The Other Troika?

The Other Troika

The EU project is encountering a steady head-wind.

Resentment toward the EU hit a new high yesterday when the upper house of the Swiss parliament on Wednesday followed in the footsteps of Iceland, and voted to invalidate its 1992 application to join the European Union, backing an earlier decision by the lower house.

Switzerland Withdraws Application To Join EU: Only “Lunatics May Want To Join Now” – 17 June 2016

Whether this head-wind becomes a wind of change is yet to be seen.

Cited by the Spectator, Christoph Blocher, the Swiss former MP who led the charge to keep Switzerland out of the EU in 1992, said that Project Fear was deployed in that referendum, too. One politician predicted at the time that if it didn’t join, within five years it would be begging to do so “on its knees”.

In fact, those predictions never came to pass. “The Monday after the Sunday, the Bourse rose,” Mr. Blocher recalls.

But he agrees that Britain wouldn’t get the same deal as the Swiss post-Brexit: “No, you’d get a much better deal.”

His conclusion: “I think if you [Britain] leave the EU it will be very good for you.”

Switzerland Withdraws Application To Join EU: Only “Lunatics May Want To Join Now” – 17 June 2016

But it’s evident the new media initiates have successfully filled the void left by the feeble, uninformative and increasingly irrelevant old media propaganda corporations.

Labour Leave

The left case for Brexit.

We had two weeks and £6,000 to make a film, from generous donations to our crowdfunder. After working round the clock for a fortnight, we have a film, now we need to share it. And we need your help to do that.

It’s a refreshing breath of fresh air to hear these issues being aired after all these years.

But that doesn’t stop the old media doing what it does best….

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been compared to a Nazi propagandist after unveiling a new poster featuring a long line of refugees with a call to “take back our borders.”

UKIP’s Brexit refugee poster bears striking similarity to Nazi propaganda film – 17 June 2016

A British MP who was shot and stabbed repeatedly by a man who allegedly shouted “Britain first” had received a stream of threats over three months but had not been given extra security.

Murdered Labour MP Jo Cox faced months of security threats before attack – 17 June 2016

Which inspires the new media to respond with some uncomfortable home truths.

And there’s the rub.

Politicians and figures such as Ms Toynbee are the authors of their own misfortunes, not least by distancing themselves from the democratic process, aligning the UK with the EU.

There is the old adage, respect has to be earned.

So indeed is contempt.

MPs have lost our respect and earned our contempt.

Whether this incident is related, they have sown the wind.

With that in mind, perhaps Massie and Toynbee should contemplate further and consider the idea that a political union forged without the direct consent of the people cannot possibly preserve the peace.

They know not what they do
Peter North – 16 June 2016

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3 Responses to The Other Troika?

  1. malagabay says:

    An historical reminder….

    In 2003, just four days before the Swedish referendum on joining the Eurozone, a prominent pro-Euro MP, Anna Lindh, was stabbed to death in a public place.

    The man later convicted, claimed to have no idea why he had done it, and no political motive was ever suggested for the killing.

    Nevertheless many people predicted that the brutal death of a pro-Euro MP, so soon before the vote, would have a massive effect on the results.

    In the end it did not, and Sweden voted to stay out.

    History as ghastly repetition – Anna Lindh & Jo Cox
    Off Guardian – 18 June 2016

  2. malagabay says:

    Beppe Grillo’s 5-Star Movement (M5S) “has achieved a breakthrough” in Rome and Turin. M5S [party slogan “vaffanculo” aka “fuck off”] received 67% of the votes in Rome.

    Italy’s eurosceptic anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) has achieved a breakthrough by winning mayoral elections in Rome and Turin.

    M5S candidate Virginia Raggi, a popular 37-year-old lawyer, has managed to take 67 percent of the vote in the Rome mayoral run-off ballot.

    Raggi has made history by becoming the city’s first woman mayor.

    “A new era is beginning with us,” said Raggi.

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