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It's not Brits in general - it's specifically the Tory upper class. Although after decades of propaganda from the sewer press, they've done an excellent job of infecting some of the rest of the population.

There have been a couple of memoirs published this week - one by Barbara Amiel, wife of convicted criminal and former Daily Telegraph owner Conrad Black, and one by Sasha Swires, wife of a central but not particularly notable Tory MP who is part of the inner circle which includes Johnson and Cameron.

Both do a jaw-dropping job of revealing just how banally amoral and mediocre these people are. And also how socially interbred. Not only do they all know each other, they all go on holidays together and socialise in other ways.

Ethically, they're literally stuck in arrested adolescence. Senior Tories routinely make snickery penis jokes and show no interest in the lives of most of the population. They have money and an unshakeable sense of entitlement, and narcissism does the rest.

I don't think there are many outright sociopaths, but severe narcissism is certainly endemic - and Swires, with a rather unusual hint of self-awareness, says as much. Some even feel a vague sense of unease that perhaps things are not quite as they should be, but not to the point they'll do anything about it.

To be fair it's a very British kind of narcissism - class-driven and sneakily passive aggressive. It's slightly more covert than US narcissism, which might as well be the Official State Religion because of the way it permeates business and personal relationships at every level.

Just as in the US, the most distinctive feature of these professional narcissists is their utter mediocrity. Trump is fundamentally a cheap con artist who was born rich and privileged enough to be able to run his lies and scams with a certain amount of political air cover. Johnson is exactly the same, but instead of owning a gold plated lift, he speaks Latin and plays on the sympathies of his victims.

The rest of the British Tories are similarly clueless, but with varying degrees of burning ambition.

It's a horror show in both countries - a perfect kakistocracy of emotional dysfunction and practical idiocy.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Sep 21st, 2020 at 05:26:00 PM EST
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