The Guardian reports that Chris Patten, the former Conservative party chairman is the latest Tory grandee to come out in support of a second Brexit referendum, or People’s vote.
What struck me, though, was this:
The whole sorry shambles began with a decision to call a referendum in order to try to manage the English nationalist right wing of the Conservative party.
I have said it before, but the main problem with the Conservative Party is that most of its members — and a significant proportion of its MPs — are not conservatives. The One-Nation Tories and pragmatists have been largely sidelined by a post-1980s crop of rabid libertarians and English nationalists.
And it’s because the Tories have discovered ideology that Britain is in the mess it is today.