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Saturday, 04 July 2015

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David

There could be worse thing than staying in the EU:

The Declaration of Dependence

When in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to forge Political Bonds linking them with another, and to relinquish their separate and equal Station among the Powers of the Earth, a decent Respect to the Opinions of requires that they should declare the Causes which impel them.'

.snip

raising the price of postage, 'thereby effectively levying a Stamp Tax;' devaluing the pound to $1.776, an 'excessively Bicentennial figure;' along with other 'Oppressions.'

'We, therefore, the Representatives of Great Britain, do solemnly Publish and Declare, That this Island is, and of Right ought to be, the fifty-first State of the United States and Great Britain.' This being done after appealing to 'our American brethren' to 'forgive and forget the Past, (What if we did burn down Washington in 1814?)

From "the Economist" 4 July 1976

I couldn't find the whole article which I remember as being just as funny.

Source
http://www.davidalanjohnson.com/the_friendliest_of_enemies__the_love___hate_relationship_between_britain_and_the_51532.htm
Which comments on Anglo-American relations.


Hank, I sent your clip to another site where the subject has arisen. Also, thanks for that link which I will read more closely later on.

I have a different view on Blighty's position reference a yes or no outcome.

I agree that a Yes will see the Fraulein put her jackboots and leathers on, whip and truncheon in hand, and Greece, the remainder of the PIGS, and indeed all states within EU, will have to get their gimp suits on, bend over, and take a supreme arse thrashing, Teuton-stylee.

Time for Blighty to exit stage West.

But if Greece says No, the Euro will have been dealt a mortal wound. For the EU to survive, the Euro fanatics and federalists will have to acknowledge a two speed Europe, resembling a "motte and bailey castle", an outer perimeter of loosely affiliated states, and an inner core of the Eurozone, and with freedom of movement of states between the two.

Being in the outer perimeter of the "motte and bailey" Europe is Britain's time honoured place, and best outcome.

So in the event of a "No", Blighty needs to get stuck in and demand the DT's 10 commandments: -

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/11686444/The-EU-commandments-10-things-David-Cameron-must-change-in-Europe.html

SoD

Also, I must be the only one who is utterly enthralled by the Greek drama?

It's better than Game of Thrones, and unless the yes / no vote goes 49 / 51% one way of the other, nobody dies.

SoD

And finally, Hank, ref burning down Washington in 1814.

Well, when offspring go through adolescence, it's a boisterous time as the little ones fly the nest: hormones running high, weary parental patience pushed to the limit, et al.

But when the dust settles, the Love never departed, and the new relationship sets.

And finally, you're probably right, sweet daughter America might take in the grumpy old man to keep him safe and sorted in his dotage, a little annex to the main house, with all mod cons, or similar.

SoD

"And finally, you're probably right, sweet daughter America might take in the grumpy old man to keep him safe and sorted in his dotage, a little annex to the main house, with all mod cons, or similar."

And never mind the incontinence, the empty whisky bottles littered around and the need to prod him into the shower once a week to hose him down. You can never do enough for a dear, old Dad!

Fulltext of the Declaration:
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"BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, England-- Great Britain became the 51st State of the United States of America as the official Declaration of Dependence was signed by Senator David Cameron this morning. The legal and financial amalgamation of the U.K. into the U.S. finally draws to a close the American Revolution that began in 1776."

"Over the last 229 years, members of the State of Britain have been progressively rejecting the authority of Parliament, due to excessive taxation on goods such as iPads, Rupert Murdoch 'doo-flicker-thingies' and Nike training shoes; the stratospheric squandering of the country’s coffers and the insistence that all British things are great, especially stews, shepherd’s pie, pickled eggs and bangers ‘n’ mash."

"As early as 1621 London introduced legislation to levy VAT on imported items purchased by the Brits, such as Apple products, Remington razors and sport footwear that passed into their ports. In return, American celebrities associated with these products enjoyed a sustained public profile and guaranteed seven figure salary, in addition to the seven figure salary already enjoyed in the U.S."

"Because of this success, in 1774 the U.S. brought satellite TV, fast food, fast computers and not-so-fast Fords to the shores of Britain, in an attempt to draw the population away from their wireless sets, ZX Spectrums, slow-cookers and horseless carriages. At the same time, during periods of strong economy, Government Ministers were cleaning their moats, buying second homes, propping up personal enterprises and signing blank checks to the idle, and brown of nose."

"In what has been the slowest coup in history, the argument over Americanization finally came to a head during Tiffin held by Congressman Harriet Harman on a sugar beet farm in Boston, Lincolnshire. Intolerant of Harman’s constant austerity speak, weak-as-gnats-piss brew and Digestive biscuits, the statesmen ejected the tea (and Harman) into the adjacent marina, and decamped to Burger King for a Double Whopper and banana milkshake."

"At the check-signing ceremony at Checkers this morning, Senator Cameron said: “The United Kingdom was an embarrassing center for financial horse-trading, thinly disguised as the World’s quaintest gift shop. The population has been slowly adapting to American ways with their twerks, jerks, cronuts, Duck Dynasty, Honey Boo Boo, David Duff, and and the Kardashians, while choosing to ignore the financial elephant-in-the-room. Hell, we can’t even find our own headline for Glastonbury any more."

"Becoming American was an obvious move for the U.K. as the population was just about there anyway. Oh, and we have also completely run out of money.”

"And never mind the incontinence, the empty whisky bottles littered around and the need to prod him into the shower once a week to hose him down."

Well you had to put up with that from me for 16 years (or was is 35 years?), so quid pro quo, 'n' all that.

SoD

True!

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