If this really is true, if this small rabble of virtue-signalling lightweights and metro elitists aided and abetted by a coterie of touchy-feely print and TV journalists really are back from the political wilderness, then we should all have cause to worry.
Only this weekend past, ex-Liberal Democrat leader and raging Europhile Nick Clegg demonstrated the Liberal mind-set for all to see. Orwellian. That’s the only way to describe Clegg’s performance as he was grilled by the BBC’s Andrew Neil over his desire for a so-called ‘soft’ Brexit in relation to the UK’s exit from the European Union.
According to Clegg, the majority of the UK’s 17.4 million Brexit voters knew not what they were voting for on that day in June. It transpires that Brexit voters are a bit…well, thick.
Meanwhile those who voted to Remain in the European super-state apparently understood the vagaries perfectly. Better educated, better informed and just generally better human beings, Remainers had worked it all out for themselves and come to the highly reasonable conclusion that yearning for political, social and economic bondage to unelected Eurocrats really is a sign of true nobility, a confirmation of the existence of one’s own finer feelings.
It is a line that has been propagated endlessly by fellow Liberals such as current party leader Tim Farron and Liberal peer Jenny Tong. It shouldn’t have been too surprising then to hear Richmond Park victor Sarah Olney declare her intention to vote against triggering article 50 – after all she’s a Liberal too.
What is it about these Liberals and democracy? Just what is it that makes them believe they have the right to ride roughshod over democracy? Where exactly does this Liberal supremacism come from?
When Neil suggested that the Liberal Democrats drop the ‘democrats’ from their sobriquet and just call themselves ‘Liberal’ Clegg stared vacantly at the Sunday Politics host. He just didn’t get it.
Expanding upon his vision of ‘soft’ Brexit, Clegg proceeded to reel off a list that exhibited nothing but contempt for the outcome of the June 23rd vote. In his version of Brexit, the UK would remain in the single market and thus subscribe to free movement of people. Further, the European court’s jurisdiction over British law would also remain.
Yup, if Nick Clegg and his Liberal Democrat’s ‘soft’ Brexit sounds exactly like Remain, that’s because it is exactly that. Clegg knows it, Farron knows it and so does every Liberal Democrat out there. Perhaps more insidious is the fact this ruse – paper-thin and crude as it is – is supposed to fool Brexit voters.
What this says about the attitude of Clegg and co towards ordinary men and women I’ll leave for you to conclude.
Although he doesn’t often miss an opportunity to hold an interviewee to account, Mr Neil flunked the obvious follow up question, the question that would have firmly nailed Clegg to the mast of sanctimonious arrogance and left him gasping for air:
So, If people did not vote to leave the single market, control free movement and regain sovereignty over Law, then what exactly did they vote for on June 23rd?
Clegg’s reply would have been something to behold. Alas, it was not to be.
Back in the BBC studio, the ex-party leader stuck to his guns: People might have voted for Brexit, but they sure as hell didn’t know about the ‘destination.’ The Referendum as journey analogy, with a departure point (the decision to Leave) and an as yet unknown destination point, is a cynical piece of Liberal gibberish that collapses under even the most superficial of analysis.
Think about it: Do you know anybody who books a flight or takes a train without knowing their ultimate destination? Is that how Liberal Democrats really travel? On a Magical Mystery Tour?
Little wonder Neil rolled his eyes. Clegg however would not be swayed, not even when confronted with video footage of prominent Remain campaigners direly warning that a vote to Leave the EU would entail withdrawal from the single market. According to Nick, people didn’t really understand this simple proviso.
If A happens, then B also happens. The ability to synthesise this chain of events where an action has a consequence was presumably beyond the intellectual grasp of Brexiteers. When they voted to Leave the European they mistakenly thought that ‘Leave’ meant ‘Remain.’
Clegg’s bloody-minded refusal to acknowledge the democratic process demonstrated a particularly sinister characteristic of the Liberal; their own belief system is not simply one belief system amongst many competing systems, it’s a default setting, a factory setting from which all other views must therefore be deviant.
Thus, instead of asking themselves some far-reaching questions in the aftermath of Brexit, Liberals have simply gone into denial. If Farron, Clegg and friends understood that Liberalism is not a default setting after all, but just one ideology among many, they could calmly assess that ideology and perhaps even begin to work out why it has been rejected.
That would be the sensible thing to do, right? Hold a post-mortem, dissect those policies and beliefs and where necessary modify or change. But no. The response of Liberals and their friends in the media has been to fall ever further into delusion.
The crushing defeat of ‘progressivism’ has nothing to do with a wholesale rejection of this pernicious ideology, rather it has everything to do with ‘fake news.’ People have been cheated, mislead and lied to. Why else would they reject the benign munificence of the Liberal EU?
Beaten, battered and bruised? Just blame something, someone – anyone.
Even more worrying is the fact that these people really do believe their own spin. In the mind of a Nick Clegg or a Tim Farron, their brand of politics is so righteous, so pure, so beyond reproach, that such a turn of events as Brexit can only be explicable by some phenomenon or other.
In so-called ‘fake news’ they have their phenomenon. They have made the inexplicable explicable. Very comforting.
Liberals the world over are very fond of warning about the threats posed by ‘white supremacism.’ It’s a favourite diversion, one of many that helps to mask an egregious mind-set that while it appears to embrace liberty, emancipation and democracy, is in fact a real and present danger to those very principles it purports to champion.
Liberal Supremacism. Be afraid, be very afraid.