When he promised the referendum I thought Cameron’s great historic achievement would be securing the UK in ‘Europe’ forever. He thought so too.
Instead, a sense of huge shock.
Last time things were this chaotic in UK was 1831-32, I think.
The NHS trust in South East London and Kent have offered staff free counselling to help them cope with their concerns about the referendum.
There's huge fear among Remainers. Partly it's because of Remain's Project Fear and absurd of for example a 10% fall in GDP. Partly it because leaving IS very scary. Most Leavers are pretty scared too.
Brexit feels very sudden. It feels as though the campaign was short but it wasn't. the decision feels sudden because many people like me didn’t take it very seriously at the start because it seemed a foregone conclusion that Remain would win. I said that to a British friend (strongly Remain) over dinner on the night of the vote, who was explaining why Parliament should ignore a vote to leave
'What’s the point of discussing it? Remain have won.’He wisely replied:
‘You can’t be completely sure.’It feels sudden and incredibly final. It seemed a game until suddenly it wasn’t. But in fact we had several years’ warning since David Cameron promised a referendum.
Last year I read that the number of British people wanting to leave ‘Europe’ had fallen to its lowest level since 1973 – 33%. I thought then that Farage et al stood no chance. That 33% figure itself speaks eloquently to how little the British ever liked the European Union or its earlier incarnations. In other countries in the EU that figure used to be around 3%. Though now in several it is up around 50%.
All will be well. This speech might cheer you up, dear reader, if you are worried for Britain. Even though I was on the other side politically I always thought Peter Shore an amazing speaker. Even better than Powell or Foot, who were very good indeed, and much better than anyone now.