An interesting study by Warwick University, reported here in the Huffington Post, shows a remarkably high correlation between the effects of austerity and voting Brexit, as the map below suggests.
“In other words, by curtailing the welfare state, austerity has likely activated a broad range of existing economic grievances that have developed over a long period,” the study says. And of course scapegoating immigrants thus became all the easier for Farage and his friends.
Osborne and Cameron and their friends thought they could promote the austerity dogma and that they would still win for remain.
As the chart above, from the same report, shows, welfare benefits and education spending had been declining rapidly for almost six years when the referendum was called. The government was asking for a bloody nose.
For Osborne and Cameron, their empathy-free lives doubtless made such an outcome inconceivable, but there is a certain irony that their unpreparedness had the effect of pushing them both out of politics.
For this duo it was an own goal of considerable incompetence. It is most unfortunate that it is now, too, for the country at large.