At times of national crisis, it pays to listen to the great playwrights. Writing in the New Statesman, David Hare makes the point that the real culprits in the Brexit fiasco are not the “red wall” victims of an austerity-induced discontent wrongly attributed to our membership of the EU. No: they are comfortably off members of an influential elite. Hare writes: “The people who were desperate to pull Britain away from its geographical moorings were as likely to be found in Knightsbridge as in Hartlepool. The leader of the UK Independence party, Nigel Farage, who put the fear of God into the Conservative party, was a stockbroker. His principal cheerleaders were press owners, paid-up members of an elite who all lived abroad: Rupert Murdoch, Lord Rothermere and the Barclay brothers.”
Not a stockbroker. He was in the metals market, not stocks.
And as to being backed by Murdoch – I still recall the day that the chief political report of The Times insisted – and wouldn’t retract – that Ukip wasn’t going to fight the next election. Something which was, of course, rather damaging to the cause at the time….backed by press owners my arse.