An unashamed paraphrasing of James’ article shows how close the two phenomenon actually are (full credit goes to James for the original, articulate piece).
“Brexit Is Not [Just] The Problem Leave Voters Are The Problem
Yes, I’m getting to the point where each new article I write is some sort of revised or extended version of one of my previous pieces. As I wrote not too long ago the great sea change in British politics isn’t that the people of the United Kingdom have, on average, gotten more infantile and moronic, rather its that the know-nothings over the last 30 years, and particularly since the introduction of austerity, have been encouraged to fill the ranks of a single major political party.
Indeed, the Archie Bunkers of the Tory Party have united with the Archie Bunkers and UKIP of the old Conservatives to form the radical base of the new Conservative Party. This latest British political formation with its own pandering alt-right propaganda organs of The Daily Mail and “conservative” talk radio (for big bucks) has become a novel power in the land that is undercutting Britain’s position in the world on many levels.
Several dozen percent of Brits have always been unproductive nihilist, however, being on the political sidelines and pretty much evenly distributed between the two major political parties they were for many years electorally marginalized, receiving little attention except for their most treacherous activities.
Now, it would seem, the malcontents, those who see their lives as irreparably spoiled, are united, realizing that at last they have the clout to bring down others whose lives are of substance and accomplishment. Yes, these folks have little interest in good governance. Quite to the contrary, with lives that they see as hopelessly beyond repair, sabotage of the system upon which they blame their sorry condition is their primary desire.
And so the more outrage and counter productive and generally evil they see May act, the more they love her. She is their current weapon of choice against those who live good and fulfilling lives, even if they don’t happen to be particularly wealthy.
And since hatred, especially self-hatred, is the most powerful of unifying agents, it is going to be a desperate struggle for the so often fractured progressive armies to defeat the forces of malevolent destruction. Moreover, their will always be politicians of a scummy nature to take up and lead the malcontents’ cause, even if May et al end up otherwise deposed. Alas, Brexit is not the problem only the highly visible symptom of the underlying problem that has emerged to infect our nation.”