Gideon Rachman on Brexit, episode XXVII: The British court Merkel’s underlings. A comment by Political Observer

Is there noting so dependable than Mr. Rachman’s speculation, and almost anguish, over the question of Brexit? Or the fact that he is a reliable member of the apologists for the E.U., as the historical precursor of the now utterly collapsed Neo-Liberalism: we are now in the ninth year of its ignominious collapse. Of course, those 1%’s are very happy with the dismal economic/political present. Although the rise and the flourishing of ‘The Populists’ is a constant reminder of the persistent failure of the Free Market Dogmas.

Here is the proof that Mr. Rachman, as a member of the press, that confirms his status as expert/technocrat of a very particular kind. Or as apologist for Monnet’s Dream, a cartel with democratic garnish, as it comes apart in agonizing slow motion :

I was sitting in the audience at the annual Anglo-German Königswinter conference as the two ministers attempted to charm their German audience.

The reader looks on in a kind of wonder as Merkel, as the dynamic leader of the four time defaulter Germany, is the arbiter for the Virtuous Norther Tier, as one of its own bids adieu. A melodrama destined for the small screen.

Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism has posted an interview that The Real News Network’s Kim Brown conducted with Nick Dearden, of Jubilee Debt Campaign and Global Justice Now. The headline reads: ‘“Henry VIII Clauses” in Britain’s “Great Repeal” Brexit Bill Gives Government Unprecedented Powers’. A long quote from the transcript is instructive:

KIM BROWN: What are you calling for? And what can people in the UK do on a practical level that might influence the Great Repeal Bill?

NICK DEARDEN: The number of laws that are going to be, not just transferred, but also changed in the next two or three years, is going to be absolutely phenomenal. And it will touch everybody in the country, and every aspect of their lives. And I think people aren’t geared up anywhere near enough for what a big task this is, and how, if we don’t keep our eyes on it, if we don’t try and hold to account the government, challenge what they’re trying to do in various important ways, we’re going to end up with the most enormous power grab.

You know, we don’t have a written constitution here. And most countries that have written constitutions, they wouldn’t allow something like Henry VIII powers. But we have a very archaic parliamentary system. Unfortunately, that does make it easier, for governments like ours, who believe they have a mandate from the British people — even if the British people only voted marginally to leave the European Union — and they didn’t vote for all manner of other things that are now being told… we’re being told, well, that’s just how it is, this is what people voted for.

We never voted to leave the European Single Market, but we’re being told we absolutely have to. We didn’t vote to rip up freedom of movement of people across the European Union. We’re now being told, and yes, absolutely that’s what people voted on. So, all kinds of major decisions are being taken at the moment. And not only are we, as a public, unaware of that, but Parliament is particularly supine, in its ability to challenge the government, or confront the government, or change any of this.

And if we really want to change any of this, then ordinary people need to educate themselves about what’s going on, and we can help do that by trying to explain what the Great Repeal Bill is. We need to get this stuff in the media, and most important, we need to tell our elected representatives not to simply sign away their authority for scrutinizing, and holding the government to account, about how these laws are going to be changed, and what our new laws are going to look like.

I mean, there’s going to be… We’re going to completely have to rethink our trade regime, our food and farming policies. Our immigration policies, our taxation policies -– all of these things are going to have to be rewritten — and they’re going to have to be rewritten very quickly. At the moment, I would say, our Parliament is simply proving itself not to be up to the job of scrutinizing this.

So, if our elected representatives are unable to do it, it falls to us as people, to really start looking in detail at what’s going on. Protesting where we need to protest, challenging and confronting where we need to challenge and confront, and make sure…

Mr. Rachman is too busy speculating, to address such mundane questions as the care and maintenance of democratic values and their institutional protection. What the reader of Mr. Rachman’s speculations gets, is awash in the technocratic chatter of the ‘expert’, in defense of ‘Monnet’s Dream’, as it has realized itself historically into German economic hegemony. With the Greeks acting as the sacrificial victim of German hubris and hypocrisy, is a reality that is avoided at all costs, here at The Financial Times, and by its employee Mr. Rachman.

Political Observer



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