An idiot mayor and independence for London: Daily Bullshit, June 29, 2016 (updated again)

Updated for an article casting further doubt on Hillary Clinton’s explanation regarding her use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State and two more articles on Brexit.


Perhaps I should explain that I am seriously offended when I see the kind of idiocy I’m seeing with regard to London and Brexit today. Not just because I feel my intelligence is being insulted but because these fucking assholes have jobs and I can’t find one to save my life.


Brexit

London’s mayor, apparently hasn’t gotten a couple of memos. He denies he’s seeking independence for London,[1] despite it being fairly clear that the only way London can independently “[r]emain[] in the single market,” which he says “needs to be priority one, two and three of our negotiation with the EU,”[2] or even enter into negotiations with the European Union is to be independent, just as it would be for Scotland,[3] unless, as I suggested yesterday, London joins a scheme with Scotland, Gibraltar, and possibly Northern Ireland to preserve the United Kingdom, while the rest of England leaves.[4] And no, I still don’t think that scheme is plausible.[5]

Khan claims that “when London succeeds, the rest of the country succeeds too,”[6] but a very major reason Brexit passed was that a substantial portion of the U.K. electorate has not shared in that success.[7] This mayor is yet another fucking idiot and, as a story in the Independent’s Indy100 site pointed out parenthetically, “FYI, London Independence, it’s exactly this kind of ~metropolitan elite~ posturing that makes the rest of the country hate you.”[8] No shit.

Rebecca Byrne, “London Must Take Back Control, Says Mayor,” Wall Street Journal, June 28, 2016, https://city.wsj.com/stories/365398c1-87d7-4c91-8421-829cb78ac161.redirect

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Henry Farrell, “The Irish Question: The Consequences of Brexit,” Foreign Affairs, June 28, 2016, https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/ireland/2016-06-28/irish-question

Bethan McKernan, “Here’s what Sadiq Khan has to say about London independence,” Independent, June 28, 2016, http://indy100.independent.co.uk/article/heres-what-sadiq-khan-has-to-say-about-london-independence–Wyx3gxVn1BZ

added 23:44:51
Jamie McGeever, “JP Morgan says Scottish independence, new currency now its ‘base case,'” Reuters, June 29, 2016, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-scotland-jpmorgan-idUSKCN0ZF15Z


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Hillary Clinton

Chris Cillizza, “Hillary Clinton’s email story continues to get harder and harder to believe,” Washington Post, June 28, 2016, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/06/28/hillary-clintons-email-story-continues-to-get-harder-and-harder-to-believe/

  1. [1]Rebecca Byrne, “London Must Take Back Control, Says Mayor,” Wall Street Journal, June 28, 2016, https://city.wsj.com/stories/365398c1-87d7-4c91-8421-829cb78ac161.redirect; Bethan McKernan, “Here’s what Sadiq Khan has to say about London independence,” Independent, June 28, 2016, http://indy100.independent.co.uk/article/heres-what-sadiq-khan-has-to-say-about-london-independence–Wyx3gxVn1BZ
  2. [2]Sadiq Khan, quoted in Rebecca Byrne, “London Must Take Back Control, Says Mayor,” Wall Street Journal, June 28, 2016, https://city.wsj.com/stories/365398c1-87d7-4c91-8421-829cb78ac161.redirect
  3. [3]Gabriela Baczynska, “European Commission says after Brexit vote: Scotland part of UK,” Reuters, June 25, 2016, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-scotland-commission-idUSKCN0ZB0LQ
  4. [4]MercoPress, “Gibraltar talking with Scotland about how to remain in the European Union,” June 28, 2016, http://en.mercopress.com/2016/06/28/gibraltar-talking-with-scotland-about-how-to-remain-in-the-european-union
  5. [5]David Benfell, “The elephant chart in the room,” Daily Bullshit, June 28, 2016, https://parts-unknown.org/reading/2016/06/28/the-elephant-chart-in-the-room-daily-bullshit-june-28-2016/
  6. [6]Sadiq Khan, quoted in Rebecca Byrne, “London Must Take Back Control, Says Mayor,” Wall Street Journal, June 28, 2016, https://city.wsj.com/stories/365398c1-87d7-4c91-8421-829cb78ac161.redirect
  7. [7]Luke Kawa, “Get Ready to See This Globalization ‘Elephant Chart’ Over and Over Again,” Bloomberg, June 27, 2016, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-27/get-ready-to-see-this-globalization-elephant-chart-over-and-over-again; Jim Tankersley, “Britain just killed globalization as we know it,” Washington Post, June 25, 2016, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/06/25/great-britain-just-killed-globalization-as-we-know-it/
  8. [8]Bethan McKernan, “Here’s what Sadiq Khan has to say about London independence,” Independent, June 28, 2016, http://indy100.independent.co.uk/article/heres-what-sadiq-khan-has-to-say-about-london-independence–Wyx3gxVn1BZ

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