I am exactly 25,000 days old today. Big celebration tonight, but I’m not going to try to blow out the candles.
Brexit feels like a genuine turning point for the better of some significance. Not just unexpected in the sense of not forecast, but unexpected because we social conservatives expect the world to blunder from one low point to the next. Perhaps a false dawn, but at least it has the look of a brighter possible future. It is why those of us on the Brexit side are as happy as we are, since nothing like this has been on anyone’s radar for quite some time.
And if the young really think that this is for them to decide and not for anyone who will not share their glorious future in the latter half of the century, then their shallowness is all the more profound, since they are not counting in all of the generations past who have made England what it is. This is from James Delingpole who said it better than anyone on the day before the vote was taken.
My American friends asked me the other day what exactly I meant by Britishness. For me, though, all it means is a heartfelt sympathy with our island story – 1066; Magna Carta; the Civil War; the Glorious Revolution; Waterloo; 1940 “Our Finest Hour”; and so on; and an appreciation of the achievements of the heroes and heroines who made it possible, from Alfred the Great through to Queen Elizabeth I, from Shakespeare to Elgar, from Florence Nightingale and Isambard Kingdom Brunel to Churchill and Margaret Thatcher.
My grandparents had been born in Poland and I grew up in Canada. But when I went to Agincourt and Crécy in 2014, I was celebrating battles that WE had won, just as I felt as I travelled along the Western Front towards Paris, visiting Fromelles and Vimy Ridge where WE – this time an Australian and Canadian WE – had fought. The great tragedy for our young is that they do not have any of this tradition made part of them. But some of them do and some of it is left and some of it will continue. We speak English and still read Shakespeare in Australia for a reason. Sydney and Melbourne are named after two peers of the realm. I live in Victoria. We have a heritage and a tradition that goes back a thousand years to the British Isles which is, of course, married to an indigenous tradition as well. Brexit has salvaged some of that for the future. It will now be up to others either to throw it away for no possible gain I can see, or preserve our past and our history for themselves and for those who come long after.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is now serving the twelfth year of his four-year term. He is an absurd and contemptible figure. In a perfectly timed companion to the Brexit referendum, Abbas had the honor of addressing the European Parliament this past Thursday. Abbas drew a standing ovation for his EU speech.
I’m in a Brexit silo of some kind. To my astonishment, every single one of the websites and blogs I habitually follow has charmed and made happy by the British exit from the EU. Normally, there are a range of views and I can get to both sides of a question, which I then get to mix with the normal MSM news reporting. But on this occasion, everyone has been on the same side, and this is my side. The very opposite of how it’s been with Donald Trump, say. So let me pick a few choice bits from the things I have been reading.
Firstly, subtitled The vote to leave the EU began as a cry for liberty and ended as a rebuke to the establishment via Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit we read:
The world is looking at Britain and asking: What on Earth just happened? Those who run Britain are asking the same question.
Never has there been a greater coalition of the establishment than that assembled by Prime Minister David Cameron for his referendum campaign to keep the U.K. in the European Union. There was almost every Westminster party leader, most of their troops and almost every trade union and employers’ federation. There were retired spy chiefs, historians, football clubs, national treasures like Stephen Hawking and divinities like Keira Knightley. And some global glamour too: President Barack Obama flew to London to do his bit, and Goldman Sachs opened its checkbook.
And none of it worked. . . .
The Brexit campaign started as a cry for liberty, perhaps articulated most clearly by Michael Gove, the British justice secretary (and, on this issue, the most prominent dissenter in Mr. Cameron’s cabinet). Mr. Gove offered practical examples of the problems of EU membership. As a minister, he said, he deals constantly with edicts and regulations framed at the European level—rules that he doesn’t want and can’t change. These were rules that no one in Britain asked for, rules promulgated by officials whose names Brits don’t know, people whom they never elected and cannot remove from office. Yet they become the law of the land. Much of what we think of as British democracy, Mr. Gove argued, is now no such thing.
Instead of grumbling about the things we can’t change, Mr. Gove said, it was time to follow “the Americans who declared their independence and never looked back” and “become an exemplar of what an inclusive, open and innovative democracy can achieve.”
This amazing statement is from Senator Geoff Sessions, Donald Trump’s number one supporter: NOW IT’S AMERICA’S TURN. This is his statement in full.
The British people, our special friends and allies, deserve our full support following their sovereign and considered decision to leave the European Union.
The people spoke from their hearts and with conviction. They considered deep and critical issues never discussed by the international elites. Their strong vote arose not out of fear and pique but out of love for country and pride of place. Their experience with a distant government in Brussels was given a long and fair chance to succeed. In the end, however, they concluded that the costs outweighed the benefits. Often, Britain makes changes that precede U. S. action. The Thatcher movement preceded the Reagan revolution. Both were victories for the people over outdated and corrupt forces. Both were achieved against powerful and determined establishment forces. Both resulted in historic and positive periods in their nation’s history.
Now it’s our time. The period of the nation state has not ended. No far off global government or union can command the loyalty of a people like their own country. Vague unions have no ability to call on the people to sacrifice for the common good. They seem incapable of making decisions and when they do, they have difficulty executing the decision.
