Steve, the post Brexit polls showed that the electorate wanted fundamentally contradictory things in terms of the EU, at least as far as the core tenets of the EU were concerned. And that was a failure of communicating the hard choices to the public. I would say that the a lot of responsibility for this false sense of choices lie with the Brexit campaigners. They have demonstrated not only a total lack of leadership in the wake of the vote but also a total misunderstanding of the EU in general. The Brexit minister believing he could cut deals with individual EU members is just the start. And some honesty is required: the lie about £350m and increased funding for the NHS shows that voters want more funding for core public services. They took the Brexit campaigners at their word, as deceitful as it they were, that leaving the EU would be a net benefit to their regions. It wasn’t. I don’t want to re-litigate the Brexit arguments, but lies have consequences. Brexit and this shambles of an election are the beginning of those consequences.
And on a personal level both the Brexit vote and the 2016 election in the US have made it clear that the lazy politics of the post-Soviet period are over. We desperately need ideas not ideologues, and I accept my generation’s role in the predicament that we find ourselves in. Both the US and UK are lurching from self-inflicted crisis to self-inflicted crisis. It is time for new leaders, possibly new parties and a new sense of maturity and responsibility.