The Divine Wind

Yesterday, after I’d voted, and was sitting outside a pub with a beer and a cigarette, a woman walked by with her dog. Someone must have asked her if she was on her way to the polling station up the road, where I’d just voted to save Britain from EU tyranny, because she gaily replied:

“I’m going to change the world!”

And that’s exactly what she went and did. Because since then, the Prime Minister has resigned, the pound has been falling, stock markets have been crashing, and world leaders have been huddling together for urgent consultations.

My aims had been modest: I merely wanted to save Britain from tyranny. But she wanted to change the whole world. What high ambition.

In fact the English weather may have had a big hand in changing the world. For throughout the day there was a band of cloud streaming north-eastward over London and south-east England, bringing bucket-loads of rain. There were reports of flooding in London.

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The result may have been a low voter turn-out in London and the South-East, where most of England’s Remainers turned out to be living (see BBC map above).  It was sunny everywhere else.

This won’t have been the first time Britain has been saved by a storm. On the 4th of August 1588, the Spanish Armada, which was about to land an army on England’s south coast, began to experience an adverse wind (much like yesterday’s storm wind) that blew it east along the coast, all the way to Calais, and then all the way round Britain and back to Spain.

When I visited Japan about 10 years ago, I happened to stay in the city of Fukuoka, which had also been saved from a Mongol invasion fleet from Korea by The Divine Wind – Kamikaze – in 1274.

Anyway no-one seems to be complaining too much about the rain. And the result of the referendum seems to have been accepted in Brussels. No doubt there’ll be calls for another referendum in Scotland, since the Scots largely voted to remain in the EU. But there have been surprising calls for independence for London – “Londipendence” -, and the uniting of Ireland.

And we may have prevented World War III, according to Paul Craig Roberts:

The Brexit Vote

What does it mean?

Hopefully, a breakup of the EU and NATO and, thereby, the avoidance of World War III.

Not that I had any hand in it.

It was all the work of that woman and her dog.

We’ll be needing her again soon. And needing more divine winds.

Finally, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard:

This referendum was never a fight between Britain and Europe, as so widely depicted. It was the first episode of a pan-Europe uprising against the Caesaropapism of the EU Project and its technocrat priesthood. It will not be the last.

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20 Responses to The Divine Wind

  1. Frank Davis says:

    Donald Trump in Scotland earlier today:

  2. jaxthefirst says:

    Well now, I’m not a great believer in “omens,” relating to the weather, particularly in the UK where meteorologists themselves have trouble predicting exactly what the weather is going to do, without trying to interpret what the weather itself is trying to say. But nonetheless on the evening of the 22nd we (I’m in the South East) had the most enormous thunderstorm that rolled around the sky for hours and several short, but extremely heavy downpours which turned my road into a fast-flowing river and which sounded as if the world was going to come to an end before anyone got a chance to vote the next day. If I were a “believer” in such things, I’d have said that it was a sign from the Gods of upheaval and turbulence ahead. Good or bad, I didn’t know, but I did think quietly to myself that if this dreadful weather continued it could well be seen as a “warning sign.”

    Then the next day – the 23rd – dawned, and as I stumbled out of bed and drew my curtains I was greeted by a bright, clean morning full of light and sunshine and warmth, and I sort of knew then that the Gods had decided to smile that day instead of frowning. Indeed, it stayed nice enough all day for my OH and I to go and have a quick celebratory drink in the garden of a pub up the road after we’d voted. So if there’s anything to be drawn from these “omens,” we’ve got some big storms ahead, but ultimately everything will settle down and turn out beautifully. That is, of course, if one believes in such things. But it was a nice thought, anyway.

    • Tony says:

      By contrast in (remainiac) London, it rained all day and night on polling day but the 24th was a beautiful, warm, sunny day.

  3. Tony says:

    Wonderful result! I agree with Nigel Farage that 23rd of June should be named “UK Independence Day” . Maybe too, there’s room for another name on your list of Great Britons (from yesterday).