Far better to celebrate the wonder and proven worth of good nation states and to work hard to use that foundation to build harmonious political and trading relations among the nations. This is the best basis for peace and prosperity.
In negotiations and relationships, national leaders should first ensure they have protected the safety and legitimate interests of their own people. This principle has been eroded and Brexit is a warning for America. Our British friends have sent the message loud and clear.
The interests of powerful international corporations, media, special interests, and leftist international forces are not coterminous with those of our people. This we must understand. The ultimate interest that our government is legally and morally bound to serve is that of our people.
Just as in the U.K., our November presidential election presents a stark contrast. The establishment forces, the global powers, are promoting their values and their interests. They want to erode borders, rapidly open America’s markets to foreign produced goods, while having little interest in advancing America’s ability to sell abroad. These forces have zero interest in better job opportunities and higher wages for our citizens.
It has been known for years that the European Union has often served as a barrier to its members taking action that would serve their own interests. Perhaps nothing proves this more definitively than the current migrant crisis, where the EU has clearly been part of the problem, not the solution.
And, consider the promotion of radical trade policies that erode the power of the people to control their lives. Millions upon millions of dollars from around the globe are being spent to get America to agree to the massive, twelve-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership. While sold as a trade deal, in reality, the TPP is a Trojan Horse for yet another sovereignty-eroding global pact. If implemented, it would create a new governing body that would exercise power and make decisions that the United States Congress would be effectively powerless to block. Like the EU, each nation gets one vote. Brunei and Vietnam get one vote as does the President of the United States.
We must remember that the European Union began as a seemingly benign economic agreement, and we must not forget, that as Secretary of State, with negotiating responsibility for the TPP, Hillary Clinton promoted it and called it the ‘gold standard’ for a trade deal. That should give us all pause. This sovereignty eroding trade deal is in perfect accord with her globalist agenda.
Too many politicians and pundits here in America have been woefully oblivious to, or in some cases complicit in, what is going on around us. The failed European Union experiment, and Great Britain’s rejection of it must serve as a wake-up call for all of us in America.
I applaud yesterday’s strong and patriotic action taken by America’s special friend, retaking its independence. I know that moving forward the deep and historic ties between Great Britain and America will grow ever stronger. I believe the American people too will choose independence this November.
This is Gerard Baker of the Wall Street Journal via Steve Hayward at Powerline: UNITED KINGDOM ANOTHER “SHOT HEARD ROUND THE WORLD”?
Levels of dissatisfaction with leadership have reached revolutionary levels. It’s a paradox of mass modern democracy that voters feel themselves governed by rulers who “neither see nor feel nor know,” a political-business nexus that feeds on itself and promotes its own interests while mouthing platitudes at election time to keep the populace at bay. In Europe and the U.S. today, traditional political authority is worn like a scarlet letter. . .
The very idea that the state has a primary obligation to its native citizens has become unfashionable and virtually unsayable within the tightly controlled bounds of political correctness. . .
The stunning reality of Brexit needs to be understood as simply the most dramatic development yet in these trends. The British people have spoken, the first to break publicly from the institutional structures that define our modern, integrated international system.
They are very unlikely to be the last.
We all seem to see the same thing. The other side, when I run across something they say, has no purchase on anything I think since they don’t seem to have any sense of what is at stake.
Here is the story I have just stumbled across from The Age: Hundreds of St Kilda Road trees to get the chop as part of Metro tunnel project. If they think Melbourne will remain as the World’s Most Liveable City after this, they are more out of it than it is possible to believe. They paid a billion to stop a road but now there is this:
They are one of Melbourne’s most distinctive sights but it will not be enough to save them. Hundreds of mature trees will be removed from St Kilda Road to make way for the Metro rail tunnel, fuelling concerns about the environmental impact of the project.
As the Andrews government starts awarding contracts for the $10.9 billion train line, documents have revealed a range of issues, including the loss of trees, traffic disruption and the possible relocation of residents put out by noise and vibration during construction.
According to the environmental effects statement, about 900 trees could be removed along the tunnel route – including up to 223 trees in the precinct surrounding the Shrine of Remembrance, where a new underground station will be built.
For more on a $10.9 billion project that will ruin Melbourne to create a rail connection between Carlton and South Melbourne, you can read it up here. If they are looking for a cheaper way to drive from the south of the city to the north, they might just remove the bicycle lane across Princes’s Bridge. In the meantime, they will sink billions into a project that will never bring a positive return on the money spent but has the potential to ruin the most beautiful part of Melbourne. But I am sure it will divert jobs and add to pseudo-GDP. You can see the supposed benefits here which come to nothing at all.
How can we save ourselves from such visionaries? And if you think that The Greens are somehow on the side of trees and parklands, this is what they’ve said:
MELBOURNE METRO RAIL TUNNEL
Turnbull can fund Melbourne Metro Rail
With a positive business case released for Melbourne Metro Rail, the Greens have said there is no excuse for the federal government to deny Victoria funding for the project.
“Metro Rail adds up and the Prime Minister must put his money where his train selfies are,” said the Australian Greens transport spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.
