One thing I have noticed in the past few days is the number of hardcore Remain advocates, mostly media figures based in London, who appear to be firmly on the side of the EU in their negotiations with Britain over Brexit. They seem to think, perhaps as those leading the EU negotiations do, that leaking details of meetings and making absurd threats and demands will force the British people to cave in and change their minds.
It is remarkable that these people believe these tactics will not be completely counterproductive, and turn more Brits against the EU. Yes, we know the Metropolitan elite didn’t vote for Brexit, but now we are here they are hoping the process of leaving gets scuppered by any means necessary, even if that increases the possibility of Britain getting the worst of all outcomes. They remind me of the so-called anti-war crowd who were hoping for a complete disaster in Iraq and the deaths of British troops just so they could say “I told you so”. For some people, any price is worth paying to avoid being wrong.
I keep reading people swallowing hole the line that May & Co. are blitheringly incompetent and Britain is headed for disaster. Perhaps they are right, but I’d prefer it if they offered more evidence than the hyperbolic ravings of a dyed-in-the-wool Eurocrat who has clearly taken the Leave vote as a personal insult. There are reasons to be concerned over the Brexit negotiations and there were valid reasons to vote Remain. Neither of these should mean the antics of Juncker and others are cheered by anyone in Britain, but they are.
These people never saw the Leave vote coming because they lived in a privileged bubble in which the benefits of EU membership were obvious and the drawbacks non-existent. Like the Hillary supporters who deluded themselves into thinking Trump would be impeached within the first month and somehow their candidate anointed, they have never stepped back, looked around them, and understood the country they are living in. In their arrogance they think they know best and have the numbers, but neither is true.
I suspect what we’re seeing here is the creation of a new class of political bores, identical to the ones who spent their entire lives blaming the world’s ills on Thatcher and taught their infant children to do the same, only instead of Maggie it will be Brexit which is the object of their ire. One thing is for sure, they’re not going to shut up, nor are they going to change the subject, long after Brexit is done and dusted and Britain is going its own way.
(This over at The Last Ditch is worth reading, too.)