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Karen Harradine: 2016 exposed the elitism of the Left


As 2016 hurtles towards its end, left-wing commentators are groaning about what a terrible year it has been. I have to disagree. This has been a fantastic year in which the political elite has been given a bloody nose by the silent majority. The wonderful vote for Brexit and the interesting election of Donald Trump has created a shift in the political paradigm. Through their delusional support for their masters in Brussels and their apoplectic outrage at Trump’s win, the Left have revealed themselves to be the tyrants we always knew them to be.  They have unabashedly aligned themselves with the political and financial elite. And those to the Right are now the true champions of freedom, democracy and altruism towards their fellow citizens.

I was unsurprised by both victories. But our political elite and those living in the London bubble got a shock, especially with Brexit. They don’t want a life without their Romanian housekeeper or their Polish gardener and cannot envisage an existence where mass immigration and the pursuit of globalisation policies has caused such misery and hardship for the millions who inhabit the same country that they do.

For the metropolitan and political elite, both here in the UK and the US, globalisation has worked in their favour. Globalisation has also allowed for the middle classes in India and China rapidly to raise their living standards.  But for every action there is a consequence. And the consequence is that the silent struggling majority in the West have been the losers in the elite’s fanatical pursuit of globalisation. So when the time finally came to speak they roared their disapproval by voting for Brexit and for Trump.

The Left have also shown how arrogant, selfish, pompous, entitled and repressive they are with their constant demands for a second referendum and court cases which defy the democratic process. In the aftermath of Brexit I felt that I was living in a more squalid version of the USSR. Some Remainers have shown a psychotic inability to accept the majority vote. Those who keep droning on about the ’48 per cent’ are like children who whine in the playground when they lose a game of marbles. Perhaps they need reminding that the referendum was structured as a simple majority win and is not a game of best of three.  The commentator Matthew Parris perfectly encapsulates this in his grumble about democracy as a failed system – all because the people did not vote the way he wanted them to.

I would be more inclined to believe Gina Miller’s bleatings about saving democracy – while ironically funding a court case to oppose it – if she had been a lifelong campaigner for it and not another member of the financial elite who thinks the whole world is their playground and the rest of us should suffer in silence. The brutal truth is that without her husband’s money Miller would not have the means to skewer our democratic process.  And it is this that creates a sense of unease. Parris and Miller are symbolic of how affluent Remainers and the Left reject sovereignty and democracy and would happily abandon their fellow citizens to a grinding existence, courtesy of the corrupt EU dictatorship, in favour of their elitist interests.

The vote for Brexit and Trump also symbolises the rejection of the cultural hegemony, which the Left have imposed on us for far too long. The Left’s mantra of racism, diversity and multiculturalism, both here and across the pond, has been firmly jilted by the struggling masses. Their narcissist and divisive games of identity politics meant that the Left ignored the majority. They made the mistake of whittling down our sense of self to nihilistic and unrelatable minority identities. Because the Left are so obsessed in defining who fits into which identity they failed to understand that most of us do not relate to such narrow definitions. We like to identify with the largest majority group – our communities and our nationality. In this way, by identifying with something greater than ourselves, we find security and comfort. By taking this away from us, by insisting we adhere to their minutia definitions of gender, sex, race and religion and by threatening us to obey their destructive ideology, the Left have shot themselves in the foot.

There are many countries with strict immigration policies which offer security and comfort to their own citizens, so craved for by the British, and so missed by them. For those who have no concerns about depressed wages, jostling for school positions or waiting months for a hospital appointment, the feeling of being a citizen of the world is indeed a virtuous one. But for the rest of us, faced with the negative impact of globalisation and mass immigration – for the two go hand in hand – we rightly desire the shield of sovereignty and national identity. The Left are unable to grasp this – which is why they are losing.

The defining moment of 2016 is not just one event but the entire upset of the entrenched political order. The forgotten majority have told the Left ‘no more’. For all their protestations about peace and love and claims of the moral high ground the Left have shown merciless disdain for their fellow citizens and have no respect for democracy. The Right are now the champion of the dispossessed and the struggling masses whereas the Left would not look out of place as sycophantic courtiers in the Versailles of Louis XVI.

As we go into 2017 I can only hope that the democratic will of the people is honoured. I want our Government to remember the silent struggling majority. We are frustrated with social engineering and are tired of being ignored.  Otherwise our quiet roar will turn into a revolution.

(Image: Gage Skidmore)

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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