There is a recognised crisis in democracy in the UK, a democratic deficit, fuelled by austerity, social decline and democratic alienation, especially in UK northern towns, who often voted for Brexit almost in spite at the system failing them. Towns suffering from what had been called “shit life syndrome” by Blackpool’s public health leaders. Shit lives exist everywhere in the UK, but are concentrated into post industrial working class communities, or coastal resorts full of underused bed and breakfast hotels, plenty of fast food, and cheap alcohol outlets. Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland have them, too, but Scotland, at least, has some greater vision than trickle-down economics.