Twitter and Brexit

This is Joseph.

Now it is true that some of Brexit was made possible by social media, including Twitter, but that is not the angle that I want to take today. For today, I want to talk about simple solutions to complex problems.

Brexit was very much sold as a way to take back control and still retain benefits. Colloquially known as "cakeism", it created a narrative that you could have all benefits and no costs to the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. Thus the analogy with having your cake and eating it as well. Investment groups have noted that the economic effects of Brexit have tended to be deleterious, with the United Kingdom mostly doing worse in terms of economic growth. 

Now the counter-factual is hard and there are other things happening at the same time (for example, a world-wide pandemic has not been good news for growth and perhaps the health care sector in the United Kingdom was especially weak). But it is hard to see how this ended up as good news. Nor do I have any patience for "if only Brexit was done right". If your policy cannot survive the real world challenges of implementation by three successive Prime Ministers, all of whom have enacted it despite huge political costs, then it is not much of a policy. So forgive me if my patience for "Brexit betrayed" is thin -- the policy needs to be robust enough to survive normal (Read more...)