Re: Self-fulfilling prophecies'R'us
"I think you nailed that one!"
Thank you :)
I've been trying to work out what the hell is going on with the UK negotiation on brexit, since it's clear that pretty much none of the obviously contentious issues have been addressed in any fashion other than wishful thinking, using existing EU law or flat removal of existing rights, which may fall under the first catagory.
There clearly is *something* that a lot of power and influence want from the UK leaving the EU, but it doesn't appear to be tied in with any of the issues that are being argued over, since the great majority of them could be solved by replicating the current situation. To put it in slogan terms, the current deal is a good deal, so why would you negotiate a worse deal?
So there must be another motive. Who benefits? US or Russian influence seeking to damage and distract the EU/UK for a number of years, driving a wedge between UK/EU co-operation on military matters or creating a divisive electoral issue could all be possible reasons.
But the clearing up of the UK controlled tax havens scares the crap out of a whole bunch of wealthy and powerful people. The Panama papers gave a wee insight into just how many political figures are getting paid on the sly, and you can bet that even more crap will surface once any of the tax havens start having to reveal the genuine beneficial holders of accounts. Then there is all the black book operations that start coming to light, so who knows what scandals are buried in the accounts.
I expect that there are a multitude of powerful interests around the world who are not keen on these reforms. That these would use an opportunity (or perhaps even create it) using plebiscite that promises one thing and delivers another to protect their current position should not be shocking to anyone.
To try and keep my beeb like balance, that statement about plebiscites applies just as much about the formation of the EU as any other use of a single poll to circumvent the normal legislative procedure of the country. It's still ultimately run for the benefit of the oligarchs, a different set perhaps, but the joy of financial capital is you can own bits of everything and own a bit of each side.
Direct democracy (legislature by plebiscite) is it's own beast, and beset with even more issues than representative democracy in all it's corrupt and manageable glory.