5 thoughts on “British History 201 (and Brexit)

  1. Ed Gibbon says:

    “Democracy is hard work and requires a lot from those who participate in it. It requires people to respect those with different views from theirs and people who don’t look like them. It asks citizens to be able to sift through large amounts of information and process the good from the bad, the true from the false. It requires thoughtfulness, discipline and logic.
    …unlike democracy, which makes many demands, the populists make just one. They insist that people be loyal. Loyalty entails surrendering to the populist nationalist vision. But this is less a burden than an advantage. It’s easier to pledge allegiance to an authoritarian leader than to do the hard work of thinking for yourself demanded by democracy.”
    Consequently, “In well-established democracies like the United States, democratic governance will continue its inexorable decline and will eventually fail.”

  2. Have at you says:

    Brexit: Operation Yellowhammer no-deal document published after MPs voted to force its release. It outlines a series of “reasonable worst case assumptions” for the impact of a no-deal Brexit on 31 October. (BBC News) https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-49670123

    Her Majesty’s Government Worst Case Planning Assumptions As of 2 August 2019 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/831199/20190802_Latest_Yellowhammer_Planning_assumptions_CDL.pdf

    MPs voted on Monday to order the release of all internal correspondence and communications, including e-mails, texts and WhatsApp messages, between nine No 10 advisers relating to Parliament’s suspension. But the government has said it will not comply with the MPs’ request, citing potential legal breaches of data protection and employment rights.

    Boris Johnson’s suspension of the UK Parliament is unlawful, Scotland’s highest civil court has ruled. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-49661855 A panel of three judges at the Court of Session found in favor of a cross-party group of politicians who were challenging the prime minister’s move. The judges said the PM was attempting to prevent Parliament holding the government to account ahead of Brexit.
    A UK government appeal against the ruling will be heard by the Supreme Court in London next week.

  3. Badenov says:

    Boris Johnson is preparing to “squat” as Prime Minister in 10 Downing Street — even if fellow members of parliament stage a successful vote of no confidence in his government — in order to ensure Brexit is accomplished by Oct. 31, according to the Sunday Times of London.
    The gambit essentially challenges the queen to fire him, a move that has not been employed by a British monarch since William IV fired Lord Melbourne in 1834. https://nypost.com/2019/10/05/boris-johnson-preparing-to-squat-as-prime-minster-to-ensure-brexit/

  4. Update says:

    English villages wake up to find they’re Brexit’s new border (10/12/20) https://apnews.com/article/international-news-brexit-business-ap-top-news-global-trade-4272936194f60e973210cdb772918d68
    Brexit: Trade talks with the EU are over, says No 10 (10/17/20) https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-54566897
    UK refuses to restart Brexit talks despite EU accepting its demands (10/19/20) https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/oct/19/brexit-gove-praises-constructive-move-as-eu-agrees-to-intensify-talks
    Brexit chiefs to talk again (10/20/20) https://www.politico.eu/article/brexit-chiefs-to-talk-again/

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