Rosie ... I suspect that, in any culture, there are weak people who need a badge of authority to give them a purpose in life. In a robust, self-confident society, these people are given short-shrift. That they survive and prosper in our contemporary society is simply another symptom of our general and continuing decay.
It's very sad that it's come to this, the politcans on offer being EU stooges are basically useless, so how can the rot be stopped & reversed.
For the life of me I can't think of anything to restore sanity & normality, it's seems the country is too far gone, and the majority of the electorate just haven't the get up and go, or care, to do anything about it, they just take, meekly, everything thrown at them. Many are so used to being told what to do by the state I think they'd even stand for the government commandeering their pay packets & allocating pocket money, that's how pathetic & weak the electorate have become.