“A positive business case”! Beyond pathetic.
This is from Stacy McCain about boy-girl relations.
We understand that not everyone marries their high-school sweetheart, but if you reach age 21 and have never dated anyone longer than “a few months,” you may be headed toward the Darwinian dead end.
The “check engine” light is flashing on your dashboard, OK? Most people start dating in high school and, somewhere between age 16 and 19, form their first “serious” relationship. Maybe this adolescent romance doesn’t become Endless Love — cue the Diana Ross-Lionel Richie duet — but if you’re 21 and have never had a relationship that lasted at least a year, you have a problem, and that problem is you. The most common cause of this particular problem is failure to accurately assess your own attractiveness.
This is a typical problem for loser guys, the kind of dude who is below average, but doesn’t realize it. He’s seen too many Seth Rogen movies, in which Seth Rogen ends up with a hot chick, despite being Seth Rogen.
Hollywood is always making movies where the hapless schlub somehow manages to win the heart of a chick who’s way out of his league. The classic of this genre was When Harry Met Sally — a truly great comedy, but let’s be brutally honest: Guys who look like Billy Crystal do not end up with women who look like Meg Ryan, at least not often enough that you actually expect to see such a pairing in real life.
Nevertheless, clueless losers latch onto the foolish idea that they’ll hit the jackpot and woo a Meg Ryan lookalike and, as a result of this absurdly unrealistic delusion, guys get stuck permanently in Loserville.
The people of the United Kingdom have exercised the sacred right of all free peoples. They have declared their independence from the European Union and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy. A Trump Administration pledges to strengthen our ties with a free and independent Britain, deepening our bonds in commerce, culture and mutual defense. The whole world is more peaceful and stable when our two countries – and our two peoples – are united together, as they will be under a Trump Administration.
Come November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence. Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put our citizens first. They will have the chance to reject today’s rule by the global elite, and to embrace real change that delivers a government of, by and for the people. I hope America is watching, it will soon be time to believe in America again.
Hillary Clinton believes that transatlantic cooperation is essential, and that cooperation is strongest when Europe is united. She has always valued a strong United Kingdom in a strong EU. And she values a strong British voice in the EU.
And from the BBC, Five reasons Brexit could signal Trump winning the White House. It begins:
The two most surprising political phenomena of this year have been the rise of Donald Trump and the success of the Leave Europe camp in Britain’s referendum on Brexit.
Few pundits saw either coming (and full disclosure, I include myself here, particularly on Trump) – but we should have and now would be a good chance to make up for past oversight by looking at how the two are linked.
Malcolm is gone goose so far as the Liberal Party is concerned. For those conservatives who wish to see him lose the election, you may regret having what you wish for. There is no possible positive seeing Bill in the Lodge for the next three (six) years, none at all. A catastrophe in no uncertain terms. What has astonished me has been just how weak Malcolm has been. This, from Andrew Bolt, does not surprise me. It’s filed under Labor surges:
I am hearing that there has been a surge to Labor, so bad that Malcolm Turnbull could be left with a majority of just two seats – a disaster that could finish him. Control of the Senate will be lost for a generation or more.
Laurie Oakes on Channel Nine is also reporting more support for Labor in the marginal seats.
And how has Malcolm Turnbull been campaigning lately? He’s spent more than a week talking about Medicare – a Labor issue – and spent a whole day going to the handover of Aboriginal land. He also infuriated his base by saying Australia was “invaded” and by hosting an end of Ramadan meal with Waleed Aly and Muslim representatives, some of whom believe in stoning adulterers and vilifying gays.
This is Turnbull’s strategy of taking the base for granted taken to ludicrous extremes.
To talk of “Turnbull’s strategy” is to give him more credit than he deserves. He is an incompetent clunk and can only be elected because of the people whose value he is incapable of understanding. But even if he wins, he will be gone within half a year. He is not to be feared. He will be gone because he now has no followers. He is too dull witted to understand himself, but
they will do him over early. You can safely elect him PM and see the Liberal Party renewal happen while in government. There is no need to elect Labor and then wait. It will happen all by itself.
For another view of how pathetic Turnbull has turned out to be, there is this article by David Flint from Quadrant Online: The Withering of Malcolm Turnbull. He gets Malcolm right but I think misses the fact that everyone now gets Malcolm right.
The strategy has to be to get the Libs over the line – which is all anyone can hope for – and then see Malcolm turfed out before the year comes to an end. Whatever he may think, the Turnbull agenda is now comprehensively dead.
No immediate changes in anyone’s circumstances.
We must now prepare for a negotiation with the EU. But above all it will require strong and determined leadership. I have also believed we must confront issues. I fought this campaign by saying what I felt. Clear about my belief that the UK was better off in the EU.
The country requires fresh leadership, but it would not be right for me to be the captain to steer the country to its next destination. Aim to have a new leader by the next Conference in October.
The negotiation should take place under a new Prime Minister.
And to help you make this day really special: This was picked up by Baldrick and uploaded into the comments but this really needs to be shared. As he says, a billion dollars later and the ABC still can’t get it right.