Britain’s Elites Can’t Ignore the Masses

Megan McArdle wrote the other day about her experience in a European airport and spending a day in Luton. if you would know the real reason that England specifically voted for Brexit, I think she found it, as well as anyone can sort out the many and varied reasons why the Brits decided to leave. None of it strikes me as racist, really, nor would I have expected it of the Brits. It merely strikes me as a feeling that the lifeboat is full, and that to swamp it will do no one any good.

The airport was short on seats and power outlets even before flight-delayed travelers were stacked eight-deep along the floors. Perhaps a dozen of us middle-aged folk had wrested a single power outlet from the teenagers who had tethered themselves to all the other sources of battery-life-giving energy in the vicinity. We huddled around this small electric flame in the manner of travelers everywhere, taking what sustenance we could, drinking wine and swapping stories of our homelands. I was asked to explain Donald Trump. And by way of getting my own back, I naturally asked about the referendum on Brexit, which is now just days away.

The folks I talked to were from all over Britain, but they had middle age in common as well as, mostly, membership in the petit bourgeoisie. What did they think about leaving the EU?

“I still don’t know how I’m going to vote,” said an adult-education teacher from the Midlands, who then proceeded to deliver a long and earnest speech about the cost of providing social services to immigrants, which suggested that she wasn’t really so unsure. Her sentiments were echoed by other people I talked to during that endless layover.

These weren’t racist diatribes; no one mentioned race or nationality, and, in fact, they were very sympathetic to the plight of immigrants. They just didn’t want to have to accept them into their country — operative words “have to.” The dominant tone was what is often called compassion fatigue, and their arguments were not unreasonable.

Riding a refugee-crowded ferry back from the Greek island of Lesvos last fall, my heart broke for every one of the families I saw. But I couldn’t help but ask myself just how many such people Europe could absorb in a short period of time. The people in the airport were asking themselves the same question, and the answer they were getting was “no more, please.”

Around 1:30 Monday morning, a budget jet brought me to Luton, where I stayed overnight. The next leg of my travel did not begin until late afternoon, and so I took the opportunity to walk around the area near the Mall Luton, which turned out to be a very good place to think about Brexit.

Luton is a city of about 200,000 people on the outskirts of London. It was once known for its manufacture of hats, and in 1905, Vauxhall Motors opened a manufacturing plant in Luton. The company stopped making passenger cars there in 2002, and the town is now — like so many places in Europe and America — looking for its post-industrial future. EasyJet, a budget airline, is based there, but as you so often find in similar cities in the U.S., the biggest employers are the local government and the local hospital. It has also had a dramatic shift in population. The Luton councilestimates that “between 50% and 75% of the population would not have lived in Luton or not have been born at the time of the 2001 Census.” It is now minority white British, and only barely majority white.

via Britain’s Elites Can’t Ignore the Masses – Bloomberg View

So very much of this, in my view, comes down to the ‘elites’ completely losing touch with the population, in Britain, yes. But also in America, where in my view it has propelled Donald Trump, and may well see him as President. Will it make America Great again? I doubt it, but there is a price to be paid for losing touch with one’s people, and the bill may be coming due, or perhaps overdue. It certainly did in Britain, where a majority of people, mostly working people like you and me, not the educated elites, have simply had enough, and whatever problems that causes, well, if the toffs had been listening, it need not have gotten to this point. In the final assessment, the people are sovereign, and while they care about others, they care more about those like them, and especially their children.

Don’t we all?

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20 Responses to Britain’s Elites Can’t Ignore the Masses

  1. Here’s a link to a piece by Christopher Monckton of Benchley explaining why he voted for Brexit. I found it at Antony Watts’ site and republished it at Warscleroric, of which I am an editor. As noted in my parenthetical comment at the top, “This is by far the best address I have read thus far on Brexit.”

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    • NEO says:

      Thanks Dan.

