Entrenched right wing politics will likely deliver a hard line Brexit

By the time the UK voted to leave Europe in 2016 the country had experienced almost 7 years of public sector cuts (austerity) which came off the back of the financial crisis of 2009. The almost decade long sequence of events make for what can only be described as the perfect ecosystem for sustaining and flourishing a new right-wing politics supported by a mainstream media determined not to follow the money trail to the tiny group of people who actually caused the crisis in the first place.

 The right-wing ecosystem that has flourished has been nourished by the rising cost of living, turbo charged by, yes you have guessed it, grossly inflated house prices, which has literally shut half the indigenous population firmly out of affordable housing, let alone home ownership.

Add to this, increased job insecurity thanks to technology, automation and globalisation, and you are left with a perfect breeding ground for mass resentment, prejudice and a hardening of sentiment toward anyone not from here, perceived to be taking slices out of an ever-dwindling economic pie.

Whilst you could never predict how quick technology would impact the job market, it does not take a math doctorate to work out that the standard of living for the average working person in the UK in real terms has been falling fast for a decade.

 

The leaders of austerity government were at pains to deflect any real responsibility from the elite group of finance professionals, bar the odd banker scapegoat, and instead focus the blame on people who, for the most part, were barely eking out an existence, let along wield power to bring down the financial system.

 

Initially the rhetoric turned on benefit scroungers, and other unsavoury types milking the system for a few hundred quid. Austerity government held out its sceptre and in a masterstroke of elite genius, brought swathes of the electorate under it’s spell to believe that the country’s woes were caused by the least economically empowered. The sick, the needy, the most vulnerable were the real culprits, so cutting public services to this group was the obvious answer.

 

It was at this very point in 2013/14 that UKIP entered stage left with breakthrough local election results to convince the most vulnerable and needy, who were already mired in austerity, that the reason why they were suffering was not because government had redirected public funds to their mates in high places, but because immigrants are taking all the minimum wage jobs and all the poor quality over-priced housing that no one wants to live in.

 

Stateside, and the antidote to 8 years of a mild-mannered black presidency was Trump, with the resurgence of the right across much of Europe in response to a concoction of austerity and geopolitical events stoking the right- wing flame.

Late summer 2019, enter Boris Johnson stage right to finish off leading us into a hard, right-wing no deal Brexit in an ecosystem that supports entrenched extreme sentiments passed off as the new centre ground, with more policies and rhetoric that will likely foster yet more resentment and prejudice that will likely drive communities even further apart.

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