‘Experts’, pundits, parties, politicians, snobs and the people

Today for just one day the whole of the British people hold the destiny of the country in our hands.

It should be like this every day.

We the people in our broadest sense, the demos, the population as a whole are the real experts, the real politicians.

The abiding memory of this campaign will be the fear and loathing which most of the pundits, politicians and parties directed towards the people outside of their control, or miniscule readership enclaves. We are not expert enough for them, we are too stupid, there is a bonfire of reason because we do not agree with them.

So called ‘experts’ cited by Remain are almost universally neoliberals, straight out of the Hayek and Chicago schools, who now dominate our university economics departments, often with our money returned to them as EU project funding.

The pundits, worst of which were self-appointed ‘left’ wingers, spun words for their admirers spreading fear of the unwashed masses and their ignorance. The gulf between the metropolitan liberal elite commentators, has never been greater and their words in the Guardian, and New Statesman never more irrelevant to working people.

All of the working population of Britain are thinking beings, collectively we produce all of the science, culture, physical environment, health and education of the nation. No one can think for us and it is this power that most petrified the pundits and politicians who invert democracy and believe they must maintain superior intellectual control.

Remain politicians sided fairly and squarely with the corporations, the US and banks and unelected phalanx of Brussels bureaucrats

Leave politicians of all complexions confused the bubbles of the commentariat and their opponents by expressing a faith that the British people could find a way through in independence without the generous assistance of Wall Street, the City of London, the ECB and Goldman Sachs and the Roundtable of Industrialists which run the EU. They were harangued for not having a plan. The plan was that the people would decide.

The fear generated in the referendum campaign was not of each other, or people from the huge variety of backgrounds that make up our population, but the fear of the population itself.

People in Britain no longer fit into any of the established tribal boxes. With power in their hands they don’t have to listen to the well paid for personal opinions of the pundits and entirely sectarian and out of touch politicians.

The coherence, cohesion and political intelligence that a strong manufacturing based economy once gave, with vibrant agriculture and fishing and publicly directed utilities and services was broken up in the first incursions after EU membership.

This bedrock of solid communities and well organised workplaces and extensive collective bargaining brought social solidarities and direction that our broken social relationships today cannot recall.

National shop stewards committees used to bind affinities
between Wales, Scotland and England. One rate of pay whether in Cardiff or Kilmarnock or Cantebury.

Vibrant local youth and community services used to ensure that division, prejudice, bigotry and inter community rivalries were challenged effectively at a local level. Migrant communities were made at ease by the professional support of play workers, housing and health professionals, teachers, youth participation experts and community development officers. The demolition of these services has been a government priority.

The powerful opposition to all forms of racism and discrimination at home and overseas radiated out from the once strongly organised trade union movement and progressive educationalists at all levels. It was reflected in pioneering legislation passed in Britain which reflected our inclusive, anti- racist, anti prejudice culture.

Trade union education once taught a generation of activists to sort the wheat from the chaff and consider the currents beneath the superficial waves of politicians. It encouraged an understanding of power relationships and the politics of the economy and how social relations and productive forces were interrelated.

There’s a danger now that people think the world spins on a tweet or a clever remark in a TV debate.

The boundary between politics and performance has indeed been blurred. In TV debates rhetoric and rant can all too easily divert attention from substance.

Despite the constant and deliberate pressure on such crucial components of our former social democracy, the common sense and understanding that the EU is run by those who caused the financial crash and took away our industries and public services and livelihoods, runs deep.

It is this indelible dislike of the 0.01% who create political and economic mayhem and destitution for our people that so scares the corporations, banks and their mouthpieces in the media, trade unions, and Parliamentary parties.

Reading various Guardian and New Statesman pundits over the course of the campaign the phrase that there is nothing more frightening than an angry liberal came to mind. Pandora’s Box has been opened’, says a petrified New Statesman, unleashing ‘dark forces and furies into the body politic’. How insulting.

Their contempt for the people is so extreme it manifested itself as a fear of Farage, Johnson and Gove. While preaching European continent wide social reform and a starry eyed, bogus sense of internationalism, some urged workers to vote for remain out of fear the Tories and UKIP would be even scarier at home. We can deal with them through our democracy, we can swot them away.

So fearful were some that in a new and extraordinary repudiation of our democratic history, that some in the Labour Party advised working class voters not to vote.

There is a long cultural tradition in Britain and Ireland of hatred of the ‘mob’ and the intelligence of the people. A hundred years ago in the greatest insult to the Irish people fighting for the independence of their nation in 1916, W.B. Yeats wrote: “the crowd come, they know not why they come.”

Not understanding the mood of the people meant he maligned us in the time honoured manner of snobs. His arrogance continues and marked the worst elements of the whole referendum campaign.

The crowd has come in Britain, it is messy, but it knows what it has come for, the self determination of Britain and all other countries, (the true internationalist position) a fundamental right which so many brave people have been prepared to pay the ultimate sacrifice for across the centuries and across the globe.

The fury at the anti-democratic EU is ringing out now, it can be heard throughout the continent, and there is no stopping it.