    As to market turmoil, I found it shocking that the Prime Minister and Chancellor of “Her Majesty’s Loyal Government” spent weeks trashing the UK’s prospects and doing their level best to create panic in the financial markets. This is on a par with shouting “fire” in a crowded cinema and had investors actually believed them it could have done considerable damage to the UK economy.
    In the event, the stock market fall was quickly corrected and the FTSE100 ended the week higher than it ended last week.

    Some more on the unravelling of Cameron’s “project fear” here:

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154203757034534&id=271585589533&__tn__=%2As

    • Tony says:

      As for the “collapse” of the value of the pound, I think it’s worth considering the sort of fluctuations that normally occur anyway. I’d suggest selecting the 10 year view for each of these charts:

      http://investing.thisismoney.co.uk/charts/GBPEUR
      http://investing.thisismoney.co.uk/charts/GBPUSD

      I think the pound will regain its value and more over the course of the next year or two provided Brexit is handled in a timely and competent fashion. Meanwhile Cameron has resigned but doesn’t want to move out until October and Osborne seems to be hiding. I think the Tories need to expedite the transfer of control and stop this nonsense.

  4. mikef317 says:

    Congratulations!

    That said, everyone please (please!) take two tranquilizers, and please – please!! – don’t call me in the morning.

    Kidding aside, some observations from New York City. I live in Queens, one of the five Boroughs. Manhattan (which we Borough dwellers call “The City”) has a “worldview” that rivals London.

    Given a 1 to 100 scale of UK political knowledge, I’m a 1. (But why should that stop me from commenting?)

    As far as I can see the smoking ban wasn’t an issue in the campaign. (Or was it a “silent” grievance not mentioned by some people who voted exit?) I doubt that the ban will be an issue this year, or even next. But I think the day will come. Let me quote Winston Churchill: “…this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” (Damn, the man could write!)

    Pundits on U. S. talk shows are having a field day. Ditto newspapers and blogs. It’s not quite U. K. 24 / 7, but they’re getting there. Democrats repeat all the “remain” arguments; Republicans do likewise for “exit.” I don’t take any of these people seriously. Give them a week and they’ll be pontificating on some other subject. (I was only half joking about tranquilizers. The world is neither doomed or saved by the U.K. vote.)

    I want to end on a personal note. I don’t know if England will need a shoulder to lean on, but if you do, I think you’ll find that you have a lot of American friends who have some influence (as much as one voter can sway 300 million) with the U. S. government. Count me among them.

    • Rose says:

      This won’t have been the first time Britain has been saved by a storm

      When I saw the forecast I had the same thought, Frank, the weather radar looked like the wrath of God was falling on London.

    • Rose says:

      Perhaps I do need those tranquilizers, Mike, I justed posted in the wrong place.

    • jaxthefirst says:

      Thank you for those kind words, Mike. It’s good to know that there are others around the world who support us in our struggle to retrieve our sovereignty, especially as (most of) our MSM are giving the impression that everyone else in the world – both inside Europe and elsewhere – have clutched their hands to their heads in horror and gone to hide, wide-eyed and trembling, under the duvet!

      I’m not sure that the smoking ban played a major part in people’s decisions on this occasion. Of course, it may well have been in the back of people’s minds – those people, of course, who know that it was in fact instigated by a European dictat rather than our own Government – the “silent protest” which you mention, and certainly in terms of adding fuel to the anger at our politicians and the resulting desire to give them a “kick in the ass” (as you Americans would say!) the smoking ban, along with all the latest proposals for persecution/restrictions/limits on drinking, vaping, sugar, salt, fat etc no doubt helped to swell the number of Leave voters. But the impression I get from other Leave voters is that they voted that way for much more over-arching issues, such as democratic accountability, sovereignty, the slow strangulation of our economic viability, and the appalling standard of our political representatives. Certainly, my own reason for voting, much as I despise the smoking ban, was along the lines of “let’s get shot of the EU first, then let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of lifestyle interference and prodnosed, single-issue lobby groups and politicians after that.”

      • Frank Davis says:

        I agree that we have to get shot of the EU before we can decide for ourselves whether we want to regulate lifestyles.

        It remains to be seen whether we’ll actually be able to get shot of it at all easily.

