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There is a story about an enthusiastic American who took a phlegmatic English friend to see the Niagara Falls.

“Isn’t that amazing?” exclaimed the American. “Look at that vast mass of water dashing over that enormous cliff!”

“But what,” asked the Englishman, “is to stop it?”

My father, Claud Cockburn, used to tell this fable to illustrate what, as a reporter in New York on the first day of the Wall Street Crash on 24 October 1929, it was like to watch a great and unstoppable disaster taking place.

I thought about my father’s account of the mood on that day in New York as Theresa May announced her departure as prime minister, the latest milestone – but an important one – in the implosion of British politics in the age of Brexit. Everybody with their feet on the ground has a sense of unavoidable disaster up ahead but no idea of how to avert it; least of all May’s likely successors with their buckets of snake oil about defying the EU and uniting the nation.

It is a mistake to put all the blame on the politicians. I have spent the last six months travelling around Britain, visiting places from Dover to Belfast, where it is clear that parliament is only reflecting real fault lines in British society. Brexit may have envenomed and widened these divisions, but it did not create them and it is tens of millions of people who differ radically in their opinions, not just an incompetent and malign elite.

Even so, May was precisely the wrong political personality to try to cope with the Brexit crisis: not stupid herself, she has a single-minded determination amounting to tunnel vision that is akin to stupidity. Her lauding of consensus in her valedictory speech announcing her resignation was a bit rich after three years of rejecting compromise until faced with imminent defeat.

Charging ahead regardless only works for those who are stronger than all obstacles, which was certainly not the case in Westminster and Brussels. Only those holding all the trump cards can ignore the other players at the table. This should have been blindingly clear from the day May moved into Downing Street after a referendum that showed British voters to be split down the middle, something made even more obvious when she lost her parliamentary majority in 2017. But, for all her tributes to the virtues of compromise today, she relied on the votes of MPs from the sectarian Protestant DUP in Northern Ireland, a place which had strongly voted to remain in the EU.

Her miscalculations in negotiating with the EU were equally gross. The belief that Britain could cherry pick what it wanted from its relationship with Europe was always wishful thinking unless the other 27 EU states were disunited. It is always in the interests of the members of a club to make sure that those who leave have a worse time outside than in.

The balance of power was against Britain and this is not going to change, though Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab might pretend that what has been lacking is sufficient willpower or belief in Brexit as a sort of religious faith. These are dangerous delusions, enabling Nigel Farage to sell the idea of “betrayal” and being “stabbed in the back” just like German right-wing politicians after 1918.

Accusations of treachery might be an easy sell in Britain because it is so steeped in myths of self-sufficiency, fostered by self-congratulatory films and books about British prowess in the Second World War. More recent British military failures in Iraq and Afghanistan either never made it on to the national news agenda or are treated as irrelevant bits of ancient history. The devastating Chilcot report on Britain in the Iraq War received insufficient notice because its publication coincided with the referendum in 2016.

Brexiters who claim to be leading Britain on to a global stage are extraordinarily parochial in their views of the outside world. The only realistic role for Britain in a post-Brexit world will be, as ever, a more humble spear carrier for Trump’s America. In this sense, it is appropriate that the Trump state visit should so neatly coincide with May’s departure and the triumphant emergence of Trump’s favourite British politicians, Johnson and Farage.

Just how decisive is the current success of the Brexiters likely to be? Their opponents say encouragingly that they have promised what they cannot deliver in terms of greater prosperity so they are bound to come unstuck. But belief in such a comforting scenario is the height of naivety because the world is full of politicians who have failed to deliver the promises that got them elected, but find some other unsavoury gambit to keep power by exacerbating foreign threats, as in India, or locking up critics, as in Turkey.

Britain is entering a period of permanent crisis not seen since the 17th century. Brexit was a symptom as well as a cause of divisions. The gap between the rich and the poor, the householder and the tenant, the educated and the uneducated, the old and the young, has grown wider and wider. Brexit became the great vent through which grievances that had nothing to with Brussels bubbled. The EU is blamed for all the sins of de-industrialisation, privatisation and globalisation and, if it did not create them, then it did not do enough to alleviate their impact.

