‘I have never met or talked to anyone who supported Brexit.’

Revolt of the Others: Britain is effectively Two Nations, and one has just risen up.

The morning after the EU referendum, I was with some colleagues at an academic conference in Canterbury, Kent. Most of them were totally dumbfounded by the result. They were genuinely taken aback that a majority of British voters opted to leave the EU. One puzzled social scientist expressed his astonishment: ‘I have never met or talked to anyone who supported Brexit.’ And he is by no means the only person who has never encountered those ‘other’ people, those people who felt moved to vote against the EU. It seems that far too many highly educated supporters of the Remain campaign have been talking only to people like themselves. The world they inhabit has little room, or patience, for those others who do not share their outlook.

  • GrimmCreeper

    And therein lies the problem across the civilized world. A handful of self-important cocktail party know nothings have no clue as to the daily struggles of the every day man and woman.

  • Alain

    When the chattering class never leaves its bubble, the bubble is really just an echo chamber.

  • Solo712

    So what was the response to calls for another referendum on Quebec’s day after the sovereignists lost it in 1995 ? Let have a NEVERENDUM !