Brown spoke out as he repeated his warning that Brexit and the conflict between English anti-Europeanism
and Scottish nationalism could lead to the end the Union.
Just as Scottish politics has been reduced to an endless constitutional bicker, the UK landscape is now even worse - a foul cocktail of vaunting ambition and pandering to the xenophobic underbelly of anti-Europeanism
. Referendums transform the dynamic of politics, and not for the better.
President Trump's aggressive US nationalism encouraging white extremism and denigrating Mexican refugees as animals, Theresa May's insinuation that those who disagree with her are unpatriotic, Rees Mogg's increasingly virulent anti-Europeanism
all play into a politics that lead to the normalisation of abhorrent incidents such as British soldiers using images of the leader of Her Majesty's opposition for target practice on the firing range.
With Brexit from the north and the Italian government's deployment of xenophobic anti-Europeanism
from the south, "ever-closer union" is becoming a farcical symbol of the disconnect between reality and the EU establishment's propaganda.
When Polish football hooligans in November 2015 during a premier league match between the clubs Slask Wroclaw (German: Breslau) and Lech Poznan in Lower Silesia (German: Niederschlesien) unfolded a huge banner against Islamic migration to Europe stating "let us stand in defense of Christianity," international observers saw this as another sign of growing anti-Europeanism
in Central Eastern Europe, i.e.
Populism and anti-Europeanism
is trendy because of socialization breakdown, a political rupture that paves way for oppositional values based on radical ideology with the intent to cause radical replacement of the dominant ideology.
Radicalisation meant adopting the very same policies the opposition feared the most: anti-secularism in Turkey, anti-Europeanism
in Hungary and anti-pluralism in Venezuela.
There is also cold fury in Europe that Britain allowed the hate politics of xenophobic anti-Europeanism
to become official policy of David Cameron and his predecessors, with Theresa May as Britain's Bourbon prime minister who has learned nothing and forgotten nothing about Brexit.
He said: "The Out voters are very determined, very committed and there is an element of almost fanaticism and passion in their vehement anti-Europeanism
. That contrasts with the Remain voters who tend to be ruled by the head rather than the heart and are a lot more logical but less fanatical and less passionate - not because they are lukewarm about staying in Europe; they are absolutely convinced of the case but there is a very different temperament."
Labour is frightened of opening up the European debate for fear of losing votes from the anti-Europeanism
that has become orthodox in Britain.
This has become almost a social class in itself: referring to men, usually tradesmen, who drive white vans and who are stereotyped as possessing a range of attitudes -- extreme patriotism, anti-Europeanism
, conservatism, perhaps racism.
However, the few common topics between our populism and the European one: immigration, minorities (in one word resistance against "others"), nationalism, anti-europeanism
etc.--are not enough of a good reason to fall blind on the bigger picture of their different power that can endanger the institutions of democracy in this country.