David Cameron resigns after UK votes to leave European Union

PM announces resignation following victory for leave supporters after divisive referendum campaign.

The Guardian, By Heather Stewart, Rowena Mason & Rajeev Syal, June 24

David Cameron has resigned, bringing an abrupt end to his six-year premiership, after the British public took the momentous decision to reject his entreaties and turn their back on the European Union.

Just a year after he clinched a surprise majority in the general election, a visibly emotional Cameron, standing outside Number 10 on Friday morning alongside his wife, Samantha, said: “The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered.”

The prime minister campaigned hard in the divisive referendum on Britain’s relationship with the EU, appearing at hundreds of public events up and down the country to argue that Brexit would be an act of “economic self-harm”.

But a frustrated electorate used the poll to reject the status quo and, as the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, described it, “stick two fingers up” at Britain’s politicians.

“I was absolutely clear about my belief that Britain is stronger, safer and better off inside the EU. I made clear the referendum was about this, and this alone, not the future of any single politician, including myself.

“But the British people made a different decision to take a different path. As such I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction,” Cameron said.

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The former mayor of London insisted on Friday there was “no need for haste” in negotiating Britain’s exit. Speaking at Vote Leave’s headquarters, Johnson struck a statesmanlike tone, paying tribute to Cameron’s leadership. “This does not mean that the UK will be in any way less united; nor indeed does it mean that it will be any less European,” he said.

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  • Yep, on Monday the layoffs will begin. The first will be in the public services for the serfs and then? Yes, let the beating continue until the serfs admit their foolish mistake. Oh they’ll promise everything will return to normal but the new normal.

    I was wondering since the serfs in once Great Britain are no longer going to fallow the path of the liberal neo-conns when is the New Amerika going bomb and invade?

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2016/06/the-reversebrexit-campaign-began.html

    This song reminds me of what a waits the citizens of GB

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrfhf1Gv4Tw

    • […]”it was observed around the dinner table that there is a minimum voting age, but no maximum. Damned well should be.”

      That makes far too much sense to happen without a fresh disaster as an incentive. Heck, here in North America, we can’t even manage to institute a maximum driving age. That kind of legal cowardice comes with a body count.

      As for the Brexit, I can’t guess whether it’s a net loss or a net win. Anything that sets the financial system back on its heels is probably a good thing, now that those assholes have transcended the rule of law and the principles of noblesse oblige and common decency. A contraction of wealth and growth overall is not bad in itself, as long as the distribution of wealth and growth becomes more equitable in the process.

    •   I can understand the young feeling they have a larger stake in political decisions than do the elderly who won’t be around in 30 years to suffer the consequences of any decisions, no matter who makes them or how right or wrong they may turn out to be. I must also reluctantly point to the appalling ignorance among most of the young concerning history and its lessons.
        In simpler societies the elders were looked to for wisdom and guidance and the young mostly for physical activity. IMHO the crucial difference between those societies and ours is that they had a sense of community we mostly lack, a “we’re all in this together” outlook whereas so many today have a “every man for himself” attitude.
        If the aged do not properly lead, advise and guide, it is the following generation(s) which suffer. If the younger generation does not learn what is needed, both they and their progeny will suffer.
        I am pre-Boomer and my generation went to extraordinary effort to keep the world functioning to everyone’s benefit, perhaps the last mainstream generation to be familiar with a genuine Community of Common Interests. There are numerous such communities out there – Native America/First Nations, tribal groups, etc, but none have much influence in the broader society. What we have is a collection of self-absorbed polities trying to find not a way to reach accord with other self-absorbed polities but a way to dominate other groups and achieve their goals. It’s rather like the lounge-chair liberals are more than happy to donate to worthy causes – so long as it’s not their ox being gored. Or the anti-choice folks who bloviate about how sacred each child is but then vote to keep them ignorant, poor and unhealthy and would rather see 100 kids die than adopt one or two.

        When I see the advantages and disadvantages of Globalization discussed, I think of the old slogan “Think Global, Act Local”. Somehow, the world seems to have embraced the first half of the slogan and ignored the latter half. Which in turn reminds me of a wisecrack an old boss used to give his waitresses: “You make the living, baby. I’ll make the living worthwhile”. People are beginning to realize it takes more than money and goods to make the living worthwhile – and they have no experience with creating the necessary conditions. And are too ignorant of history to seek enlightenment.

      • Much of what you say, I agree with but I can’t go along with the age lens. I’ve seen too much to believe that this is as simple as the aged have wisdom and the young do not – from what I see around the policy table every day, the aged are very far from wise and they have the extreme disadvantages of a) being much better insulated from negative consequences of their decision-making, and b) being “captured” in their decision-making (i.e., they think only in terms of variants of what has been tried previously). As a group, they are highly risk averse – motivated in large part, I think, by the fear that if they mess up their current beneficial position will be jeopardized and the realization that if it is, they are not well placed to compete successfully to regain it. In a very real sense, the aged are policy rentiers.

