Friday, June 24, 2016

"David Cameron resigns as prime minister after Britain votes Brexit"

The prime minister, who backed a Remain vote, said Britain required "fresh leadership" to negotiate the country's exit from the EU.

"I do not think it would be right for me to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination," he said in a statement outside Downing Street.

Close to tears and with his voice breaking, Mr Cameron said: "I love this country and I feel honoured to have served it and I will do everything I can in future to help this great country succeed."

Full statement at the Link

Why Britain Joined the European Union

29 comments:

bagoh20 said...

"I love this country."

Which is why I didn't want it to be sovereign over its own affairs.

Chip Ahoy said...

That's amazing. Hillary would flip on a dime. Obama would say he still has a pen and a phone. (Republicans would be there already.)

Cameron loves his country, honored to serve it, and do everything... as a province to something larger, as a governor not as prime minister of a sovereign nation, one that makes its own decisions. He cannot handle that bit.

Explain this to me, please. I don't understand this at all. Lined on Insty, the guy Tweets: "So suddenly Trump's trip to his Scottish golf course doesn't look nearly as crazy as most of thought it did yesterday."

[Trump appears in Scotland that voted to STAY in UK by narrow vote, but also now still GB wearing a "make America Great again" hat. All very close votes. Nobody mentions that was then and and THIS is NOW!]

Then the remarks to that tweet are inexplicable. I think they are hard line no-Trumper to the dying end. They can see no sense, no good, to anything Trump does or says no matter how much or how many times he confounds conventional wisdom. They seem to be still slathering the conventional received political science wisdom. And they're lastingly cross .

Trump in Scotland; the parallels now stand out between what is happening there, the crackup, the rejection of elitist centralized overrules, the rejection of being lorded over, and most significantly, positions on immigration. The issue has nothing at all to do with xenophobia, rather it is concern for the character of the nation vs a sort of replacement globalist religion, one that displaces faith to unelected bureaucracies.

Truly the shot heard 'round the world. And it's only the first shot. And Trump was right there speechifying appropriately and presidentially, wisely and I have to admit attractively. (Imagining a similar Hillary speech. gak)

Please explain them. They've confused me massively. Why did insty link it? The affirm the original sensible sentiment or to show the string of unhappy remarks below it?

Chip Ahoy said...

Please excuse typos. I'm lousy wid em.

Lem said...

A lot things look good on paper...

Lem said...

Hillary must be in somekind of quandry.

Jim in St Louis said...

I watched the speech and did not think the PM was close to tears with his voice breaking. I did not get that impression at all. I’ve never been a fan of Cameron, but I thought it was a very classy concession. He bowed to the wishes of the voters, he congratulated the winning side, he laid out a preliminary plan for how the transition would be managed and said that he expected there to be a new PM by October.

The Brits have a parliamentary system and that the PM serves at the invitation of the Queen, but I am jealous of the short time span where they can have national elections, and elect a new chief executive in only 4 months. The USA system seems clunky and slow in comparison.

Trooper York said...

Of course the NeverTrumpers will say that Trump made a mistake being in England while this was happening instead of begging for money from fat cats. He never does anything right. Either his campaign is failing because he is not taking brides like Clinton and he can't win without prostituting himself so he must be rejected because of it. Or if he does ask for the money he is repudiating his stance in the primaries and needs to be rejected because of it.

Either way the NeverTrumpers will keep beating that drum.

chickelit said...

Either way the NeverTrumpers will keep beating that drum.

The drum is an inverted rice bowl.

chickelit said...

Notice that ISIS has applauded the Brexit, calling for new attacks on Brussels and Berlin.

edutcher said...

Ya say wanna revolution...

And this is. All the naysayers, April especially, who think people aren't fed up should
take a long hard look at what it took to make this go.

Markets down 400

Chip Ahoy said...

Truly the shot heard 'round the world. And it's only the first shot. And Trump was right there speechifying appropriately and presidentially, wisely and I have to admit attractively

My thoughts precisely, but don't tell April or she'll start calling you Baghdad Chip.

Lem said...

Hillary must be in somekind of quandry.

