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April 11, 2017

Andrew Sullivan pens an empathic apology for those who voted for Brexit. It’s certainly true that the European Union contains a large flaw, enforcing a monetary policy independent of a true political union. But as Sullivan admits, the primary motivation was ugly nativism. And that from areas with the fewest immigrants. Which gives this screed more resonance:

The more they crow about their win, the more the awful truth reveals itself: The working class backlash did not lead to working class victory. The anti-elitist uproar did not vanquish the elite. The only winners here are the sordid little charlatans who made their fame fanning the flames of hatred, hedgefund managers, and of course the manufacturers of “Keep Calm and Carry On” mugs, which erupted in storefronts across the land like a kitsch rash on the body politic. Apart from that, everyone lost.

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  1. April 11, 2017 3:25 pm

    Oh dear. I’ve got a Keep Calm and Carry On mug.

    It’s my proudest possession.

    It was given me by my sons, as their Christmas present for me, in the year 2010, the year that their mother walked out and left me to bring them up.

    All three of us are determined Remainers.

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