Britain’s ruling class retreats to fantasy island fallacy despite onslaught of crises

As Britain faces a ‘summer of discontent’, our ruling class has retreated to fantasy island. The country faces an onslaught of crises – from the worst inflation in 40 years to travel chaos and the biggest rail strikes in decades. A new era of epic decline beckons, as Britain’s systemic weaknesses finally come to a head, from its sclerotic productivity growth to its atrophied dynamism. Britain’s politics is imploding, too: as the Government continues to botch Brexit, the country is without a safety valve to channel frustration into optimism. Once a populist pinup, Boris Johnson is now reviled as the epitome of elite complacency.

ut in the world of the elite – the mainstream political parties and the permanent state establishment – nothing much appears to be amiss. The prevailing wisdom seems to be that we will somehow, as always, muddle through. Nobody has the energy to confront the root causes that herald a prolonged period of misery for millions of Britons. Few have any ideas on how to even begin to fix the state of affairs. Everyone is content to blame someone else.

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