Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth[ last for a thousand years, men and woman will still say, This was NOT their finest hour.
First, some local business. The REGJB is still standing. Court is open today and in-custody cases that were scheduled for yesterday, should be on the calendar today. Check with you local judge and their chambers for specific information on particular cases.
Analysis: The Brexit vote is entirely the reason why we hinted in a previous post that the 45th President of the United States' middle initial very well might be J.
The Brexit vote was split between older, lower middle class members of the UK, who have suffered under the economic downturns and were slower than most to experience the fruits of the recovery, and younger, more educated and financially successful Britons. While there was a nationalist split as well, which we will get to in a moment, this vote is the result of irresponsible politicians manipulating the fears of unchecked immigration, xenophobia and nativism.
The record shows that a little over 330,000 people immigrated from the EU to the UK last year and a detailed economic analysis shows beyond any doubt that the immigrants' economic impact was a large net positive for the UK. This means that immigrants to the UK brought way more value in taxes and income than they took in social services. But with Turkey's application to the EU pending, and the warnings from nationalistic politicians that upwards of 21 million Muslims would be eligible to immigrate to the UK, this was a vote based on an irrational fear and anger.
Irrational fear and anger- sounds like a Donald J Trump rally.
Which is why this vote by our British cousins is a warning sign that should not be ignored in this country.
Meanwhile. Scotland voted 62%-38% to remain in the EU, thus sparking renewed interest in another Scottish vote to secede from the UK. The Scots, whose economy is doing very well thank you, and who aren't afraid of losing their national identity, voted to remain a member in the largest collective defense-free market union in this world. Smart move.
England, still suffering from the lingering effects of an economic crisis, has voted to withdraw from the largest free market in the world. Not smart.
Final thought: while listening to the BBC this morning, exit polls are showing that many of those who voted for Brexit are in shock. Their comments include statements like "I never thought this would happen" and the sentiment that they didn't really want to win, but just wanted to register a protest vote.
England will long regret the vote on June 23, 2016.
Lets hope that the United States of America will not similarly regret the results of the election on November 8, 2016.
See you in court, clearing up yesterday's messes.