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Theresa 'goebbels' May powergrab: "allusions to nazi germany are generally overwrought but ... " (Vanity Fair)
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blah
2017-09-13 09:21:18 UTC
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t is one of the great ironies of Brexit that the United Kingdom’s messy
divorce from Europe, sold as an effort to reclaim parliamentary
sovereignty, has instead delivered its opposite. Last Monday, the House
of Commons voted in the early stages of the European Union Withdrawal
Bill to give the government sweeping powers to make laws without
parliamentary scrutiny. These powers are named after Henry VIII,
England’s most authoritarian monarch, but they in fact bear a greater
resemblance to Hitler’s Enabling Act of 1933, which allowed the Fuhrer to
bypass the Reichstag and govern by proclamation.

Allusions to Nazi Germany are generally overwrought, but this is no
exaggeration: Prime Minister Theresa May does not have an absolute
majority in the British Parliament, just as Hitler didn’t in the Reichstag
in 1933, which is why she has been forced to resort to his strategy. If
the withdrawal bill is passed as it stands, May will be able to make laws
by decree and reverse and adapt primary legislation without consulting
Parliament. It is the greatest attack on the British constitution in at
least a century. Parliamentary sovereignty—the very thing that Brexiteers
said they were voting for in leaving the E.U.—may be about to be vastly
reduced by a cabal of right-wing Conservatives who say they are obeying
the people’s will. Such power grabs, of course, are always done in the
name of the people. The full title of the 1933 Enabling Act was “The law
to remedy the distress of the people and the state.”

The derangement of Theresa May’s minority government in the United
Kingdom is something to behold, and it is also more than a little
frightening. Even in the America of Donald Trump, there has not yet been
any real attempt, save a few controversial executive orders, to strip
Congress of its powers. But in Britain—the Mother of Parliaments,
according to the Victorian reformer John Bright—we stand idly by as May
attempts to neutralize our elected representatives. It seems incredible
to me that I am reporting on this, but even more alarming is that there
is so little concern expressed by the majority of the press and the
generally acquiescent BBC. The point is that after the referendum last
year, and despite the poor result in the General Election, the right-wing
of the Conservative Party has continued traveling in an increasingly
undemocratic direction and has, so far, swept all before it. The normally
rather sober Hansard Society, an organization dedicated to promoting and
strengthening democracy, has called the “broad scope of the powers in the
Bill, the inadequate constraints placed on them, and the shortcoming in
the proposed parliamentary control of them” a “toxic mix” that will
undermine Parliament’s ability to hold May to account or to meliorate the
most damaging policies arising from Brexit.

MPs are so caught up in the madness of Brexit that, for the most part,
they cannot see the power grab for what it is. Fears are expressed and
noble speeches given but in the dead of night on Monday, MPs voted by 326
to 290, giving May an effective majority of 36. This included seven
members of the Labor opposition, who astonishingly defied their party,
which has just begun to soften its line on Brexit so as to accommodate
increasing worries about the economy, employment and workers’ rights.
These seven Labor members—Ronnie Campbell (age 74), Frank Field (75),
Kate Hoey (71), Kelvin Hopkins (76), John Mann (57), Dennis Skinner (85)
and Graham Stringer (67) have an average age of 72, which underlines a
truth about the Brexit vote and the lurch to the right in Britain. They
are the product of something profound going on among an older generation,
even among some left-wingers. These people yearn for a past that does not
exist and they do not give one solitary damn for the future of young
people who will be forced to inherit the economic mess.

The nostalgic, selfish gene exists on both the right and left in British
politics, which is what makes a hard Brexit much more likely, and also,
incidentally, politics more difficult to read. Naturally, there are older
politicians on both sides of the House who warn about the dangers to
democracy contained in the bill, one being the veteran Conservative
Kenneth Clark, but at base the great divide in Britain is between
generations. The question is how much damage the older generation does
before being replaced by younger people who are generally more accepting
of immigration, do not revere Britain’s “heroic” past, and are part of a
connected world that views national borders as less and less important.
Withdrawing from Europe in the way proposed by the Brexit project is
destructive to the economy and damaging to democracy but it is also
simply unrealistic, as perhaps Theresa May (60) and her chief Brexit
minister David Davis (68) will one day come to realize.

