Note that this is The Guardian itself misunderstanding. John Harris can often enough grasp the wrong end of that stick but his piece is, while wrong, in my view at least defensible. The headline though, as things work that’s provided by The Guardian, not the journo under it.
Brexit is a class betrayal. So why is Labour colluding in it?
The Tory leave elite is dragging the country towards a disaster that the opposition could still avert by calling for a people’s vote
Brexit never was an elite preoccupation. I know, I was a press officer for Ukip for a time. That time being back when those who even thought about leaving the EU were the fruitcakes and loonies. The best we’d ever get was a minute of two of polite attention before the establishment had to run from the room to hide their screams of laughter.
Having said that of course I’ve betrayed my prejudices on the matter. But the establishment was for the EU as it largely is now. The we’re not so sure this is a good idea folks right through to my own position of out with this damned spot crowd were not the privileged nor even the Tories. And any analysis which starts from the idea that they or we were is going to be entirely wrong.
Brexit is actually a grand national upchuck against the elites, the establishment. That, of course, is why it’s engendering so much rage among the Will Huttons of this world. Why stuggle to so hard up from the bottom to join that policy making elite if the people are then going to ignore you?
Which does rather mean that a Peoples’ Vote isn’t going to be the deus ex machina which reverse Brexit. Simply because it was the peoples’ vote which is taking us out in the first place.