Stuff & Nonsense #1183

 
-> You’re jumping someone else’s train
 
-> It’s the latest wave
 
-> That you’ve been craving for
 
-> The old ideal Was getting such a bore
 
You’re jumping someone else’s train
 


@ChrisHarrigans

 
It’s the latest wave
 

Our grandfathers smashed fascism – outlawed it, executed its leaders, suppressed its ideas – because they knew how seductive that stiff-armed salute can be to idiots with a grievance, once all the illusions start to burn. They squeezed Germany dry of geopolitical power because they knew it had a tendency to be wielded unwisely, even by democrats. They thanked their lucky stars that eastern Europe was somebody else’s problem. And they deployed an army to ensure Greece stayed pro-western and democratic.

In this, the generation of Churchill and Attlee showed greater strategic vision than the current one. David Cameron’s obsession with negotiating a fig-leaf concession on migrant in-work benefits from Europe seems, when set against the scale of the historic challenge, small. Jeremy Corbyn’s trip to Calais did not even ask the roaring questions: what should Germany do; what should the Commission do; what should the UK Border Force do? By reverting to gestures, British politicians are already signalling strategic disengagement with Europe’s migration crisis, which itself is feeding in to the negative popular perception of the EU.

There is a rising concern in British political circles that the next million refugees might tip the UK electorate into voting for Brexit. I suspect that’s too simple. The biggest threat to British consent for EU membership would be if the European Commission tries to force Greece to drown migrants, and then turns it into a quarantined prison camp when it refuses. People would rightly ask in whose name that was being done.

Paul Mason

 
That you’ve been craving for
 

@johannhari101

 
The old ideal Was getting such a bore
 

@frankieboyle

 

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