Still, the situation in Parliament is very serious. MPs mutter about
waiting for the right moment to oppose the government, but the truth is
that the energy is all with the anti-democratic side, the one that keeps
citing the People’s will but wants to remove power from the People’s
representatives. The whole of the Executive is now focused on diminishing
the role of MPs and taking the country out of the European Union, come
what may, in 18 months’ time. There is literally nothing else of note
being debated in Parliament. Brexit sits like a massive weather system
over the United Kingdom, draining energy from its national life and
politics.

Some take hope from the leader of the Labor party’s new position, which
is to suggest that Britain might retain access to the European Single
Market, but this is absurd, if not totally incoherent. Keeping access to
the market of half a billion people means that Britain would have to
respect its regulations without having any influence on making them. The
U.K. would place itself at a disadvantage without any gain. And on
immigration there would be no benefit. Britain already has control of its
borders, while the myths about Britain being overrun by foreigners are
slowly being exposed by leaks. Two weeks ago, a leaked report showed that
the vast majority of students (97 percent) and those who visit Britain on
work and visitor visas return home when their time is up. It is shameful
that this was not published before the referendum and probably gives as
good a reading of May’s true political instincts as anything else. Her
government is sitting on 50 separate Brexit impact studies, which it
refuses to allow the public to see before Britain leaves the E.U.

All the government’s efforts are devoted to closing down debate and
ramming laws through parliament without scrutiny. Over the fall, as this
dangerous bill progresses, we will see whether Parliamentarians on both
sides of the house have the mettle to fight for the independence of one
of the oldest democratic systems in the world.

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abelard
2017-09-13 10:18:02 UTC
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On Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:21:18 -0000 (UTC), blah
t is one of the great ironies of Brexit that the United Kingdom’s messy
divorce from Europe, sold as an effort to reclaim parliamentary
sovereignty, has instead delivered its opposite. Last Monday, the House
of Commons voted in the early stages of the European Union Withdrawal
Bill to give the government sweeping powers to make laws without
parliamentary scrutiny. These powers are named after Henry VIII,
England’s most authoritarian monarch, but they in fact bear a greater
resemblance to Hitler’s Enabling Act of 1933, which allowed the Fuhrer to
bypass the Reichstag and govern by proclamation.
Allusions to Nazi Germany are generally overwrought, but this is no
exaggeration: Prime Minister Theresa May does not have an absolute
majority in the British Parliament, just as Hitler didn’t in the Reichstag
in 1933, which is why she has been forced to resort to his strategy. If
the withdrawal bill is passed as it stands, May will be able to make laws
by decree and reverse and adapt primary legislation without consulting
Parliament. It is the greatest attack on the British constitution in at
least a century. Parliamentary sovereignty—the very thing that Brexiteers
said they were voting for in leaving the E.U.—may be about to be vastly
reduced by a cabal of right-wing Conservatives who say they are obeying
the people’s will. Such power grabs, of course, are always done in the
name of the people. The full title of the 1933 Enabling Act was “The law
to remedy the distress of the people and the state.”
the left have been seeking to undermine the rule of law since
their foundation...
you have recently tolerated bliar and his fake grin...working
steadily to undermine freedom...

once you set up the mechanisms that undermine freedom it
will always be an option for a small coterie to grab control...
and it may well not be the coterie you desired...


i have been warning you here of than for most of 20 years


be careful what you wish for...
i have not the slightest sympathy for you ravings

as the left lies for practice...i see no reason to take them
or 'vanity fair' seriously now
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