        All that said, I quite agree that the way out is fostering the sense that we are all in it together. However – my personal view – empowering youth is the key way of doing that. That means listening to them and embracing policy that might benefit them to our cost. Taking as an article of faith that the same generations that got us in to this mess are wiser and better positioned to make the decisions that can get us out (and that the cost / risk to those generations should be low) is not.

  • EU urges Britain to go quickly as bloc reels from exit vote

    AP, By Lore Cook & Raf Casert, June 25

    Brussels — European Union nations urged Britain on Friday to quickly exit the bloc and end uncertainty about the future, as Prime Minister David Cameron said he would leave the departure negotiations to his successor, possibly until sometime in October.

    Britain’s vote to leave plunged the EU into a new existential crisis as it struggles to recover from economic woes, public disenchantment with Brussels-imposed austerity policies in debt-stricken Greece and Europe’s inability to manage the refugee emergency.

    “We cannot afford to wait until the Conservative Party will find a new leader,” said Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, whose country takes over the EU’s presidency next week and will have to supervise preparations for Britain’s departure.

    Cameron’s fellow Conservative and Britain’s most prominent “leave” campaigner, Boris Johnson, said early Friday that “it is vital to stress that there is now no need for haste.”

    But Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders, who an EU meeting in Luxembourg Friday to prepare next week’s summit, said: “You can’t have your cake and eat it.”

    “There is a clear plea from the majority of member states to speed this process up,” he added.

  • Conspiracy theorists, rejoice: Brexit proves you don’t need the truth to win

    Elizabeth Renzetti | June 25 | The Globe & Mail

    In case you missed it, MI-5 totally screwed up the whole Brexit vote-rigging thing. Britain’s domestic spy service was supposed to spend the evening erasing the pencil-marked “Leave” crosses on EU referendum ballots and replacing them with “Remain” votes.

    I’m not sure what happened. Perhaps they forgot to hide enough erasers in the heels of their shoes. Maybe they were too busy carrying out their other clandestine operations, such as weaponizing bumblebees and giving One Direction their orders to carry out that coup in Libya (once Harry Styles finishes his paratrooper training).

    The Leave faction was so sure the vote would be rigged that a hashtag – #usepens – sprang up on Twitter. Their supporters stood outside polling stations offering pens to the voter-sheep who did not know the fix was in. British newspapers ran stories about why polling stations use pencils anyway (the short, wonderfully British answer: Because it has always been that way.)

    A poll the week before the referendum had revealed that 46 per cent of Leavers thought it was probable the vote would be “rigged,” with MI-5 the most likely culprit. (I’m not sure a conspiracy telegraphed so far in advance meets the strict criteria laid out in the New World Order Gazette, but whatever.) In the end, a secret plot wasn’t necessary, only a flood of well-oiled propaganda.

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  • Matt Taibbi is always an interesting writer. His piece on Brexit raises some interesting issues shared between the Leave voters and Trump followers – and the reaction to both from the Power Elite.

      Because the vote was viewed as having been driven by the same racist passions that are fueling the campaign of Donald Trump, a wide swath of commentators suggested that democracy erred, and the vote should perhaps be canceled, for the Britons’ own good.

      … the reaction to both Brexit and Trump reveals a problem potentially more serious than either Brexit or the Trump campaign. It’s become perilously fashionable all over the Western world to reach for non-democratic solutions whenever society drifts in a direction people don’t like. Here in America the problem is snowballing on both the right and the left.

      If you think there’s ever such a thing as “too much democracy,” you probably never believed in it in the first place.

      I am reminded of the Senate hearing to confirm Carswell as a Supreme Court appointee. When Carswell was criticized as mediocre, Senator Hruska remarked that “Even if he were mediocre, there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren’t they, and a little chance? We can’t have all Brandeises, Frankfurters and Cardozos.”

      Hruska was indeed an asshole and we can sneer at his position, as the Senate and public did at the time, yet it is difficult to define exactly how he was wrong. Since ancient times, the Elite have always mistrusted the People. In theory, it makes sense to grant power to those best able to wield it for the public benefit,, yet history has repeatedly demonstrated that power is almost universally exercised for the benefit of the Elite class and to the detriment of the general population. History also demonstrates that Democracy – flawed and ignorant as it may be – is the only remedy to the tyranny of the Elite. It matters not whether that tyranny is political, financial, social, religious or intellectual, the only cure seems to be a strong purgative dose of Democracy

      Perhaps the Elite can indeed run the world more efficiently than can ignorant people. but efficiency is not really the purpose of politics. Or life, for that matter.

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