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grufty jim
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Re: Jesus I despise Brexit.
Oct 22, 2018, 12:41
I've been saying since Day 1 (of the brexit debacle) that a big part of this whole fiasco is the collective psychological consequences of Britain finally coming to terms with its loss of exceptionalism.

The Empire has been dead a long time, but it managed to survive as a myth right into this generation. But now that too is vanishing and it's causing a crisis of confidence within the UK.

And in tandem with increased Scottish separatism, it's resulting in the rise of "Englishness" as a political identity for the first time in a long while.

This position is perfectly elucidated by Fintan O'Toole in a recent talk he gave on Brexit and "The English Question".


It's an hour long (so about 57 minutes longer than the modern attention span) but even if you don't watch it all; the first 6 minutes or so (on "English nationalism") pretty much sums up my feelings on why this is all going on. It's not the whole story of course; but it's hard to argue against it being a big part of it.
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