Dear Leftist/liberal elite: A lot of people don’t like you or your policies, bigly. In fact, if you really think about it, Donald Trump is how much they hate your Leftism and open-border globalism that you foisted upon them. What do you think that says about you?
Catching up on the celebrity death match that was the papers review on Marr, between Nigel Farage and Ayesha Hazarika the chasm was there for all to see.
Farage was explaining the Trump position, ultimately saying that Hazarika was out of touch. In response Hazarika got in the triple whammy of insults against Trump, namely that he is ‘racist, misogynistic and Islamophobic’. Further, he is ‘not fit to hold that office’ of President. It’s like that American Revolution never even happened.
I don’t think that the man who was a liberal New York Democrat until about two minutes ago is racist, misogynistic or Islamophobic. Racists tend to not make videos saluting Rosa Parks.
But sure, Trump made a mess of his Charlottesville responses. And he shouldn’t have retweeted the Britain First videos. I’m not going to engage in what-aboutery, because I am never a fan.
For a moment, let’s just go with the Nasty Trump argument. Has it ever occurred to those on the Left that perhaps they should ask themselves why people voted for Trump? It is not, as no doubt they would like to believe, because the voters are as racist as they accuse Trump of being.
The unemployed, blue-collar, ex-Democratic voters of the Rust Belt are not racists, any more than the Labour voters of former mining towns in the North of England who voted for Brexit are racists.
No, what they resent, what they loathe, is the elitism, the experts, the patronising liberal elite who for so long did not do things for them but did things to them. And the biggest thing they did was to open the borders without their consent.
Yes, Leftists on the Left, and globalists on the Right, this policy was so unfair, so immoral, so undemocratic that in America, at least, people decided to vote for the reality TV star with the fake tan and the bad hair. They didn’t vote for him because of his character flaws, they voted for him in spite of them. They voted for Trump, because the alternative – you and more of the same – was worse. When will you get it, that for many people, you are worse than Trump? And it was the same with Brexit.
At risk of making you come over faint, let me tell you that the majority of people who voted for Trump did not even do so ‘despite’ him, but actually because of him – because he looked the candidate most likely to lay siege to your modern liberal citadel (and promote a new nationalism). Which is why, damaging disclosures notwithstanding, reckless retweets notwithstanding, Republican voters are still offering Mr Trump their unwavering support.
What we have witnessed until the Trump and Brexit votes was a period of neo-medieval rule. In medieval times those who were chosen by God ruled over all the serfs. The monarchs didn’t have to ask for permission to go to war, or levy a tax – they just did it, obviously, as they were chosen by God and therefore better than the lower orders. That was what made them legitimate.
The Enlightenment said No, those doing the governing must get the consent of the people to rule – that is what made the governance legitimate.
But we know that the electorate did not consent to King Tony Blair’s open-border policy that saw the population increase by more than 5million in just over a decade, from 2005 to 2016. The previous 5million rise took 35 years to achieve, between 1970 and 2005.
No government had the consent of the people to run net migration figures of 330,000 a year. But they ran them anyway. They were the new chosen people – not chosen by God as such, but simply chosen by virtue of them being better, smarter, and more civilised than the lower orders, viz. the voters.
So the elite knew best, and anyone who did raise concerns about immigration was shouted down as a racist bigot. Hell, you could have been an immigrant who came to Britain in the 70s or 80s and you were still a racist bigot. Let’s not forget that well-known hater Gillian Duffy who after raising her concerns to Gordon Brown was dismissed as just another ‘bigoted woman’.
It was the same in America. Trump’s promise to get control of the borders was attractive to voters. He had to stare down the Republican establishment, the crony capitalists who can pay their workers lower wages if there is uncontrolled immigration. And he has to tackle the Democrats who just want more Democratic voters, to hell with their own blue-collar workers. Whether Trump will succeed or not, we don’t know. But that’s what people want – and it doesn’t make them racists.
So perhaps our ruling elite should take a moment to examine themselves. Donald Trump and indeed Brexit is how much people reject your agenda. Slinging insults at ordinary voters will only work for so long. Right until they vote for the side that you denounced as deplorable.