ORDER IT NOW

The proponents of Leave show no sign of having learned anything over the last three years, but they do not have to because they can say that the rewards of Brexit lie in a sun-lit future. Remainers have done worse because they are claiming that the rewards of the membership of the EU are plenteous and already with us. “If you wish to see its monument, look around you,” they seem to say. This is a dangerous argument: why should anybody from ex-miners in the Welsh Valleys to former car workers in Birmingham or men who once worked on Dover docks endorse what has happened to them while Britain has been in the EU? Why should they worry about a rise or fall in the GDP when they never felt it was their GDP in the first place?

May is getting a sympathy vote for her final lachrymose performance, but it is undeserved. Right up to the end there was a startling gap between her words and deeds. The most obvious contradiction was her proclaimed belief that “life depends on compromise”. But it also turns out that “proper funding for mental health” was at the heart of her NHS long term plan, though hospital wards for the mentally ill continue to close and patients deep in psychosis are dispatched to the other end of the country.

The Wall Street Crash in 1929 exposed the fragility and rottenness of much in the United States. Brexit may do the same in Britain. In New York 90 years ago, my father only truly appreciated how bad the situation really was when his boss said to him in a low voice: “Remember, when we are writing this story, the word ‘panic’ is not to be used.”

(Republished from The Independent by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Storxian says: • Website

    Boo hoo. Article totally misses the point:
    The European Union Is an Antidemocratic Disgrace
    https://jacobinmag.com/2019/05/european-union-parliament-elections-antidemocratic/

    Trade with the Commonwealth. To hell with the Reich of the high oligarchy.

    • Replies: @Philip Owen
  2. Sean says:

    I have been sorry to read about the author’s problems with his son, so I am sure Patrick Cockburn is right that getting proper facilities near to where one lives is becomeing very rare . The NHS might have more facilities for families from the British Isles if non European and EU foreigners were not dumping their schizophrenic relatives in Britain, especially the SE. Economically Britain as soon as it went in the EEC was suffering erosion of productive capacity, and we might have more money for the NHS if we made more things. Britain was the EUs milch cow, how could it be otherwise with a Franco-German geopolitical axis.

    It seems when Britain makes mistakes Patrick Cockburn reflexively thinks it is behaving in a very British way. Yet Britain is a lot less British that it was 90 years ago; it’s not ruled by Colonel Blimps, Boris Johnson and Cameron was more the representative of the City banks worried about their freedom to leverage. They did get to cherry pick that, but underestimated the number of voters being negatively impacted by labour market competition by endless EU migrants from the freedom of movement spigot. The UK will go blundering on and getting less British because that is the nature of life: entropy.

    In geopolitics, countries can be thought of as living things. The Wall Street crash and the Depression did not destroy America, because states correct themselves; it gets done however inefficiently and slowly the equilibrium is recovered. Group selection in predators working by means of cannibalism rather that reproductive restraint shows the counter-intuitive nature of non-anthropocentric “evolutionary search” homeostasis in a complex system such as an an occidental nation state. It is pretty well (Walter Scheidel’s The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century) established that war reduces inequality and is about the only thing that does. Britain will reinvent itself as it has before, though not without losses to what is a tired old country. Yes, declining power, catastrophic economic circumstances and even military conflicts that leave us yet more shaky may lie in our future, but when was that not true?

    • Replies: @Philip Owen
    , @iffen
  3. The “Brexit crisis” was entirely a political making. Cameron was under no obligation to promise a referendum. The rancor during the leave campaign heightened the political differences. The real issue is that none of the political class actually believed “Leave” would win. The goal since then has been to not leave, or leave in name only. I think this sums it up perfectly:

    • Agree: Miro23
    • Replies: @Sean
    , @Greg S.
  4. Except…it’s a democracy, and a majority voted to leave, according to the rules of the contest. The Remainders are a minority of losers seeking to impose their will on the majority. On them lies the blame for the division, just like the division in the US lies on the heads of the Dems who refuse to accept the result of the electoral process.

