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The Frogs Asked For A King... [Jul. 27th, 2019|08:55 am]
Tony Grist
There was a time- not so long ago- when "Prime Minister Johnson"- like "President Trump"- seemed like an idea a satirist might play with but which could never exist in the real world. We forget that the real world is simply a shared dream and that if enough of us think fantastical thoughts they change the way things are.

In an older reality (the one that has existed in Britain over the past thirty years) it was believed that buccaneers didn't, couldn't, make it to the top in British politics. Aspirants to high office had to conceal their piratical tendencies- their individuality even- and get a smart haircut and a sheen of managerial competence. This led to the reductio ad absurdum that was the premiership of Theresa May- and the reaction against all things Maylike that is the elevation of Boris Johnson. We have longed for colour in public life and our prayers have been answered.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2019-07-27 11:24 am (UTC)
Sometimes it gets hard to distinguish the satire from the reality these days anyway...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-27 11:32 am (UTC)
We live in "interesting" times.
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[User Picture]From: madman101
2019-07-27 11:53 am (UTC)


The colour over here is blinding.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-27 12:05 pm (UTC)
Johnson is a populist like Trump- but I've no idea how that's going to translate into action.
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[User Picture]From: madman101
2019-07-27 06:39 pm (UTC)

I think we can both agree that this is very interesting!

Maybe Johnson is the UK's version of a populist. But I think he will swerve to the middle to try to save himself. However, I would rather see a solid populist move with Farage. That would be something; and hopefully it would bring out some good qualities in labour as well. I have no idea, lol.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-27 07:31 pm (UTC)
I don't see Farage as much more than a gadfly. Thus far he's been a one-issue politician. He can win seats in the European parliament but thus far no party he's led of has managed to win seats at Westminster.
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[User Picture]From: madman101
2019-07-27 08:26 pm (UTC)
OK.

Depending on where the UK economy goes after brexit, Farage has a chance of rising above seats. (He is in league w/ Alex Jones). What I am looking at is post-Brexit, and a fucked-up chance for America to capitalise om it, somewhat. Instead, the UK might be trading in the great tide of Moslems for an inrush of Chinese merchants. That will really suck.

So, I am saying that a nationalist fervour will continue into the future. If Johnson does not recognise this, then he is out as being a so-called populist.

I humbly submit from over the pond. This is just how I am looking at it. take care!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-28 10:19 am (UTC)
For every action there's a reaction- and so the (probably irreversible) trend towards globalisation is answered by nationalist counterblasts here, there and everywhere.

I think Johnson is an opportunist who chose to wave the Brexit flag because he calculated it would draw the greatest numbers. He's a follower with the attributes of leadership.

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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2019-07-28 02:30 pm (UTC)
After Brexit there won't be a UK. Scotland is mightily pissed off and Ireland will no doubt reunite and Wales is starting to get angry at posh English men wrecking their country. That will leave England to do whatever it wants.

There are different types of nationalism and the Scots and Welsh want no part in the "two world wars and one world cup" type of English nationalism.
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