By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: June 3, 2016
JPMorgan Chase’s perpetually controversial Chairman and CEO, Jamie Dimon, was in Bournemouth, Dorset on the south coast of England this morning to reassure his workers that he wasn’t there to tell them how to vote in the upcoming June 23 referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union (the so-called “Brexit” or British Exit vote). He then proceeded to tell the sober-faced workers that if they voted for Brexit, he might axe upwards of 4,000 jobs across their country.
Dimon first stated to the crowd of workers:
“I cannot and will not tell the British people how they should vote in this….” A few minutes later, he qualified that by telling the workers how many jobs he might have to cut if Brexit happened: “I don’t know if it means 1,000 jobs, 2,000 jobs, it could be as many as 4,000…I don’t want you to worry about it but when you vote you should be thinking about something like that.”
Dimon apparently didn’t want to tell the British how to vote, just what to be thinking about when they vote. And what they should be thinking about is how to keep their job at a bank not dissimilar to the Gambino crime family, according to trial lawyers Helen Davis Chaitman and Lance Gotthoffer.
Dimon was also quoted in the media as stating that “The European Union is one of the great human endeavors of all time.” (We’re thinking it might not be up there with ending slavery, giving women the right to vote, or outlawing child sweatshops in the United States.)
Bloomberg News reports that Dimon’s speech this morning comes on the heels of a $720,000 donation from JPMorgan Chase to the campaign for Britain to remain in the E.U. – the “Remain” campaign.
The U.K. Independence Party or Ukip, headed by Nigel Farage, is spearheading the Brexit campaign. Farage plans to lead a flotilla of fishing trawlers up the Thames with a goal of arriving at Tower Bridge on June 15 – just eight days ahead of the Brexit vote. The flotilla is to draw attention to the negative impact that European Union membership has had on U.K. fishing interests.
Farage speaks toward the end of the YouTube Brexit musical video below, which was written and performed by Ukip supporter Mandy Boylett. The video currently has 587,169 views and was summed up by comedian and novelist David Baddiel this way:
“It’s not often in life you come across something not so bad it’s good, but so bad it’s absolutely fantastic.”
You have to experience the video to appreciate what Baddiel means. Two of the lines from Boylett’s song will resonate across the U.K.:
“Only wanted trade; but now it’s gone too far…” and “They’ve taken all our fish and money through the years.”
Trade going “too far” is also resonating across the United States, which is experiencing the dark underbelly of the U.S. trade agreements, which have become a focal point in the Presidential debates this year. Banksters taking the little people’s money is also a prime topic of debate across the U.S. (See second video below.)
In the Brexit video, Farage calls out Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan by name, suggesting they should just go “sling their hook” because they’ve been wrong again and again.
We had to do a little digging but apparently “sling their hook” is a less than cordial invitation to move on. An example in the Daily News of 1897 provides this example: “If you don’t sling yer hook this minute, here goes a pewter pot at yer head.”
Dimon’s security detail might want to consider protective head gear if the $27 million a year CEO plans to continue stumping around Britain.