January 4, 2017

State of the modern Brexit nation

State of the modern Brexit nation

Six months after the country’s momentous decision to leave the European Union, Peter Bingle assesses the state of modern Brexit Britain.

So how is modern Brexit Britain in January 2017? Despite the prophecies of doom and despair during the EU campaign the economy seems in pretty good shape and consumer confidence is high. The Chancellor expects a turbulent time over the next few years but there are many in his own party who think he is being needlessly pessimistic. Perhaps in a post-truth world it really doesn’t matter.

Public opinion is troubled. They are in a rebellious mood. Having destroyed Valhalla in 2016 they show no signs of reverting to servitude and obedience. Gone are the days of deference. They want to have a say in determining their own future. Many politicians continue to misunderstand their own constituents. They will pay the ultimate sacrifice at the next election.

The liberal metropolitan elite – once brilliantly described by Howard Becker as ‘moral entrepreneurs’ – are on the defensive. For them populism is both offensive and dangerous. Their privileged position (combined with a breathtaking hypocrisy) is under attack like never before but they have the means and the power to protect their positions for as long as possible.

The established church is in a bad place. Faced with the threat of secularisation the Church of England’s response was to itself become secular. Bishops feel uneasy talking about matters religious and therefore lecture their increasingly small flock about pay day loans and the failings of government. Is this now the time to finally separate church and state? The alternative would seem to be irrelevance.

The British public love the Queen. Of this there is no doubt. She is regarded with a powerful mixture of affection, admiration and respect. Love for the Queen, however, is very different from love for Monarchy. The Queen’s illness has caused many people to think for the first time about a modern Britain without her. Will rebellious anti-establishment Britain ever come to love let alone respect Charles III? Will the ghost of Diana haunt his reign? Perhaps the monarchy isn’t as secure as it seems today…

The Rule of Law is no longer a given in Modern Britain. When senior judges rule in a way that offends the media they are subjected not just to criticism but personal abuse which even extends to their sexuality. Gilbert’s Lord Chancellor once famously said: ‘The law is the true embodiment of everything that is excellent. It has no kind of fault or flaw and I my Lords embody the law.’ In modern Britain is this still the case?

The Body Politic is in a state of decay. It is not just the Palace of Westminster which is on the verge of collapsing. So too is the public’s respect for the political class. Never since universal suffrage was introduced has there been such a schism between politicians and the electorate. The Labour Party in Scotland paid a heavy price for ignoring their supporters. Is the same going to happen in the North of England? More generally and crucially Brexit will force MPs to listen to their constituents. If they don’t I fear what will happen next. The omens are not good.

At the heart of modern Britain’s problems is the lack of an accepted moral code. Morality is no longer absolute but relative. The difference between right and wrong has become blurred. Without order there is chaos and during a period of profound change such as Brexit it is all the more critical for a sense of morality and goodness to exist. As of January 2017 there are no promising signs.

So Britain is in a challenging position. The people want change. Servitude is no longer acceptable. They want their place at the table. At the moment, the mood, whilst rebellious, is nonetheless optimistic. If the liberal metropolitan elite do not respect the new reality, however, that mood may become malign and angry.

Behind the pomp and circumstance of Elgar’s music there is a wistfulness and poignancy for a bygone age. I now understand why. Rapid and profound change is terrifying, particularly when there is no morality to underpin it. This is modern Brexit Britain.

4.67 avg. rating (92% score) - 15 votes
Peter Bingle
Peter Bingle
Peter is the Founder of Terrapin Communications. With a career in politics and communications that has spanned almost four decades, he is one of the country's leading public affairs practitioners. His career has seen him advise many top companies, including McDonald’s, HSBC, L’Oreal, Permira, Motorola, Camelot, Rolls Royce & Kellogg's.
  • Lamia

    ‘Post-truth’ is a phrase devised by an elite that is in the rejected situation it is precisely because it has engaged in decades of spin, deceit, lies of omission and commission, and scaremongering, i.e. it is ascribing to its opponents its own defining characteristic. The Guardian, BBC, Clegg, Sky News et al shouting ‘Post-truth!’ is like the Emperor calling the little boy a nudist. There is no need – or indeed justification – to give this smug, deluded phrase the time of day.

    Apart from that, this article makes some good points. Thanks.

  • ratcatcher11

    The so called Left/Liberal elite that have been ruling us for the past 50 years have deliberately caused the destruction of our society to install a permanent left/liberal government ruled by minorities while pandering to sexual and physical deviancy and class it as the norm in the mainstream. All they have succeeded in doing is to cause a revolution in thinking as was witnessed in the recent Trump and Brexit elections. The real mainstream has called a halt to the creation of the establishment swamp and has begun to fight back through the ballot box. The elite has responded by attempting to control the news produced by non MSM, but they will fail and if they continue will be swept away at the next general election particularly those MP’s who voted for and supported Remain against the wishes of their Leaver constituents. The tide has turned and the people, those that matter ie who vote, are on the march. MP’s are their target and the establishment including the Church are going to get a kicking.

  • Tad Stone

    A good summing up. I am very positive about our future. I have never been one to see everything the media puts out in its literal sense. In fact, between the positive and negative my experience is that the middle tends to be reality.

    So for 2017 I would like economists to get put more and not trust their spreadsheets. Economics is not a science. When an indicator goes down by 0.1% they tend to see the end of the world. When t goes up by0.1% it is merely a blip!!!

    I would like politicians to listen to constituents. Pigs might fly!!!

    And the media to give a balanced and unbiased view. Particularly the BBC. Again the pigs.

    As it is I am a pragmatist and make decisions based on facts when it is possible to get them without economists, politicians and the media getting in the way.

  • RoadrunnerNick

    Or, as a bishop would say, “enriching in a very real sense”.

  • ethanedwards2002

    Obviously one cannot mention just how enriching it all is.
    Let’s just say that if your culture has a word specifically for a thing then it’s quite telling.
    and Suicide vests lets not forget how enriching they’ve become.
    Just like to say thanks for that western liberals and politicians. Great job of messing up a pretty decent society you’ve done there sports.

  • brownowl

    You forgot “enriching”…

  • Polly Radical

    “Rapid & profound change is terrifying . . .”

    Unless it’s a rapid & profound increase in immigration, of course, in which case it’s vibrant and exciting.

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