Neoliberalism Is On Life Support In The UK

Adebayo Adeniran
4 min readJul 1, 2022

And this is the reason for the fight back and the summer of discontent.

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Thank God for Brexit.

Thank God for the pandemic.

What might have been very difficult to analyze and delineate in the past has become quite clear to even the least sophisticated among us.

For the longest time, it was impossible to have a debate on the profound economic inequalities in the United Kingdom, without the finger of blame being pointed at the Romanians, Poles, Albanians and Kosovans in our midst.

It didn’t matter that there had been £80 billion in austerity cuts for the poorest and nor did it matter that the pay of the wealthiest thousand people in our country had gone from £200 billion to £500 billion between 2008 and 2018, all that counted was blaming the minimum wage earning East Europeans and the other migrant workers.

The politicians and their oligarch paymasters could easily gaslight regular folk in justifying their harsh economic policies by stating that we weren’t being efficient enough and that people who didn’t look like them were the ones siphoning state money from them.

And for a while, it was politically expedient for the Tories to dehumanize non-Brits who worked long hours for nothing; it led to election victories in 2015 and 2019.

And much more importantly, it gave rise to the idea that leaving the European Union would be the best thing ever for the United Kingdom.

But thanks to the destruction wrought on the lives of Brits by the twin phenomena of Brexit and the pandemic, the well crafted lies of the Conservatives have fallen apart.

And before you accuse me of being callous and indifferent to the difficulties that millions are grappling with today, I should point out to you that everything that I make goes to paying for food and energy.

So what Brexit looks like today, goes thus:

There are no foreigners left to blame anymore.

The Romanians fruit pickers have long gone.

The Polish plumbers and craftsmen have left the United Kingdom and taken their skills with them.

Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible