Are Remainers a master race?

A mad new scientific paper tries to link bad genes to Brexit.


Ever since the Brexit vote, a torrent of vile slurs has been used to delegitimise the largest voting bloc in British history.

Britain’s commentariat has described Leavers as thinking with ‘lizard brains’ and bursting from the ‘sewers’. Remainers have constructed an image of the typical Leave voter as irrational, ignorant, racist and probably fat, too – all in contrast to people like themselves who are affluent, university-educated and open-minded.

Now a new academic study adds a darker twist to this narrative. What if Brexit was driven by genetics?

The study – ‘Genetic correlates of social stratification in Great Britain’ – links education level to genetic factors. People who have ‘more genetic variants linked to higher levels of education’ are more likely to live in wealthy areas of Britain, whereas ‘people who have fewer of these variants are on average more likely to live in regions that have faced economic challenges, such as coal-mining regions’, writes one of the study’s authors in the Scientist magazine.

Those coal-mining regions are, of course, among the places that voted for Brexit:

‘The regional clustering of genes linked to lower education was most strongly in line with votes for parties opposed to the political status quo, namely votes for the UK Independence Party and Leave votes, similar to previously reported educationally based voting patterns.’

According to the scientists, these ‘genetic variants’ linked to educational attainment also influence traits such as ‘intelligence, perseverance, and industriousness’ – traits apparently prevalent in rich pro-Remain areas, but sorely lacking in Leave-voting areas. (Though the authors concede that educational outcomes just might have something to do with having ‘more resources’ to devote to education.)

Worse still for the poor Leave areas, people who are born with ‘good genes’ in these ‘bad gene’ areas are more likely to leave and travel to more affluent areas, leading to a kind of gene drain from the poorest parts of Britain. Whether these more genetically superior Northerners become Remainers when they arrive in London is left unsaid.

These assumptions and conclusions are of course steeped in prejudice. Prejudice against Leave voters has long been culturally acceptable and so it is no surprise to see academics lend ‘scientific’ credence to such nonsense. Leave voters are ordinary voters – the majority of voters, in fact. We don’t need genetic profiling to make sense of their perfectly reasonable democratic demands.

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Tinfoil Hat

26th October 2019 at 4:46 pm

Evolution happens because life is tough.

Marvin Jones

26th October 2019 at 3:11 pm

On the contrary. Remainers are lazy cowards who have never made one correct and decisive decision for themselves. They have become comfortable to follow and obey the commands and demands of their masters in Europe, and have this lust to be dominated. In other words, they would have loved the Nazis to have won the war.

Ven Oods

26th October 2019 at 9:24 am

Calling this study or whatever ‘scientific’ was rather kind.
I wonder how it viewed the fact that the coal-mining areas were traditionally solid Labour voters?


25th October 2019 at 8:33 pm

Sp-iked purports to be a forum for free speech but I do not see a diversity of viewpoints, merely a string of anti-EU/anti-Remainer articles. I don’t have a problem with people wanting to leave the EU but I do have an issue pretending to be open to debate when all they want in reality is a sounding board for their own opinions.

Andrew Leonard

26th October 2019 at 4:25 am

spiked is a magazine, not a forum

Ven Oods

26th October 2019 at 9:22 am

I’d have thought that you, A Cantor and J Millson make up a reasonable quorum of dissent on here?
Certainly rather more balanced than, for example, comments areas over at the Guardian.

James Knight

25th October 2019 at 4:15 pm

Remoaners have a lot in common with far right extremists.

Jim Lawrie

25th October 2019 at 1:57 pm

So educated Brexiteers face a choice.

1.) Hand back the degrees or

2.) Submit to genetic reprogramming and be turned into gibbering idiots (aka remaintards).

Forlorn Dream

25th October 2019 at 1:14 pm

Wow, this essay is very enlightening. It seems the progressive, liberal, elitist remain minority are one, maybe two steps away from completely dehumanising us leavers. What will the next scientific paper prove? We’re only capable of feeling base emotions similar to animals? We’ve been known to eat our own young?

Maybe we should all pack our bags ready for when the trucks arrive to ‘relocate’ us to ‘safe’ camps for our own good.

“That’s the processing complete. Kindly tie together your shoe laces then step into the shower, sir!”

These people have surpassed arrogance and are now moving into the realm of evil.

Hugh Bryant

25th October 2019 at 2:08 pm

It’s Hutus and Tsutsis.

Michael Lynch

25th October 2019 at 10:26 am

Gosh, according to this study then, people who leave for more affluent areas have good genes. That makes the Irish a ‘Super Duper Race’ given that’s it’s been our national pastime since the Famine. Mind you, I always suspected we were. Thank you to the academics at the Scientist magazine.

Michael Lynch

25th October 2019 at 10:34 am

Furthermore, does this study not confirm that Leave voters actually have better genes than Remainers? After all, they want to leave a dying economic club and reach out to a more affluent wider world. This inner and profound need for change shows courage and intelligence according to this study.

