Post by ignorantianescia on May 30, 2017 22:16:14 GMT
I don't know about the UK, but for the Netherlands Facebook is a hotbed of authoritarian populists, which would be the core of the UKIP Brexiter demographic.
Anyway, though some Brexiters noted the unfairness of privileging EU migrants over non-EU migrants, many Brexiters (and to a lesser degree also other groups of voters) want a slightly larger reduction in non-EU migration than in EU migration, according to a new study.
A study on the impact of immigration on wages, that found a 1% reduction in low-skilled workers' wages spread out over several years, was misrepresented as demonstrating a 10% wage reduction for average wages by IDS.
In one fell swoop, Theresa May's hard Brexit mandate has been destroyed
Britain voted to leave the EU in June 2016 by the slimmest of majorities, and those on the winning side voted for a variety of reasons. Theresa May and her team took it upon themselves to interpret the referendum result as a mandate for an extreme Brexit – and now they've seen the consequences
We must now demand a Brexit deal that preserves a close, cooperative and positive relationship with Europe, and ensures that Britain remains open, tolerant and fair
There may be chaos ahead but perhaps today we may hope to emerge from this Conservative-made nightmare with some hope, if little dignity.
From the other wide of the world, I don't have strong opinions on Brexit, though I tend to think it is silly. But these events certainly (in my mind at least) confirm a few feelings I have had about politics for a while.
There used to be a graffiti in Sydney that said "Don't vote. It only encourages them." That tends to sum up the average Aussie attitude to politicians. They think they are important and we all take them seriously, but we voters tend to think they are either buffoons (plenty of examples of those around unfortunately) or self serving. They take themselves too seriously and think that the world they inhabit is the real world, whereas the rest of us think their world is a bit of a fantasy. So they make decisions like to call snap elections, thinking that we will assess the issues as they see them and present them, whereas most of us either see things through a very personal lens that is very different to theirs, or else we see them as self serving and party-serving rather than nation-serving and vote very differently than they expect. Australia's Malcolm Turnbull fell into the same trap as Theresa May and his majority was cut to just a single seat.
unkleE's rule of thumb, if I don't know who to vote for, is to vote for the opposition. Like my compost, turning government over regularly keeps things less smelly!
On a related note: the total destruction of UKIP is a joy to behold.
Yes and The Labour party has been little better than the Conservatives in its lacklustre oppostion to Brexit.
Even in the Conservative press, though, there seems to be an acceptance that 'Hard Brexit' is dead. Columnists in the Times have been scathing about the behaviour of the The Conservative party in calling the referendum and the latest election. Even the Conservative magazine, The Spectator, mostly recognises reality e.g. Nick Cohen:
Finally, and I accept this is asking too much, the best thing we can do now that Theresa May has brought her coalition of chaos to British politics, is withdraw our Article 50 notification and not send it back in again until we have the faintest idea of what we are doing and where we are going.
Post by ignorantianescia on Jun 11, 2017 17:48:30 GMT
Here is an intriguing image from the FT on the composition of voters in 2017 compared to voters from 2015. (Although all gains being shown as transfers between parties doesn't make much sense to me, especially in light of the increased turnout.)
And if you need a laugh or meditative reading for the Sunday evening, the New Yorker has a spoof of the general election in the style of the KJV, mostly after the Synoptics:
And it came to pass, in the land of Britain, that the High Priestess went unto the people and said, Behold, I bring ye tidings of great joy. For on the eighth day of the sixth month there shall be a general election.
And the people said, Not another one.
Non cultri, sed cultores homines interficiunt.
Latest lesson for Mythicists: Est extra textum nulla salus.