No salvation: What does Theresa May’s retirement mean for tired Europe?

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British Prime Minister Theresa May reacts as she delivers a statement in London, Britain, May 24, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC176C387BB0

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — To save Britain from paralysis will pretend to be interested in the ideas of Trotsky, Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn and extravagant conservative Boris Johnson.

Friday, May 23, 2019 will go down in British history. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, continuing the series of famous and, as a rule, impenetrable-deadpan predecessors from Pitt, Palmerston and Disraeli to Churchill and Thatcher, burst into tears in public and ran away from the cameras in tears. Theresa May lost her nerve. Her three-year attempts to fulfill the will of the people and leave the European Union ended in a fiasco. What should be especially insulting to the strong-willed and purposeful lady – the titanic (especially in the last 7-8 months) efforts not only did not bring anything, but left the party and the country in a state of discord and hopelessness.

May is a fire from all sides, and she has something to reproach. But it is not fair to blame her for the enchanting failure that the British ruling class in the second decade of the 21st century grasped. And he, in his turn, became an exaggerated version of the problems of the whole Old World, which broke to the surface in conditions when both internal socio-political circumstances and the external context simultaneously began to change. Westminster’s reaction to cardinal changes is a hyperbole of sentiment that is now common to all political systems in Europe. The continent, which had recently served not only as a benchmark, but also, as it was thought, a prototype of world politics, strangely hung between confidence in yesterday and a lack of understanding of what tomorrow would bring.

The sign character of the UK today is not Teresa May and her extravagant party rival Boris Johnson. Oddly enough, this is their common opponent – Jeremy Corbin, the leader of the Labor Party. A veteran of political battles (he is almost 70 years old), he has always been considered the extreme leftist-marginal. But the crisis of ideas and identities that overtook the leading parties pushed the person of such a non-standard, but bright and ideologically very marked, upstairs – the voter was bored with “moderate and tidy” Silent people, the request for Chatsky with ideas was manifested throughout Europe.

Tom Bower, the author of Corbin’s biography a few months ago, insists that the hero of his book is a true Trotskyist, who only partially corrected his views after the end of the Cold War and being elected party chairman. And historian Kenneth Ackermann, a biographer of Trotsky already, confirms that Jeremy Corbyn was under the influence of adherents of Trotskyist ideas, which are not so few in Great Britain. And even his deputy in the party, Tom Watson, once in his hearts said that Corbin was a typical Trotskyist infiltration who had penetrated into the ranks of the Labor Party so that they would be reborn.

If this were true, the organizers of such an implementation operation could be proud of the phenomenal result. They managed to convert not only the Labor Party into the Trotskyist faith, but also all British politics. From the moment the exit from the European Union was supposed to go into a practical phase, the British political class was guided by the famous formula of Leon Trotsky, “neither peace nor war, but the army to dissolve”, with which he came to Brest for negotiations with Germany.

Teresa May’s many months of trying to come up with at least some solution came up against outright sabotage from all sides. Consciously or instinctively, Westminster consistently cut off all the options, while leaving them on the agenda of the discussion. At some point, it became impossible to even mock and ironic about what is happening, because the farce has steadily turned into the tragedy of the oldest parliamentarism and an evil libel on democratic procedures in general. If someone from the new autocrats, so often inclined in the West (Putin, Erdogan, Orban, etc.), really wanted to discredit the Western political system, he would not have to do anything at all – members of the British parliament took over all the work.

To write off all the stupidity or lack of professionalism of the politicians of the United Kingdom would mean greatly simplifying the situation. Brexit is the quintessence of the processes that are happening now on the planet in general and in Europe in particular. The ruling circles of most countries are paralyzed by not understanding where and how the world develops. For states that have experienced upheavals in the recent past, or are generally accustomed to constant shaking, the situation is unpleasant, but not fatal – there is experience. But those political systems that considered themselves the masters of events (not only at home, but also on a global scale), are in shock and growing panic.

The reaction is humanly understandable. First, the instinct of self-preservation, its own shirt closer to the body. This is manifested at the level of both states, parties and individuals. For example, Trump proclaims “America first”, the German government stands up for North Stream 2, which is advantageous to him, and the Tories make the fate of Britain dependent on attempts to preserve the unity of their own party — David Cameron launched this further down the line. However, the “small” (internal) agenda will prevail over the “large”. What kind of strategy is there?

Secondly, there is no idea about the future, hence the underlying idea that it is possible to somehow renounce the elusive present, to avoid a cardinal revision. This is primarily a European problem – the EU transformation is not overdue, because the most influential European forces have thrown all their energy to overcome those (populist nationalists) who serve as symptoms of changes in people’s minds. Here we will cope with Faraj, discredit the extreme right in Austria and Germany, lay siege to Salvini – and become, if not “like a grandmother”, then at least “like a mother”. Great Britain is particularly reeling precisely because the chosen path is irreversible, and that is scary.

Thirdly, of course, the desire to find an external source of unrest. The “Putin-Bennon” collective image hovers over European politics, waving an enticing indulgence for the inability of state and political leaders to cope with what is happening.

Theresa May’s drama (and the United Kingdom is an extreme manifestation of the general trend) is that her departure does not solve a single problem. The next prime minister, whoever he is, gets the same, only in an atmosphere of even more severe depression. Of course, in line with the general trend towards the theatricalization of world politics, it would be logical to see Boris Johnson in 10 Downing Street. But individuals are no longer so important, it seems that the ability to make serious decisions has been systematically eliminated.

The twenty-first century began with a sharp rise in European ambitions. After the disastrous past century for him, the Old World declared its intention to become an independent and powerful world player, equal in weight to the United States and China. Twenty years later, Europe is confused, unsure of itself, drowning in a quagmire of problems – from a global scale to a completely parochial one. On the continent, someone makes fun of the island’s convulsions, someone is horrified by it, but many feel that the British epic is a private manifestation of a common misfortune.

The Brest world went, as we know, according to the script of Lenin, and not Trotsky. Humiliating surrender, loss of significant territories, then denunciation of agreements and revenge with the return of most of the lost. In Europe, the political talents of the scale of the leader of the world proletariat imperceptibly. Is that in the UK in the inevitable as a result of the current phantasmagoria of new elections that same Jeremy Corbyn will win. But he is claimed to be a Trotskyite, not a Leninist. Boris Johnson looks more like Lenin. So there is no salvation.


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