DIVIDE AND MISRULE

One of the many reasons why I have drifted away from the daily missives some of you used to look forward to is that I don’t talk politics with anyone anymore. Conversations that spawned and informed many a past post on here no longer take place due to unforeseen circumstances that have led to a loss of appetite for many things, never mind talking politics. Nobody I now know is as clued-up as some I used to know, so I tend to get asked questions about what’s going on as though I’m some expert oracle of the kind Michael Gove would no doubt despise; that in itself would be a good enough reason to be one, but I’m not, alas. At the same time, I’ve broken my blog silence without any advance planning simply because my sedated, slumbering inner blogger has been stirred back into action through sheer exasperation.

I guess I don’t have to elaborate on what motivated this unscheduled return to the frontline. Yes, I’ve followed events like the rest of you of late – the BBC News Channel, ‘Peston’, ‘This Week’, the programme formerly known as ‘The Daily Politics’, and that bastion of outrageous institutionalised bigotry that won’t even allow MPs fond of playing the race card when their myriad shortcomings are exposed to drone on forever, ‘Question Time’. So hapless have I become in trying to locate any light at the end of the Brexit tunnel that all I could conclude from a recent ‘Newsnight’ debate on the subject was the undeniable fact that 65 year-old Baroness Meyer has a great pair of legs. Yes, I’m that f****d. But angry as well. I know I’m not alone there; perhaps this country’s defining characteristic at the moment is anger, though it’s no real wonder when our elected representatives make one yearn for the intervention of Guy Fawkes and his pals.

OK, let’s start at the top. Theresa May is perhaps the most nihilistically intransigent Prime Minister since Ted Heath, yet like the equally toe-curling portrayal of a certain Time Lord by Jodie Whittaker, our Glorious Leader tries to draw on her predecessors to create her own interpretation of a part she lacks the talent to make her own. She combines the blinkered, deluded cluelessness of Cameron with the bloody-minded tunnel vision of Thatcher in her Poll Tax death-throes, and blends the excruciatingly uncomfortable, awkward-on-camera bumbling of Gordon Brown with the God-bothering righteousness of Blair at his most sanctimoniously evangelical. She seems to have the knack of taking on the worst characteristics of past PMs, and as a result she’s even got people feeling sorry for her, just like they feel sorry for every tone-deaf wannabe being ripped to shreds by the judges on TV talent shows. What an achievement that is, to win the favour of the electorate by courting their pity.

Never mind – Mrs May and her unruly Cabinet of careerists, crawlers and backstabbers will soon be overthrown by the Great Socialist Revolution of the Messiah, an event which has had more postponements than HS2. Oh, God. What a choice we face – dumb or dumber. Yet there’s always the prospect of a Third Party, of course, an SDP for the twenty-first century composed of all those Honourable Members who are largely responsible for the mess we’re in. Yes, those (© John Major) ‘bastards’ who have made it their daily duty to thwart the outcome of a democratic vote they didn’t want and didn’t expect. Whether it’s Chuka Remoaner and the rest of the Miliband deadwood or the likes of Anna ‘Nazi’ Soubry, the two and-a-half years since the actual People’s Vote have been defined in Parliament by this contemptible coterie of detached demagogues deliberately throwing down obstacle after obstacle in order to prevent the enacting of something a majority of the electorate voted for. To put it plainly, they are despicable.

I admit I voted Remain in 2016, motivated by a ‘better the devil you know’ approach rather than any particular affection for an organisation I honestly hadn’t really given much thought to. Since then, however, my perspective has undergone a radical transformation entirely due to those who voted the same way as me. I have been appalled by the attitude and behaviour of some of those who advocated Remain and their foot-stamping refusal to accept a result that told them what they didn’t want to hear. Their superior arrogance has only been matched by the superior arrogance of the EU itself. No wonder they’re such kindred spirits.

