At least one Guardian journalist gets it

While the left-wing continues to unhinge at least one Guardian journalist, Matthew d’Ancona, has finally understood what Brexit was all about:

Before analysis, let us admit to awe: the sheer scale of the moment requires it. The word “historic” is deployed too lazily in political discourse. But it is entirely appropriate this morning. This is a hugely significant day in British (and European) history.

When a party loses an election, its soon-to-be-ex-leader rallies the troops and promises a different result next time. But no such option is open to the crushed chieftains of remain today. There is no “next time”.

This was a unique opportunity to seal Britain’s relationship with the European Union, or to end it. And the voters – at a high level of turnout – decided that it was time to go. They heard the warnings, listened to experts of every kind tell them that Brexit meant disaster, watched the prime minister as he urged them not to take a terrible risk. And their answer was: get stuffed.  

The ramifications leave one giddy. Yes, this will have immense consequences for the Westminster drama: not only for David Cameron, who bet the farm and lost; but also for Jeremy Corbyn who conspicuously failed to deliver the Labour heartlands.

But the high political soap opera is belittled by the constitutional and economic implications. Britain must now extract itself from the world’s largest single market, draw up dozens of new trade deals, amend its legal system and its statute book root-and-branch, and build new systems of cooperation with EU countries in police work and justice. The work begins today.

We must get used to the word “tariff” all over again. We must also accept that Scotland will seek independence once more: and reasonably so, given the importance of the EU to modern Scottish identity. It will be a time of flux and instability, whoever is at the helm in No 10. This was never going to be the easy option, though it was often sold as such.

In 1962, Dean Acheson famously remarked that Britain “has lost an empire and has not yet found a role.” Yesterday’s vote finally answered the question implicit in that aphorism – in a moment of sudden clarity that will resonate for decades.

The Poms were heartily sick of unelected and faceless bureaucrats telling them what to do and how to live. Yesterday they took back their democracy.

It will be hard work winding back the ingress of the EU into British laws, but it will be good in the long run.


– The Guardian

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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