Friday, January 13, 2017

Breitbart - Milton Keynes, UK: As with Trump, Brexit vote shows not just blue-collar but mid-class fed-up with Globalism

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MILTON KEYNES (UNITED KINGDOM) (AFP) –  It’s got money, jobs and it voted Brexit: the town of Milton Keynes near London represents a slice of middle-class voters fed up with a political elite ignoring their concerns.

Just as in the United States, it was not just struggling blue-collar workers fed up with the flip side of globalisation who rebelled last year.

“We continually underestimate the silent majority,” said Richard Heffernan, an expert in government at The Open University, which was set up in Milton Keynes shortly after the town was established in 1967.

Three days after the inauguration of billionaire property tycoon Donald Trump as US president on January 20, the town will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Enjoying some of the best employment and growth rates in Britain, Milton Keynes could have been fertile ground for those backing the status quo in Britain’s 2016 vote on whether to stay in the European Union.

But the 250,000-strong town voted by 51 percent for Britain to leave the bloc, closely mirroring the 52-48 vote split across the country. ...