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Brexit And The Status Quo Ex-Ante

Every non-euro country’s government except Britain and Denmark must adopt the euro after 2020. Though severe instability of the euro earlier this decade sapped much of the enthusiasm for adopting it, the requirement is embedded in EU treaties. The fiscal pact (TSCG) is inseparable from joining the euro zone because it is the vehicle for enforcing the Maastricht fiscal rules. Taken together, the rules and the TSCG enforcement procedures combine to make a reactionary and undemocratic policy regime as I argued in a previous SE article.

Assume that as a result of a second referendum and/or a vote of parliament a British government reversed Article 50 and sought to re-establish membership. Clause 5 of Article 50 allows for that possibility — if “a State which has withdrawn from the Union asks to rejoin, its request shall be subject to the procedure referred to in Article 49”.

Article 49 states that a re-applying government shall be treated as a new applicant. Thus, to re-enter the British government would lose its opt-out from the euro and have to adopt the TSCG. Both would be unwise and together would undermine progressive change in Britain.

via Brexit And The Status Quo Ex-Ante

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How the aristocracy preserved their power | News | The Guardian

Behind the beauty of the British aristocracy’s stately homes and the sometimes romantic and eventful lives they led, lies a darker story: a legacy of theft, violence and unrepentant greed.

Historically, the British aristocracy’s defining feature was not a noble aspiration to serve the common weal but a desperate desire for self-advancement. They stole land under the pretence of piety in the early middle ages, they seized it by conquest, they expropriated it from the monasteries and they enclosed it for their private use under the pretence of efficiency. They grasped wealth, corruptly carved out their niche at the pinnacle of society and held on to it with a vice-like grip. They endlessly reinforced their own status and enforced deference on others through ostentatiously exorbitant expenditure on palaces, clothing and jewellery. They laid down a strict set of rules for the rest of society, but lived by a different standard.

via How the aristocracy preserved their power | News | The Guardian

Stakeknife: Spy linked to 18 murders, BBC Panorama finds

It also gave him access to the names of new IRA recruits on the pretext of vetting them, plus details of IRA operations on the pretext of debriefing IRA members released from police custody to establish whether they gave away too much to their interrogators.

That explains why military intelligence was so eager to recruit Scappaticci when, in September 1979, he graduated to the FRU from spying for the fraud squad.

He got an agent number – 6126 – and a codename. Stakeknife.

His luck ran out in January 1990 after police agent Sandy Lynch was rescued from the clutches of the nutting squad

via Stakeknife: Spy linked to 18 murders, BBC Panorama finds – BBC News

Nazi Invasion of Crete ~ 1944 Office of Strategic Services (OSS); World War II video

Nazi Invasion of Crete ~ 1944 Office of Strategic Services (OSS); World War II

via Nazi Invasion of Crete ~ 1944 Office of Strategic Services (OSS); World War II – YouTube

1 in 10 first-time buyers rely on Bank of Gran and Grandad to help fund deposit

One in 10 first-time buyers are relying on cash from grandparents in order to get on to the property ladder.

The number of people buying their first home who turn to their grandparents for help with a deposit has soared four-fold during the past five years, according to mortgage lender Santander.

The move is part of a growing trend for first-time buyers to turn to their family for financial support, with 32% saying they will ask their family for a loan towards their deposit, something just 13% of existing homeowners did.

via 1 in 10 first-time buyers rely on Bank of Gran and Grandad to help fund deposit – Zoopla

Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media

Another couple of clicks and I discover that it receives a large bulk of its funding – more than $10m in the past decade – from a single source, the hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer. If you follow US politics you may recognise the name. Robert Mercer is the money behind Donald Trump. But then, I will come to learn, Robert Mercer is the money behind an awful lot of things. He was Trump’s single biggest donor. Mercer started backing Ted Cruz, but when he fell out of the presidential race he threw his money – $13.5m of it – behind the Trump campaign.

It’s money he’s made as a result of his career as a brilliant but reclusive computer scientist. He started his career at IBM, where he made what the Association for Computational Linguistics called “revolutionary” breakthroughs in language processing – a science that went on to be key in developing today’s AI – and later became joint CEO of Renaissance Technologies, a hedge fund that makes its money by using algorithms to model and trade on the financial markets.

via Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media | Politics | The Guardian

British perfidy in Greece: a story worth remembering | openDemocracy

For Patrikios, it was not until the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956, that the penny began to drop. That a line had been drawn across the map; ‘spheres of influence’ had been agreed by Churchill and Stalin who, inexplicably for those caught up in the fervour of ideological warfare, would go on being respected in their own countries. “The camps made me see the evil of Stalinism,” says Patrikios, “and when I saw the West was not going to intervene [during the Budapest uprising] I, like so many others, realised what had happened – the agreed ‘spheres of influence’. And later, I understood that the Dekemvriana was not a local conflict but the beginning of the Cold War that had started as a warm war here in Greece.”

via British perfidy in Greece: a story worth remembering | openDemocracy

Warning as household debts rise to top £1.5 trillion – BBC News

After a period of flat growth, debt has begun to rise again in recent years.

The Money Charity, which compiled the statistics, says UK adults owe an average of nearly £30,000 each – mostly in mortgages, but also in loans and credit cards – 83% of the country’s annual economic output.

Some 87% of this debt is in the form of mortgages, secured by property.

But UK adults also now owe an average of £3,737 in loans and credit cards.

via Warning as household debts rise to top £1.5 trillion – BBC News

Guardian: Τι πραγματικά πιστεύει η Τερέζα Μέι για το Brexit | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

Η Τερέζα Μέι είχε προειδοποιήσει με μεγάλη σαφήνεια για τους κινδύνους που θα διέτρεχε η Βρετανία σε περίπτωση εξόδου από την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση σε ιδιωτική ομιλία της στις 26 Μαΐου ενώπιον των στελεχών της μεγάλης επενδυτικής τράπεζας Goldman Sacks λίγες εβδομάδες πριν από το δημοψήφισμα που έκρινε το μέλλον της χώρας της, αποκαλύπτει σήμερα ο Guardian.

via Guardian: Τι πραγματικά πιστεύει η Τερέζα Μέι για το Brexit | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

Ιθάκη: «Γαλλικά» αντάλλαξαν δημοσιογράφος και μεγιστάνας που άφησε χιλιάδες άνεργους [ΒΙΝΤΕΟ] | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

«Θα πετάξω την κάμερα στην γα…νη θάλασσα» και «φύγετε από εδώ» άρχισε να φωνάζει φανερά εκνευρισμένος και στη συνέχεια επέστρεψε στο αξίας 100 εκατ. λιρών γιοτ του.

via Ιθάκη: «Γαλλικά» αντάλλαξαν δημοσιογράφος και μεγιστάνας που άφησε χιλιάδες άνεργους [ΒΙΝΤΕΟ] | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

thecurrentmoment | On the politics and economics of the present

For those arguing that the left, or the country, is not ready for this struggle, the question must be: when would it be ready? By what mechanism was a better left leadership meant to emerge? The last 30 years have offered no basis for optimism that, a few years from now, the left would be better placed to exploit Brexit. Within the EU, the left has only retreated further from the masses and avoided confronting the demos. The same left commentators now saying ‘I told you so!’ had no positive response to the void, merely rejecting both Brussels and Westminster. Faced with neoliberal economic constitutionalism, mainstream left politicians also have no reason to devise radical solutions to close the void. It is only now, when confronted with its inescapable reality and urgency, that political leaders have any incentive to do so.

via thecurrentmoment | On the politics and economics of the present

Απίθανη θεωρεί ο Ρέγκλινγκ την έξοδο της Βρετανίας από την ΕΕ | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

Ο επικεφαλής του Ευρωπαϊκού Μηχανισμού Σταθερότητας (ESM) δεν πιστεύει πως η Μ.εγάλη Βρετανία θα αποχωρήσει από την ΕΕ.

«Bρισκόμαστε στην αρχή μιας μεγάλης διαδικασίας, πολλά μπορούν να συμβούν», είπε ο Κλάους Ρέγκλινγκ στο γερμανικό οικονομικό περιοδικό Wirtschaftswoche. Tο βρετανικό δημοψήφισμα καθορίστηκε ιδιαίτερα από τα συναισθήματα, δεν βρίσκονταν στο επίκεντρο οι οικονομικές συνέπειες της αποχώρησης. Γι αυτό πρέπει να περιμένουμε εάν πράγματι θα έρθει η έξοδος.

via Απίθανη θεωρεί ο Ρέγκλινγκ την έξοδο της Βρετανίας από την ΕΕ | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

The racism excuse | thecurrentmoment

It is crucial for Remainers to recognise that staying in the EU would not have contained this dynamic forever. It is a structural product of the void between rulers and ruled. The idea that the EU is a bulkwark against right-wing populism is nonsense. It is the EU that causes populism to thrive by entrenching the elite-mass disconnect. Right-wing populism is rampant across the EU; indeed, it is stronger on the continent, and inside the Eurozone, than in Britain. There is no prospect of the EU closing the void. On the contrary it intends to rely on increasingly undemocratic methods to block right-wing populists from power.

via The racism excuse | thecurrentmoment

Και μετά το Brexit Τι; | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

Πολιτικό σεισμό και φόβους για απαρχή του τέλους της ΕΕ με ντόμινο ανάλογων δημοψηφισμάτων και αποχωρήσεων, προκαλεί η απόφαση σοκ των Βρετανών να ψηφίσουν υπέρ της εξόδου της χώρας τους από το ευρωπαϊκό μπλοκ. Η ακροδεξιά ανεβάζει τους τόνους σε πανευρωπαϊκό επίπεδο ζητώντας να γίνουν ανάλογα δημοψηφίσματα και σε άλλες χώρες, την ώρα που εντείνεται η ανησυχία για το κατά πόσο το βρετανικό διαζύγιο με την ΕΕ θα είναι “βελούδινο”.

