At The Financial Times : Rupert Gavin on Brexiters

Congratulations to the editors at the Financial Times, your political desperation has reached a kind of denouement, in Mr. Gavin’s  historical meditation on  Henry VIII and his break with the Catholic Church, over his divorce and his eventual confiscation of church property, that enriched the English treasury. Does it seem farfetched, even a tortured view of the Brexiters as arch-reactionaries? Here political nuance is sacrificed to another imperative! Neo-Liberalism in its various iterations, not to speak of its permutations resembles a kind of Theology, a faith in a set of abstractions yet utterly disastrous in its consummation.The EU is an integral part of the realization of that faith in Free Markets.

But Mr. Gavin being a gifted huckster, with an impressive elite education and a string of ‘hits’ has almost made a connection, even if it falls short: propaganda needn’t hang together as argument, but its imperative is to sound notes that connect with the emotion of an audience of readers. The question then becomes has he succeeded?

Political Reporter

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