Cynicism is practically a religion with Britons, as I learned during a year in Brighton, so I wasn’t too surprised at the brexit. Giving the middle finger to authority is sport because many (most) expect nothing from the king.
We never had a king. The responsibility is ours. Cynicism is political self-hatred. Creating cynicism in the electorate is obviously a strategy of those who want to limit political opposition and you do well to point it out.
Also correct… keep the skepticism!