‘The elites are in revolt against democracy’

spiked’s editor Brendan O’Neill returns to the Rubin Report to discuss Brexit and the death of left and right.

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Amelia Cantor

19th August 2019 at 10:32 am

Democracy only works when the demos (the people) are enlightened. When the demos are racist, xenophobic, deluded, manipulated and lacking in information, democracy does not work.

And that is why Brexit is not true democracy in action.

As for O’Neill’s vapourings against “the elites”: how exactly did the Revolutionary Communist Party view itself if not as an elite entitled to lead the demos to progress?

Jo Farrell

12th September 2019 at 1:26 pm

Brexit is xenophobic, racist in character!!! This is the line the remain camp have been saying over for three years, whilst never addressing the many faults within the EU which lead to so many people voting to leave. Remainers never put a positive spin on being in the EU, they know there are so many disadvantages, how about the following, the underperforming euro, the ruination of several economies, the commission (unelected people making decisions without our knowledge and without proper discussion with the wider public), the sham parliament who cannot propose any legislation itself. The waste, the corruption, the disempowerment of the people, the hamstringing of national government, the power grabbing. The unwillingness to ensure that their agenda is supported by the electorate. It has been a long time coming. The EU is only a political cult, not a continent or a race. There are many reasons to loathe the EU, without race. The opinion you expressed is your own arrogance, yob snobbery.

Philip Nash

13th August 2019 at 10:43 pm

Brexit is a disaster of monumental proportions Should it happen it will damage us for 100 years or more

John Millson

14th August 2019 at 1:24 pm

It will happen but in a deliberately destructive way. Tragically, it could have been executed in a way which kept trading channels with the EU freely open and diplomatic relations cordial. But this is being avoided.
The ERG in the Tory Party and ‘remainiacs’ in the Labour Party are directly to blame for this destructive Brexit.
Corbyn and Johnson are sorry stooges for the lunatics and idiots now controlling both their respective parties.
History must record this.

aidan maconachy

3rd September 2019 at 6:22 am

Brexit is courageous and principled, unless you like being run by Brussels bureaucrats and having EU judges make rulings for you. The country will have its borders back under its jurisdiction. It will be able to legislate as it sees fit on taxation…enter into trade deals that most benefit the nation. The idea of Britain being “made over” by the EU is a much more depressing scenario than taking back its power and identity.

The “elites” referred to in the lead title are pretty obvious in the context of the EU.

Steve Roberts

13th August 2019 at 9:09 am

As one has come to expect a coherent explanation of many issues.
However as one esteemed man once said, i paraphrase, it is important to understand but the real point is to change, that requires political insight, principles and leadership etc and of course no transformative radical democratic change can be effected without agency, that agency is people themselves.
It will of course mean that not all people will want that change, there will be opposition, often deep rooted, and we need to be aware of those obstacles wherever they come from.
In that sense O’Neills words are particularly pertinent “..leftism is not fixable… the left cannot be saved…” Such clarity of thought is vital,it also raises an issue to others who may consider themselves radical democrats, as i am sure O’Neill does, can they themselves break from these leftists, of what use are these leftists to the future or indeed the present. An ideological break from the “left” would be a huge step forward and remove much of the dead weight of history from those that now want to make a new history.

Rod Conrad

12th August 2019 at 8:16 pm

I love this “Elites” jive. Who the feck are they ? and just when have we ever had “democracy” in the UK or anywhere ? How is a cigarette paper thin majority a “democratic” movement ? Anyway, lets all enjoy Brexit .. it’s going so well and we can all enjoy the restoration of democracy ..even though we are poorer, less able to travel and are showing our neighbours how much we hate them..

Neil Mcalester

15th August 2019 at 3:53 pm

Just to pick one of your points, how exactly will we be less able to travel after leaving the EU?

Jim Lawrie

20th August 2019 at 11:36 am

Well Neil you have obviously forgotten that after the vote we were told that on the day we leave all the planes will fall out of the sky.

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