Thursday 23 November 2017

Brexit a rebellion by 'people of somewhere' against 'anywhere'

Vote leave supporters wait for Nigel Farage to arrive in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex during the Brexit campaign. Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Vote leave supporters wait for Nigel Farage to arrive in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex during the Brexit campaign. Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
David Quinn

David Quinn

For a very brief period after the election of Donald Trump - it lasted for about a nanosecond - the liberal establishment paused to reflect on whether it had lost touch with a big portion of the electorate.

It was decided, in this all-too-brief moment, that the concerns of blue-collar voters had not been sufficiently listened to, and that there was a backlash against the tightening strictures of political correctness.

But then it was swiftly back to wild condemnations of 'bigots', and 'white supremacists' and so on. Large segments of the electorate were declared anathema.

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