Britain’s top diplomat under fire over EU-USSR comparison

In some ways he’s dead on. Hunt’s statement may rub some people the wrong way, but it was meant to.

The EU certainly is no USSR of course. In the event of a “hard” Brexit we doubt that German tanks will be rolling into London a la a “Prague Spring.” There are no EU gulags. Though dominated by a nomenklatura (a crony political class) which in some limited way is similar to the one that existed in Soviet Moscow, the political class in Brussels is more inclined toward long vacations in Majorca and climate change conferences than goose stepping and ICBMs. (At least right now.)

(From France 24)

“The lesson from history is clear: if you turn the EU club into a prison, the desire to get out won’t diminish; it will grow, and we won’t be the only prisoner that will want to escape,” he (UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt) said…

But the remain folks clutched their pearls.

…”This rubbish is unworthy of a British foreign secretary,” Peter Ricketts said, while his successor Simon Fraser branded it a “shocking failure of judgement”.

“Rubbish?” Provocative perhaps, but not rubbish.

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