Lately we have been having a lot of elder care issues that leave us exhausted, anxious, stressed and sort of depressed. So at the end of the night we like to catch a show that is mindless gentle entertainment. That takes us to another place and time divorced from our present reality. The best of those shows has proven to be “Larkrise to Candleford.” Available on Amazon Prime it tells the story of two villages in England at the end of the 19th Century. It is a very soothing program with a gentle tone that lets you relax and forget for a while as you get engrossed in the problems and travails of rural village life. Something totally different from our urbanized information culture.
But you know me. I have to make everything political. It is all a big meataphor.
One of the subsidiary characters of the piece is the young farmhand Alfie. He is introduced as a childhood friend and potential love interest for the main protagonist of the piece Laura. However that pretense is soon discarded. You see Alfie is just a poor boy and his story is often told. Badly. His Mum was bit of a tart but the stereotypical good time girl. His father was a seaman who was always away and only occasionally sent money to this family. His mom was a spendthrift and ends up being incarcerated in debtors prison. So we have the classic case of a basically fatherless family with a feckless matriarch. Alfie steps up to take care of his siblings like a man. Even the infant that is sent to him from his Mum in prison! A lot of responsibility for a teenager. But he puts his shoulder to the wheel or the plow as it were.
Alfie is the consummate British workingman. He is in a rural setting of course not a factory worker as in the 20th century or a white collar worker in the 21st. He lives his life. Works hard. Takes care of his family as best as he can. He is too proud to take outright charity and pity but wants his just due for his hard work. Imagine if the lord of the manor decided to import foreign workers to do his job at half the price. Alfie enjoys playing his squeeze box and leading the people in the village in song and dance and happiness despite their poverty and want. The simple pleasures of simple folk. Imagine if some faceless bureaucrat in Brussels could write a regulation to control how he plays his accordion. Or what songs he could play that are politically correct. Alfie is complacent in the system he grew up in. He recognizes his place. He is not a communist like Robert Timmins who wants to overthrow the social order. But he knows his rights. Enough is enough.
That is what is happening across the globe. People who were complacent in their living their life are waking up. They want to live their life in their own way. In their own traditions. Watch their TV’s. Go to the football game and tailgate. Dance at their daughter’s wedding. But the bureaucrats and the elitists and the globalists cannot allow that. They have to control what you eat. How big your soda can be. What you say. Who you can like and who you can ignore because their lifestyle is abhorrent to you. What guns you can buy to protect yourself. What cakes a private business can make. What bathroom you can use. Every aspect of your life. Add in unrestrained immigration to replace the working class with a cheap alternative that can be cowed because of their illegal status and you have the recipe for an explosion.
I listen to the naysayers and the apologists for the duopoly who write article after article and blog comment after blog comment who can only find fault with everything the insurgents do. Whether it is Donald Trump in the USA or Boris Johnson in the UK. I think there is a lot under the surface. The betting was that Brexit would fail miserably. Much like the polls that Trump will lose in a landslide. I think that there are many people who are not going to deal with social justice loudmouths who dominate the media and the academy. Who do not answer polls or tell them what they really think. Or who give them the answer they want to hear and get because of loaded questions. People are smart. But when the time comes for them to vote they are going to vote for change. Not the same old same old that Hillary represents. The corruption and rot that has got us in this position. In the end when faced with the choice people will vote to exit the place we are in right now.
The elitists have an answer for Alfie. He is poor because of his ignorance and sloth. He should abandon his village because it is dying. Move to another place to find work. The state will take care of his children. Put them in the work house which was the 18th century foster care welfare system. Because his values and his life is not important to them. It is Droit du seigneur all the way down.