Thursday, 4 May 2017

Varoufakis advises from experience

It’s not often that I read the Grauniad - I resent being told what to think, especially from a bunch of academically-minded left-wing plastic intellectuals - but today’s comment from Yanis Varoufakis is different.

Varoufakis has been there, seen it, done it, got the T-shirt ripped off his back and sold back to him for more than twice the price.

The description of his experiences when dealing with Brussels - complete with its contempt for democracy - screams aloud the reason why Leave voters wanted to “take back control.”  Varoufakis’ comments underline why no member government of the European Union has any rational, strategy or tactics to deploy with the Brussels machine.

Varoufakis’ recommendation?

“The only way May could secure a good deal for the UK would be by diffusing the EU’s spoiling tactics, while still respecting the Burkean Brexiteers’ strongest argument, the imperative of restoring sovereignty to the House of Commons. And the only way of doing this would be to avoid all negotiations by requesting from Brussels a Norway-style, off-the-shelf arrangement for a period of, say, seven years.”
[my emphasis]

Ah.  That’ll be the Flexcit plan then.  So far, it’s the only show in town and the only one with enough credible research behind it (that I can figure out) to make it a viable starter-for-ten.

But we know the government is keen to ignore useful plans, or even ideas.

Varoufakis’ appears to have recognised that, too.

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