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Old 12.12.2016, 10:45
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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Whats truly amazing though is that no one mentioned this during the whole campaign!
Hubris.

Even Farage admitted that at the onset of the campaign he though the yes campaign had little chance of winning. In reality, the political establishment (on both sides) had not really realised the seismic shift in public opinion that has taken place since 2008. The system that has been the bedrock of Western economic policy, which included free trade Capitalism and globalisation, had been seen to fail spectacularly 2008 and this (and the bailouts that followed) was a final straw for a middle class (and I use the term flexibly) that had already seen their standard of living either remain stagnant against rising prices or even drop for twenty years.

The support for radical far left parties after the credit crisis should have been a warning. Brexit was a bucket of water, some noticed in the UK, but that's it. But if any doubt remained, Trump clinched it.

Have you noticed how almost no one talked about the disaffected working / middle classes before Trump won? They were simply uneducated dolts. Well, they all forgot the oldest and most important lesson of democracy; vox populi, vox dei.
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