The country is fucked, this much we know. But Brexit isn’t the cause, it’s just the symptom. Blame David Cameron for calling the referendum, sure.
Blame Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and all the other dickheads for using the whole thing as an opportunity for career development, fine. But blame all of them for something much worse than these fleeting acts of gutless vanity.
Blame them for the political decision they made nine years ago to inflict austerity measures on ordinary communities to help pay for the crimes of banks and brokers.
Systematic erosion of the state is what cultivated the anger, anxiety and divisions
Systematic erosion of the state, the safety nets it provided to the vulnerable and the contributions it made to our collective futures, is what cultivated the anger, anxiety and divisions that brought about Brexit and all its toxic fallout.
The news media, gripped by existential fear caused by freefalling revenues, tell the story of Brexit as if it were a pound shop Shakespearean tragedy, played out in Westminster by a cast of blubbery-faced toffs, golf-club wankers, bearded lefty freaks and those arseholes in yellow vests.
The headlines are all about blithering political leaders, crinkly-faced judges, befuddling court rulings, mad parliamentary motions, shifty chats with the Queen and that absolute shithead Dominic Cummings.