Jane 70

25th October 2019 at 11:34 am

I think we’ve got the common sense and independence genes!

Simon Giora

25th October 2019 at 10:09 am

The paper quoted does contain some spectacular leaps of logic. For example: “Migration is behavior, and since most behavioral traits have heritable components, migration is likely to be associated with genetic variants that influence behavior.”.

Amelia Cantor

25th October 2019 at 9:44 am

Remainers have constructed an image of the typical Leave voter as irrational, ignorant, racist and probably fat, too – all in contrast to people like themselves who are affluent, university-educated and open-minded.

Yes, that sounds right on the money to me. The “fat” bit is particularly relevant, because it’s a core metric of the sheer unhealthiness of the Brexitards. V. good news for us rational, knowledgeable, anti-racist and healthy folk in the Remain Community, because it means that Brexitards are dying almost as fast we are importing progressive voters from overseas.

Brexit is a dead project, rightards! And in more ways than one: it’s brain-dead, ethically dead, legislatively dead and literally dead.

P.S. When I speak of “fat” and “unhealthiness”, I am NOT applying the terms to the Woke Community. We, with our superior intellects, can be healthy at any size. Fast-food-guzzling, fag-puffing chav racists, otoh…

Andrew Leonard

25th October 2019 at 10:08 am

The halftime score in the latest round of ‘play the man, not the ball’:

Woke United 3 – Brexitards 0

Amelia Cantor

25th October 2019 at 10:20 am

The unhealthiness of fat racist chavs on bleak, litter-strewn northern council estates is entirely relevant to their support for Brexit. Mens sana in corpore sano, innit.

Andrew Leonard

25th October 2019 at 10:38 am

Exactly, Amelia! Whereas the mental state of the ideologically possessed haters, coming out of the university system, is no cause for concern at all!

Amelia Cantor

26th October 2019 at 9:48 am

Exactly, Amelia! Whereas the mental state of the ideologically possessed haters, coming out of the university system, is no cause for concern at all!

We members of the Woke Community do not have an “ideology”: we have a clear ethical vision and a razor-sharp understanding of the world. We are realists, not ideologues.

Saying that we are “haters” is ridiculous. It’s like saying that Boris Johnson is honest or that Donald Trump has a fine head of hair.

Andrew Leonard

26th October 2019 at 11:55 am

What would be fair to say though, is that Boris has style, and The Donald tells it like it is

Andrew Leonard

25th October 2019 at 10:20 am

“We, with our superior intellects, can be healthy at any size.”

If you’re having trouble with your weight, I can recommend the Paleo diet.
That is, as long as you don’t mind eating like us Neanderthals.

Michael Lynch

25th October 2019 at 10:38 am

A bunch of dictators and anti democrats may have killed Brexit for now. However, it won’t go away that conveniently and this battle will rage on. Fascist control over democracy is a bad thing, or have you forgotten that?

Jane 70

25th October 2019 at 11:10 am

But then we have decidedly corpulent Remainers-Abbott, Thornberry and Clarke-for instance; however, according to AC-PC, they’re all healthy ,whereas slim university graduates like me are unhealthy Leave supporting chavs innit!

I see the closing of the liberal mind, resorting as here, to insults, slurs, aspersions and foolish generalisations.

Do you seriously believe in all this

Andrew Leonard

25th October 2019 at 11:23 am

Liberal mind? You’re generous to a fault, Jane.

Jane 70

25th October 2019 at 11:32 am

I was trying to be polite,so as not to be moderated again.
Actually, I think AC-PC is suffering from delusional -self righteous -out to lunch -virtue signalling -disorder : ripe for an inclusion in the DSM.

Michael Lynch

25th October 2019 at 11:37 am

Tut, tut, Jane. Way too generous a rebuttal against a raving, anti-white racist. I’m beginning to suspect that AC is really David Lammy masquerading as someone who has a brain.

Jane 70

25th October 2019 at 12:14 pm

@ Michael Lynch ; David Calamity =AC-DC, so yes, he could well be AC-PC’s alter ego! O dear what can the matter be?!

Jane 70

25th October 2019 at 12:17 pm

@Michael Lynch; perhaps we should just celebrate being the untermenschen and give these ghastly snobbish numpties what for!

Jane 70

25th October 2019 at 12:37 pm

Kathryn Barbara

25th October 2019 at 8:57 am

People with a lack of money have more problems to deal with, more anxiety, more worry about implications that come with lack of money.Hence their self defence mechanisms are more “switched on“ as they are more likely to be in protection mode.
I agree people’s behaviour can change according to circumstances and environment.
I am always minded to think of those wealthy bankers who choose suicide in preference to living without money or social status.

