AH, I know what you’re thinking. Will I really do it? But given we have a democratic mandate, the most powerful this country has ever seen, that could blow your careers clean away, the question you need to ask yourself, is, Parliament, is, do you feel lucky?
To hear all the political guff that has been spouted, you would think that Boris Johnson has been channelling Dirty Harry, throwing down the gauntlet in no uncertain terms to Parliament: a rogue institution that just itches to reach for its own gun, destroying Boris, his government and Brexit with it.
The truth is that Boris has offered Remainers not so much an olive branch but the entire tree, minus the Brexit off-shoot, and one that they would be very foolish not to accept. He has signalled in no uncertain terms that if they play ball their liberal ascendancy will remain otherwise intact, with mass migration, the net zero carbon lunacy, the championing of the LGBT agenda and so on all to continue under his premiership.
Ultra-remainers, or at least the sillier, more vocal ones, do not see it this way, of course. For them the last week has presaged the end of their entire world. The ever-histrionic Nick Boles tweeted about the hard right takeover of the Tory Party.
The takeover that started in local constituency parties is now complete. The Brexit Party has won the war without electing a single MP. Boris Johnson isn’t our new Prime Minister; Nigel Farage is. 2/
— Nick Boles MP (@NickBoles) July 24, 2019
Would that it were true.
It is worth remembering here that the European Union and the global liberal hegemony it symbolises have entirely different roots, and that consequently exit from the EU does not affect the foundations of the liberal, globalist order to a terminal degree. The EU was originally an essentially regional project, conceived as a way of stopping France and Germany going to war with each other. Harking back as it did to the various attempts throughout European history of uniting the continent under a single, anti-democratic polity, political support in this country was originally confined to Tory blue-bloods. In contrast democratic Left-wingers, including many members of the hard Left such as Tony Benn, were deeply suspicious of it. It was, and is, a genuine conspiracy against the people.
The globalist liberal ascendancy is very different. Beginning with the sexual revolution and the ‘boomer’ generation of the 1960s, it was later given rocket boosters by the communications revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall. This information age has seen the rise of a cognitive elite that first began to take over domestic institutions, and then, naturally and organically, formed ever more powerful international networks and alliances.
The salient word here is organic. Globalist liberalism is not, in the main, some vast organised conspiracy, and much the stronger for it. Yes, here and there the odd follower of Gramsci et al may be beavering away, but conspiracies are brittle, complex things, prone to discovery and disruption by events. Far stronger and more flexible are the subtle, diffuse networks formed on shared assumptions and largely subconscious cultural understandings that any group of human beings, should they meet and communicate often enough, begin to form. Throughout Western societies today, we have substantial numbers of prosperous, highly educated, highly connected people who have known nothing but material success and security. Their politics and ideas will naturally tend to be liberal, and they plainly have far more in common with their counterparts in other countries than they do the ‘left behinds’ in their own.
Consequently, Western societies are governed, both at home and abroad, by institutions and networks, including our own Parliament, that have become instinctively liberal, internationalist and imperial. For this reason, without further profound democratic reform globalist liberalism will bounce back quickly from Brexit, and far more quickly than both friend and foe think. Even in Europe, the elites found the EU useful but not essential for assuring the domination of their ideas. Prior to Brexit, focus has already begun to shift towards the United Nations, as witnessed by the immensely disturbing UN global compact on migration. Expect much more of that in the future.
Last week Boris signalled that in return for Brexit he is perfectly happy to leave the broader liberal hegemony more or less in place. To social conservatives that is Brexit In Name Only. Do not lower your guard, do not trust, and beware the silent thief stealing the silverware as everyone else enjoys the Brexit party.