At The Financial Times: Tony Barber as Cassandra, a comment by Political Reporter

Headline: ‘Brexit deals a grievous blow to the international order’

Sub-headline: ‘The repercussions in Europe will be incalculable, writes Tony Barber’

To what international order does Mr. Barber refer ? The Neo-Liberal order collapsed with a deafening crash in 2008. It’s taken eight years for the news to reach the Elites at The Financial Times, by way of  Mr. Cameron’s bad political bet? Not to gloat, but what a gross political miscalculation, even maladroitly career ending for Cameron. The perpetually repeated Party Line of this newspaper of The Rebellion Against The Elites, indulged in with abandon by the editors: was the writing on the wall, to those willing to read the message, no matter how obscurely spelled out, in the rise of the dreaded ‘Populists’ of both ‘Left’ and ‘Right’? Should we note the rise of Jeremy Corbyn as indicative of that political discontent? Or the treatment of the Greeks by Germany, a four time defaulter, headed by Merkel and her political confederate the European Central Bank? This, the starkest kind of object lessons, about the judgement of ‘The Virtuous Norther Tier’, as the real arbiters of the ruthless cartel called the EU, the precursor of the projected European Super State? But Mr. Barber in his opening paragraph strikes a Cassandra like pose: hysterical melodrama is never amiss:

Make no mistake about it. Britain’s vote to leave the EU is the most damaging blow ever inflicted on the liberal democratic international order that was created under US auspices after 1945. Pandora’s box is well and truly open.

Or the second paragraph mentioning ‘Moscow, Pyongyang and the hiding places of assorted terrorists.’ The friends/allies of Britain and the current political monsters are invoked :

All Britain’s allies and friends, from Australia, Canada, India, Japan and the US to London’s 27 EU partners, urged British voters to vote Remain. It is hard to think of anyone beyond Britain’s borders who will rejoice at the referendum result outside Moscow, Pyongyang and the hiding places of assorted terrorists.

Mr. Barber, in the remainder of his essay, continues his role as Cassandra, yet in this incarnation of the role, Mr. Barber conceives himself as Prophet, whose readers eagerly await his pronouncements of doom.

A modest proposal: might the EU, in light of Brexit,  call for a European Constitutional Convention, in which all member states, Britain being an invited guest/participant, engage in a full scale debate about the  ‘reform’ of the union into an actual democracy. Or, at the least, begin a dialogue about such institutional reform, as a beginning to realize the actuality of union based upon functioning democratic principles, backed by the force of law. The stunning lack of political imagination, nor a persistent ideological myopia, of both The Financial Times and Mr. Barber could not be more starkly demonstrated!

Political Reporter

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