- Austerity -

:: Posted :: 2018-11

I've struggled to understand the motivation of Leave voters in the 2016 Brexit referendum. Researchers subsequently suggested:

And, despite the fact that these ideas were largely speculative, the press pounced on each of them in turn thus shoring up Remainer smugness.

But the more I consider the present situation - in which unrepentant Leavers bravely face down economics which will definitely hurt them the most - the more I conclude that by 2016 the hurt simply ran too deep; that the government's policy of austerity had driven out all their hope.

Against that background, the tricksy offer of £350m a week took on the appearance of a nation-wide lottery win. After eight years of misery, the light at the end of the tunnel was bright enough to dazzle. And people desperate to see a better future didn't exercise their customary scepticism about the integrity of politicians.

Experience now reveals the hollowness of the callous 'deregulator' lie of a smaller, more efficient state which farms out its responsibilities to private enterprise. The advocates oflaissez-faire capitalism have a great deal of social harm to answer for. Now we will all reap the whirlwind.

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