Jane 70

25th October 2019 at 9:05 am

Spot on and as societies become increasingly polarised, these traits will surely become more marked.

Jane 70

25th October 2019 at 7:07 am

This is interesting: a review of how people adapt to social and environmental circumstances.

Having read this, and having tried-not entirely successfully- to understand the methodology of the ‘Genetic Correlates’ etc study, I can confirm the evidence of marked differences in behaviour, appearance , health and opportunity in my small town: affluent peaceful neighbourhoods in marked contrast to the poorer areas, which are increasingly afflicted by drug dealing, fly tipping and general deprivation.

However, as a well educated Leave supporter, it seems to me that the correlations found in the paper are also indicators of group/herd think: it simply is not done, in many middle class metropolitan areas to ‘come out’ as a Leave supporter.Thus social mores dictate to a degree acceptable modes of thought and opinion.

Affluent individuals have the means, the opportunities and the wish to mix and cohabit with their own kind and thus to maximise their success and future prospects, both for themselves and their offspring.

Conversations with family and friends bear this out, and it’s been widely reported in various online articles.

However, the relationship between nature and nurture is still unclear and I hope that this study won’t be eagerly seized on by the Remain commentariat as yet another weapon in the anti-Brexit arsenal.

A review by some of the very clever and successful folk who are Leave advocates would be welcome.

Claire D

25th October 2019 at 8:10 am

That’s interesting, thank you for the link Jane.

Jane 70

25th October 2019 at 9:03 am

Another thought Claire: these studies I think, indicate a correlation, not a causal mechanism.Undoubtedly. gene clusters will reflect differing social groups, not least because of opportunity, mate selection, normal human preferences and hitherto long established communities which have their own traditions and modes of thought.

Genetics is fascinating and much of it is hard to grasp for the lay person but I think that direct causality should be treated with caution: it’s opened up several contentious cans of worms in the past. Remember the bell curve for IQ distribution and the ensuing furore?

Neil John

25th October 2019 at 10:15 am

As far as drug dealing goes a lot of the affluent areas have been buying and using for years, 15 years ago it was one of the issues we had as school governors, the spread from the cocaine addict parents (and older ‘children’) at the local private schools and former grammar school as the price dropped and other substances became available to our parents and older children. Using the indices of deprivation maps, combined with Police and (anti)social services data (I refuse to call either source’s information ‘intelligence’) the spread was clearly out from least the deprived areas into the most deprived. I’ve long considered the usage was from simple hedonistic pleasure for the affluent to numbing the mind to relieve the stress of the daily struggle to survive for the most deprived in society.

As far as the intelligence distribution ‘bell’ curve goes I’ve long considered it to be an overly blunt measure, whereas a curve for each discrete population, based on the local ethno-religious cultures and segregation where present, will show in every population there are some above and some below the local median, the real problem is inbred populations and other developmental issues due to poor nutrition will always skew the outcome. Overlaying such curves, or otherwise combining the data, to create a global ‘bell’ curve will always cause problems, mainly from the ideologically driven who cannot deal with the reality, the same group that are pushing the differential marking agenda in some Universities.

Jane 70

25th October 2019 at 11:15 am

The poorer areas here have a serious problem with drug dealing; I see it and have reported related anti-social behaviour.
However, I do agree about the use of drugs in affluent areas although I think the usage is hidden by the benefits of affluence and social networks.
My privately educated niece confessed that a well heeled friend at a university gig had persuaded her to try cocaine and E.
She asked me not to respect her confidence but did admit that usage was widespread and viewed as good fun and controllable,thanks again, to money, connections and social status.
As to IQ, I agree with your comments.

Jane 70

25th October 2019 at 11:16 am

Should read ‘asked me to respect her confidence’.

Dominic Straiton

25th October 2019 at 6:51 am

Id sooner have the good people of Canning Town on my side when it comes to it. Wont be long now.

Andrew Leonard

25th October 2019 at 3:36 am

There is reason to believe the anti-racism era is coming to an end.
More is now to be gained from exploiting racist ideas than from their ideological opposition.
This year has seen the rise to prominence of the heavily funded white supremacist group, Extinction Rebellion.
This article from The Agonist, explains the anti-Asian/Cuban/White racism that is now par for the course on American campuses.
As the article points out, the New York Times has recently recategorised the people of East Asia – they are no longer to be regarded as ‘people of colour’, for they are now included in the category; ‘white’. That is, ‘white’ is no longer a euphemism for Caucasian – it now means anyone with whiter skin than the average Egyptian’s.
Progressives the world over, have rapidly fallen in line with this latest ‘memo’ from Progressive Central. It would be interesting to hear what some of the newest draftees into whitehood make of this somewhat dubious honour.

If Remoaners have taken the position that genetic comparisons are now fair game, then why not take them on at it? In that case, if poor genetics is associated with Leave voters, why are they so keen for mass immigration from Africa and the Middle East to continue?

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