E The Reunification Of Britain & The Struggle Against Empires

If Pokemon Go had been released in the UK a month earlier, the margin in the EU referendum would probably have been wider for lack of youth participation. As it is, only 36% of under-25s bothered to vote in one of history’s most important plebiscites; there’s a reason why they pay far more for car insurance.

That’s not to say that all young people are impulsive, easily distracted idiots: Pitt the Younger became Prime Minister at the age of 24; but then he came from a distinguished political family, was privately educated in the Classics and attended Cambridge University, so he might not have found a place in the new, reshuffled British Cabinet - Peter Hitchens, for one, is unimpressed by their low-energy bulbs.

Mrs May has assembled a government out of the fractured pieces of the Conservative Party, defenestrating the former “austerity” Chancellor George Osborne and the treacherous ex-minister first for Education and then “Justice”, Michael Gove. The internal politics are shadowy, but one reason for dismissing these two may be a French-style “fuse” strategy, blowing the figures publicly associated with budget cuts and controversial school reforms in order to prevent the meltdown of the Party as a whole. Yet if that were so the impudent (he was told off in Parliament) privatisation advocate Jeremy Hunt should not have remained in charge of the National Health Service. Perhaps another guiding principle in some of these appointments is Lyndon Johnson’s view on Edgar Hoover: ““Well, it's probably better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside pissing in.” .

As was obvious before the Referendum, a major challenge afterwards, whichever way the vote went, was going to be the need to reunify the country as well as the political parties. Mrs May’s coronation – she has not won a General Election - speech firmly raised her standard upon Brexit, but that leaves open the question of it actually means, and it seems that the Government had no plans to implement Leave, so sure were they that Project Fear (not to mention mutual hatred and contempt) would succeed 

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Gary Anderson 2 years ago Contributor's comment

Crony capitalism is the new communism. But I agree that freedom and the Eurozone are not synonymous. The Eurozone is globalization. Keep in mind that J Edgar Hoover was in Dallas the day JFK was assassinated. He was in LBJ's tent.

Rolf Norfolk 2 years ago Author's comment

LBJ's tent comment on Hoover was apt in more senses than one, if you know the alternative British meaning of "camp"!