What changed? When did we lose the global vocation that infused the Cabinet, Leavers and Remainers alike, two years ago?
There are honourable arguments for and against shipping the Parthenon marbles to Greece. His instinctive knee-jerk is not one of them.
As the miracles of Hong Kong and Singapore demonstrate, cheaper imports, rather than easier exports, are the big win. The trick is persuading voters to agree.
Leaving the Single Market while keeping the Customs Union would reduce the United Kingdom economy to the status of a bargaining chip for Brussels.
“I understand that people enjoy righteous anger…but what’s alarming is the people who understand statistical distribution and who are going along with this.”
We must oppose illegal immigration. But making life harder for legitimate residents helps nobody.
Ask one question: In what conflict has Jeremy Corbyn ever been on Britain’s side? He always finds a way of blaming the world’s problems on the West.
The message that some send to Brussels – that if the Eurocrats make it all painful enough then we can be bullied into changing our minds – is mistaken but harmful.
Many voters – Leave and Remain – appreciate his spirit of boldness, and want to move on from past divisions, not reopen them. There are opportunities to be grasped.
When these terms are misused as catch-all boo-words, they lose their meaning and their essential value.
A bit of romantic rhetoric from Brussels cannot change the fact that their only offers – before and after we voted Leave – have been provocatively unacceptable.
It is hard to avoid the impression that leaving is being undertaken in a spirit of damage limitation rather than a spirit of opportunity.
And here’s the thing: Banks knew it. Farage knew it. But they didn’t care. Their primary objective was to be seen to lead the campaign, not to win it.