    • Agree: Mr. Grey
    • Replies: @Jason Liu
  5. @Storxian

    Economically illiterate. The Commonwealth is dust in the corner in terms of trade. The gravity model is quite clear. half of UK trade potential is the EU 27, a quarter the US then Russia, China and Turkey.

  6. @Sean

    “Why should they worry about a rise or fall in the GDP when they never felt it was their GDP in the first place?”

    Very good. I speak as a former parliamentary candidate for Merthyr and Rhymney. Heseltine understood this but he was brushed aside by the Thatcherites.

    Immigration is not huge into Merthyr, although the meat packing plant had to import Poles because the third generation unemployed found getting in at 7:00 am on Monday morning tough. The immigrants, of all sorts, blocked the escape route for the young of emigration to London. It’s a long time since Welsh girls were fashionable as dentists’ receptionists. It was not only immigrants blocking internal migration, as did mad social security policies. It was competition for low wage work: initially Italy (not so bad – Hoover washing machines held their own), Portugal, Slovakia, Turkey (the end of Hoover) , Ukraine coming. This is what it looked like. Really it was China. My employer in Brynmawr made magnetic storage media and disk drive components. That was an early off shoring to China. Birmingham is losing the fight to Slovakia not Wales or the North East.

    Brexit will make all this worse not better. The safety valves in Dublin and continental Europe will be cut off next. Meanwhile, India wants free movement for free trade. (Fox is offering recognition of Indian drug approval tests instead!).

    • Replies: @Sean
  7. Jason Liu says:
    @donald j tingle

    The globalists’ define democracy as leftism. If something sounds mean, it’s not democracy, even if 99% voted for it.

  8. Gordo says:

    May’s Resignation Will Do Nothing to Arrest Britain’s Decline

    What would have? Curzon instead of Baldwin?

  9. Sean says:
    @Curmudgeon

    The customs union aspect goes with freedom of movement. The former is needed by business, but the latter is increasing the scarcity of third of the indigenous and nonEU immigrant communities’ access to jobs, accommodation and much else. I expect it will be resolved to the business class’s satisfaction.

    I think it is an open question whether Britain will be economically (in the final analysis militarily) stronger in relation to other states in the world if Britain in effect nullifies the leave vote and continues to trade with the EU as if it was a member. The bottom third of the British population being in decline is a symptom of a very real loss of productive capacity.

    Why should they worry about a rise or fall in the GDP when they never felt it was their GDP in the first place?

    Why should the business class worry about it either, they are experts in making profit and can make more profit with the jobs being done by EU immigrants. I think ultimately the collective entity of Britain is what is on the move. Of course it is a seething mass of self interest domestically, but in relation to other countries the national interest will win over any other consideration.

  10. Brexit is not a project to increase Britain’s influence on the world stage – only Remainers talk like that. Brexiteers are more clear-sighted about their place as spear-carrier, in the EU or out of it. It’s more that we just want to be able to get on with our own lives, while we leave you to get on with yours.

    Equally the project is not out about the calculation of economic advantage (except for a few Hayekians).

    Brexit is simply an insistence on UK (or English) national self-determination. The EU decouples any political conversation in Britain from any actual influence over policy. Policy is instead all determined in Brussels, and principally by Germans according to their own customs and expectations.

    A lot of people in England just won’t put up with that any more.

    The EU has diagnosed nationalism as the cause of the 20th century wars, but that’s wrong: it was actually imperialism, the urge to govern others. That imperialist urge is now coursing through the EU itself.

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
    • Replies: @Digital Samizdat
  11. Sean says:
    @Philip Owen

    It’s a long time since Welsh girls were fashionable as dentists’ receptionists.

    Not many young British dentists working for the NHS in my neck of the woods. British dentists (doctors too) want to make a lot of money so what is in effect their their trade union restricts the number training and thus new entrants to the profession. Supply and demand, but by the same token qualified people from other counties flood in and are brought in thus keeping salaries from rising precipitously.

    This is just one example of a endless erosion process caused by the putative “safety valve”. Health, construction, and services that cannot be outsourced are booming, and without endless immigration wages would rise until the third generation unemployed found them worth getting up for, which is a type of market forces business finds intolerable. The government had to ban firms from recruiting workers en mass from Romania ect for jobs in London construction that had never even been advertised in Britain. it’s still going on but is okay just because they say they have advertised them.

