One of the debates following the EU referendum is the extent to which the leave vote was English led and English driven.
The British Politics Society in Norway asked me to examine this issue in an article for their journal, British Politics Review. In a special issue devoted to Englishness, I line up alongside the former Labour Minister John Denham, Christopher G. A. Bryant,Judith Blake and Andrew Mycock.
Issues covered take in Julian Assange and Wikileaks, Brexit and the EU referendum, the state of the Green party, Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party, technology, fake news, Hacked Off! and phone hacking, Donald Trump and The Prisoner.
Like the pub bore for whom everything comes down to race, some Remainers just cannot accept Brexit.
In Monday's i, Ian Birrell had a one page review of the book Hillbilly Elegy by J D Vance, a best selling examination of small town, white America. Birrell nearly makes it to the end without complaining about the referendum result, but in the penultimate column comes this little beauty:
"There are valuable lessons at this time of rising resentment. In Vance's book one acquaintance quits work from a dislike of waking early, then goes on social media to attack the "Obama economy" for his misfortune. Similar blame games lie behind Brexit."
Birrell comes across as a nineteenth century Lord complaining about the idle peasants on his estate. Only its actually worse than that - on an issue which meant everything to him, the peasants have not only revolted, but hit his social group where it hurts most - at the ballot box.