Invoking a fantasy Winston Churchill won’t help as Brexit becomes grim reality | Nick Cohen

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Casting the previous PM as a bit Englander defying Europe is historic nonsense

Winston Churchill must be held to account when Britain throws itself out of the EU. Who's in charge for breaking apart and impoverishing the UK? Churchill, by his followers’ personal admission. Who's answerable for the border within the Irish Sea, the meals shortages, the irresistible rise of Scottish nationalism, the unnecessary blows to the stricken financial system of a plague-ridden nation? No have to ask: Winston’s been at it once more.

Not the Churchill of historical past, however a Churchillian delusion that has been a era within the making. Its falsity will turn out to be obvious on 1 January. Till then, Tories can nonetheless fake that their promises that Brexit would enrich us weren’t false. They will nonetheless opine that when “Boris” has accomplished Brexit he can transfer on to levelling up or tackling Covid or no matter different difficulty flits by means of his half-formed thoughts. They nonetheless don’t realise that in a number of weeks their phrases will sound as absurd as saying: “After I’ve damaged my legs, I'll run a marathon.”

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