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The Telegraph had perhaps the best passage I read yesterday about Brexit, in speculating what the vote could mean for Trump:

As Brexit proves, working people around the world are in no mood for common sense. They are angry, restless, uncooperative.

They demand a response to their cries in the dark on issues which, for some time now, politicians from Washington to Westminster have proved deaf to.

Primary of these, of course, is immigration. When the political classes not only fail to provide answers but, all too often, insist that the question is not even valid, the public will look elsewhere for leadership.

Precisely. In the political and cultural climate Obama and his ilk have fostered over the past decade, people aren’t even allowed to ask legitimate questions, like “Should grown men really be allowed to use the women’s room?” Or, “If Muslims keep terrorizing, and countries like Japan that effectively ban Muslims have no Islamic terrorism, shouldn’t we discuss the possibility of barring Muslims, at least until we can get a handle on this?” In the Elitist Universe, such questions aren’t even valid.

The rest of us, meanwhile, sit back and scratch our collective heads, wondering just what the hell is going on.

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Dalrymple on Brexit: “Even after the vote, the attitude persists. Those who voted to leave are described as, ipso facto, small-minded, xenophobic, and fearful of the future. Those who voted to stay are described as, ipso facto, open-minded, cosmopolitan, and forward-looking. The BBC itself suggested as much on its website. In short, the desire to leave was a return to the insularity that resulted in the famous—though apocryphal—newspaper headline: fog in the channel: continent cut off.”