I can’t find it in my heart to crow about this forthcoming event. Whether it occurs in an orderly way in early November, or later and bringing much worse trouble, it is sad. Sad because neo-Nazis were still allowed to get their hands on the levers of political power and patronage in Europe, and their eager supporters and brown-nosers here too, while our backs were turned. Why nobody handed Monnet, Schumann and Spinelli to Stalin’s resettlement-gooks in 1845, escapes me.
At least the fallout that reaches Britain (and this is a British blog, the main writers are English, and some of us libertarians think nationalism is an important and useful force) will be limited only to several hundreds of billions…
…hundreds of billions of Euros? of Dollars? of Sterling? Kilograms of gold? What difference does it make? It’s rounding errors by that time. When you hear phrases like a “2.6-trillion-Euro bailout fund to ringfence Greece, Ireland and Portugal” so as “not to have to bail out Spain and Italy which are too big to bail out”, you wonder what sort of drunken auction is going on where we can’t see it, and what the buggers are smoking.
And when you hear that “the Footsie has jumped 10 points upon the announcement of the bailout fund, and regained the psychologically important 5,000 level”, you wonder how shallow, uncurious and uncritical your Banks’ analysts actually are, and may always have been.
Look, we did all say that when people said, in all seriousness, things like “THE EURO IS THE ROOF OF THE HOUSE OF EUROPE: THE TASK NOW IS TO BUILD THE FOUNDATIONS” … then either nobody has thought this Reich through as to how to do it without creating international Terror-Police (I think some guys had thought of that but pretended to keep schtumm), or – worse – HAD thought it through, and knew what the outcome would be…but thought the terror-police would be in place, in time.
We are living in “interesting times”. I’m not sure I’m pleased about this at all.