In 1941, Orwell referred to these people as the “intelligentsia.” Today, you might more accurately refer to them as the “Remainer elite”.
England is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality. In left-wing circles it is always felt that there is something slightly disgraceful in being an Englishman and that it is a duty to snigger at every English institution, from horse racing to suet puddings. It is a strange fact, but it is unquestionably true that almost any English intellectual would feel more ashamed of standing to attention during “God save the King” than of stealing from a poor box.
I’m reminded instantly here of the writer and journalist Matthew Parris. Formerly a Conservative MP, Parris now devotes much of his energy to throwing hissy fits about Brexit. He writes the same piece so often that I’m surprised his employers — who include the Times of London and the Spectator — keep paying for it.
The one published in his latest Times column is pretty standard. It’s about how the Conservative party needs to purge itself of all the horrible, evil right-wingers who are ruining everything by demanding that Brexit happens:
“The Tories’ historic mission to contain the forces of populist nationalism and social and cultural reaction is close to collapse. The struggle to keep this faction inside the Conservative family is poisoning the parliamentary party’s sense of collegiality, and distorting government.
It could in the end destroy the whole party and is closer (I judge) to doing so than most realise.”
Note his contempt for what he calls “populist nationalism and social and cultural reaction” — what you and I might call “democracy.”