According to the New Yorker, ‘The worst is most likely yet to come’, on Brexit

“The shape of the future is now visible. The uncertainty has receded. The worst is most likely yet to come. “

Depending on which side of the Brexit divide you are on the words are either prophetic or wildly off the radar? I am going to settle myself firmly on those two words that have become ingrained in British politics, thanks to the 2010 election when Gordon Brown agreed profusely with Nick Clegg, ‘I agree’.

There is a paywall with the New Yorker so some of you may not be able to access the article. I have a personal subscription. It is written by Sam Knight and is a masterpiece in encapsulating the events that mark Boris Johnson’s premiership to date while placing it within the context of his character (bad) with an overlay of the British class system.

Sam Knight writes that, “Johnson’s political career has been marked by lies and evasions.” He (Sam Knight) discloses that a personal colleague who worked with him told him that, “He (Boris) is genuinely a bad person. Not an unlikable person but a bad person, as in he has no morals, no principles and beliefs.” There is more, “He would be whatever Prime Minister was necessary to maximize the chances of gaining and then maintaining power.”

The PM’s hobby gets a mention too, “strange, chummy disquisitions on his hobby of making model buses and painting the passengers inside”.

The New Yorker’s piece is stark in the honesty of the outcome of Brexit, “it is generally assumed that part of the goal is to become a low-tax, small-state competitor to mainland Europe—a nirvana sometimes referred to as “Singapore-on-Thames.” But this is in conflict with the aspirations of the millions of people who voted for Brexit in the hope of better public services and a more responsive government.

Jacob Rees-Mogg is described as follows: “Even to a British person, Rees-Mogg is a figure out of time. His voice, a plangent, plummy thing, is like an artificial-intelligence simulacrum of how the upper classes spoke in Edwardian England.” Yup, the fact that Brexit is a class war is apparent to people even outside the UK.

It is an article that is certainly worth reading and will cause you to laugh and cry in unequal measure with the latter prevailing far more because it is all true.


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