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]>> Wading into the era of Brexit and Donald Trump, the author of Trainspotting sees bleak dystopia. Irving Welsh wrote the grim comedy about young Scottish drug addicts that defined a generation, depicting an underclass hit by industrial decline and scornful of conventional values, a theme some see as prophetic of 2017.
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>> That whole thing about people basically not having anything to do. And that's why it resonates with people who are not from an industrial working-class background, because that was the first group of people who had to face that. But now middle-class people are facing that whole thing as well.
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>> Britain voted for Brexit last year, a shock move many saw as a protest against established power the same way Donald Trump's election victory has been viewed. Welsh says Trump's terrible for citizens, but rich material for a writer.>> And yes, together we will make American great again.
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>> His inauguration speech, it was almost like, he's the sort of, the drunken sex offender, sort of racist uncle, who's kind of gatecrashed, and taken the microphone off the groom, and made the groom's speech. So it just seems such a strange thing.>> However, he can see a silver lining to Brexit, believing it will give England an opportunity to debate who it is as a nation.
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At a time of popular rejection of establishment politics, the release of T2 Trainspotting, fits right in.