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Sunday, 15 November 2020

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"Just go!". Not so fast. We are to believe all those 4 Dem governed states as well as 4 Dem run big cities have for once in decades run "clean elections"? Magic ballots appearing and all that and no R poll watchers allowed? Our Constitution has provisions to address all these sorts of problems which are not new, by the way. Joe Biden?? eclipsed the popular vote count of the sainted B. Hussein Obama by several million votes? Right. Trump's popular vote total also eclipsed Obama's vote total as well with no "funny ballots". The conclusion of this "election" must run through the courts for the sake of the next election in four years. The 72 million Trump voters are the people who need good reason to let it go in the end. The courts are the only chance. Not the media and swamp dwellers. We don't have to like it and won't, but will. If we are defrauded by the courts and the 'powers that be', we are also the 72 million that are the wrong people to cross this badly.

Even with a deal, Brexit is guaranteed to be a hyper-shambles ...

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2020/11/15/cummings-gone-biden-brexit-trade-deal-beckons/

"Even with a deal, things therefore threaten to be bad enough; if customs agents have to cope with EU tariffs and quotas on top, there is every possibility of complete meltdown."

Without a deal is even worse, because BoJo wouldn't dare do a "Singapore-on-Thames" for fear of the political backlash ...

"Nor is the UK about to become Singapore on Europe’s doorstep. Domestic political forces are a much bigger safeguard against that than any rules the EU might attempt to impose to ensure a level playing field."

And BoJo's a Blue Socialist anyway, so Singapore-on-Thames, the only Brexit that's better than being in the EU, is never going to happen - as I forecast, and why I was pro-Remain.

SoD

Good 'un from Pollard, how "the Blob", that is, the public sector, "welfare" state, and civil service, being un-reformable, can only be dealt with by what might be called "a state bypass". That is, a parallel independent sector solution rendering the state irrelevant ...

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/11/14/fall-dominic-cummings-triumph-blob/

But even without a global pandemic, it was clear that resistance to reform was institutionalised in the very machinery of government that Mr Cummings was set on reforming.

Nothing new or surprising there; the greatest post-War reformer of them all, Baroness Thatcher, faced internal opposition, both political and administrative, that could well have defeated her. It took her years to push the supposed Rolls-Royce Whitehall machinery in even vaguely the same direction in which she was travelling. And Tony Blair famously spoke after just two years in office of “the scars on my back” from trying to reform the public sector.

As Education Secretary, Michael Gove used to speak of ‘The Blob’, from a 1950s film in which an amoeba-like alien lump runs amok and which no one can halt. He was referring to the education establishment, but The Blob is spread far wider.

Education is a fascinating example of how to halt The Blob, and even defeat it. The education establishment has never gone away. Mr Gove’s insight – shared under Labour earlier by Andrew Adonis – was that you have to create an alternative establishment and try to render the Blob irrelevant. So Labour set up Academies and Mr Gove set up Free Schools, both of which were free of local political and union control and had their own separate machinery.

Even VI Lenin struggled to reform the failed state in Soviet Russia with his "New Economic Policy", a return to Market Capitalism under state supervision. He got there for a couple of years, and Soviet Russia picked up again ...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Economic_Policy

But sadly he croaked, and Stalin obliterated the NEP and went full forward with state collectivisation in 1928, destroying all hope of prosperity and keeping pace with the West.

These state people stick like shit to a blanket, don't they?

SoD

Blighty's Speccie this time: the EU poops through Sleepy Joe's letterbox, not once, but twice! ...

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.spectator.co.uk/article/brexit-britain-will-be-the-winner-in-the-eu-s-war-on-joe-biden/amp

In the very same week that the veteran politician finally made it to the presidency, the European Union has, oddly, made two extraordinarily aggressive moves against the US.

First, it launched a range of retaliatory tariffs on American goods over subsidies it alleges the American government gives to Boeing. American exporters of stuff as diverse as tomato ketchup and sweet potatoes will now face 25 per cent tariffs in Europe. A day later, the EU’s increasingly deranged competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager launched a huge anti-trust action against Amazon with a potential fine of £15 billion, serious money even for Jeff Bezos, if it is successful.

A "Let us hold your coats while you knock six bells out of each other" stance by Blighty when it comes to the US and EU, perhaps?

"Bait and bleed", while we crack on with Brexit for the next 4 years in the distraction and await the return of the Don, maybe?

Mmm, possibly something positive for Blighty in the wind for a change.

SoD

SoD, the facts re the US are more complicated:

"After Trump also imposed tariffs on EU steel and aluminum and threatened punitive duties on cars, the Europeans had hoped that he would hold fire on the tariffs related to the Airbus-Boeing dispute. But having repeatedly failed to achieve a negotiated solution, the EU decided to announce punishment of its own."

Though that doesn't sum them up either:

https://apnews.com/article/valdis-dombrovskis-global-trade-europe-united-states-8a9c8a48047ce656e853e40162596318

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David,

Thanks for your concern, but our institutions and a majority of Americans have done what was needed. We'll probably be OK, just less exceptional.

"I stumbled upon a TV programme last night which touched on the early days of Nazi Germany."


What was the programme, and on which channel, please?

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