Dire Predictions for the EU

Dire predictions for the EU, number 1:

Why the EU might not last beyond next year: DOMINIC SANDBROOK on the political and financial earthquake ripping through Europe

Coming so soon after the Brexit referendum result and the victory of Donald Trump, the aftermath of the Italian referendum had an oddly familiar feel.

When I awoke to Radio 4 yesterday morning, there were the same voices of doom, the same tones of shock and grief, the same reports of tremors rippling through Europe’s financial markets.

Once again Europe’s governing elites are struggling to come to terms with a political and financial earthquake….

The great mystery of all this to me is that the EU elite have had warning after warning.

They have known for years the euro was a calamitous mistake, that austerity was destroying the prospects of an entire generation from Athens to Alicante, that mass immigration was enormously unpopular.

And they have known voters were outraged by their bungling of the Middle Eastern refugee crisis.

Even now, it is not too late to change tack — but on they go, charging towards disaster.

And when, at last, they find themselves contemplating the blackened ruins of their European project, they should not blame the voters.

The only people they should blame are themselves.

Number 2:

‘We’ve had the earthquake – now for the TSUNAMI’ Experts predict worst yet to come for EU

THE European Union is about to be swept away by a populist tsunami with countries from Britain to the Baltics increasingly turning to nationalist parties, leading EU experts warned tonight.

Analysts said the political earthquake unleashed by the financial crisis has morphed into an unstoppable anti-EU wave as wealth inequality and dissatisfaction with Brussels fuel an anti-establishment revolution.

The independent website VoteWatch, which analyses the state of the bloc, said unless radical action is taken Europe will “continue its fragmentation in a downward spiral leading to its break-up”.

Its dire warning comes amid a surge in support for populist parties across the continent which is threatening to engulf the euro establishment and rip the EU project apart.

No mention of Europe’s 150 million smokers, “exiled to the outdoors” by the EU’s own war on smokers. One of whom is supermodel Naomi Campbell, seen here smoking outside with somebody’s borrowed jacket around her shoulders. Perhaps she should have borrowed his trousers too (click for enlargement).

naomi-campbell-smokes

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14 Responses to Dire Predictions for the EU

  1. Roobeedoo2 says:

    Naomi looks lush, I doubt she would have had trouble getting the trousers off him later ;)

    Did you see, the EU have reintroduced a ban on dancing?

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-05/footloose-comes-brussels-europe-unleashes-dance-tax

    Fucking dancing now… */shakes head with dismay…*

  2. Ian Reid says:

    Frank,

    I think you might find this article interesting.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-38160671

    • Furtive Ferret says:

      Good call Ian. I thought of posting it too but see that you have pipped me to the post. Clearly the indoors smoke makes bugger all difference to health.

  3. This might be a fake news story
    BREAKING: MPs have voted 461-89 to Respect The Result and invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty by 31 Mar 17

    http://www.thebrexitbible.co.uk/blog/breaking-mps-have-voted-461-89-to-respect-the-result-and-invoke-article-50-of-the-lisbon-treaty-by-31-mar-17

    • Dave Copeland It’s true…
      May’s government was due to face an opposition day motion from Labour today, asking the Government to reveal details of its plans for exit negotiations with EU ministers – with the caveat that any material “that could be reasonably judged to damage the UK in any negotiations” be withheld.

      It’s been reported that a significant number of Conservative MPs were going to side with the motion. Indeed Tory MP Anna Soubry said up to 40 Tories could side with Labour.

      The Government moved to head off the motion by agreeing not to oppose the motion when it was read out. But, craftily, it will also table an amendment which reads: “This House will respect the wishes of the UK as expressed in the referendum on 23 June; and further calls on the Government to invoke Article 50 by March 31 2017”.

  4. smokingscot says:

    I wholly agree, one size cannot possibly fit all.

    Cameron was (I quote some EU official) “irresponsible” in calling for a referendum, yet he did because he thought he’d be on the winning side. Same as Salmond and Renzi (quiet chuckle).

    It’s not just the EU people who are getting it wrong; our lot did – north and south of the border; indeed it seems the political classes everywhere are doing the same thing and that is listening to the voices they want to hear.

