Many of around Monbiot's age and background feel this way. The postwar generations grew up in a shabby Britain, still full of bomb craters. They were restless and bored, and their reaction was to try to destroy everything around themselves in a wave of nihilism and spite.
Some of his generation eventually grew up and realised what they had done. Most never did, and never will.
If you want to understand the mindset of these people, and how truly resentful they are of the "stifling" Britain in which they grew up, I suggest you watch "If...", despite it being quite a bad film. It was released in 1968.
This is an interesting biographical article about Monbiot.

It's curious that he is so keen on village life, culture and localism when they are in Brazil, Indonesia or East Africa, but hates them so much when they are in England.

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This is a crucial point. The right, especially the mainstream, often operates on an ideological level only, and not a practical one. They whinge about wokeness, occasionally making an effort to explain that communism is Bad Actually... and that's it.
For all that the Right often claims to be "anti-intellectual", these people do little other than talking. They hope that if they explain their opinion, often enough, in slow, clear English, as if to a foreign waiter, the system will correct itself.

If the Left is "incoherent" then all that shows is that one doesn't need to be "coherent" in order to win.

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Banners of military regiments and the British Legion, a common sight in older churches.

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