Brexit: a coup by one set of public schoolboys against another — Simon Kuper –

This is a brilliantly incisive article by Simon Kuper, published in the FT.

Brexit: a coup by one set of public schoolboys against another —

For a long time over breakfast my wife and I debated Cameron and Osborne’s latest revelations. We’re both conservative in our political views but were never quite comfortable with this duo. We often used to conclude that they were in it for a laugh, a public school prank – they were far removed from the pressures of ordinary people’s lives. We noted that despite very little experience doors and opportunities open for the privileged.

Clearly, Cameron, Osborne, Johnson, Gove and Farage never expected the Brexit vote to be passed – after all nobody had a plan for Brexit. Now the UK is in meltdown because of the uncertainty unleashed.

This, of course, plays into the hands of Jeremy Corbyn and other far-left politicians in the UK.




2 responses

  1. Continued…
    Gove differs from the others in that he does have messianic visions but lacks the natural ease of the others in much the same way as Paul Newman the American actor had to really work hard at his acting whilst others like Jack Nicholson found the process effortless.
    As a latter day Brutus he will brood for a while ,get a reputational makeover from Murdoch and his scheming wife the quasi Medusa like Sarah Vine and wait for the next Prime Minister to fail or be cut down by Murdoch who is not a man to forget Leveson and the people who dreamt it up.

  2. It was not quite a schoolboy prank but Dr Alf and Mrs Oldman are both right to think that no-one ever expected the Brexit vote to prevail.

    The evidence for this is the fact that Cameron and Osborne were so certain of victory that no planning was done for Brexit by any civil servants or Government Ministers.

    Boris and Gove did no planning either, probably for the same reasons, and Nigel Farage didn’t do any either because his personal agenda is different.

    All these men have something in common in that they are complacent, are blissfully unaware of the concerns of ordinary people and have powerful masters who tell them what to do.

    Cameron will soon be disappearing off to start his new job, Osborne will soon be doing the same, Boris will wait until the new Prime Minister fails before making his move and Farage will await his next set of instructions.

    The “schoolboy” element in all these people is the one which assumes that the rest of us are too stupid to work out where they are coming from and what is guiding their actions followed by the assertion they make to themselves when they arise each morning and look at the bathroom mirror which is, “Even if these people could work out what we are really doing, there is nothing they can do about it”.

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