Funny how the people who profess to love this country (Britain) the most always seem, deep down, to despise it, says Alex Massie. After the terrorist attack in Westminster, the reaction of most of us was to feel sympathy for the victims and to continue quietly to go about our business. But not Nigel Farage and “other members of the bulldogs-and-bullshit brigade”. Their first thought was to take to the airwaves to deplore our failure to prevent the latest horror to befall our benighted nation, a nation which has apparently been brought to its knees by fanatics and craven politicians. Yet this is not a picture most of us recognise. The latest surveys reveal a country at ease with itself, where the vast majority are pretty content. Some 89% of us say we live in a neighbourhood where people from different backgrounds get on well, up from 80% in 2003. The only ones who think we’re going to hell in a handcart are Islamist extremists and the hard-right. In their mutual contempt for Britain’s “instinctive liberalism”, and shared relish in each new terrorist outrage, they “need and feed off each other”. (Alex Massie, The Spectator)
Alex Massie is talking about the hyper-ambitious wreckers, the people who want to pull everything down and then re-erect it in autocratic style, with them as the autocrats. They don’t actually seem to know much and don’t want to know much. Anger is their thing. At some point in life they have been passed over and dissed by establishment figures, who looked down on them, and they have never gotten over it. As goes the UK, so goes the US. Bannon, for instance, grew up in Richmond, Virginia. My wife did, too. It was very conservative and what you might call “socially static” at the time (different now). Newcomers dealt with politely enough, but not encouraged. It is quite likely that his outsider status in Richmond still fuels his resentment. Trump may have inherited money, but the New York elite never accepted him in top circles; his alleged links to the mob and his penchant for not paying his suppliers saw to that. Huge chips on shoulders.