To me, it now seems the reasons behind the result of the EU Referendum of 2016 have distinct parallels with the circumstances that put Donald Trump in the White House. The outcome was the consequence of so many people feeling so powerless after being ignored and dismissed for decades, whether by the scythe Thatcher took to communities dependent on heavy industry or the Coalition’s ruthless austerity policies. Suddenly, the powerless were presented with a platform to give the powers-that-be that had trampled them underfoot for generations a legally sanctioned bloody nose. MSM talking heads can waffle on about immigration or every other explanation given for the result, but in the end, Brexit was the most gloriously defiant ‘fuck you’ aimed at the political class in post-war British history. That’s the way it seems to me now, anyway. And the subsequent response of the political class and their media sponsors has only strengthened this opinion.

Just a couple of weeks ago, that nasty old guillotine-knitter Polly Toynbee reiterated the jaw-dropping narrative of Remoaners at their most vile by openly wishing death upon anyone over 50 who voted Leave in order that Youth would inherit the vote. This narrative of course assumes anyone who wasn’t eligible to vote in 2016 would naturally vote Remain in the event of a second Referendum. Yes, I’ve no doubt all the ‘young people’ Polly Toynbee and her fellow Grauniad scribes probably come into contact with – at a guess, the student offspring of their affluent acquaintances – probably would vote Remain; but what of the products of under-privilege in every grotty corner of the country who are tumbling out of an educational bubble trashed by useless Blairite rhetoric and straight into zero-hours uncertainty or the Circumlocution Office maze of Universal Credit? Why should they automatically give the thumbs-up to the system that exists to make their lives a misery? The great divide in Great Britain is the same today as it has always been – not gender, not colour, not creed, but class.

Yes, I know I’m guilty of generalising here. If Leave was an entirely working-class upsurge, how does that explain Jacob Rees-Mogg? Maybe he gets so much air-time because he helps reinforce the MSM view that Leave voters are all either eccentric, vaguely unhinged toffs like the Honourable Member for North East Somerset and Boris, or red-faced gammon men in yellow vests to whom Tommy Robinson is Che Guevara. Dehumanising your enemy is the first rule in the book of warfare, and the populace has been battered by a sustained campaign of dehumanisation by the powerful Remoaner mafia since June 2016, something that continues to this very day with the Project Fear prediction of martial law, absent medicines, empty supermarket shelves and a future Britain resembling that of the BBC’s mid-70s Dystopian drama, ‘Survivors’.

In many respects I wish the Referendum had never happened. I think it has been disastrous for the country’s (admittedly shaky) concept of unity, but at the same time has served to highlight divisions that have been in place for far longer than most were prepared to admit. There is no easy answer and there is no easy outcome, but if the will of the majority is denied, the contract between electorate and elected will be broken forever. And God knows what happens then. Be careful out there…

© The Editor

7 thoughts on “DIVIDE AND MISRULE

  1. Beautifully put, Petunia.

    I’ve been waching from afar and it’s been something close to horrifying. Having lost touch, I find the news quite difficult to follow anyway – it seems largely to consist of people I don’t know talking earnestly about what people I’ve never heard of have to say about events that for the life of me I can’t understand the importance of. As I figured Brexit was at least an event of some significance, I tried to follow what some of these figures were saying, and found it all deeply disurbing. None of them made any sense whatsoever. Then the post-referendum pronouncements just went off the scale. Completely cuckoo.

    I would think Remain’s strongest card would be the obvious fact that we no longer have any public figure of the standing, integrity, or intellecual capacity required, and so, if we cast the net a little wider (across the whole continent, say) we might just find a handful of competent leaders. Heaven help us.

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  2. I think this is one of the best things you have written. Well, I would say that, because I agree with nearly all of it.

    I too voted Remain. I too am sick of Remainers and would vote Leave in any further referendum. We had a vote. Stick to the result. How many more times do people have to tell you? I too believe “class” (or lack thereof) is the most divisive feature of this country. That’s why I would vote Labour next time in a General Election because clueless as Corbyn is, his instincts to upend everything are ripe for trying out.

