Yesterday the Guardian's economics editor Larry Elliot wrote a very convincing article entitled Brexit may be the best answer to a dying eurozone.
In it he concludes:
A different Europe is needed, but it is stretching credibility to imagine that the Europe of Greece and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership can easily morph into America with the nice people in charge. The eurozone is economically moribund, persists with policies that have demonstrably failed, is indifferent to democracy, is run by and for a small, self-perpetuating elite, and is slowing dying. The wrong comparison is being made. This is not the US without the electric chair; it is the USSR without the gulag.
This is a direct poke at those left-wing voices who want to "change" the European Union rather than do the obvious thing, faced with the option, and leave it.
The likes of Michael Chessum, a national organiser for Another Europe is Possible, the dreamers led by Yanis Varoufakis who look at an unelected bureaucracy filled to the brim with fat cats, corporate shilling and lobby groups and think... we can change that, no problem.
The problem with them is that it'll take them another 40 years to decide what that change should look like. Presumably they don't ignore countries who aren't among the 28 in the EU, so can't we leave the EU and bring about a socialistic Europe that way? What is it about the EU and its structure that they think is conducive in any way to socialism anyway?
Another voice in their group is Owen Jones, the former Lexit-er turned Remain-er. He pops up on the back cover of Larry Elliot's new book, which the above article was plugging. Jones says:
"As the debate over the future of Europe rages, this is a brilliantly compelling book that exposes the terrible failure of the euro project."
I just don't get it. Hate the EU, but want to stay, Why?
If you think the EU is a mess, if you think it is a failure, then it's madness to stay.