Will Brexit be Britain’s antidote to The Donald?

Will Brexit be Britain’s antidote to The Donald? by Freddy Gray.

Trump, like Ukip, feeds off a growing rage against the system. But the key point about Brexit is that it was no victory for Faragism. If the Out effort had been led by Ukip, it would have failed. The official Vote Leave campaign won because it tried, for the most part, to distance itself from Ukip’s paranoid nativism.

Boris Johnson may have sounded at times like ‘Trump with a thesaurus’, as Nick Clegg put it, but he never really came close to doing a Donald. He didn’t say foreigners were raping people, for instance, or that David Cameron was a loser. On the contrary, he went out of his way to praise Cameron throughout the campaign. He was insincere, perhaps, but civil. The same cannot be said for Trump.

Boris is like The Donald, who has the common touch. …

It annoys politicians and most journalists, who like to think that they are in charge, but their irritation just makes the message more intoxicating to the masses.

At Turnberry [the Scottish gold course], the press pack shook their heads and called Trump rude names under their breath. But the locals warmed to him, and appreciated his many declarations of love for Scotland, which seemed somehow fake and heartfelt at the same time.

The wizened Turnberry members, sitting in the front two rows, were disgusted when a show-off protestor interrupted proceedings by offering Trump a set of golf balls with swastikas on them. ‘G’away son,’ they said. ‘You’re embarrassing yerself.’

That’s the thing about populists — they’re popular. A new nationalist anger is thriving. It’s happening on left and right, up and down. The more the establishment sticks its fingers in its ears and shouts ‘la la la racism’, the nastier and more powerful the insurgent forces will become.

hat-tip Stephen Neil