John Harris

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Petitions and jokes will not halt this march into Brexit calamity | John Harris

Our response to the crisis has been too English. By the time the irony turns to anger, it will be too late

It could conceivably have happened on any day over the past couple of years, but my own peak of anger about Brexit and its absurdities arrived last Wednesday. Jacob Rees-Mogg was in the Commons chamber, making quips about the fact that another Conservative MP had been to Winchester rather than Eton (“My honourable friend makes a characteristically Wykehamist point – highly intelligent, but fundamentally wrong” – how we all laughed).

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