30 Jun '16 10:01>
Originally posted by robbie carrobieI wonder who "we" are? Is your question addressed to the forum generally, a bit like "Does the panel think?"
Its all very confusing. Are we saying that a rejection of the EU is a rejection of neo liberalism, banksters, globalists and the austerity they have imposed?
As far as liberalism, banksters and globalists are concerned, the major argument has been about regulation by "Brussels." We are told that an elected European Parliament and a Council of elected government ministers served by an appointed (by governments) Commission and an independent court system is undemocratic. It seems the voters prefer regulation by Monsanto, Amazon, AstraZeneca,.. The corporations and financial gamblers can comply with all of our laws created democratically by our sovereign parliament - as long as we ensure that we do not pass any laws that regulate their activities in the public interest.
I would say that, on the whole, the attack aginst regulation by "Brussels" has been overwhelmingly effective and benefits, not the people, but the City of London.
As regards austerity, it was never justified and was the wrong response economically (never mind morally) to the 2008 banking crash. It may turn out to be the only possible response to Brexit, as public revenues collapse with economic disorder and as the big manufacturers uproot our industries (what has not already transferred to Asian economies and what little the Tories have not already undermined) and take our jobs to Poland, Spain, France .... Maybe even Greece?
I would say that intensifying inequality provoked the social unrest and anger that characterised the Brexit vote in working class areas around the country. Racism, excessive nationalism, violence in political language and behaviour, all correlate with inequality. People do not engage in subtle analysis in such times - instead they lash out in anger. Ordinary people have been humiliated by recent governments and see no relief. They will punish any and every aspect of what they think of as "establishment." Farage and the far right take full advantage and get the greatest benefit from this anger and he is laughing all the way to his hedge fund backers.