Αντιμέτωπη με αναιμική ανάπτυξη, μαζική ανεργία, τρομοκρατία και ένα πρωτοφανές προσφυγικό-μεταναστευτικό ρεύμα, η Ευρώπη βρίσκεται πλέον μπροστά και σε μια υπαρξιακή κρίση, μπαίνοντας πλέον σε αχαρτογράφητα νερά αφού ο κίνδυνος να ξηλωθεί το ευρωπαϊκό πουλόβερ είναι περισσότερο ορατός από ποτέ.

via Και μετά το Brexit Τι; | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

The Real Brexit “Catastrophe”: World’s 400 Richest People Lose $127 Billion | Zero Hedge

Britain’s 15 wealthiest citizens had $5.5 billion erased from their collective fortune Friday after the country voted to leave the European Union. Britain’s richest person, Gerald Grosvenor, led the decline with a loss of $1 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. He was followed by Topshop owner Philip Green, fellow land baron Charles Cadogan and Bruno Schroder, majority shareholder of money manager Schroders Plc.

It wasn’t just Britain: as Bloomberg added overnight, the world’s 400 richest people lost $127.4 billion Friday as global equity markets reeled from the news that British voters elected to leave the European Union. The billionaires lost 3.2 percent of their total net worth, bringing the combined sum to $3.9 trillion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

via The Real Brexit “Catastrophe”: World’s 400 Richest People Lose $127 Billion | Zero Hedge

World’s 400 Richest People Lose $127 Billion on Brexit: Chart – Bloomberg

The world’s 400 richest people lost $127.4 billion Friday as global equity markets reeled from the news that British voters elected to leave the European Union. The billionaires lost 3.2 percent of their total net worth, bringing the combined sum to $3.9 trillion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The biggest decline belonged to Europe’s richest person, Amancio Ortega, who lost more than $6 billion, while nine others dropped more than $1 billion, including Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, the wealthiest person in the U.K.

via World’s 400 Richest People Lose $127 Billion on Brexit: Chart – Bloomberg

Kαι τώρα Brexit: Πότε και πώς θα φύγει η Βρετανία | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

Όμως, οι διεργασίες και τα νομικά βήματα που πρέπει να γίνουν μοιάζουν βουνό. Η Βρετανία θα πρέπει να επαναδιαπραγματευτεί 80.000 σελίδες συμφωνιών με την Ε.Ε, αποφασίζοντας ποιες θα διατηρήσει στη βρετανική νομοθεσία και ποιες θα εγκαταλείψει.

Ουδείς γνωρίζει πόσο διάστημα θα χρειαστεί αυτό, αλλά κυβερνητικές πηγές που επικαλούνται τα βρετανικά media κάνουν λόγο για μια διαδικασία που θα μπορούσε να απασχολεί το κοινοβούλιο της χώρας επί χρόνια.

via Kαι τώρα Brexit: Πότε και πώς θα φύγει η Βρετανία | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

Γκάμπριελ: Με το Brexit ανοίγει η δημόσια συζήτηση για τη λιτότητα | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

«Θα πρέπει επίσης στο εσωτερικό της ομοσπονδιακής κυβέρνησης να συζητήσουμε εκ νέου το πώς μπορούμε να βελτιώσουμε την κατάσταση των ανθρώπων στην Ευρώπη, μόνο έτσι θα μπορέσουμε να εξασθενήσουμε τον ευρωσκεπτικισμό» δήλωσε ο Γκάμπριελ.
Για τον Γερμανό αντικαγκελάριο, το Brexit «δεν είναι το τέλος της Ευρώπης, ούτε το τέλος της συνεργασίας με τη Βρετανία αλλά μια σαφής ένδειξη πως η Ευρώπη πρέπει να ασχοληθεί πιο έντονα με τους ανθρώπους».

via Γκάμπριελ: Με το Brexit ανοίγει η δημόσια συζήτηση για τη λιτότητα | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

Brexit would make the UK more secure by scuppering plans for an EU army, French admirals claim

We believe the United Kingdom, like France, has an important role to play in the world. It will not be diminished by leaving the EU, but will instead act as a beacon for those across the Europe who see the nation state as the corner stone of democracy and well-being.

“A ‘Leave’ vote will apply screeching brakes to those pushing for the integration of the armed forces of the EU’s member states, and the otherwise inevitable and dangerous development of a “common defence” as the treaties predict.”

via Brexit would make the UK more secure by scuppering plans for an EU army, French admirals claim

10 truths about Europe’s migrant crisis | UK news | The Guardian

1.2 million

There are countries with social infrastructure at breaking point because of the refugee crisis – but they aren’t in Europe. The most obvious example is Lebanon, which houses 1.2 million Syrian refugees within a total population of roughly 4.5 million. To put that in context, a country that is more than 100 times smaller than the EU has already taken in more than 50 times as many refugees as the EU will even consider resettling in the future. Lebanon has a refugee crisis. Europe – and, in particular, Britain – does not.

via 10 truths about Europe’s migrant crisis | UK news | The Guardian.