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Tory humiliation

There's a famous anecdote about Oscar Wilde, just before he went into Reading jail, when he was in and out of court against the father of his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, Marquis of Queensbury, an unpleasant character who had done nothing more in his life than draw up, with spelling mistakes, a document to regulate boxing. The anecdote is as follows. Lady Marlborough, the aunt of Winston Churchill, found Wilde, looking forlorn, in a corner of the National Library in London, and she asked him: "Oscar, dear, what's wrong?" Oscar replied, "Oh a thick fog has fallen over the English Channel." "And what's that got to do with you?" the aristocrat asked. Then Wilde looked at her and said: "Don't you realise Lady Marlborough that the European continent is cut off from the rest of the world?"

Something similar, but the other way round, has happened with the prime minister Theresa May and her group of Conservatives, and stubborn anti-Europeans, when a majority of 432 MPs in the House of Commons, gave a resounding 'no' to her Withdrawal Agreement from the EU, while 212 who voted in favour. May quickly announced the start of another negotiation which, as the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said, she can no longer lead, because even a large part of her own party voted against her deal.

They had already made it very clear to May in Brussels. Both the politicians and high-ranking EU officials warned her that the UK cannot just walk out of the EU without "blood, sweat and tears". And they were right. The island is paying for its dissidence; in reality the price will really be paid by the residents of the large cities, who are the ones who are socio-economically active, rather than the rest of a country that looks at itself with special delectation, an asymmetrical tendency that the great Albion has cultivated since Alfred the Great and of course since Queen Victoria, who, contrary to appearances, did not descend from the dogs or cows of the Hannover, but from the family of mixed princes with properties in Stratford-upon-Avon.

But things aren't how they used to be. England is not the empire it was and neither was the main person to blame for this whole mess, David Cameron, the natural leader of the Conservatives, as he presented himself to be no more than ten years ago.

He was a poor mistaken man who dragged his country and his party into an unprecedented crisis. A good politician, in my opinion, should not ask so many questions. You have to maintain the prestige of endorsement because that is what democratic elections are for. The rest seems to me like De Gaulle at his lowest hour.