Amusing

They also twigged that Brexit was a revolt against austerity and free-market economics more generally

Being against the corporatist/social democratic EU is a rejection of free market economics?

But then to some that the Sun rises in the morning is a rejection of markets….

11 thoughts on “Amusing”

  1. Bloke in North Dorset

    Voters in the former industrial parts of the country are not mugs. .

    Why did he have to qualify it, does he think the rest are?

    Anyway, I’ve come to my own theory about the electorate not being mugs. They mostly want a quiet life* and when that doesn’t happen:

    In ’74 Heath asked “who governs Britain” and voters looked round and thought “we can’t carry on like this” and eventually, and reluctantly, gave Wilson a small working majority after looking at the options.

    In ’79 voters looked round again and thought “we really can’t carry on like this” and gave Maggie a working majority, but without much enthusiasm. She got lucky in ’82 and after that voters remained content.

    Similar in ’97 but people were also bored with the Tories and Blair had a vision (more like a snake oil salesman but there was no other choice)

    So we come to this year and once again voters looked at what’s been happening and thought: “This is ridiculous and we really can’t carry on like this” and when they looked round there was only one clear vision. They might not like it and in some cases it will have been reluctantly, but Boris looked better than the status quo or alternatives which looked like more of the same but with ponies for Christmas. His majority is large but in terms of individual seats its quite flaky.

    Yes, I know FPTP single constituency elections don’t lend themselves to collective thinking and action, but voters seem to be wiser than given credit, which is why 2010 became a coalition.

    *That’s why GEs are for governments to lose. Keep the electorate happy, not through bribes but by being competent and improving their lives in small ways and you’ll be allowed to continue. Get fractious or refer to the electorate as bigots as GB did and out you go mate, as long as there’s a competent looking alternative.

  2. I don’t think Larry gets it either. “Realised that austerity was wrong” is a world away from “judged (after 12 years) that the danger has subsided.”

  3. And yet, the people who voted for it were the people in the more free market bits of the country, the places that don’t have bits of the BBC, huge government departments, universities and the remaining guild classes (banking, medicine, law).

  4. Why try and reinvent the wheel? All Labour supporters have to do is take a look round at all the happy sucessful rich countries that have voted in Communists and ask the politicians how they did it. Pick up the phone and just ask Ursula for a quick rundown on the history of the EU.

    Oh, wait, I’ve just noticed something…

  5. BiND,

    “Yes, I know FPTP single constituency elections don’t lend themselves to collective thinking and action, but voters seem to be wiser than given credit, which is why 2010 became a coalition.”

    The problem Cameron had was assuming that solid Tories would vote for him. Yes, a party has to be fairly centred to capture the marginal votes, but the problem is that if you tip too far, the people on the edge of the party’s support figure that they might as well vote for someone who is more hardcore, even at the risk of the other bloke getting in. People who like small government looked at Cameron and figured they might as well vote UKIP.

  6. Brexit was a revolt against austerity and free-market economics more general

    That’s why lots of those Labour voters voted Tory.

    IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW.

  7. Gotta laugh at the BTL comments – still drawing the incorrect conclusions and blaming everyone who didn’t have their view of the world.

  8. Dennis, He Who Has A Degree In Economics

    How can anyone say “Guardian economics editor” without bursting into hysterical laughter?

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