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Friday, June 24, 2016

BREXIT and Immigration

Despite opinion polls before the referendum that showed either side in a position to win, the outcome  stunned much of Britain, Europe and the trans-Atlantic alliance, highlighting the power of anti-elite, populist and nationalist sentiment at a time of economic and cultural dislocation. 

The message delivered by the British people is very similar to the campaign being waged by Donald Trump.  The political elites dictated one thing and the public took a different direction.

The vote means that Britain will become the first country to leave the 28-member bloc, which has been weighed down by its failures to deal with the huge influx of migrants last year. Protecting borders against the million(s) of military age Muslim males who flooded in across Europe was the straw that broke the camel's back in my opinion. That immigration issue also weighed heavily on jobs for British people in Britain being at risk from others in the EU if they remained and the shots were called from Brussels. With net migration to Britain of 330,000 people in 2015, more than half of them from the European Union, Mr. Cameron had no effective response to how he could limit the influx. And there was no question that while the immigrants contributed more to the economy and to tax receipts than they cost, parts of Britain felt that its national identity was under assault and that the influx was putting substantial pressure on schools, health care and housing.

Barack campaigned heavily for the UK to remain in the European Union. Apparently his credibility in Great Britain is roughly equivalent to his credibility on this blog.

There are a lot of threats that without the EU, Britain will go broke. Really? I doubt that will be the case. We will see renegotiations and there may be some minor changes, but the EU has bigger problems than the UK at the moment, with other nations proposing their own referendums.


32 comments:

  1. You can color me surprised by this whole thing. I really thought Brexit would lose. Goes to show how cynical I've become.

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    1. The polling shows that it was close, but after my thrashing in predicting the Trump win in Idaho, I didn't say much...

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    2. The populists came through against the "educated" elite. The problem with the elite is that they've been so steeped in namby-pamby socialism for so long, they think that's the only way for an economy to survive. The populists, including our own home-grown version in the US, are the workers and the middle class who have long recognized the dangers of too much central control over the economy.

      Couple that with the rampant Great Migration of Muslims across Europe and the elitist ideal has come up with an empty bucket.

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    3. It is no longer the "populists." I was at some blog who referred to the Trump supporters as hillbillies. Major eye roll here!

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    4. This is how progressives view Trump Supporters: https://youtu.be/EL3qCiRJc7M

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    5. Then, I guess I'm a hillbilly.

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  2. I also thought that Brexit would be defeated. But that goes to show how the biased media presented the situation in Great Britain. The distrust and resentment of the public was much deeper than the elitists allowed for. Adios EU.

    Now watch as the media goes berserk on the economic side of the exit. Remember the 1992 Presidential campaign? The worse economy since the Depression was pegged on Bush. Then as soon as Clinton won, that was dropped. By time Clinton was President for six months we were back in great economic shape and not a single economic policy of his had been implemented. Media - they're all lying bastards.

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    1. The media has an agenda, and none of it has to do with honestly reporting and presenting the facts.

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    2. Yes, Clinton should have thanked Regan for the economy picking up like it did. Instead, he began to grow the government more and gave us the stupid housing bubble.
      I was surprised they left the EU after electing that Muslim mayor, or whatever he is, in London.
      I wish them the best.

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    3. GW Bush could have and should have stopped the housing bubble and the Dodd-Frank disaster, but he didn't.

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  3. Barry had the same credibility in his appeal for the UK to remain in the EU as he had with the Olympic Committee in his appeal on behalf of Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympics - it went over with a resounding thud.

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    1. He has lost his mojo.

      Maybe if he was to wear his Nobel Peace Prize around his neck, awarded not for bringing peace, but for being 1/2 black, people would pay attention to him?

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    2. (Fox News) Trump put the result at Obama’s feet and criticized him for meddling: “He shouldn't have done it, and I actually think that his recommendation perhaps caused it to fail.”

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  4. And Cameron has resigned. Cue Boris. :)

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  5. For awhile there, everything Obie backed, failed. I hope the trend keeps up with his backing of Hillary.

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    1. The gun control push to take everyone's mind of radical Islamic terrorism backfired with the gay movement shifting their support to Trump.

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  6. Dick Morris floated the idea of a USA/UK and Commonwealth countries economic alliance as a counter to the EU and China. Might happen if Trump is elected.

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  7. Switzerland, curiously, hasn't gone broke.

    Well done, England. Barak? Epic wrong side of history fail, and the same goes to Hillary.

    Transnational globalist elites, you lose.

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    1. The Illuminati cries today.

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    2. I love the Swiss comment about how only a 'lunatic' would join the EU now.

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    3. The Swiss would never join. The Brits toyed with the idea of joining the "New World Order" and have rejected it. Now the dominoes fall.

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  8. Politics may become an interesting activity.

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    1. Better to own a politician than to be one. (Confucius say)

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  9. Another abject failure by BO... And I'm hearing from folks over there who are HAPPY with the outcome, it dumps Cameron, and starts the path of taking Britain back from the EU/Brussels control. Scots are pissed, along with Ireland, since they voted in mass to stay. But the Scots and Irish cannot understand that sooner or later, a significant portion of those immigrants would end up being dumped on them too...

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    1. Yep. Scotland and Northern Ireland have been relatively spared, so far. In 2014 13.1% of the UK was foreign-born, but that percentage was only 4.3% in Scotland and 1.5% in Northern Ireland. (And a whopping 36.9% in London.)The number of foreign-born, and of foreign citizens, both more than doubled in the roughly-a-decade from 1993 to 2014. The top three countries of origin are India, Poland and Pakistan.

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  10. And of course the LA Crimes is wailing about what a disaster this will be for the "global" economy.....

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    1. They tend to say whatever the elites want them to say...they like Hillary don't they? There's credibility for you.

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  11. National Sovereignty is so underestimated by the left.

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    1. Swift boat John Kerry predicted no borders in the future. I guess that he didn't ask the Brits.

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