The Duran: Trump snubs Corbyn, Johnson snubs Trump, but Farage & the Queen meet Trump

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the US President’s trip to the UK. Trump sounded off on Brexit, he declined to meet with Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn who then spoke at an anti-Trump rally. Conservative leader front runner, Boris Johnson, snubbed a meeting with the US President, saying he was too busy. Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage did meet with Trump who is a “believer in Brexit.”

London’s SJW mayor Sadiq Khan had a public meltdown over Trump’s visit, for which Trump tweeted at Khan, ridiculing his track record and height. And then there was the ‘scandal’ that erupted because Donald Trump touched the Queen. Christoforou and Mercouris go on to discuss the UK’s dependency on the United States and its fate outside the EU with respect to the hegemon and its blacklisted companies like Huawei.

My comment: I agree with Alexander Mercouris that Trump isn’t interested in a neoliberal world order, but I disagree that Trump is interested in a world of sovereign states that negotiate hard with each other. If a country negotiates hard, instead of caving in to the US, the war hawks in power [less concerned with euphemistic language] go on to blacklist foreign companies [Huawei, Gazprom, the National Iranian Oil Company, Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. and others], government institutions [the IRGC] and heads of state [Nicolas Maduro].

Trump is interested in a world of client states obedient first and foremost to Washington, and not anyone else. To contrast it to Obama’s stance of – hey, UK, stick in the EU, because we negotiate with the EU, and if you exit, you’ll be pushed down the list of priorities… Trump says, if the EU as a political organization won’t bend to Washington’s demands [demands, not requests, because requests don’t have threats associated with them], then we’ll negotiate directly with the EU member states [and their parties] to oppose the EU from within.

There’s nothing wrong with bilateralism, but we can clearly see that Washington is trying to keep the European states economically and militarily dependent on the US – while demanding they take a belligerent stance against Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela, and to a lesser extent Turkey, at least for now. Should Britain get a more independent PM, his or her foreign policy will have to be that of bringing the influence of other great powers in the region, in order to shrink the USA’s grip over it.

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The Duran: Rise of the Euroskeptics, Rise of the Greens

European Parliament elections have concluded across the EU, with results showing a surging rise of conservative right Euroskeptic parties, Green and Liberal parties. The pro-EU center left and center right have lost their combined majority. Alex Christoforou and Alexander Mercouris discuss the implications of these surprise results.

My Comment: In a stunning result, Nigel Farage’s Brexit party won the most seats in the EU parliament, 29 vs Labour’s 10 and the Tories’ four. Everyone saw how the elites [left, right, and center] tried to sabotage the exit procedure. Everyone saw the lack of backbone. Everyone saw the lies, the doublespeak, and the tergiversations.

I welcome the harsh punishment the Conservative party received. May those crooks receive the same in national elections. As for the so-called party of Labour, it has already become a minor faction in UK political life. If Corbyn doesn’t want to go down in history as the Judas he has proven himself to be thus far, beginning with his 180 degree turn from his convictions as a Bennite [aka. pro national sovereignty] in his youth, he should negotiate with Farage’s party for a hard Brexit, and in exchange, Farage should back a dirigist economic policy, designed not to impede, but enhance labour, commerce, and enterprise.

I can already hear the critics? What? Are you nuts? Farage will never go for that! He’s a tory! He doesn’t want state intervention! I remember Enoch Powell, a staunch capitalist and free marketeer, defending on national television the [Government owned and Government managed] NHS. I can also invoke the philosophy of Carl Menger, the founder of the Austrian School of Economics, in defence of my suggestion, that capitalists and socialists can find common ground. Here is Carl Menger’s absolutely respectable and sensible view on the State’s role in the economy, alongside my suggestions for a set of Non-Marxist Socialist and Georgist policies. Note: the first link deals more with local government reforms, while the second link contains suggestions for a radical, post-EU & post-NATO Bulgaria, proposals which can be extrapolated to the UK.

I realize that such a scenario is highly implausible, but for the sake of argument, let me finish my logic. There is no middle ground on Brexit, not even in the eyes of voters. You’re either for hard Brexit or against Brexit. If Labour would dump its soft Brexit stance and harden it ahead of recall elections, I believe he and Farage would bag a lot of votes, but not necessarily enough to form a majority on their own; they would have to get the support of some Liberal Democrats and Greens. I know that some individuals in these two camps are in favor of land-value taxation and could be persuaded to place Britain first, instead of the neoliberal EU.

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