Leaving Port

A few days ago I was wondering whether Theresa May was not in fact going to invoke Article 50, and new regulations coming into effect tomorrow would preclude the possibility Britain (or any other member state) ever leaving the EU.

But it seems she has in fact invoked it. And we are now in a new situation. It is as if the ship Britannia, after being moored in the port of Le Havre for some 40 years, has raised anchor and set sail. But will she ever get out of the port? And if she does, might she not be wrecked on one of the innumerable rocks that line the coast of Brittany? A perilous journey has begun.

And right now, the omens are not looking very good. The whole world seems to be rapidly becoming a darker and more dangerous place. Britannia has raised anchor just as the sky is darkening, and the wind rising.

And while it looked like she might have a friend and ally in America in the form of Donald Trump, it’s beginning to look as if his new administration is being almost completely paralysed by the opponents of the new regime, who include not only all the Democrats but also quite a few Republicans, as well as a good few people inside various government agencies, including the intelligence agencies. And they all seem bent on preventing Trump from doing anything at all. All sorts of outrageous things are being said about him. Yesterday I read:

Liberal propagandist Michael Moore said Monday afternoon on Twitter that President Donald Trump will cause the “extinction of human life on earth.”

and

CHOMSKY: TRUMP MAY STAGE FALSE-FLAG TERRORIST ATTACK TO ‘RALLY SUPPORT’

Usually, after US Presidential elections, everything settles down, and the new administration gets on with whatever it was elected to do. Not this time, it seems. Listening to some of the Democrats, you’d think they’d just elected a new Hitler. In fact, that is exactly what some of them are saying.

I’m beginning to wonder if it’s not just Trump that is being paralysed by opposition, but that the USA is paralysed. What happens if there’s some new crisis somewhere in the world, and Trump proposes some course of action, and the Dems and half the RINOs in Congress automatically nix it? The USA will fail to act. Or fail to act decisively.

And such a circumstance of US political paralysis offers a window of opportunity for smaller players on the world scene. While the cat’s away, the mice will play. I now expect all sorts of mice to pop out of the woodwork.

A similar paralysis doesn’t seem to have afflicted Britain after the Brexit vote. Theresa May isn’t being compared to Hitler. There seems to have been a general assent that the vote went the way it did, and now we all have to get on with the job of Brexiting. But with the Trump administration paralysed, Theresa May’s job is going to be much harder.

Can Trump break loose from his bonds, like Prometheus Unbound? I think that if there’s anyone in America who can manage it, it’s Donald Trump. He’s run rings around all his opponents for the past 18 months, after all. He’s rewritten the rules of American politics. Another couple of rings should be no trouble at all.

I’m insufficiently knowledgeable about the intricacies of the checks and balances of US politics to know what’s likely to happen. But it seems to me that, right now, Donald Trump has been pretty thoroughly checked and balanced.

The underlying political conflict is between the globalists and the nationalists, or between hyper-regulators and de-regulators. The EU is a hyper-regulatory state. And smoking bans are the best example there is of hyper-regulation. Political correctness, which regulates speech and thought, is another form of hyper-regulation. If the globalists win, they’ll create a hyper-regulated society in which absolutely everything is controlled and regulated, and nobody has any freedom of action whatsoever. It’ll be one enormous prison, with all the prisoners obeying orders.

If the Trumps and the nationalists win, they’ll de-regulate everything (including smoking bans). The global upsurge in nationalism or populism that we’re seeing is a reaction to global hyper-regulation, of which the current pandemic of smoking bans is clear evidence of the global scale of hyper-regulation.

If the globalists win, there will be a perpetual economic slump, because hyper-regulation throttles innovation and enterprise. Conversely, if the Trumpian de-regulators win, there’ll be an economic boom.

The hyper-regulators are planners. Their ideal world is a planned world in which everything goes perfectly according to plan. It will be so carefully planned that they will know exactly what will happen on any given day, and how people will speak, and even how they will think. There will be no nasty surprises. The world will be one vast “safe space” in which nothing unsafe or surprising or unexpected is permitted to happen. Even if two people sit down to play a game of chess, they will first have to get permission, and they will be told who is to win. In fact, they will each be given the complete pre-planned set of moves they are to make.

My blog won’t be closed down. It will instead be dictated to me from above. And I will probably write about the joys of stopping smoking, and the wonderful health benefits attendant on it.  Any deviation from the text – even the replacement of an “and” with a “but” will be impermissible. All freedom will have completely vanished.

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10 Responses to Leaving Port

  1. Frank Davis says:

    With luck, the deregulation starts with this. I can think of at least one law that could and should be regulated, even if it wasn’t exactly an EU law.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/30/great-repeal-bill-government-begins-process-take-power-back/

    Plans to repatriate more than 40 years of powers back to Westminster will begin today with the publication of the details of the Great Repeal Bill.

    The white paper – Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union – will set out how the Government will deal with EU laws that cannot be easily converted.

    Secondary legislation, known as statutory instruments, will be used to make technical changes with up to 1,000 pieces expected, nearly as many as MPs and peers usually deal with in an entire parliament.

    The House of Commons library has warned it will be one of the largest legislative processes “ever undertaken”.

    The Bill itself expected in May’s Queen’s Speech.

    FAQ | The Great Repeal Bill
    What is it?
    The Great Repeal Bill is the legislation that will cover the UK’s departure from the European Union’s legal jurisdiction.