    The Germans and French were eying the leveraging of City banks, that was the constituency of Cameron and Johnson, they got what they wanted, they thought. It was only temporary, the subtle German mercantilists with will come for the City in due course. The upwardly mobile property developers and bankers are just as inimical to the power of Britain being maintained (in relation to other countries) as third generation unemployed.

  12. Realist says:

    May’s Resignation Will Do Nothing to Arrest Britain’s Decline

    Correct. All white countries are in suicide mode.

  13. Realist says:

    When the EU started in the early 1990’s I remember thinking….this won’t last….there is no way this will work. But since then I have been amazed at the EU longevity and the abject stupidity of White Europeans.

  14. Historically, powers in decline have often been more dangerous than those on the rise; the Habsburg Empire leading up to 1918 one example. China is a rising economic and military power today: the US is seeking to maintain its global hegemony. Little over half a century ago Great Britain was the world’s largest empire, and now merely a country. This is the pattern throughout history: the need for an expanding state to gain power; to retain it once it has been gained; to regain it when it has been lost. The same applies today, except we live in the nuclear age. But leaders are still capable of deluding themselves that they can avoid that destructive war, that it can be limited in scale or even won. History has always proven them wrong: it will again with world war three.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

    • Replies: @byrresheim
  15. iffen says:

    enabling Nigel Farage to sell the idea of “betrayal” and being “stabbed in the back” just like German right-wing politicians after 1918

    OMG

    Dude, get yourself a believable up to date trope.

    • Replies: @Mr. Grey
  16. Greg S. says:
    @Curmudgeon

    That was a brilliant video, thanks for sharing.

    The real situation is, above all else, comical. It exposes one of the “big lies” on a daily basis (a “big lie” being one of those readily apparent truths that the mainstream populace can’t quite wrap their heads around because it’s simply too big). That big lie is that modern “democratic” governments are really acting in the best interests of their own populations. They are not, none of them. They are operating under the influence and for the benefit of oligarchs, corporations, and banks. The real masters don’t want a Brexit, no matter what the “democracy” says.

    • Replies: @ThereisaGod
  17. @Christian Moon

    The EU has diagnosed nationalism as the cause of the 20th century wars, but that’s wrong: it was actually imperialism, the urge to govern others. That imperialist urge is now coursing through the EU itself.

    Yes, it’s a kind of economic/financial Fourth Reich. It’s amazing more people don’t see this.

    • Replies: @TheJester
  18. @Greg S.

    Spot on.
    Have you described the world system of government that has existed for the last 3,400 years (as FSB (KGB) students in Russia are told: See below)?

  19. …just like German right-wing politicians after 1918.

    LOL.

    Britain’s decline stems from declaring war on Germany twice. Politically incorrect but true.

    Before WWI, Britain was an economic superpower with competitors like Germany catching up. The war disrupted global trade which hurt British economic prosperity. The country also became a debtor to the Empire, Inc.

    WWII bombing of Dresden, other German cities and dams just added to Britain’s foreign debt that was only paid off in 2006.

    Even worse the war was a test run for the Third World invasion and chaos you see in places like Londonistan.

    Instead of Germans, the country was ‘invaded’ by Black American soldiers who left behind thousands of illegitimate mixed race abominations after bedding and raping local women. More Africans were brought after 1948.

    On the contra the Kosher Mafia-run Empire, Inc. gained much from WWII.

    First it got British and German technologies like proximity fuses, microwave radar, jet engines, rockets (much better than Robert Goddard’s prototypes), penicillin and even research into atomic weapons by James Chadwick and others which led to the Manhattan Project. See Operation Paperclip, the MAUD Report and Tizard Mission.

    Secondly Military Keynesianism gave rise to the military industrial complex (MIC) which feeds off warmongering.

    Thirdly the 1944 Bretton Woods agreement replaced the gold standard with the U.S. dollar as the global currency.

