Afterbrexit: Chief xenophobe Boris Johnson now Foreign Secretary; Goldman-Sachs hires Barroso


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/07/13/afterbrexit-chief-xenophobe-b.html


#2

Afterbrexit:

That joke just isn’t funny anymore. Real humans will suffer the pains of hell on earth for the lies those fuckers told. Again…


#3

What are the odds on Gove getting sacked tomorrow?


#4

What was europe like before the EU?

Because things could be much worse right now.


#5

Pretty good, Theresa May (not Teresa May note - she’s a porn star) doesn’t like Gove.

So she does share something with us warmblooded carbon-based lifeforms after all.


#6

Maybe not, but satire is in the ICU and not expected to make it through the night.


#7

There’s at least some speculation that this was a deal between May and Johnson. He gets FS in return for not running (which he could have, even after Gove).

Gove will get knifed (and there’ll be much rejoicing). C…Hunt too?

Meanwhile, Johnson is kept out of the country most of the time, and Fox and Davis will have a lot of the power that a foreign secretary would be expected to have - which also means Brexiteers will take all the blame when it goes tits up, and stops Davis from being a backbench annoyance to May on snoopers Charter and other civil liberty issues.


#8

#9

Just to recap: the Brexit vote was in large part driven by the (correct) perception on the part of the disaffected working class in the UK that the entire EU project was a neoliberal exercise in transferring power to the forces of finance capitalism. Irony is not dead.

Although all that regulation and things like pesky workers’ rights suggests that it’s not entirely sold out to the corporatists. (I mean, there’s definite shades of “what have the Romans ever done for us?” in here.)


#10

If it’s bad to take a job just weeks after the expiry of the lockout period, why isn’t the lockout period longer?


#11

Ah, brex it!


#12

Yes, the notion that she’s deliberately put the obvious right-wingers and brexiteers on the Foreign brief, whilst moving centrists to the Treasury and the Home Office without attracting significant flak seems like a plausible theory. I guess it all depends on where IDS and Gove end up - hopefully out, but I doubt it. They’re too important right now.
The opportunity to move Hunt must be almost irresistible too, given the clear junior doctors’ vote against him and the general support for them rather than him.


#13

I know that many in the UK are unhappy about living in a neoliberal world that marginalizes them. But if they decided to blame that on the EU and hope that the UK government will save them,… well… good luck with that.

The EU is far from perfect, but I honestly believe that it is one of the greatest forces for good in this world. Perhaps that is a sad thought, but I am not willing to give up on it.


#14

It’s times like this when we need some pithy tweets…


#15

Angela Eagle’s reaction to Boris Johnson being made Foreign Secretary:


#16

So the liar gets rewarded and the UK further antagonizes those they have to negotiate with.

A classical Lose-Lose situation?

Things like this make me slowly realize that the UK superiority complex isn’t just a thin veneer on a core of realpolitik but runs deeper. Can’t see how that is going to help when they have to talk to seriously pissed off EU politicians.


#17

I wonder whether May’s replacement as the new Home Sec will have May’s ability to push on this. As I understand it, Rudd’s biggest accomplishment to date has been as an assistant to the casting director on a Hugh Grant movie.


#18

Ho, ho, ho! This is even funnier than when Jesse Helms was head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.


#19

Agree with the analysis almost completely.
Johnson won’t, I think, enjoy having to be so far from home and mistresses - but also it will be much harder for him to plot. And he’s going to be up against the likes of Kerry and Lavrov, which may leave him very exposed. In a sense he’s been neutralised.
As for Davis, he’s going to be in a position to argue his ideas in cabinet. I think Cameron made a big mistake in not giving him a suitable job - like industrial policy.
In effect May is giving two State educated politicians - Hammond and Davis - a chance to show up the public schoolboys, and hoping they will grab it with both hands.


#20

That’s the wrong question to ask - the right question to ask is this:

Why is a job at Goldman Sachs the logical next move after a stint as president of the EU Commission?

The only answer seems to be: Because he was selling us all out all the time.