Your Daily Kitty Is a Doorstop



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  1. British politicians must be in the top 3 in the world for naked unprincipled opportunism. The Brexiteers who backed the Leave Campaign to weaken David Cameron are now like the dog that caught the car. Except that the car is speeding towards a cliff. They weakened Cameron and their country at the same time. Trying to make Britain Great Again, they turned it into Little England. And in Labour, Hillary Benn immediately started doing a Boris Johnson impersonation, while the Thatcherite Tendency known as New Labour took the opportunity to shiv the Labourite leader of the Labour Party in the back.
    Nicola Sturgeon fired up Scotland for Indyref 2, while Gerry Adams took the chance to blow up the Northern Ireland peace accords.
    Elections Have Consequences!

    I am very worried for the world.


    1. On the plus side, the American Justices on the Supreme Court outvoted the Republicans to overthrow the Texas anti-choice acts.


      1. Thankfully, the Supreme Court precedent is crystal clear: short of overturning Roe itself, states are not to make any law that places an “undue and unnecessary” burden on early access to early-term abortions. (Later restrictions on later abortions are A-OK).

        While the Supremes have been willing to tolerate a great deal of hoop-hopping requirements as “neither undue nor unnecessary”, the Texas laws were so egregiously out of line and so transparently unnecessary that only the three justices who want to overturn Roe could even try to find them defensible.


    2. I’ve actually been wondering about both Ireland and Scotland from a legal perspective. Re Ireland, will peace have to be renegotiated if the structure of the UK changes? And what will happen at the borders? (I shudder to think.) Scotland seems on its face a less dire set of consequences, but I can see Scotland trying for independence and admittance into the EU. How that would work in practice is beyond my expertise to even speculate.


      1. Regarding N Ireland, peace will only have to be renegotiated if the IRA types violently push for a secession that the Royalists violently don’t want to happen. The various and gratuitous anti-Catholic laws of the 1970s are not on the books anymore, so there is less “civil rights” ferment. It would come down to Royalists violently not wanting to be part of Ireland against their will vs. Catholics violently not willing to be part of the UK against their will.

        In other words, nothing has changed at all, except the context.

        The fact that only Sinn Fein (the political arm of the IRA) has been gleefully demanding a N Irish break from the UK is important, because Sinn Fein gleefully demands that on every day that ends in “-y”.

        The real terror will be if other, non-Sinn-Fein parties join it in making the demand. The Ulster Unionists, as predictable in reverse as Sinn Fein is, will loudly say “no, never”, and everyone will be back in a close-to-civil-war scenario.

        The only way for a peaceful break is if even the old Unionists would rather be part of the EU than the UK by Scottish-scale 3-to-2 margins. Anything less convincingly-enthusiastic, and there are tens of thousands of old Unionists with a proven willingness to be violent to stay in the UK.


        1. Thanks, that’s very helpful. The problem (I guess as always) is those who will want to make trouble for personal gain or for the sake or making trouble. I guess we’re living the days of the (apocryphal?) Chinese curse about living in interesting times.


    3. I’ve been to Mexico as often as I’ve been to the UK, while never once having been to either Ukraine nor Venezuela, so I have roughly the same level of “not really my concern” to the political developments of each region.

      If anything, I care more about and pay more attention to Mexico and Venezuela, because we get refugee and criminal backwash from their periodically-more-violent breakdowns.

      And on that scale, nothing in the coming decade of the UK is even within an order of magnitude of the local chaos overtaking Mexico and eastern Ukraine, never mind the nationwide starvation-collapse currently spreading across Venezuela. There aren’t going to be tens of thousands of UK dead, nor roving militias and crime kingpins, nor unpunished cross-border assassination sprees.

      “Interesting times” in the UK are decidedly less interesting than “interesting times” in Ukraine and Latin America. Unless the people living in the UK somehow matter more than the people living in Ukraine and Latin America, I find it difficult to fear for the consequences of Brexit even 10% of what I fear on any given day for the Donbass, Sinaloa, and Caracas.


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