Thursday, 1 March 2018

"No UK Prime Minister"?

Indeed, she is not.

But seriously, 87 per cent of people who voted both Leave and Conservative would be willing to see Northern Ireland go for the sake of Brexit, and 92 per cent of them would be willing to see Scotland go. 

Note that the figure is lower for Northern Ireland than it is for Scotland. It would be lower again for Gibraltar, but that has yet to be polled, although it will have to be, and soon.

Scottish Nationalists who believed that David Cameron would have had to have resigned in the event of a vote for independence were always deluded as to their own indispensability. Conservative and Unionists define the Union as wherever people mostly vote Conservative.

The public boredom with Brexit was evident even before the referendum. In the meantime, there has been a General Election at which this supposedly epoch-making issue barely featured. 

The Lib Dems did not get 48 per cent of the vote, and the pattern of the support that they did receive did not correspond to that of the Remain vote. They hold only four of the 59 seats in Scotland, where their signature policy of support for both Unions is majority opinion. 

As it is in Northern Ireland, where it is held by one MP out of 18, an Independent who sits for perhaps the most maverick seat in the entire House.

There is now electoral politics, and there is Brexit. Mostly due to Jeremy Corbyn, popular interest in the former is higher than it has been in generations. Popular interest in the latter, however, has collapsed, and is rapidly turning to outright hostility, not even to the act of Brexit, but to the mere topic of conversation.

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