Opinion – Brexit supporters have unleashed furies even they can’t control | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian – John Gelmini

Flag of the NSDAP during 1920 to 1945. Used to...

Flag of the NSDAP during 1920 to 1945. Used to accompany File:Flag of German Reich (1933–1935).svg as National and commercial flag during 1933 to 1935. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Like Dr Alf, I do not always agree with Polly Toynbee, and when she talks about elites she speaks with personal knowledge, since her late father was a prominent member of the Committee of 300, our true rulers in the shadows.

I also know that the UK has many problems – laziness, indiscipline, lack of exports, too big a public sector, weak defences, self-delusion, poor productivity, an obesity, dementia and diabetes crisis, overpopulation, too few houses, rampant corruption, too many civil servants, inadequate policing, an NHS which is not fit for purpose, inadequate food and energy security, weak Ministers who cannot negotiate, too many old, useless and unproductive people, the wrong foreign policy and a supine and craven attitude to Muslim troublemakers, jihadists, traitors and seditionists, a media which propagates lies and a self-serving elite.

Leaving the EU will not solve these problems but it will free up money with which some of them can be tackled and can start a process of ignition whereby the Government will be forced to confront the other ones from a position of being uncomfortable…the equivalent of applying a blowtorch to the rear anatomies of the complacent and the lazy.

I do not see a UK “Nazi Government” but the idea that people will vote for Remain and that everything can go on just as before is fanciful; people want change and they want a sense of proportion, so that the growing gap between the plutocrats and Times 1000 Chief Executives, earning up to 450 times average salaries, is narrowed a bit. People will have to up their productivity but “rewards for failure” and double-digit pay rises to deliver no optimised shareholder value whatsoever are going to have to end and I for 1 do not want any more Turks here at a time when we have a housing shortage of 12 million and are only building 100,000.

The Monarchy too has to slim itself down and set an example, the House of Lords needs to be abolished and replaced and we need a cull of civil servants and unnecessary local authorities not bleating about “savage cuts”.

John Gelmini

Turning crisis into success in Germany | Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C..

The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Washington think-tank, Brookings Institution, reports that a recent opinion poll indicates that the far-right Alternative for Germany party is rapidly gaining ground, with its popular support reaching 15 percent, compared to around 5 percent a year ago. However, the article’s author, Kemal Derviş, argues that with an effective refugee-integration strategy this dangerous trend can be reversed.

Source: Turning crisis into success in Germany | Brookings Institution

This article provides us with two polarities. On the one hand, there is the risk of destruction of modern German and xenophobia taking control, with a major terrorist attack considered as the likely trigger point. On the other hand, the author paints a picture of successful integration of refugees and economic growth.

As a realist, I am deeply uncomfortable with these arguments which I find unduly simplistic. There are many other theoretical outcomes in between the extremes.

I do not live in Germany nor do I speak German, so it is difficult to present a subjective viewpoint. However, I do follow German media (published in English) on a daily basis – it paints a picture of popular backlash to immigration and the social consequences, plus the collapse of support for Angela Merkel. Meanwhile, liberal German friends assure me that the refugees are being successfully integrated and the right-wing is creating trouble.

I don’t know the likely outcome in Germany but I am fearful and worried by developments. For this reason, I shall continue to monitor events carefully.

Thoughts?