Elites and Brexit




There is a strange notion going about, which has only been gathering strength for twenty years or more, that common people do not have a right to be concerned, let alone express concern, for the enormous hidden (to the upper classes) costs of living with aggressively intolerant minorities, of having one’s peace disturbed by the over-privileged spokespeople for those minorities, for the decayed social trust, the increased need to lock your house,  for the inability to enforce social norms – like taking out the garbage in a timely way or keeping the common halls clean – for fear of being accused and taken away to the police station for racist incitement. Not to mention the costs of de-Christianization in terms of tribal/national solidarity, and the increasing atomization of society under the impact of multi-culturalism, and its intolerant legal requirements imposed on the native population. What else? A general contempt for the native working classes and an apparent desire to see them replaced with cheaper foreign workers.

There has been, and continues to be, a stupefaction as to why people are becoming upset, and Marie-Antoinette’s “Qu’ils mangent du gâteau” seems to be a widespread reaction among  the beneficiaries of these changes.

The people have just told the elites to stuff it, and the elites are flabbergasted at their effrontery.



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Bill Elder

“A general contempt for the native working classes and an apparent desire to see them replaced with cheaper foreign workers.”


There is the money in the whole “open borders” con. It’s a nexus point between crony capitalists who want to break the back of unionized wage scales and Bolshie bureaucrats who want an entitlement voter gulag to eternally elect the single party bolshie state.

Ask the puppet master who runs Justin’s mouth – the isolated elites are here and they share the helm of the ship of state with the LPC oligarchs. We need a Brexit vote on democratic reform (AKA leftist ballot rigging) in this nation

Nicola Timmerman

Qu’ils mangent de la brioche. Actually Rousseau said a certain princess said this, but no evidence has ever been found of this having been uttered.


This is a cartoon, not an argument. You can come up with a sane rationale for a person to vote Brexit, Trump, LePen, Hofer, etc, etc. Most involve blaming someone (some elite) for all that is wrong in their lives. This is better than blaming the Jews, but not so far from it – and when push comes to shove, scapegoats will be found (and it just could be the Jews again vis Hungary and Poland and much of Eastern Europe where politics has not advanced hugely from the preoccupations of the 1930s).

In any event, the Brexit won by 4% in a votership of the mid-30 millions. Just over a million votes. The leave forces did not build their campaigns on reason, facts or a careful analysis of checks and balances of the EU policy making functions. Appeals to what one can honestly describe as the baser impulses of the electorate, nostalgia for times gone by, the promise of simplicity and local control – the whole gamut we witnessed in two separatist campaigns in Quebec – misinformation, misdirection, whipping up fears, promising nirvanas (magic improvement of National Health) and all for what? So that Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage can lead a new Britain? Much smoke, more mirrors, and what is ever left of the UK will still face the same problems it did on June 22, with the geniuses of the Leave campaign in charge of solving them.

As much fun as it is to see some exalted and self-important elite getting bitch-slapped, that is not actually what has happened (or only in part). I continue to find it difficult to discern how Brexit benefits an English working man in situ, or how England and Wales will come out of this richer, happier, or less subject to forces beyond the control of their national government. I suspect the poverty of its ability to “fix” the real problems posed by international specialization of labour, migration, and the instant and unchecked transfers of capital will prove beyond the grasp of Little England, just as it has largely eluded all other governments and international organizations over the last generation.

And when we speak of the elites so poorly – who do we mean? Us – Reagan supporters, Free Trade backers, market deregulators, advocates of unregulated streaming and network based services. We are that elite. Equally as guilty of being blind or misled or just plain wrong as our liberal counterparts. I don’t think the decent were on the leave side and the indecent for remain. I think the decent and well meaning and honest and hard working and tax paying were on both sides, and the divisions that have been created were not between nice guys and really right and bad guys and really wrong on the other. I think the English, in particular, have made a huge mistake. They have bought a pig in a poke just as 49% of Quebecers did way back in 1995. But neither side holds a monopoly of virtue or civic righteousness.

I am of the view that this was just the kind of complex, layered, and divisive issue that is not appropriate for a referendum, and many people on both sides of the issue will regret the choice for reasons that were not evident in the making of their referendal choices.

In the meantime, hold on to your hats, as there are forces far worse than Nigel Farage loosed on the world at present, and societal defences seem at an all-time low.

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