Opinion – French people more keen on Brexit than Britons – but still most want UK to stay in Europe | Europe | News | The Independent – John Gelmini

This piece from Dr Alf and produced by the Independent really isn’t news but in the form of this survey tries to masquerade as such. We know from 41 years of being in the EU that the French have always seen EU rules as elastic or a “pick and mix ” arrangement whereas UK civil servants deliberately gold plate EU regulations so that they can carry out unpopular policies demanded by Government Ministers in such a way as to make people think that the fault was all the EU’s.

What have we learnt from the Independent that wasn’t already obvious to a two-year old?

We have discovered that France and Germany would prefer that we ‘Remain in the EU’ and are expected to consider why. Obviously with the UK as the 3rd biggest financial contributor the prospect of having to get Germans and the French to make up the difference given the impoverishment of Southern and Eastern Europe is not something that would appeal to either France or Germany.

Germans, we learn from Dr Alf’s recent visit to a concert with his friends, would be happier if the UK stuck to the rules and that further concessions were not made to suit the British. Germany has historically been a country which made up rules and got other countries to follow them. Their essential nature is the same and now that they have achieved their traditional economic pre-eminence in the EU they seek, this time through Angela Merkel to call the shots. Germans will always be German and will expect Europe to operate and be more German as per their blueprint. To expect that to change given nearly 2000 of years of history dating back as far as the ambush of the Roman legions in the German forests which prevented Rome from conquering Germania and the Teutonic tribes, is in my view wishful thinking.

John Gelmini

Opinion – The Pastrami Principle – Paul Krugman – The New York Times – John Gelmini

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English: “Paul Krugman lectured on “After Bush – The End of the Neo-Conservatives and the Moment for the Democrats” to over 500 guests in the jam-packed big lecture hall at the German National Library in Frankfurt” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf is right about Krugman, the truth is most Americans are deeply conservative, follow Judeo Christian thinking and believe in self reliance ,pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and “No free lunch”.

The metropolitan elites from which people like Krugman has emerged believe in their own rightness and intellectual superiority and are therefore keener to favour politicians who court the most disadvantaged groups.

The prevailing majority philosophy is the right one because it is the one which goes with the grain of human nature and is one that says that we are free to make our own choices and as far as possible shape our own lives.

The Pastrami sandwich analogy is a double edged sword because those who eat them wearing their bankers suits or NYSE uniforms might well be Americans but their liberal values and anything goes philosophy does not make for stable traditional marriage, family life or global competitiveness.

America’s rivals in the Far East know that which is one of the reasons they are “Eating the West’s lunch”. The American politician who taps into that best and can deliver is the one who deserves to win because he /she is best positioned to help everyone in America not just the Pastrami eaters and the poor.

John Gelmini