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  2. the unit says:

    I read this morning EU wants UK out fast. Simply the vote doesn’t do it. I guess out fast to have the bad influence get gone. There is no process though to kick a member out, so they’ll have to ignore or revoke the Lisbon treaty or at least Article 50 to make it fast.
    Further I read just before the vote that the parliament is the sovereign. All referendums, local and national, are “advisory” and the government could ignore them, if they dare. This is the first national pre-legislative referendum, the others (two) post legislative, laws passed first, referendum just agreed with. If not agreed with then sovereign parliament could pass new legislative laws, if it wants to. So maybe there the people not sovereign.
    And of course UK got to be punished by the elite. Financial institutions are threating moving thousands of jobs to the continent.
    Difficult situation.

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    • NEO says:

      Yep, it’s going to be difficult, I think. Do read Dan’s link above, it’s excellent.

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      • the unit says:

        Yes excellent link. I had just commented when I saw Dan’s posted comment.
        Going to take some doings to get the Exit and Remains on the same page against the NWO.
        Some German elite leader, in todays news, has said “No one is going to take Europe from us.”

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        • NEO says:

          The Germans are worried. There’s about 5 other countries (including France) considering it. And the Germans themselves like it about as much as the Brits.

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        • the unit says:

          Yeah, I read a comment that the German populace doesn’t take kindly to much to the edits and declarations from Bonn, much less from Brussels.
          I know Bonn isn’t the capital now, but according to an article I read…”The bureaucracy and the largely advisory upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, which represents Germany’s 16 state governments, are to stay in Bonn.” That was at the time Berlin was decided on to be the capital. I don’t know if it still is the way it is. Info on Wiki still has it that way.

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        • NEO says:

          I don’t know either, but it’s certainly possible.

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  3. Yes, with the UK Brexit, we are all on new ground here, and we shall see if this referendum vote will go? I hope so, but what will France do, that could be big?

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    • NEO says:

      Very big. Spain has, I think, elections this weekend, that could be interesting, as well.

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  4. the unit says:

    It’s in uncharted territory. Petition calling for second referendum to exit or remain is gathering signatures, well over the required 100K. As referendums are only advisory to the sovereign parliament, parliament could legally ignore the first and call another. Parliament is to meet Tuesday to consider the petition. Could this go on and on? Suppose majority of parliament were Remainers in the first place and couldn’t imagine the Brexiters winning. What is next?

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    • NEO says:

      A huge majority of MPs are remainers ~70+%. They could, they could also cause riots if they get too stupid.

      No idea, but a lot of people are very upset, on both sides at this point.

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      • the unit says:

        Someone we know said “elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won.” Hopefully parliament will say that and instead I won add that Brexit won.

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        • NEO says:

          I agree, one and done is how it should be, and I’d say that if Remain had won, as well.

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      • the unit says:

        Riot? Yeah, but I don’t see many elders, pensioners, poorer, working class, and rural doing much of that. Those more kin to our occupiers and democrat house members, for sure.
        Vote breakdown which way? Here…
        http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/who-voted-brexit-how-eu-8277077

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  5. the unit says:

    Concerning rioting and call for second referendum, It would be easy to do a remake of Martin Niemöller’s poem. Entitle it maybe Remainers Came. End with…and there was no one left to riot for me.
    And blog’s picture of nice long, thin neck, perfect for slicing.

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  6. the unit says:

    And lastly for the evening, I think.
    In an article by McClatchydc.com…
    Democratic pollster Mark Mellman said that issues like immigration, jobs and the economy are, indeed, important to American voters. Still, he said, “I think among elites, everybody will be sitting at dinner tonight discussing Brexit. But if you look at the average American family having dinner, I don’t think they’ll be discussing Brexit.”
    Key words to describe liberals…”I don’t think.”
    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article85877257.html#storylink=cpy

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  7. Brexit, Bible Prophecy & The Revived Roman Empire

    Does the vote in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union have prophetic implications for the “Revived Roman Empire” described in the Book of Daniel and Revelation?

    *This could be a challenge to Biblical Eschatological students!

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    • I have it up on my own blog.

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      • Yes, we are seeing things in the West we have NEVER seen! I believe Holy Scripture that ‘The Day Of The Lord’ is certain and closer! (Romans 13: 11-14) And again National Israel is right in the centre in the Eschatological End, (Zech. 13: 8-9 ; chap. 14 / Rev. 1: 7 ; Zech. 12: 10)

        True Christians cry, as the Scripture: “Surely I come quickly (beyond doubt). Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22: 20)

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