, who down-plays his erudition and upper class roots. Trump is just the opposite.”

    Total B.S. Trump graduated from Wharton and he does not “play-up” upper class roots. He comes across as a Queens businessman.

    What exactly does it mean that the UK will become an appendage to the U.S.? That the U.K. gets to stay out of the Euro army? That we’ll set up sweat shops in London and force Brits to work in them? WTF.

    On trade, remember that goes both ways dumb @$$. If you ever lived in the real world, you’d know you have to start the negotiation from a position of strength. Boris is telling the EU “We’re leaving. Period.”. That’s the start. The EU has to decide what kind of trade deal it wants for selling German cars and French agriculture.

    In the meantime, English fisherman can go back to fishing and selling their catch.

    This article is crap.

  24. AnonAnon says:

    Britain doomed itself to a small nation by letting her empire fall apart, not by breaking away from the EU.

  25. The lapdog US media barely noticed this genocidal threat by a leader whose grip on reality appears to be weakening.

    Hey, it worked before– in 1945. Nobody complained then, certainly not in his hometown.

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