    I only disagree with “Their superior arrogance has only been matched by the superior arrogance of the EU itself.” The EU is only following its own rigid rules, which was foreseeable from the start (Greece being a good example).

    Welcome back.

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    1. Good to hear from you too, old chum! I hadn’t planned to write anything, but I couldn’t stop it once I felt it brewing-up…or throwing-up. I think Remoaners at their worst are serving to convert voters to the Leave cause far greater than any prominent Brexiteer could dream of.

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  3. Hi Pet, it’s really great to hear from you again. I think that you have managed to sum up my entire thought process/attitude on this whole brexit situation/debacle/farce in your blog post far better than I ever could have done myself!

    Take care, I always look forward to reading your posts, whenever or even if ever you feel inclined to post them.

    Best wishes, in this crazy, f*cked up world!

    H. Rawlinson.

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  4. I agree with all of this; in one sense the Brexit vote was indeed a glorious “fuck you” to a political class who’s arrogance and indeed cruelty is embodied by Toynbee in that remark. All through the campaign and since “we” have been battered by the constant mantra that Levers were vile, racist xenophobes just itching to beat up a passing Pole; but what that remark betrays is that in my view the real viciousness was in the Remain camp; these people have a sense of entitlement and they are perfectly willing to use any means to defend it; any.
    The superb and learned American historian and political commentator Victor Davis Hansen is uniquely placed to explain the Trump phenomenon; coming from a family that has farmed for generations in Southern California (he farms himself) he lives in a poor area with a high Latino and immigrant population; at the same time he taught at Stanford, a gilded “progressive” institution.
    He was perhaps the only conservative on campus.
    He puts it this way; there is an upswell of resentment because the people – the elites – who make decisions do not experience the consequences of those decisions; in one example he points to California’s huge “anti global warming” energy taxes; but this does not affect the elites who live in the great climate of the coast; it does affect the Latinos who cannot afford to use their air conditioning, and gather in Walmart to keep cool. This is echoed with the Yellow Vest protest; Macron imposes huge petrol taxes and more to placate the Global Warming theorists; but these do not affect him; they affect the average guy with a small business struggling to get around and about to deliver his goods.
    Although I was something of a firm Brexiteer, I find the comments of Professor Nial Ferguson on both Brexit and Trump/Hillary to be interesting. He voted remain but has since changed his mind; it seemed to him that genuine and legitimate concerns about mass migration were simply being ignored by those it did not affect. As for Trump, he dislikes the man. But, as I think he put it, if he was presented with a line of the Great and the Good from the media, the arts and academia who worshipped Hydrogen Hillary, he would have voted Trump just to wipe the smiles off their faces.

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  5. PS – fascinating lectures by “VD” and interviews with Professor Ferguson on Trump/Brexit can be found on youtube; in the latter case I think the best is on the “Rubin Report” channel. I really enjoy both.
    Good to have you back
    David J, aka Gildas the Monk

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  6. As ever, nail, head, hit.

    As demonstrated in the 2017 election, the Tories couldn’t have picked a worse person to lead the Brexit process, unless of course, they didn’t really want it to happen. At the one time when a leader of vision was needed, they picked an automaton administrator utterly devoid of character or charisma.

    Pleased though I am that so many have now come round to the Leave position, that is balanced by an acute sorrow that the Continuity Remainers have shown their true colours so despicably. I am old enough to have voted in the ’75 EU Referendum, after which the losers took it on the chin and let the game play out – would that the sore losers this time had that same democratic integrity.

    There is indeed a strong, multi-national process going on, first Brexit, then Trump, other national movements across Europe and now the ‘gilets jaune’ – it is precisely the long-ignored masses giving the finger to their respective, but no longer respected, rulers. If they had listened sooner, it wouldn’t have ever happened, but they didn’t and it did. How it will all play out, I’ve no idea, but I for one am glad it’s happened, the ruling elites needed a firm kick in the goolies and they’re all still squirming from it.

    Come back soon, Pet, we need more of this. (Greetings to other regulars here too – it’s good to know you’re all still around.)

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