The Great Meltdown

Read Tom Slater’s editorial from this week’s spiked newsletter.

Tom Slater

This was the week the British bourgeoisie officially lost the plot. Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament – shaving off a few days of time MPs were counting on to thwart Brexit – has excited elite Remainers’ feverish imaginations like never before. They have compared it to the Reichstag Fire and themselves to the French Resistance. They have wept and hollered and protested – puntastic placard in one hand and designer dog in the other.

This isn’t about Johnson’s cynical – though hardly dictatorial – prorogation. This is about Brexit. What horrifies these people is not Johnson’s trimming of the parliamentary timetable, but the temerity of the 17.4million to demand more democracy, and the chance that they might just get it. The cognitive dissonance is perfectly summed up in the Remainers’ new favourite slogan – ‘Save Democracy, Stop Brexit’.

But The Great Meltdown has shown us something else, too. That these people haven’t just been driven to rage by Brexit, but to a kind of madness. The Brexit vote was for them not just a defeat, but an abomination. It shouldn’t have happened. It couldn’t have happened in any reasonable world – in which People Like Them call the shots and People Like Us are quietly grateful.

By challenging the elites’ right to rule, Brexit tugs at the threads of the intellects of our supposedly rational betters. And the unravelling continues. Brexit continues to drive them mad – and so it should.

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Reginald Blank

1st September 2019 at 7:03 pm

The last two paragraphs are also an exact description of the meltdown of the establishment left in the US after Trump’s election in 2016. And they are in denial still, and are insanely desperate to undo that “mistake” in 2020.

Bella Donna

31st August 2019 at 1:52 pm

If you can keep your head when all around you are losing theirs you’ll be a grown up! Let the children stamp and throw tantrums. I’m having a quiet day relaxing with a glass or two.

Dominic Straiton

31st August 2019 at 4:49 pm

Good one! Iv enjoyed Paul Mason and Owen Jones doing a Tommy Robinson

Jonathan Yonge

31st August 2019 at 9:20 am

“And the unravelling continues….”
IMHO Ultimately this will be a far bigger benefit to the UK than Brexit – even if Brexit somehow doesn’t happen (or a BRINO) nothing can now undo the change.
The UK has finally lost its deference to the great and the good. It has lost the class system which has held it back so many generations.

Bright future ahead.

Dave Brexit

31st August 2019 at 1:31 am

The beauty of thls whole episode is that the remainers now no longer which argument to advance in their continued efforts to extinguish the will of the ordinary people in this country. These obsequious EU fanatics are now eating themselves from within and their vexation over the proposed departure of their treasured federalist dream becomes more apparent and pathetic by the day. I don’t know what is more amusing, the upper middle classes crying over spilt milk or the upper middles classes claiming to care for the less well off in society by stamping their feet in support a German industry protectionist racket, aka the EU, entrenched in the interests of the banks and big business.

Michael Lynch

31st August 2019 at 12:34 am

Their hysteria is hysterical! The snobs are stuffed and they know it. Many suggest that Bojo has made a mistake with this move. But this is just Remainer wishful thinking, gibberish. What he’s done is quite clever – he’s called their bluff and is also flushing them out from behind their fake masks. They are now looking even more foolish to an already fed up electorate. What Boris has done is actually quite Churchillian – he’s shoving their own duplicity down their throats until they gag on it. For the first time in three years I’m feeling quite excited – he’s definitely got them on the run.

As far as the Major/Miller challenge – he’s a hypocrite as he prorogued Parliament himself for something really dishonest back in 97. Wonder if the media will revisit his ‘cash for questions’ scandal or will there be more convenient amnesia from them?

Jane 70

31st August 2019 at 3:38 am

Well said and the Grey Man does seem to have overlooked his enthusiastic deployment of prorogation to fend off awkward revelations about cash for questions.
Come back Fluck and Law, we need a new series of ‘Spitting Image’.
Meanwhile, north of the border, we have to endure regular eruptions from the High Priestess of Hyperbole, Ms Sturgeon, now in full outrage mode:

Michael Lynch

31st August 2019 at 11:15 am

Oh, if there was ever a time for ‘Spitting Image’ it’s right now. However, the ‘woke’ generation wouldn’t be able to stomach it. They’d all die from stress!

Bella Donna

31st August 2019 at 2:02 pm

I cannot remember a more ‘interesting’ time in politics. It certainly has woken us up to something most people didn’t know. Just how nasty and vile half of this country really are! I find it hard to imagine how this will end. In bygone days there would be a civil war lots of bloodshed and then the winner takes all. Only the destruction of the EU will resolve it.

Jane 70

31st August 2019 at 2:53 pm

This is all starting to have a Catch 22 flavour : Yossarian, Milo Minderbender and Major Major Major would fit in perfectly -Yossarian for Leave and the other 2 for Remain.

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