Have no doubt about it: we’re leaving. But if we want to put the country back together, we must now keep some perspective.
The former’s readership has risen. The latter’s leadership is changing. What will this and other changes mean for our political culture?
That it suits both former purple donors and ultra-committed Remainers to claim otherwise doesn’t make it true.
Tacking towards the devocrat consensus and positioning for a pact with Plaid seems to be the preferred option, but it looks like a tactical cul-de-sac.
Also: Home Office plans for stop-and-search on Ulster border spark criticism; debate stirs on abolishing the Welsh Assembly; and DUP slammed for ignoring Westminster.
Plus: Mugabe wrecked Zimbabwe. Tommy Robinson – and how Batten is wrecking UKIP. Can Farage save it?
Seven points to reflect on during the coming weeks, including this: the centre ground of British politics is vacant.
Even the near threat of such an outcome could outscale 16th September 1992 many times over in terms of setting political perceptions.
We are re-proving that ‘we learn from history that we do not learn from history’.
And, late in the day, the Prime Minister bows to our advice, and rushes on to Marr, today, to make the case for her new proposals.
The tension can be seen in the way the Prime Minister’s sensible effort at Chequers clashes with the deeply-seated values of many in the Party’s grassroots.
The issue lies in the Party’s image and how it communicates with voters, not the actual message.
If overcome by the belief that Putin bought the referendum, our advice is to lie down in a dark room until the feeling goes away.
The local election campaign was started with an eight page magazine highlighting our achievements on local issues. This was delivered prior to election expenses kicking in.
There are clearly questions about what’s happening in relation to voting, membership, and representation — and what the Party should or might want to do.