This is not her world. The peasants are revolting. Trump is beating her ass, SwiftBoating her with Sean Smith's mother. The deals are coming out.

Trooper York said...

Of course the NeverTrumpers will say that Trump made a mistake being in England while this was happening instead of begging for money from fat cats

A lot of the money goes to grease palms and keep the candidate well-oiled. It would be interesting to see what a cost-effective campaign really needs.

But, yeah, right now Trump is identifying himself with a global revolution.

Good thinking.

AprilApple said...

edache - I never said people aren't fed up, you disingenuous red-herring liar.

Sixty Grit said...

Should not do this, but this one is rich "...he is not taking brides like Clinton".

That might be your best typo yet, you unlettered sumbitch! That works on so many levels!

Trooper York said...

Despite what all the naysayers spouted and April quoted it seems that Trump is in the right spot to take the news cycle today. Who knew that he might have an idea about what would be a smart place to be. Crazy right.

He must be doing that to throw the election to Hillary.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

I'm gonna repost this so it doesn't get lost in an older post. Sorry 'bout that

The real issues in the exit from the EU are the same as the ones that we are dealing with now in our election. Decisions made by the elites, who think that the rest of the population are a bunch of low brown neanderthal morons who must be told what to do.

The same issues we are dealing with here and that Trump is actually addressing, discussing and listening to the people.

1. Unfettered immigration bringing in low income workers who take jobs and suppress wages. Economic hardship for the citizens who are there now.

2. The burdensome cost of the welfare system in supporting those people. Crime, rapes and chaos committed by those immigrants.

3. Societal changes from the massive and uncontrolled influx of people who do not and will not assimilate.

4. Rules and regulations imposed by faceless un-elected bureaucrats in far away places. In the EU it is the mysterious cabal in Brussels. In our case the EPA, NSA, and all the other alphabet soup of agencies.

5. Lost of autonomy at the local level. The EU telling Brits how many people it MUST take in. How to do things. What to do. With no input from the people themselves. Who put THOSE elites in charge anyway.

The coup de grace was THIS ruling/action". The European Commission plans to unveil long-delayed ‘ecodesign’ restrictions on small household appliances in the autumn. They are expected to ban the most energy-inefficient devices from sale in order to cut carbon emissions.

This means that the cherished electric kettles that almost every household, or at least the common lower class despised working man's household, uses to make their daily tea would be forbidden.

What!!!!! You do NOT mess with the tea. They should take a lesson from the American Revolution where the TEA tax was our straw that broke the camel's back.

Don't fuck with the tea. You were warned.

edutcher said...

Never apologize, oopsy, besides, you nailed it.

My only correction (minor) 3. Societal changes from the massive and uncontrolled influx of people who can not and will not assimilate.

AprilApple said...

edache - I never said people aren't fed up, you disingenuous red-herring liar.

I was referring to the incessant, "He can't win", act.

Clearly, he can. If Brexit made it (and the fix was supposed to be really in on that one), he can.

Rabel said...

Beam me up, Scotland.

Would one of our more worldly contributors take a shot at explaining to me why the voters in Scotland differed so much from the voters in England. Just a few years ago they voted to remain part of Great Britain and now they voted to remain part of the EU. Just natural joiners maybe?

Jim in St Louis said...

Rabel-
Yes, that struck me as curious too. In an alternate universe the Scots might have left the United Kingdom and yet remained in the EU. Northern Ireland also voted in the majority to remain in the EU, and the IRA (oops I mean Sein Fein) is making the point that Brittan’s interests and N Ireland are not the same.

ricpic said...

Musee des Beaus Arts

About suffering they were never wrong
The old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position: how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;
How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting
For the miraculous birth, there always must be
Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating
On a pond at the edge of the wood:
They never forget
That ever the dreadful martyrdom must run its course
Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot
Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer's horse
Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.

In Breughel's Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
Quite leisurely from the disaster: the ploughman may
Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone
As it had on the white legs disappearing into the green
Water, and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen
Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,
Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.



Why am I posting this poem by Auden? Two reasons: we are living (thankfully) in a Brueghelian moment: the peasants have had enough and are beginning to shake their "betters" off their giant shoulders; the Fall of Icarus (see Breughel's painting, it will clarify the poem) is all about hubris and its consequences. Icarus, in his arrogance (a stand in for our elites) flew too close to the sun and paid the price. AND LIFE WENT ON, thank you very much!

ricpic said...

