It is said that “Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.”
For politicians, the gods utilize a different method. First, they make them arrogant. Then they give them leave to start believing their own press releases.
The greatest fatal error any politician or celebrity can achieve is to start believing that what the press writes about them is in fact the truth. In all cases, this leads to hubris. Hubris consists of overwhelming pride, which coupled with arrogance and a loss of a sense of reality pits the individual against the fates and the gods and with few exceptions, leads to a sudden and abrupt downfall. History is littered with the examples of those who thought they were far above those people around them; who thought whatever they believed was beyond reproof or the slightest of doubt; who thought they were entailed to the adoration and unquestioning devotion of their many followers. In the case of the politicians, that means those who elected them to office.
What they tend to forget is the same — be they freely elected in some form of democracy or if they act the role of complete dictator and come to power in the form of a coup — and that is that they who govern do so at the behest of those they govern. The main base of their hubris is that in their view, they know better about what is for the best of all than those people who are so affected by this politician’s beliefs.
When the electorate, when those who are ruled by such individuals rise up and overthrow such politicians (and sooner or later, eventually it will happen) they are shocked and appalled, but they never, never, not ever realize it was their own errors which brought this about. No, the fault always lies elsewhere. No politician has ever admitted nor accepted the blame from the failure of their own actions and beliefs.
So now, those in the U.K. are now in the process of regaining their land. Brexit is the first step. It will be interesting to see, in the long term, how far it does go.