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.

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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.
  • Shadow Warrior

    Hammond is continuity Brown. He is a hand-wringing lefty looking for clever wheezes to raise more tax in ways that people don’t immediately notice.

  • captainslugwash

    I predict the Budget will attempt to show the Left how caring the Tories are, and it will be funded by screwing over the working man.
    If Corp Tax comes down, I bet Divi tax will be going up.
    I would love to be wrong.

  • skynine

    We really need to look at tax credits, in particular in work tax credits that encourage people to work part time to preserve the benefits. 45% of women work part time and I would hazard a guess that tax credits are the main cause. This leads to low pay, low skill work in supermarkets and the retail sector including coffee shops. The government needs to get back to the employer paying people to do a job for economic reasons rather than to get onto the tax credit ladder. Like all government benefits it distorts the market and diverts government expenditure into non productive areas.
    The refrain that the government has cut expenditure is not true, it increases every year as more and more goes into welfare.

  • MrVeryAngry

    fat chance

  • MrSauce

    So, when wouldn’t we want a ‘budget for growth’?

  • Rob

    I note that the UK Government has just slapped on a 25% tax charge for anyone moving abroad and wishing to move out their private pension from the UK.

  • SonofBoudica

    The Remoaners will do their utmost to sabotage the Government’s negotiating position. They do not want a successful outcome; they want a failure. They want to be able to scream “Told you so!” from the rooftops.

  • EnglandLaments

    Thank goodness for Andrew Neil, the one media hack who scares the pants off the established politicians. He was spot on with Heidi Allen!

  • joshuafalken

    I had a very long, hard, studied and considered look at the hope, care and aspirations of all Europeans, before I voted to get the UK out of the toxic grasp of Brussels.

    The European Union and it’s charge of “ever closer union” has borrowed and spent its way to oblivion, whilst enslaving the working and middle classes in debt.

    The central control mantra of the unaccountable Brussels ruling elite, delivered through a mixture of socialism, globalism and corporatism is entirely responsible for the populist revolt by the millions of “Just About Managings” across Europe.

    We must remember the ultimate goal of socialists, globalists and corporatists is control, not prosperity. see https://mises.org/blog/goal-socialists-socialism-—-not-prosperity.

    Social equality and economic growth always fail under central control and fighting against the Brussels doctrine on behalf of all Europeans is why I voted for Brexit.

    Britain has a long history of helping Europeans depose tyrants and Brussels is just the latest incarnation.

    Britain is the most racially advanced and accepting society on the planet. We welcome those in need and those that can help us with open arms and a smile; that will not change.

    We are also one of the most innovative, talented and open societies in the world, which why everyone wants to live here. However, we cannot fit everyone in, so we have to have clear, balanced and fair immigration policy which is where the arguments start between the monetarists and humanists will never be reconciled.

    I thought long and hard before coming to the conclusion that leaving the EU was in the best interest of all Europeans, as Brussels is toxic and cannot be reformed from within.

    Also, I find it insulting that people who voted Remain have insufficient faith in British ingenuity, compassion and skill to get a good deal for us and see the Europe that we love get a better deal from Brussels and the reform that European people deserve. https://mishtalk.com/2017/03/29/bad-brexit-deal-better-than-no-deal-mathematical-idiocy-odds-of-no-deal/ and https://www.worldheadlines.info/2017/03/after-brexit-9-reasons-to-be-bullish-on-great-britain/

    The politics of left verses right are dead because neither have delivered the promised economic growth and social mobility for anyone, but themselves. The populists are not selfish per-se, they just want to take back control of their own destiny that left/right politicians have freely given away and/or exploited for their own ends. In my constituency, the local residents group are taking over the councils as politicians ignore voters, so Westminster should beware of the well-organised, local resident independents at the next election. This is a peoples revolution which should be shouted from the rooftops, but liberals remained deafened by the socialist, globalist and corporatist “vested interests” that have spectacularly failed us and are obediently crying foul and fake.

    There will be an initial unpalatable inflationary cost to fighting globalism and rolling back central control that few appear to have factored in, but dismantling failed left/right vested interests should eventually free libertarian socially-conservative capitalism from the shackles of TBTF corporatism to feed economic growth and social mobility.

  • agdpa

    The EU usually makes the wrong decision – on immigration, on freedom of movement, on the euro, on the Ukraine, etc. etc. Little hope it will get Brexit right.

  • brownowl

    Eh? Reference please!

  • Neil2

    Sod caring. Screw the spongers and breeders. Kill HS2. Stop all “green” subsidies. Slash “foreign aid” and walk away from the EUSSR with immediate effect.

  • Rob
  • John C

    What a confused article. It conflates surveillance by the security services with poor defences against fraud.

  • John C

    Err, it’s the UK that’s leaving the EU, not vice versa.

  • John C

    Me, now. ‘Growth’ is a manic obsession.

  • La Face Nord

    Mr Redwood – are you aware of the Biased BBC website? It’s been exposing their agenda for a long time, but I imagine you’ve been well aware of the BBC’s agenda for quite some time…

  • Contact Rvtech

    The post is great

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