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Pete North @PeteNorth303
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1. When we have left the EU and we have a crap deal and a recession on our hands a lot of people will be asking how we ended up in this mess. The answer to that question is actually the foundation of the most pressing reason to leave the EU.
2. Consider this. Think of how many reports have been written, select committees, expert testimony, academic blether & punditry and not any of it has made a dent on the direction of politics. And of those "experts" they still can't come to agreement or settle on basic definitions
3. Remainers, of course, will blame the Brexiter aversion to experts. This is the cop out answer because what we have seen is that the experts are no experts - in the main they are chancers with institutional prestige. People who feel entitled to be listened to.
4. Where Brexit is concerned the more useful voices have been veterinary officials, customs officers, freight forwarders and technicians- barely any of whom have been consulted or allowed anywhere near the process. Wonkland and academia fiercely guard their monopoly on influence.
5. This is the London knitting circle of people who can just about understand concepts but have no real world concept of how they are applied. Not one of the well groomed teenagers in the IfG has ever set foot inside a slaughterhouse to see how the system works.
6. Meanwhile, the trade and business associations like NFU, FSB, IoD have been uniformly useless, appointing communications officers instead of experts, who again love the limelight but have no capacity to think.
7. So then we get a self-congratulatory, self-referential circuit of know-nothings doing the rounds of the London media, who themselves lack the institutional knowledge to interrogate what they are told.
8. Between the media and this parade of idiots they lack any collective memory and so churn over the same handful of issues with no structural coherence to their thinking, meaning that what they produce is little more than space filling noise which we are all utterly bored of.
9. They then produce their mostly useless glossy PDFs and the tell each other how marvellous they are, and how "brilliant" their work is when it's the same generic blether we've seen fifty times before.
10. Being that they have their patrons in the Commons, their dribble gets an occasional airing, whereupon they might end up in front of a select committee for an hour to trot out their little nostrums - then dash home to change their Twitter avatar.
11. The findings of these committee meetings are then published and read by not even half a dozen seriously bored bloggers, none of which is absorbed and none of it gets anywhere near actual decision makers.
12. And that's because ministers have their SpAds - who think their own "genius" and razor sharp political instincts (*coughs* Nick Timothy, Robert Oxley) override any input from the real world.
13. Often these are functionaries from inside the Tory apparatus (and Labour were no better) who think they already know how the system works and see themselves as gods among men. Not surprising given the intellectual pygmies they are surrounded by.
14. And what is true of Brexit is true of every other area of governance. Good information and coherent thinking does not find its way to the top. There are ideological gatekeeper who police their monopoly, loyal to scripture and will never let a fact get in the way.
15. This system, if we can call it that, is totally parasitic and is largely responsible for the Westminster bubble and the only reason things function nearly as well as they do is in spite of them. Bureaucratic pushback from the civil service limits the damage.
16. Ordinarily this means good governance just about keeps its head above water, but the system is simply not equipped to handle substantive change and falls apart at the very suggestion of change. Brexit wonderfully exposes this.
17. This is why it was naive to believe that any government would have the necessary capability and skill to deliver a halfway intelligent Brexit. The talent isn't there and without systemic reform, never will be. This is why I was unmoved by calls to defer Brexit.
18. The simple fact of the matter is that the concentration of power and decision making in London leads to its own warped parallel universe - made a magnitude worse by an entirely Londoncentric media - none of whom have an inclination of how much they are despised.
19. This is also why we cannot expect our think tanks to come up with solutions quite simply because they are a major part of the problem - they are prestige merchants incapable of adding anything of value.
20. Until will address this cancer in our politics, there is no possibility of good government and no likelihood of worthwhile political change. It is therefore necessary to expose it, reject it, humiliate it and abuse it. It is not deserving of politeness or respect.
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