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Saturday, December 7, 2019

A most Spectacular Mistake.....

Brexit has been “one of the most spectacular mistakes” in the history of the EU and followed a campaign marked by “an unprecedented readiness to lie”, Donald Tusk has said.

In his first interview since standing down as European council president last week, Tusk said Brexit was “the most painful and saddest experience” of his five years in office, a tumultuous period marked by the Greek eurozone crisis, bitter rows over migration and the election of Donald Trump.................

Citing the 2016 US presidential race and the Brexit campaign, he said a new element in politics was “the unprecedented readiness to lie on almost everything … to treat a lie as a justifiable tool to win”. He said this “shameless” behaviour would have disqualified politicians only 10 years ago.

Asked by the Guardian to specify who he had in mind, Tusk replied: “I don’t want to be too spectacular in my first interview … I have enough problems in my own country with professional and pathological liars.”

Its very hard to disagree with him on this not only was the original decision a disaster waiting to happen but the fact that the British pubic had NO idea of what such a separation would entail but the politicians, then and even now, don't have a clue except that all know it will be enormously disruptive for years to come no matter which way it goes.

Apparently much more informed folks are equally concerned ....
The UK diplomat in charge of Brexit at the British embassy in the US has said she could no longer "peddle half-truths" on behalf of political leaders she did not "trust".

"I have been increasingly dismayed by the way in which our political leaders have tried to deliver Brexit, with reluctance to address honestly, even with our own citizens, the challenges and trade-offs which Brexit involves; the use of misleading or disingenuous arguments about the implications of the various options before us; and some behaviour towards our institutions, which, were it happening in another country, we would almost certainly as diplomats have received instructions to register our concern." 

That many other nations are going through similar divisions should be no comfort to those in the country of my birth for the Right is right mindset is taking hold all over as clearly shown by the upcoming internal war currently under way just to the south of me in the U.S of Eh.

Keep your heads up folks, the next few years are not going to be fun both there and world wide. 

Then there is this  tongue in cheek long but rather accurate description of the situation in Britain  at this time....

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1 comment:

Owen Gray said...

Lying has always been in a politician's toolbox, Rural. These days, it's the first tool a politician take from the box.