    What will it repeal?
    The bill is set to repeal the European Communities Act 1972, which legislated for the incorporation of EU law into the domestic law of the United Kingdom. However, the bill’s main purpose will be to transfer the entirety of EU legislation for the past 40 years directly onto the UK statute book.

    Why are we adopting EU law en masse?
    A huge mass of EU legislation, covering subjects such as workers’ rights and financial regulation, would instantly cease to have legal standing once the UK leaves the EU.

    Such a legal black hole would cause confusion and potential chaos. This wholesale adoption is intended to allow an orderly Brexit. UK legislators will prune and modify these laws post-Brexit as necessary.

    When will this bill come into force?
    For obvious reasons, the bill is scheduled to pass through Parliament well before the UK actually leaves the European Union. This bill will be included in the next Queen’s Speech and introduced in the next parliamentary session.

    • Why are we adopting EU law en masse?
      So much for the whole Brexiteur wail about ‘199% of all our laws are made in Brussels’ and that Brexiting will mean ‘we can make our OWN laws again’
      If the UK parliament hadn’t have been ‘sovereign’ the whole time then there would be no need to adopt EU legislation onto OUR statute books.
      .Really, in some distance future, historians will have a bugger of a job deciding whose arguments, pro and contra Brexit, were the more asinine.

  2. wrecked on one of the innumerable rocks that line the coast of Brittany
    Unlikely as the EU will, by then, have blown up any obstacles impeding the ‘good riddance’. The EU seems to be more concerned about the rustbucket, prison hulk, HMS Britannia taking out the harbour walls at Calais shortly before Dover…at a cost of billions to repair. Or,with our Great British sense of navigating political waters, crashing head long into Malta (having nearly sunk the entire Island of Gibraltar before hand).
    The EU/German News was making clear last night that the bulk of the problems HMS Britannia 2.1 will face are planning the welcoming committee when finally home, the crowd may well be a lot more fractured and smaller than hoped for. Also the EU is very worried about the HMS Britannia, code named “Ruptured Duck ” skipping port without paying the mooring fees and who will pay for the emergency at-sea repairs to get it back under sail and , ‘thankfully’ in the eyes of many EUers, gone?
    That Polish Captain was saying the goal now is that with the UK leaving is to ensure it doesn’t cost any EU citizen money and ‘damage’ limitation. The sky above May is darkening with the wings of albatrosses returning to roost after she refused to affirm the rights of EU citizens unfortunate enough to reside in Little England after BREXIT.

  3. Rhys says:

    H/T Audrey Silk for this. The Americans aren’t very swift at repealing smoking bans. A 66-year-old woman in a wheelchair has just been put out of federal housing for smoking: http://www.upmatters.com/news/local-news/woman-says-she-is-homeless-after-being-evicted-for-not-following-policy/682068387

    Anyone else remember when Obama passed this law just before he left office and they all cried ‘but it won’t come to evictions!’

    Bastards.

    • Frank Davis says:

      I wrote about the proposal in January ’16. Looks like Ben Carson, who was confirmed as HUD Secretary on 2 March, hasn’t revoked it.

      Audrey Silk’s facebook comment.

    • Frank Davis says:

      Elsewhere:

      WASHINGTON — Congressional efforts to stamp out tobacco use among troops are expanding to veterans, too.

      In separate hearings on Capitol Hill Wednesday, lawmakers from both parties pushed to curb the habit in the ranks and at Veterans Affairs facilities. The moves follow a years-long campaign from defense leaders and VA officials to highlight the negative health effects of tobacco products, which remain more popular with the military crowd than the general population.

      At a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., blasted Pentagon leaders for a lack of leadership on the issue, saying not enough is being done to discourage the use of tobacco products among young service members. A recent department study noted that 38 percent of smokers in the military started after they enlisted.

      Durbin has spearheaded several anti-tobacco efforts in budget legislation in recent years, and promised more in the months to come.

      “The rest of the world seems to have awakened to this,” he said. “Why has the military been so slow?”

      • Vlad says:

        What do young service members need tobacco for? To reach 110 like this veteran? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXyfCGDnuWs
        Instead let Big Pharma step in and brainwashed doctors prescribe 7 medications to a 23yrs old until he dies:
        “Look at all the drugs they had him on,” Mary said, showing ABC11 cameras a list that includes Oxycodone, Xanax, Percocet, Klonopin, Celexa, Lunesta, and Ambien.
        “I ran the list of medications by my niece – who was a psychologist in a psychiatric hospital – and she said: ‘Oh Mary, that’s a cocktail of death, they’re trying to kill him,'” said Mary. http://abc11.com/archive/8637216/

  4. waltc says:

    Not that I think he’s Gulliver, or any kind of giant (on occasion, I think he’s Oz) but you evoked this image.The whole political scene here is snafu. Zigging and zagging. And the Lilliputians of both parties are off chasing geese with bizarre intensity

    https://www.google.com/search?q=lilliputians+tying+giant,+illustration&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari#imgrc=dNpvaf4HAFPk5M:

  5. RdM says:

    and CHOMSKY: TRUMP MAY STAGE […]
    Yeah… and http://mileswmathis.com/chom.pdf
    From http://mileswmathis.com/updates.htm

    Personally I like and admire Miles’ paintings, having painted portraits in oils in earlier years, and am extremely convinced by his science writings (it would be as absurd to dismiss his science explorations on the basis of your not liking his art as for someone to dismiss your socio-political & philosopical comments on the basis of your cartooning ability, I digress:-) but I’m not so sure about all of his more recent ‘conspiracy theory’ writings, although some do seem to have credibility… (!)

    Cheers!

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