A Short Guide to Britain’s Long Attempt to Leave Europe
Boris Johnson is almost certainly going to win the contest for the prime ministership. They used to say that politicians campaign in poetry and govern in prose. Johnson’s approach is different. He is painting a great and glorious rainbow highway, for the unicorns of the Brexit debate to travel up into the sky. His message is a ceaseless barrage of impossible nonsense.
Britain used to be a moderate, good-natured, and fundamentally calm country, which celebrated its practical judgment and resistance to utopianism. Three years of culture war have basically driven it insane. It is now on the verge of making one of the most deceitful and self-interested politicians it has ever known prime minister, so that he can pursue an imaginary strategy for an unattainable outcome.