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It's all about class, which is another way of saying it's all about inherited wealth and property, and the superiority, narcissism, and entitlement that go with them.
The US has the same problem. So does Russia, in its own way. China is about to start suffering from its own version. And of course the Saudis, and to a smaller extent Israel, are also examples.
The Left has been framing this the wrong way since Marx. It's not that he was wrong about capitalism, it's more that he didn't seem to appreciate the extent to which capitalism is just an industrial reinvention of plain old vanilla aristocracy.
Unless you take very active steps to dilute resource accumulation and political power across and within generations, a parasitic, self-destructive, and not particularly distinguished aristocracy is the inevitable outcome.
Conversely societies in which concentrations of wealth and power are tightly controlled are far more likely to be socially and economically creative.
What neither have quite processed is that the UK no longer has the military, economic or political wherewithal to be a major power on its own in the world, and that much of its current status and GDP depends on its close alliances with the EU and USA. Both the EU and USA are going to go their own way now casting the UK adrift, attempting, vainly, to be some kind of European Singapore.
Even the Singaporean model has its limitation in an increasingly protectionist world where you need to be part of the big 3 or 4 - USA, EU, China and India - and with Russia, Israel and Saudi Arabia currently punching above their weight, but at risk of over=playing their hands. It's going to get hot out there...
Index of Frank's Diaries
If you accept that all the other EU27 countries are also, at least to a large extent, class societies, then what makes the UK so different?
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