Spoonfuls of sugar

This is old news by now of course, but one thing I found striking about Andrea Leadsom’s inane “Let’s banish pessimism!” line was how worryingly neatly it tied into the amount of magical thinking there was around the referendum. I am now seeing a notable amount of responses from Leave voters – exclusively on the right, NB – along the barely paraphrased lines of “accept you lost, stop sulking, start talking up this great country of ours unless you want to drive us into recession”.

This is how (one aspect of all) this is going to play out, isn’t it? Rather than accept that there were justified economic and social anxieties around leaving, when things go down the pan post-Brexit it’s going to be rationalised as the fault of opponents of Leave for not throwing themselves into national promotion wholeheartedly enough. This will be spun as an opportunity that could have been amazing if only ~self-loathing elitist refuseniks~ had had a bit more gumption and been a bit more forward-thinking.

So, we reach one logical conclusion of the 90s focus on individual drive, rather than anything political or economic, as the root cause of one’s personal circumstances. As well as a response to a thirty-year slide into the abyss that now seems unfixable other than by, you know, really wishing really hard.

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One comment

  1. Paul the red Williams

    I am a outer that’s what I voted for. Not a leave vote . Let me explain, to vote leave I would be a on the right . To vote out I am working class with the have nots . Who voted against the political class/Establishment. Against the remain Lib/leftist who are strutting in life.
    Cameron he won it for the out campaign by telling everyone you vote leave you lose what you have, well the outers mainly had nothing , so how can it be worst for working/benefit class, so here we are rebellion . With out leaders. Even UKIP was shocked by the people who voted out and don’t know how they can take advantage , with right wing politics?.

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