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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

It All Depends on Where You're Standing

Last week the British press was in mild furore in response to the temerity of some American diplomat daring to suggest that it would not be a good idea for Britain to leave the European Union. Actually what he said was that Britain's membership in the EU was "in the American interest"! 

Whatever the hell that means...

The reaction of the British pundits was that American officials lacked an understanding of the issues. This is probably true, but it is also true that sometimes it is easier to see things more clearly from a distance.

As could be said, for example, of the European perception of the gun control issues in the United States...

My initial reaction to the remarks was that perhaps Americans should be more concerned about the recent poll that showed the majority questioned said they preferred cockroaches and lice to Congress! I have to confess that even at my most cynical I prefer Congress...

30 comments:

  1. Re: the American Congress
    It seems most Americans are relatively happy with their own congressman.
    It's all of the other congressmen they're unhappy with.

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  2. Hello Katherine:
    It does indeed depend on where you are standing! From our own perspective, and much as we love so very many Americans who we regard as the most kind, generous and loving of friends, we increasingly feel that, notwithstanding the Special Relationship, that the place of the United Kingdom is firmly in Europe of which, as it happens geographically, it is a part.

    That said, we must admit to being increasingly myopic!!

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    1. I agree with you -- absolutely. Trouble is that there are a lot of noisy people who seem to believe we don't need anybody else and especially if they are 'continental'! ...

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  3. Hi Broad,

    I read that David Cameron was secretly quite pleased with the intervention as it gave him some ammunition with the euro-haters in his own party.

    My view is we are better in the EU than out, and if the US intervention served any purpose it was to highlight that life might not be all sweetness, light and prosperity outside.

    Better inside the tent peeing out, than in our own tent with everyone peeing in!

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    1. Gaynor, that is an excellent way of putting it!

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  4. Why we ever cut ourselves adrift from the Commonwealth at the behest of th Euro enthusiasts is beyond me....

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    1. Yes, I am surprised that happened...

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  5. I think everyone above has said it all. Happy New Year to you. Diane

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    1. And a Happy New Year to you, too!

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  6. lol.. i burst out laughing reading it... happy new year..


    megha
    http://meghafashionista.blogspot.com

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    1. I just love bringing a smile to someone's face. Thanks Megha!

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  7. Yes, we Americans don't seem to be awfully happy with Congress lately. They get paid a lot and do very little for it, except act as obstructionists to anything Obama wants to accomplish. I think the EU is a good idea, but I'm not in any position to say anything about going or staying.

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    1. I think we should stay, but I can understand why everyone is unhappy -- The bureaucracy in Brussels is beyond belief and I expect there will be a lot of countries unhappy, if they aren't already.

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  8. I'm another who thinks we should stay in the EU and hope that Mr Gordon's intervention will help strengthen that view. I know the bureaucracy is appalling, but to think we can somehow cut ourselves loose and still benefit from trade with the EU is short-sighted in the extreme.

    As for Congress, as an outsider I have been fascinated and appalled at the brinkmanship exhibited in the fiscal cliff situation.

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    1. I absolutely agree that the UK should remain part of the EU. It's unthinkable to me that we would benefit at all from leaving.

      As to Congress -- every year since Obama was elected the GOP and some Democrats have tried to undermine him and his Presidency by creating this situation. The end result is a super-power that is dysfunctional.

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  9. If you still lived here in the United State, you would prefer cockroaches, trust me. Of course, most of our congress is made up of good, regular folks, but they are now victims of the radical right, tea party, fringe, who with the help of certain talk show hosts and TV stations stir up the fear in people. And right now they do rule this land. If they don't vote to raise the debt ceiling, the entire world will feel the effects. I guess they've gone crazy on power and hatred for our President.

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    1. It's all so frustratingly infuriating!

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  11. What many people here don't understand is that Congress was intended to be a roadblock. Each of the three branches of government were not meant to be rubber stamps to the other two, but rather to prevent monarchical sorts from taking over with little or no opposition. The day when Congress and The President and The Supreme Court all begin agreeing as a matter of course is the day when America will have become, in effect, a dictatorship. Yes, it sometimes seems that good things take longer to happen than they should, but that also means we have quite a while to consider the insanity of the bad things being considered. It is a delicate balance, not one I always like, but needed.

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    1. Well, the words 'checks and balanced' were the ones used -- which implies something different and I think more positive than a 'roadblock'! But unfortunately, a 'roadblock' is what it has become and I believe the way things are 'dysfunctional' is a appropriate description of the way things now stand.

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  12. Cockroaches shall inherit the earth, I hope Congress doesn’t.

    No country likes another country ‘interfering’. And nobody ever knows as much or has a clearer understanding of problems than the current speaker.
    I know all about it, you know nothing at all and he’s just an interfering old busybody.

    If the UK leaves the EU I shall leave the UK. Not that anybody would notice.

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    1. I don't think the UK will leave the EU -- oh the nightmare that would ensue!

      Congress needs to get its 'House' in order and the Senate needs to sort out the filibuster rules.

      The UK just wouldn't be the same without you, Friko!

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  13. it really is as crazy as it sounds here...no one thinks!

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  14. It seems to be a global problem, Annmarie!

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