An Elite Disembodied
One of the most interesting aspects of the Brexit vote was the way the "working stiffs" deserted the Labour Party and voted to leave the EU. This went against the collective wisdom of the vast majority of Labour politicians. It turns out that the working classes in the Midlands had some grievances that their political masters were paternalistically ignoring. Until the Brexit vote.
Here is the view of one Guardian columnist.
They listened to experts tell them that Brexit meant disaster … and their answer was: get stuffedMatthew D'Ancona
Before analysis, let us admit to awe: the sheer scale of the moment requires it. The word “historic” is deployed too lazily in political discourse. But it is entirely appropriate this morning. This is a hugely significant day in British (and European) history. When a party loses an election, its soon-to-be-ex-leader rallies the troops and promises a different result next time. But no such option is open to the crushed chieftains of remain today. There is no “next time”.
This was a unique opportunity to seal Britain’s relationship with the European Union, or to end it. And the voters – at a high level of turnout – decided that it was time to go. They heard the warnings, listened to experts of every kind tell them that Brexit meant disaster, watched the prime minister as he urged them not to take a terrible risk. And their answer was: get stuffed.
The ramifications leave one giddy.