The problem is that this unity of national purpose functions within a nation that does not actually exist: non-metropolitan England and parts of English-speaking Wales. Photograph: iStock

We know what the week running up to the glorious day of Brexit is supposed to be like. A few nights before the original chosen date of March 29th, 201(...)

Boris Johnson on the steps of 10 Downing Street. If it was not already blindingly obvious after the election results came in on Friday morning that the political settlement on these islands is in serious danger of unravelling, it sure is now. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

What lesson should the Government take from the results of the election in what is more and more dubiously called the United Kingdom? That denial is d(...)

 Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage addresses marchers from a pro-Brexit bus: Brexit is a dead horse, a form of nationalist energy that started to decompose on June 24th, 2016, as soon as it entered political reality.  Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

“The alleged aptitude of the English for self-government,” wrote Bernard Shaw in his preface to Androcles and the Lion, “is contradicted by every chap(...)