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The 5 stages of Brexit: Denial-Denial-Denial-Denial-Denial by Thanos Kalamidas

What’s wrong with May and Brexiteers’ policies towards Brexit? Denial for sure and the fact that they think that they play chicken with Brussels. To make it worst while the EU member states had two years to prepare themselves and Union’s economy for the unavoidable, UK was still trying to figure out if and what will be the consequences from the Brexit, often beleiveing that they are …invisible. Sadly, months before the final day reality haven’t reached them yet. They still …play.

The whole situation reminds something we have already lived in Europe three years ago with Greece in the role of the protagonist. Creative calculations, accounting and a lot of imagination had made the Greek government and especially the then finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, (an academic theorist of the economic game-theory) to believe that the rconomic losses EU was facing in front of a Greek bankruptcy were going to be so dramaticaly damaging that the eurozone would actually cut the debt into half and free Greece from the prospect of the torturous memorandums.

may01_400That was the theory behind the chicken game Greeks tried to play back then and it started in February 2015. By May 2015, just three months later, all the EU states and their banking systems were fully prepared for a Greek bankruptcy. Actually the entire banking universe was prepared for a Greek bankruptcy, except the …Greek government.

By the end of July 2015 Greece was deep in the memorandums with the banks in capital controls and the Greek people marching in mass to poverty. The Greek state didn’t bankrupt but the Greek government did and normality will never return to Greece; in fact the Greek people since then have learned to live in a new reality nobody envies.

But UK is not Greece, you might say, from every single angle you might look at it. Might have fallen into the ninth place in the world’s largest economies; but still there, on the top ten. And in theory this is good news if your competition didn’t come from the tenth which is an EU member state in the verges of bankruptcy due to foreign debt followed by the Brazilian economy with the known complicated political problems due to constant corruption. Strange company and far away from the top eight.

However still on the top ten; an industrial country with huge exports and a huge – somehow private – market to consume British goods, the Commonwealth of Nations. Although some of the member started having their own market power reaching for their own consumers far away from UK’s Commonwealth like India, South Africa or Nigeria. Oddly some of them like Canada and Pakistan make independently their own deals with EU far away from the British …influence. And these are just sings that the prospects from theory to practice might be a little …distant.

Theresa May, with or without the cycle of the Brexiteers like Boris Johnson, started the negotiations projecting the idea and the attitude that UK is a superpower empowered from the illusion that the spirit of the old British Empire was still alive. It is dead, they went to the funeral long time ago but sadly they still don’t believe it. And that’s another brick in the wall Theresa and her colleagues Brexiteers have built with EU. Actually that makes in a weird way funny a complain she expressed after the Salzburg summit, that the EU does not …respect Britain. Oddly she did all these complains after her return to London, obviously it was all a show for the tabloids and nothing more. Theresa knows that there is no success story in Brexit and she just tries to survive the mess.

Bottom line, while EU went through all the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance in one year and bit, having plenty of time to spare, UK got stuck with denial and months before the end they are still there.

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Chilcot May have saved Corbyn and stopped Brexit by Thanos Kalamidas

ovicover_07_07_16The say that when it comes to bad news they have the tendency to come all together and for Britain July 6th was another day with more bad news. Well not for everybody. Chairman Sir John Chilcot delivered the results of UK’s Iraq War inquiry concluding that: the invasion was not the “last resort” action presented to MPs and the public. There was no “imminent threat” from Saddam, and that Tony Blair overstated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein, sent ill-prepared troops into battle and had “wholly inadequate” plans for the aftermath.

In other words, Tony Blair lied and screwed up big, criminally, globally, consequencing the death of hundreds of thousands. The man has blood on his hands and he will pay for that. Tony Blair was not alone when he lied and cheated, he had accomplices and I don’t mean this reptile spin-doctor Alistair Campbell, only. He had all this bunch of cronies in the Labour Party going under the New Labour brand. And most of them – minor Gordon Brown – are still here. Trying to force policies and agendas.

Jeremy Corbyn did a lot of mistakes during the Brexit-Remain campaign, his main one was that he was not into it. The man didn’t inspire much of remain and after the result there were many – inside and outside the Labour Party – that would have bet that he didn’t even vote for remain himself. He restricted himself into cliché announces and speeches leaving the field for the Tories. After all, it was them who had turned the whole thing into an internal conflict, Boris Vis David. Why not make the best of it after the humiliating defeat in 2015 general elections?

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Queen cancels diamond party because of the economic gloom

The Queen has cancelled a party to mark her diamond wedding anniversary because she felt it would be “inappropriate” to hold a lavish celebration with the country on the brink of recession.


Guests at the party, which was due to be held at The Ritz this weekend, would have been served champagne from crystal-studded bottles and dined off tablecloths covered with sparkling jewels.

But with her subjects facing rising bills and falling house prices, and the banking system paralysed by the so-called “credit crunch”, the Queen has decided that the celebration would be regarded as insensitive.

Shit! Should I start worrying now?


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We are stronger together

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says France and Britain have “never been so close”, during an historic address to both houses of the UK Parliament. He said he wanted a new Franco-British “brotherhood”, stressing that what brought Britain and France together was “stronger than what separates us”.


His country would “never forget” what British people did to “free France” during the world wars, he said. Peers and MPs crowded into the Royal Chamber to hear the speech in French.

Mr. Sarkozy said France and Britain were stronger side by side, and the world admired the UK’s “courage”. Earlier Mr. Sarkozy and his new wife Carla Bruni met the Queen and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle at the start of a two day state visit to Britain.

Both President Sarkozy and Prime Minister Gordon Brown have said they want a new era of closer relations. Mr. Sarkozy says he wants the UK and France to work “hand in glove” on issues like energy and immigration.

That’s it, no more jokes with frogs and roast beef; and please did you see the way Philip was looking at …Mrs. Bruni’s dress?


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