  5. Frank Davis says:

    Breitbart:

    As Breitbart News predicted, severe flooding hammering the UK on Election Day depressed British turnout enough to assure a victory for the “Brexit” from the European Union.

    Breitbart News on the eve of the vote predicted that an “Act of God” level storm system was about to wallop the UK and favor the Brexit. The worst of the day’s torrential rain storms and severe flooding hit hardest in Southeast England, which was expected to be the strongest area for the pro-remain vote…

    Professor Rob Ford of Manchester University told Bloomberg, “This is the biggest shock to European politics since the fall of the Berlin Wall.”

    It could, of course, have been that the rain depressed the Leave vote, and that’s why Remain won in the flooded areas. And if there hadn’t been so much rain, Leave would have won by a larger margin.

  6. Frank Davis says:

    The BBC map I use in the piece above has part of N Ireland voting to Leave. But this one from the WSJ doesn’t show that. Which is it?

  7. prog says:

    Most of the young couldn’t be arsed to vote. I don’t think they realise that a referendum vote is not the same as non marginal constituency elections when the outcomes are far more predictable

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Clzhm78WEAIjyFO.jpg:large

    • Rose says:

      If they are as young and gullible as I was when I voted the first time, that’s probably a good thing, I bet no one explained the difference between Common Law and Corpus Juris to them for a start.

      Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the EU’s justice system
      10 November 2013

      “Corpus juris, used by our continental neighbours, is not a system of justice we should be welcoming in the UK. It is alien to our beliefs of “innocent before proven guilty” and of limiting the power of the state. Once the power of law enforcement has been handed to another institution, there is no guarantee we can get it back. Certainly the endless rhetoric of “repatriating powers” to Westminster politicians, scared of the increasing hostility to the EU project and the rise of Ukip, has seen no reversal in the flow of powers.

      The EU court already exists: the plans under the Lisbon Treaty are to extend its jurisdiction. I question whether many MPs know the details of these measures.

      As far as I am aware, there is no official research centre of comparative criminal procedure in any university in Britain, nor has any previous government undertaken any detailed research into the workings of the criminal law system of our EU partners. And yet we have been signed up to a series of treaties that bring ever-closer union”
      http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/innocent-until-proven-guilty-not-under-the-eu-s-justice-system-8931215.html

  8. waltc says:

    US news (CNN) reports efforts underway to get a do-over of the vote. Petition w 2 mil signatures. Quotes from Leave voters expressing remorse. Then too on technical grounds that the majority vote did not hit 60% and the total vote was not 75% of the voting population. Intimating there was some kind of rule in place demanding those percentages for the results to be valid. Is that anyway true? Meanwhile, most media here (most being leftish) characterize Leave voters as uneducated, unenlightened, xenophobic lower classes who didn’t understand what they were doing, were motivated by hate and fear and misled by false propaganda. Same meme repeated by most of the folks here in Manhattan which indeed is London West.

    • Frank Davis says:

      They can petition all they like. I doubt if much will happen in the short term. By accepting the result, and announcing his resignation (and a Conservative party leadership election) Cameron seems to have effectively ensured that nothing is going to happen for months.

      It has almost had me wondering whether Cameron was a closet Brexit supporter who helped win the referendum by firstly trying and failing to get a better deal from the EU, and then running such an outrageously negative campaign that it was almost certain to lose, and finally resigning in such a manner to ensure that the Conservative government could have 4 or 5 months to find a new leader and formulate new policies (while the EU is trying to hurry matters along as fast as possible).

      Who voted for Brexit? The best analysis I’ve heard came from Peter Hitchens, who said it was the old pre-Blair/Brown traditional Labour voters in combination with old pre-Cameron traditional Conservative voters. Both of them could agree on this matter, because they’re both patriots rather than globalists or progressives or whatever. Both wanted to restore British sovereignty. That’s a bit like old-style Democrats and Republicans from way back when coming together to behind the USA.

      There’s going to be chaos in British politics (and probably European politics) for months, maybe years.

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  10. Jeremy Stocks says:

    Let’s have a weather map of the voting and overlay it together.

    Was London chemtrailed or HAARPed?

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