    • Replies: @byrresheim
    , @Miro23
  20. TheJester says:
    @Digital Samizdat

    The European Union is about as close that one can get to what Hitler envisioned for Europe had not the Soviets and the American intervened to crush the Third Reich and frustrate his plans. The plan for Europe was for a massive customs union on the continent (under German control of course) … albeit with an alliance with the British Empire that he admired and respected. The latter would carry on unimpeded as it had before the war in ruling its global empire. The former materialized as planned; the latter did not.

    But it seems you can’t keep the German’s down, even after losing two world wars in a row. In a political and economic reconstruction, the EU has morphed into the Fourth Reich … and the Euro was birthed as a reconstituted Deutschmark. As the ultimate measure of soft power and historical irony, the EU bureaucracy and the 28 countries in the EU dare not do anything without German concurrence and/or permission. QED

    The arrogance manifest in German control of Western and Eastern Europe is found in Chancellor Merkel ignoring the rules and regulations covering immigration outlined in the 1995 Schengen Agreement. She unilaterally cast Shengen aside and invited over a million Third World refugees to transit other EU countries en route to Germany as a subtle way of addressing the projected lack of workers needed to fuel the ongoing German “Wirtschaftswunder”. The immigrant mobs, of course, were free to settle in Italy, France, Britain, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, and Eastern Europe, etc., en route to Germany should they care to do so.

    The political point is that no one dared call Frau Merkel on this arrogance, which is a forthright deference to power that captures the crass power differentials in European politics … “Deutschland uber Alles” in practice if not in ideology.

    The danger to Germany, other European countries, and Western Civilization were ignored. Frau Merkel, as another sample of Germanic arrogance, hypothesized that the newfound immigrants would be so impressed with Germany and its superior culture that they would forgo their religious and cultural roots and quickly assimilate via a uniquely German version of Islam.

    The outcome was otherwise. Western Europe and Germany are now burdened with a permanent, unassimilable underclass that is lacking in all but one aspect of power … and that is a cultural disposition to make lots of babies in situ as part of a slow, long-envisioned, and now probably inevitable Islamic conquest of Europe.

    Damn that woman …!

    • Replies: @byrresheim
    , @Miro23
  21. @peter mcloughlin

    Historically, powers in decline have often been more dangerous than those on the rise; the Habsburg Empire leading up to 1918 one example.

    Historically, powers in decline have often been more dangerous than those on the rise; the British Empire leading up to 1918 one example.

    There, sir. Corrected that for you.

  22. @TheJester

    Sounds plausible, is untrue.

    Frau Dr. M. has made a horrible mistake indeed, but she was following the French and British example. Rotherham e. a. happened a lot earlier. Bataclan was committed by french citizens whose parents and grandparents had immigrated long before that admittedly horryfying idea of Frau Dr.Merkel’s.

    And who had the disastrous idea of destroying Syria and Libya? Opening the floodgates?

    As for the British keeping the Germans down, not losing two world wars in a row (handing first Russia and then Eastern Europe to the Bolsheviks in due course) might have helped.

  23. @Amerimutt Golems

    Britain’s decline stems from declaring war on Germany twice. Politically incorrect but true.

    Indeed.

  24. iffen says:
    @Sean

    rather that reproductive restraint

    I thought that a major complaint was the lack of “proper” breeders.

  25. Sean says:

    Britain’s elite had the stuffing knocked out it in WW1. After Suez the establishment accepted Britain was at best a power of the second rank, but Britain is certainly not declining absolutely. There may be a political crisis but the markets are unimpressed. Relative to China, Britain is in relative decline, but it is very difficult to think of policies that could enable any country to keep up with Chinese growth.

    Within Europe there was erosion of productive capacity from when britain joined the E(E)C. Germany and France were benefiting from the EU more than Britain was, so it left. Cockburn sees the political adjustments now being made as self inflicted catastrophe: Britain tearing itself to pieces and sinking into the slough of despond. But where is the economic crisis, eh? Britain is actually doing all right despite all the doom mongering. Conflict between people and countries is something Cockburn is aghast at because he thinks of it as cannibalism. He assumes as so many people do that the highest wisdom mandates everyone getting along a la

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Algren#Hoax_broadcast

    This is the voice of Asteron. I am an authorized representative of the Intergalactic Mission and I have a message for the planet Earth. We are beginning to enter the period of Aquarius and there are many corrections which have to be made by Earth people. All your weapons of evil must be destroyed. You have only a short time to live to learn to live together in peace. You must live in peace or leave the galaxy.

