It has occurred to me that many of the high-profile Remainers have not only gone ‘total Snowflake’ since the Brexit vote but are making a very good effort of imitating the shocking old Tories of yore in their attempt to scupper it. The way Brexit hater-in-chief Andrew Adonis flounced out of his cushy government job at the National Infrastructure Commission is a prime example of this. Let me explain.
The Tories of the 18th and early 19th centuries, like today’s Remainers, were undemocratic, elitist, fought to preserve every institution no matter how rotten and sought to entrench unelected privilege.
The old Tories, before the foundation of the modern Conservative Party by Sir Robert Peel, bitterly opposed Catholic emancipation and the Great Reform Act of 1832, which set Britain on the road to full parliamentary democracy.
On close examination we can see that the Lord Heseltines, the soon-to-be Sir Nick Cleggs, the Anna Soubrys, Nicky Morgans and Ken Clarkes of this world live in perpetual fear of the demos, the great unwashed. This was revealed when Lord Adonis denounced Brexit as ‘a dangerous populist and nationalist spasm’ – in other words, that a demand by the people for national sovereignty is dangerous. Just like the Old Tories, the Remainers believe that the referendum, a democratic vote in which the people demanded to leave the European Union, will unleash chaos. It is ‘dangerous’, as Adonis says.
Instability and chaos is exactly what many Old Tories believed and feared would result from permitting a greater part of the population to vote.
They were deeply suspicious of the demos. These people were simply not educated enough to participate in democracy, so why the hell would you extend the vote to them? They were too stupid to vote, especially at a time of widespread illiteracy. So the vote at first was restricted to property-owning men.
This seems all too familiar today when the Remain media and others relentlessly focus on the fact that those who were university educated mainly voted to remain while leavers were disproportionately non-university educated. The implication within this claim is that the vote is illegitimate. If you do not have a degree, then somehow your vote should count for less.
I reckon a fair number of Remainers believe non-graduates are just a bit dim. Previously, you had to have property to vote. Now, you sense that given half a chance the Remainers would love to see the requirement that one must possess that all-important degree to vote, especially in referendums. The issues are just too important to be left to the electricians (without whom we would freeze to death) and the plumbers (without whom we would be swimming in our own filth).
And isn’t it interesting to see the liberal Lefties clinging for dear life to the non-national institution that is the European Union, with its associated institutions of the Parliament and Commission?
Usually these very same liberals just cannot wait to smash down whatever institution happens to be standing in the way of ‘progressive’ (Leftist) ideas, but when it comes to the EU, why, they could make Edmund Burke blush, such is their loyalty to the old ways. The Remainers’ sheer determination to conserve the status quo is indeed a fascinating turn of events.
In truth, just like the Old Tories and the aristocracy, it is entrenched privileges that the Remainers seek to conserve. It was the House of Lords that scuppered the Great Reform Act time and again until finally they buckled in the face of the Reformers’ threats.
And just you wait, dear reader, just you wait and see what the House of Lords will do when they get hold of the Brexit Bill. It will be wrecking clause after wrecking clause. All to entrench their own privileges, and those of the other unelected elites in Brussels. It’s a cabal.
So, I have no doubt that 2018 will see an epic battle between the people and the political elite. Although I go through phases of grave doubt, I remain confident that Brexit will happen because Brexit was not just a vote. It is a movement. It is a yearning to bring democracy home. Let’s bring it home.