This blog doesn’t do politics, except when it does. This is one of those occasions.
I may as well use the tried and tested WWWWW formula.
What? Answer: Nobody Knows Anything. (© the great William Goldman.) Predictions of the economic impact of Brexit are so wildly variant as to render them about as useful as that bus you are, or are not, about to walk under. (Oh, and it seems our French friends have scuppered TTIP, so that card’s no longer on the table.)
Why? The Daily Mail, of all media, has posed this very interesting question. If Cameron is so worried about the outcome, why did he call the referendum in the first place? Don’t hold out for an answer.
Where? The Brexit camp is rather vociferous about our potential trading links with, let’s see: China; South America; India … Rather less so about Russia, Saudi Arabia, North Korea. And presumably they’re a bit equivocal about the USA at the moment.
Who? Z has waxed eloquent elsewhere, so I’ll just list her three Premier League names: George Galloway; Marine le Pen; Donald Trump. And add a few second-rankers: Boris, IDS, Govey… I could go on. They’ve even tried to rope in the Queen. But give me a list of Remainers (apart from those under orders, obviously)? David Attenborough isn’t enough. Mobilisation is called for. Where are Ant and Dec when we need them?
When? That’s a tricky one. Will the Turkish and Armenian hordes overwhelm us? Or will the Empire rise again in Hope and Glory? Before the next general election? O will we just muddle on, as usual? We are British, after all.