Ukrainian Humor

A fresh joke from Ukraine:

Year 3129. The British Prime Minister makes a yearly pilgrimage to Brussels to ask for a delay for Brexit. Nobody knows how this tradition started but every year it attracts a multitude of tourists from all over the world.

Not that anybody expects the UK to survive that long given how things are going.

9 thoughts on “Ukrainian Humor”

  1. “Nobody knows how this tradition started”

    My favorite part is the annual reenactment of the no-Merkel greeting whereby the British representative arrives, is not met at the door, goes inside and is then hustled back outside by the local representative so they can go back into the building together….

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    1. At work, people are saying completely seriously that there should be a re-vote. And then, probably, another and another until you get the “correct” result.

      This is such a disgrace. Such a disappointment.

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      1. The idea of infinite re-votes is ridiculous, but the people were told that the referendum was non-binding before they voted and after the vote the politicians started saying that they have no choice but to follow the will of the people. The politicians could put an end to the whole mess without ever doing another vote.

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        1. ” The politicians could put an end to the whole mess ”

          “The whole mess” is arguably the biggest electoral mandate in British history (more people voted for Brexit than any single electoral option…. ever).

          You can’t ‘put an end to it’ without seriously damaging the idea of participatory democracy and endorsing rule by technocrats, if that’s what you want then be open about it.

          As for non-binding, imagine that Remain won by one fifth the margin that Leave won by and brexiteers started agitating for a re-vote…

          I had hoped that Brexit would shock the EU out of the massively self-destructive course it’s been on since it became an implementer of austerity…. but… no luck, they’ve doubled down on deeper integration despite there not being any kind of clear mandate for that in most member states.

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          1. I call it a mess because it appears to have driven a huge rift through UK society. I have been following some Brexit discussion forums and there appear to be huge numbers of incredibly angry and bitter people on both sides and this is going to shape UK politics for decades. It also seems like it may sink their economy in the medium term. I agree that the EU has some serious problems, but I don’t see how the UK is going to wind up better off outside the EU. You are right that reversing course wouldn’t be good for democracy in the UK, but democracy in the UK has already been severely damaged by this process.

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            1. ” it appears to have driven a huge rift through UK society”

              I would say you have order wrong, it hasn’t driven anything, I would say it revealed a huge rift that has been running through UK society for some time now… and it’s hardly a unique case. A lot of European countries have that same rift between those who benefit from neoliberalism (or fancy that they do or could) and those who don’t benefit (or have other priorities).
              No matter what happens with Brexit that rift isn’t going away by anything the EU is actually doing (or maybe could do).
              Brexit has revealed a massive fault line in most of Europe and debates about the virtues or flaws of Brexit don’t address that rift or its causes.

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              1. // A lot of European countries have that same rift between those who benefit from neoliberalism (or fancy that they do or could) and those who don’t benefit (or have other priorities).

                Everybody is going to benefit from the new neoliberal (?) food coming to the masses (proverbial Marie Antoinette’s ‘cakes’ have morphed into the rich eating ‘steaks’):

                Cockroach milk: The superfood of the future is now

                https://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/this-gross-creature-may-create-the-superfood-of-the-future?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1571433880

                (via Mike)

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  2. Re books:

    Etgar Keret’s stories vary: while some are suitable for study in junior high, others are completely adult.

    Today I was surprised to read in the book “Один” by Дмитрий Быков that Jewish dissident poet Brodsky has been adopted by Russian nationalists / imperialists, partly because of his poem on Ukrainian independence. Guess it explains the new full edition of his poems I saw in a Russian book shop. Thought to buy it, but it cost almost 100$ and I do not understand and enjoy many Brodsky’s poems, so I passed.

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