| Glenn Reynolds: Britain’s forgotten voters — and ours
| Monday, June 27, 2016
|So the post-Brexit number-crunching is over and it turns out that the decisive support for Britain’s leaving the EU came not from right-wing nationalists but from working-class Labour voters.
This offers some lessons for British and European politicians — and for us in America, too. Much of Britain’s prosperity in recent years has centered on London,
which has done very well and become very pleased with itself.
Mandler writes in Dissent,
this turned out to be a problem. London occupies a huge place in
British society — as if Washington, D.C., New York, Hollywood, and
perhaps Silicon Valley were all in the same place. But that leaves the
rest of the country feeling somewhat left out, and deeply suspicious of
the people running things, especially as the people running things seem
to hold the rest of the country in contempt, openly mocking the
traditional, the middle-class, the non-Metropolitan.
writes, “London, a young, thriving, creative, cosmopolitan city, seems
the model multicultural community, a great European capital. But it is
also the home of all of Britain’s elites—the economic elites of “the
City” (London’s Wall Street, international rather than European), a
nearly hereditary professional caste of lawyers, journalists,
publicists, and intellectuals, an increasingly hereditary caste of
politicians, tight coteries of cultural movers-and-shakers richly
sponsored by multinational corporations.”
The result, Mandler writes, is that “For the rest of the country has felt more and more excluded, not only from participation in the creativity and prosperity of London, but more crucially from power. . . . A majority of people around the United Kingdom are feeling like non-people, un-citizens, their lives jerked about like marionettes by wire-pullers far away. In those circumstances, very bad things indeed can be expected.”
Given a chance, these people seized an opportunity to give the wires a yank of their own. A lot of people felt powerless, and the political system not only didn’t address that, but seemed to glory in it.
HT : BCF
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|posted by D Swami Gwekanandam @ 2:21 PM