- Feb 27, 2010
Good story ...It seems to me to be entirely useless as a threat and in any case I don't think that threats are the right way to conduct negotiations. It's one of the idiocies of that brash 'successful businessman' type of ignorant Brexiteer that everything can be sorted with pitiful amounts of money, car dealers and hard deals conducted by 'tough' negotiators. Most of these people never had a proper job in their lives. It's not as if these negotiations are a game of poker. For those prepared to look and absorb the truth it's perfectly obvious what cards each player is holding and if you are attempting to bluff it will be seen as such if your cards don't support it and you will be called.
Anyway here's Michael Deacon's take on what threatening the EU with no deal is like
The British Government might as well be saying: "If I shoot myself in the foot with this machine gun, it's going to make a terrible mess of your carpet. Imagine the stain. Could take you a whole hour to get it out. All that scrubbing. Be a real nuisance for you. Plus you'd have to put up with the horrible sound of my screaming, as I writhe around in unspeakable agony on your floor until the paramedics arrive. Wouldn't be much fun for you, would it? Could ruin your evening. Do you really want that? Are you sure
To me the No-Deal threat is like two guys in a small boat, one has a life jacket the other has not. The guy without the life jacket shouts at the other "Give me your life jacket, or I will sink this bloody boat!"