Fintan O’Toole: ‘There is no future in England’s dreaming’

To get to Brexit, a society has to dream itself into an unexperienced condition

File photograph: Boris Johnson speaking at a rally for the Vote Leave organisation during the Brexit referendum campaign on March 11th, 2016 Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

File photograph: Boris Johnson speaking at a rally for the Vote Leave organisation during the Brexit referendum campaign on March 11th, 2016 Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

On Friday morning, trying to get away from Brexit, I got on an exercise machine to mortify the flesh. Fleeing the radio, I turned my iPod on to shuffle.

Up popped a random song that I must have heard before but didn’t remember: Nic Jones singing a ballad about the disillusioning aftermath of a 19th century gold rush:

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