Brexit is the result of an English delusion, a crisis of identity resulting from a failure to come to terms with the loss of empire and the end of its own exceptionalism, argues Cambridge University professor Nicholas Boyle
The Vote Leave campaign was without doubt the most cynical, opportunistic and dishonest political operation of my lifetime. The sickly concoction of invented statistics, warped facts and impossible promises was enough to make anyone feel queasy. Tragically, they won the referendum. But all that means is that pro-Europeans should redouble their efforts to hold these Leavers to account.
It’s nine o’clock, family viewing primetime, and I’m watching a young woman bare her huge, surgically-enhanced breasts while she pole-dances for an enthralled roofer who we’re asked to believe is a rising star.
Aged 13 and newly converted to vegetarianism, the discovery of The Smiths’ album Meat is Murder was genuinely revelatory for me. It kickstarted a nearly 10-year-long obsession with Morrissey, the band’s charismatic and pugnacious lead singer – an obsession that carried on well into my early-20s.
Back in my schooldays, I remember wondering what a British revolution would feel like. We learned about the French in 1789 or the Russians in 1917, but those were far away and long ago. What would an equivalent upheaval feel like here?