Monday, 11 July 2016

The middle class were not prepared

Overheard in the Athénée half an hour ago. (I hate calling it the Hilton.) 
'How are things in Britain?' 
'The middle classes are still in shock.' 
It is a pleasure to think most of the right of centre and left-wing middle classes have been defeated but in fact it is a bit illusory. 43% of graduates voted Leave. What saddens me is that the FCO will give us EU-lite, because the EU project is their life's mission. I increasingly feel that leaving the single market altogether might be best thing we could do. I also think it is increasingly obvious that leaving the EU is exactly what the British always wanted and the right thing to do. 'Let freedom ring'. 
And a victory for rootedness over citizens of the world. And a victory for people like Roger Scruton, Charles Moore, Douglas Murray and the people of England. We are many, they are not few but slightly fewer than us. It was a glorious victory.

How gracefully Farage conceded defeat a few minutes after 10 p.m. on referendum night after hearing the opinion poll results. Compare and contrast the behaviour of very many vocal Remain supporters, who want Parliament to ignore the result.

I sincerely hope I do not take pleasure in others' misfortunes but the agony of the Remain supporters has it's funny side. 


  1. It won't be so funny when you have to pack your bags in a few years' time and return to the UK.......

  2. Yes, this is very funny too...Maybe the people behind that mean old Fear campaign were afraid for a reason. Oops!


  4. Very superficial article - does not address re-rating of pensions, work permits, inheritance - just to mention three issues that could affect many expats. Suppose this is what we have to expect from Brexiters, all emotion, no substance.

  5. Take pleasure in others' misfortunes? Sounds like a case of "Schadenfreude". We have a remedy for that: a series of intense therapy sessions with the very stoic Wolfgang Schaeuble, who will lecture you that there is no pleasure to be obtained in subjecting others to misery and misfortune. He speaks from personal experience.