    Or the EU.

  26. Mr. Grey says:
    @iffen

    Patrick Cockburn is a cowardly cassandra. It’s disappointing because I’ve valued his informed writing on the Middle East over the years.

  27. Blubb says:

    @Christian Moon:

    I agree with you on everything but this:
    “Policy is instead all determined in Brussels, and principally by Germans according to their own customs and expectations.”

    The Germans are literally the ONLY nation that has never had a say in whether or not it would like to join the EU. It was ordered to – occupied country and all that. And it is the country most bled dry by it. Just look at Target II.

    The EU is the project of an evil elite that perceives itself as enlightened, and us as disposable and interchangeable sheep.

  28. The Cockburn family is itself responsible for Britain’s decline.

  29. JamesD says:

    An article analyzing Britian’s future and Brexit doesn’t once mention moslems.

    Inside the EU England will be flooded by third world savages that mutilate women and form rape gangs. Outside the EU, you can shut this down. The biggest problem for England is the moslem invasion. Full stop. The fact that this article doesn’t even notice the problem is all you need to know. Swill.

  30. Miro23 says:
    @Amerimutt Golems

    Agreed that Britain fought German militarism/imperialism twice, and both Britain and Germany lost (but Britain was still right to do it).

    It was the Western Empire (US/European Jewish mafia) that were the real winners in 1945, and it’s only now that they’re (finally) being stressed by resurgent US/European nationalism.

  31. Miro23 says:
    @TheJester

    The plan for Europe was for a massive customs union on the continent (under German control of course) … albeit with an alliance with the British Empire that he admired and respected. The latter would carry on unimpeded as it had before the war in ruling its global empire. The former materialized as planned; the latter did not.

    A great commentary. It’s said that Poland has quite a few billionaires, except that they’re Germans living in Germany.

    The danger to Germany, other European countries, and Western Civilization were ignored. Frau Merkel, as another sample of Germanic arrogance, hypothesized that the newfound immigrants would be so impressed with Germany and its superior culture that they would forgo their religious and cultural roots and quickly assimilate via a uniquely German version of Islam.

    Weird but true.

  32. Stogumber says:

    Cockburn:
    ” It is always in the interests of the members of a club to make sure that those who leave have a worse time outside than in.”
    I contest this. There are decent people and decent clubs who allow a member to leave them unharassed!
    What Cockburn treats as the normal way of life, reminds to me the time in which the German Communists forbade their citizens “fleeing from the Republic” (“Republikflucht”) and punished them for it. And this is a normal way of life?

  33. hamtok says:

    The Brexit fiasco shows clearly several things:

    The BE is dead and buried and being a US lapdog was and is the only option for Britain because all its sins as an empire have come home to roost.

    Britain was never fully in the EU as keeping the Pound was its foot outside the door and its spanner in the works. This was the plan from the eighties, in cahoots with the US to sabotage the EU for the benefit of its errant son – the US. This way the US can sabotage the EU if/whenever the EU became too big for its britches.

    The elite of Britain finds the EU profitable, especially bankers. Not so much for the average bloke. Thus the great divide has come into sharper focus and the lines are drawn in a class warfare.

  34. hamtok says:

    The Brexit fiasco shows clearly several things:

    The BE is dead and buried and being a US lapdog was and is the only option for Britain because all its sins as an empire have come home to roost. eg. mass immigration, Muslim ethnic mores, etc..

    Britain was never fully in the EU as keeping the Pound was its foot outside the door and its spanner in the works. This was the plan from the eighties, in cahoots with the US to sabotage the EU for the benefit of its errant son – the US. This way the US can sabotage the EU if/whenever the EU became too big for its britches.

    The elite of Britain finds the EU profitable, especially bankers. Not so much for the average bloke. Thus the great divide has come into sharper focus and the lines are drawn in class warfare.

    The future portends ills to be visited upon Britain, not because the EU was such a paradise, but, because British solidarity has lost its mythological veneer

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