Across the media there has been an ugly chuckling at the know-nothing electorate. I’ve never been more ashamed of being a journalist as I have over the past few weeks. Every poll showing that people don’t know all the facts about the EU is held up as evidence of what a folly it was to ask them to vote on it. The public is “wrong about nearly everything”, chortled the Independent. Yet I bet none of these media Remainers could name a single one of the 28 commissioners on the EC. Thickos.
The class divide on the EU is astonishing. The capitalist class loves it, with only 5 per cent of big businesses supporting a Brexit; the working classes don’t: around 60 per cent of working-class voters want out. The university-educated generally support the EU; the non-university educated generally don’t.
So Project Sneer expresses a class-tinged contempt. It’s an elitist howl of frustration, if JK Rowling will forgive me for turning her phrase against her side, against the idiot public. The people will not soon forgive this sneering.
But it’s good that Pandora’s Box has been opened. For it has revealed the true fissure in Britain. It has exposed that this isn’t really a whites vs immigrants thing or a London vs Brussels thing: it’s a Them vs Us thing, it’s the political class vs the people.
And it’s this divide that fuels the existence of the EU itself. Politicos love the EU precisely because it allows them to do politics without always having to consult the throng. And ordinary people are suspicious of the EU because they recognise that it’s the mechanism through which their democratic clout is watered down.
The divide over the EU is one between a political elite that wants to do politics far from the crowd, and a crowd that would rather politics was done out in the open. Simple. How brilliant that this deep, homegrown split over democracy itself is now in the spotlight.
Source | Telegraph