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MarkGB 

"Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world" - Henry Kissinger

and yet...

"Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences" – Robert Louis Stevenson

Will you be voting to leave the EU? Philip Stephens knows what you are thinking

In response to an FT article by Philip Stephens on 21st February 2016, entitled 'Brexit: How the Outs could win Britain’s EU referendum'

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/32e07e14-d746-11e5-8887-98e7feb46f27.html#ixzz40prRpG8T

I will be voting to leave for the reasons I outlined in response to yesterday's leader. Strangely I do not recognise myself in the characterisation being offered here.

What I do recognise is a familiar attempt to appear to acknowledge the widespread backlash against globalism, centralisation of power, and elite cronyism, without taking any responsibility for the validity of such criticism, or offering one iota of what establishment politicians could do to address these criticisms. Teflon politics at its predictable best. You could be channeling Larry Summers, Mr. Stephens.

Here's one of my favourite bits of cluelessness:

"His antagonists imagine plucky Britain throwing up the barricades against its neighbours and setting its own terms for its relationship with the world"

I wish you’d have told me this was what I was thinking earlier Mr. Stephens – it would have saved me the effort of using the brain I was born with. Indeed I had no idea that I was such a quaint cliché.  I shall immediately gather round a piano and sing a rousing chorus of 'My old man said follow the van'.

After reading your article I can’t imagine why on earth anyone would think that the political establishment are clueless, or think even for one moment, that the attitudes you demonstrate here could in any way be described as supercilious tosh.

 

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