Monday, January 21, 2013
Why Britain Needs the EU Less than the Rest of Europe
This is the subject of a stimulating piece in The Current Moment. The short version, embellished with my cynical spin, goes like this: more or less all of Europe inherited a mixed economy social contract from the ruins of WWII. This remains generally popular among the public. Nevertheless, elites want to unwind it. In France, Germany and elsewhere the way to do this is through EU directives; this way you can make a show of resistance as if it were not your idea all along. But Britain has gone neoliberal on its own, domestically, without any push from Brussels. They don’t need the fig leaf.