Opinion – Brexit: a coup by one set of public schoolboys against another — Simon Kuper – FT.com – John Gelmini

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The main quadrangle of University College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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”.

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.

Gove, as a latter day Brutus 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 dreamed it up.

John Gelmini

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