    Yet it’s remarkable the way the Spanish political parties couldn’t get their act together and form a government. I believe it centred around one refusing to even consider separation for Catalonia. So a lot of fragmented parties that could have formed a government failed and the Spanish are back to square one.

    And I’m listening in on the posturing in our parliament trying to coerce the government into revealing every single aspect of our negotiating position, for the most part just for the hell of it. Many Labour MP’s are not doing their constituents any favours because they voted to leave, while their MP wants to fight to stay in the single market – and unlimited migration.

    It’s frustrating to listen to the sound bites because, for the most part, the mouth simply doesn’t have a clue. Seems it’s all a matter of principle, which is the sort of stuff that goes on in 3rd world banana republics.

    Take out Gibraltar, Scotland and N. Ireland and the English vote must have been huge in favour of exit. And doubtless many will be as hacked-off as myself with all this procrastination.

    Carswell summed it up very well in parliament today. carry on like this kiddies and she’ll have no choice but call another election.

    “Rather than waste time letting lawyers and vested interests tie the Prime Minister’s hands, the government should put Brexit legislation before MPs now. If this parliament refuses to back it, let’s elect one in 2017 that will.”

    http://www.talkcarswell.com/home/theresa-may-must-call-a-binding-vote-to-trigger/3170

    What I find difficult to imagine is if they manage to delay triggering article 50, or even get an early election and Labour wins, do they honestly believe it’s all going to be kissy-huggy and all is forgot?

    I don’t think so. It won’t go away because the EU is not good for the UK, nor in my opinion for several other European countries. I think the EU will – quite correctly – demand their pound of flesh and that’ll be more money and our adoption of the Euro.

    By the way, I’ve been pondering what the opposite is of a “populist” party. The answer given on the web is “elitist”. Funny that the Lib/Dems and Labour should be considered elitist. Legends in their own minds maybe, but not elite. Common. Trash. Self seeking.

    • The eletists are the ones running the nannystate…………why we have a worldwide popular uprising against them. Just how long did they think people would keep taking it up the arse!

    • waltc says:

      Same thing here with futile demands for recounts and delusional hopes–but continuing hunts– to turn 37 electors of the electoral college to vote instead for Hillary. And Dems just called a hearing in which noted professors testified as to how –while all agreeing that–the electoral college should be thrown over. Like tobacco controlers, these soi disant liberals never give up

  5. Smoking Lamp says:

    Eurostat: One quarter of EU citizens are smokers

    One in four EU citizens over 15 years old (24%) is a tobacco smoker, according to Eurostat. Spain comes in just above this average with 25.3%.

    23% of Spanish residents are regular smokers and 2.4% are occasional smokers, Eurostat revealed on Wednesday (7 December), using data from 2014.

    These figures places Spain firmly in the middle of the EU ranking, along with the Netherlands (25.2%) and Romania (25.7%).

    Bulgaria (34.7%) and Greece (32.6%) have by far the highest proportions of smokers, while Sweden (16.7%) and the United Kingdom (17.2%) have the lowest.

    http://www.euractiv.com/section/health-consumers/news/eurostat-one-quarter-of-eu-citizens-are-smokers/

    • waltc says:

      I think the low percentages represent higher percentages of liars. Same for US stats

      • Rose says:

        It’s not lying, Walt, it’s just being economical with the truth.

        “The Fifth Amendment (Amendment V) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights and protects a person from being compelled to be a witness against himself in a criminal case. “Pleading the Fifth” is a colloquial term for invoking the privilege that allows a witness to decline to answer questions where the answers might incriminate him, and generally without having to suffer a penalty for asserting the privilege.”
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

        “The right to silence in England and Wales is the protection given to a person during criminal proceedings from adverse consequences of remaining silent. It is sometimes referred to as the privilege against self-incrimination. It is used on any occasion when it is considered the person(s) being spoken to is under suspicion of potential criminal proceedings.”
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_to_silence_in_England_and_Wales

        What wasn’t a crime yesterday may well be a crime tomorrow.

  6. slugbop007 says:

    Here’s a great scene from Frankenstein 1931: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYATXGjO2Tc

    slugbop007

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