Beaux not beaus.

Trooper York said...

The Scots have always had a very complicated love/hate relationship with Great Britain. They are also extremely liberal so this would be same as if California seceded.

ampersand said...

Hopefully others will call for a referendum on leaving. The EU needs a serious beatdown.
Europe needs a common market, not the monster the EU became.
We too need to administer a serious ass kicking to the federal government bureaucrats and globalists.
Merkel screwed the pooch with her insane plot to replace the population with so called refugees. She should be gone next.

edutcher said...

Good point about the Common Market.

The Common Market, as far as it went, always seemed to have worked. The EU, from the start, with its overblown constitution whelped by Valerie (I know) Giscard D'Estaing, was always a bureaucrat's delight and a citizen's nightmare.

PS Think you're right about Angie. The Krauts are making all kinds of "what we need is a good Fuhrer" noises.

Sixty Grit said...

Dennis Miller, national treasure, just wrote "Bill Kristol and George Will have already approached David Cameron about becoming a fast track US citizen and running as a third party candidate here."

Yep, pretty much...

ndspinelli said...

This could be the start of a revolution. History shows the middle class lead almost all revolutions. The Chinese Revolution is an exception, it was led by peasants.

Methadras said...

Rabel said...

Beam me up, Scotland.

Would one of our more worldly contributors take a shot at explaining to me why the voters in Scotland differed so much from the voters in England. Just a few years ago they voted to remain part of Great Britain and now they voted to remain part of the EU. Just natural joiners maybe?


Money and protection. Scotland has much to gain from staying in the EU because they know that an independent England will not be their friend, but a protected EU Scotland will have a friend in the EU. More or less. For Scotland it's a lesser of two evils.

edutcher said...

Good point about the Common Market.

The Common Market, as far as it went, always seemed to have worked. The EU, from the start, with its overblown constitution whelped by Valerie (I know) Giscard D'Estaing, was always a bureaucrat's delight and a citizen's nightmare.

PS Think you're right about Angie. The Krauts are making all kinds of "what we need is a good Fuhrer" noises.


The EU has always been a citizens nightmare. Don't believe me, then read their 219 page Constitution for the joke that it is and see it for the unbelievable bureaucratic bible that it was intended to be. Fuck the citizen, they are all part of the EU hegemony now. National line? Pfft. This is the EU's crack in their armor. This has all the hallmarks of the reverberations of the Greek financial meltdown and finally the UK gets it. Let's hope they keep the momentum going.

Jim in St Louis said...

ndspinelli-
To qualify that statement, The middle (moderate) class does start revolutions, but it always loses control to the radicals who demand more and more concessions, with the point being a violent and total overthrow of the power structure (which the middle class usually did not want). The radicals (being pure) will eventually turn on the original revolutionaries with a reign of terror, and purge the counter-revolutionaries. And predictably the revolutionaries will power struggle and then power share with one another and create a new ruling class- that will become hereditary and oligarchical.

I also might challenge the notion that the Chinese revolution was peasant driven, it may have been powered by peasant cannon fodder- but the merchant class were the ones who overthrew the Manchu.

edutcher said...

ndspinelli said...

This could be the start of a revolution. History shows the middle class lead almost all revolutions. The Chinese Revolution is an exception, it was led by peasants.

If you mean the one in '49, a lot of the middle class was fed up with the Soongs' (Chiang's in-laws) robbing the country blind.

The other one (Tienamen) was definitely the middle class, but, yeah, you are right on when you say the middle class drives these things.

ndspinelli said...

Mao led the peasants in 1949, and yes they were cannon fodder. The merchant class were certainly part of the revolution, but the peasants were key. The revolution would have failed w/o the peasants bearing the brunt of the casualties.

rcocean said...

People are making the Scotland EU thing too complicated. The Scots are a bunch of socialists. They wanted out of the UK so they could get away from the Tories. They love the EU, because Leftists love it.

I'd love to see England kick Scotland out, they're dead weight.