Why do 60% of us no longer feel able to say what we really think? Why do more than half of us think neither the Left nor Right represent our views? And why, over the last decade, have so many people been trying to change course —whether by voting for populists, Brexit, or pushing through the post-Brexit realignment?
The answer is revolution. Over the last half century or so the British people have been subjected to a profoundly destabilising political, cultural, and economic revolution.It came in two stages.First, on the right, the one political party that’s supposed to care about our national community, the place we call home, ushered in a radical and relentless economic liberalism. And then, on the left, the one political party that’s supposed to care about ordinary working people accepted much of that legacy while ushering in a radical and rampant cultural liberalism.By the time they were finished, by the 2010s, Britain had been completely and utterly reshaped around a bewildering, narrow and disruptive liberal consensus —a consensus which reflected the values of a new and deeply narcissistic elite minority who have shown remarkably little interest in the values of the wider majority.And what is this “consensus” exactly? Well, it was defined by three things.Firstly, it was defined by hyper-globalisation -a new and profoundly destabilising economic model which prioritises the interests of big business and the urban graduate minority over the interests of the wider national community.
Secondly, it was defined by an entirely new and historically unprecedented era of mass and uncontrolled immigration -a relentless and now visibly failing experiment which was introduced to help big business solve a labour problem but which is today not only failing to do that but is now also bringing us a glaring cultural problem. …
We were told it would lift all boats in society. We were told it would drive growth and prosperity. We were told things could only get better. We were told that all those who criticised the new consensus or who merely asked questions were the “closed-minded” ones who did not understand the complexity and reality of the modern world.
But now fast forward to today and look around. We have a working class that’s been battered and broken on all sides by stagnant wages, collapsing living standards and some of the highest regional inequalities in the Western world, and was then derided as the ignorant thickoes, racists, Gammons and Bigots by the very people who claim to be the most liberal, the most tolerant, the most enlightened of all.
We have white working class kids who are now routinely the worst performers at every level of our education system and who are then told to reflect on their “white privilege”, their “white guilt” and their “institutionally racist” country while our universities simultaneously fall over themselves to take cash from China.
We have some of the highest rates of family breakdown in the Western world with more than 40 per cent of our children no longer living with both their mum and dad when they turn eighteen years old. The number of single-parent families in this country is exploding while all the government does is incentivise Mum and Dad to get back to work as quickly as possible, viewing them as little more than economic units who should simply rely on other people to raise their children.
And you know the worst bit about that? It’s the very same people in the new elite who tell us over and over and over again to choose freedom, to choose liberation, to choose gender fluidity, to choose diversity who are simultaneously the most likely to get married, to stay married, and to then have kids within a stable marriage.