HEADLINES

United Kingdom: We Will, We Will – E.U. Later

By Anthony Lane, July 1, 2016. Originally published in The New Yorker.

On June 23rd (2016), a referendum was held, asking United Kingdom citizens whether the country should remain in the European Union. The reply, to global amazement, was “No.”

Almost fifty-two per cent of voters expressed a desire to leave the E.U.

Donald Trump, too, has melded his mockery of the establishment with an appeal to patriotic zest, raising the prospect that someone, somewhere, might sneak over a border and steal your job as if it were an unlocked car.

He tweeted, “Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back.

Unfortunately, Scotland is one chunk of the kingdom which did not vote to get out of the E.U.; but, then, Trump was never one to get stuck in a bunker of facts.

Read the full article: Click to enlarge.

The United Kingdom is an oxymoron. That much is clear from the crazed events that unfolded in Britain last week. On June 23rd, a referendum was held, asking U.K. citizens whether the country should remain in the European Union. The reply, to global amazement, was “No.” Almost fifty-two per cent of voters expressed a desire to leave the E.U. In effect, the country has turned to Europe, with a brave smile, and declared, “We’re sorry, but it’s over. To be frank, we never loved you anyway. All we can do now is try to make the split as painless as possible. Who knows, you may be happier without us. Oh, and, by the way, we’re keeping the cat.”

The presumptive Republican Presidential nominee blew into Britain on June 24th to bestow his blessing on a renovated golf course, declared the vote to be “fantastic,” and linked it explicitly with his own mystical quest.

Donald Trump, too, has melded his mockery of the establishment with an appeal to patriotic zest, raising the prospect that someone, somewhere, might sneak over a border and steal your job as if it were an unlocked car. The presumptive Republican Presidential nominee blew into Britain on June 24th to bestow his blessing on a renovated golf course, declared the vote to be “fantastic,” and linked it explicitly with his own mystical quest. He tweeted, “Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back.” Unfortunately, Scotland is one chunk of the kingdom which did not vote to get out of the E.U.; but, then, Trump was never one to get stuck in a bunker of facts.

The country has turned to Europe, with a brave smile, and declared, “We’re sorry, but it’s over. To be frank, we never loved you anyway. All we can do now is try to make the split as painless as possible. Who knows, you may be happier without us. Oh, and, by the way, we’re keeping the cat.

🔝


We welcome comments and conversations. Scroll to bottom of page to use the comment box.

Click Picture for a Popular Article

  • Doctors Without Borders nurse Lajos Zoltan Jecs, pictured in 2013, was sleeping when the airstrike pounded the Kunduz hospital. (Photo: MSF)
  • People searched for survivors in the rubble of houses destroyed by an airstrike in Sana, Yemen, on June 12. (Photo: Mohamed Al-Sayaghi/Reuters) alistairreignblog.com
  • ery same government who deliberately allowed this occupation to take place last fall. Regardless of what is happening with a possible injunction application, I urge every person to call the Premier’s office in the morning, telling her she has to get her administration working overtime to get rid of tent city and under no circumstances to move this horror story a block away into Mt. Edwards where we’ll then have a PERMANENT tent city indoors, with all the same shit going on every day and night!
  • Father says life teaches you many lessons to grow mature&strong and that what we are going through is just the hardest one
  • The teenager, Nihad Barakat Shamo Alawsi, was taken to Syria and then to the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul in northern Iraq, she told an event in London on Wednesday. "They raped us, they killed our men, they took our babies away from us," Alawsi, now 17, said at the event organised by the UK-based AMAR Foundation, a charity that provides education and healthcare in the Middle East.
  • The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is amongst 17 organizations and two individuals that sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry today (January 5, 2016) urging him to press Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to halt the execution of Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr and several other demonstrators from the country’s marginalized Eastern Province. On October 24 2015, the Saudi Supreme Court ratified the death sentence issued to Sheikh Nimr in October 2014. Since September, the Saudi criminal justice system has also ratified the death sentences of Ali al-Nimr, Dawood al-Marhoon, and Abdullah al-Zaher, three men arrested as minors in 2012 for their protest activity.
  • Russia's Foreign Minister Lavrov listens to U.S. Secretary of State Kerry during a press conference at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York
  • People light candles at the scene of a massive car bomb attack in Karada, a busy shopping district where people were shopping for the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday, in the center of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 3, 2016. More than 100 people died Sunday in a car bombing that the Islamic extremist militia group said it carried out, an official of the Iraqi Interior Ministry said.
  • Geopolitics: Today's Yemen In One Map. Yemeni Civil War: The Territorial Control as of March 1st, 2016. In March, the Yemen’s embattled president Hadi fled Yemen by sea and arrives in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, as Saudi Arabia and its allies launch military operations in Yemen to defend Hadi’s government.

Click Picture for a Popular Cartoon

  • Where's Steve - Satire Cartoon
  • Satire: USA Denies Whites Can Be Terrorist
  • al-Batshit-Assad
  • Donald Trump kissing his daughter
  • When cartoons turn into people
  • Donald Trump will save the day
  • Sesame Street - Grouch Apprentice with Donald Grump
  • Nicki 'Minnie' Minaj
  • In episode two he addresses the assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the humanitarian catastrophe in the impoverished Republic of Yemen. Minhaj warns America to reconsider their attitude toward Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.
  • What if Donald Trump is elected President of the United States?

Start a Conversation or Write a Caption This joke.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.