Writing in Prospect Magazine, Oliver Kamm takes eight hundred words to explain what is obvious to most:
Public opinion is right. The government has no plan for Brexit because Leave campaigners themselves had no plan for it. Theresa May is winging it. There was no vote to leave the single market or the customs union, yet the prime minister insisted on a maximalist vision of departure from Europe that will require reimposing a hard Irish border and will damage economic growth by constraining flows of goods, services, investment and labour. May’s very act of triggering Article 50 when she didn’t know what her European policy was, as well as her vainglorious decision to hold an unnecessary election, has brought British policymaking to a state of stasis that inspires pity and derision among our European partners.
Yet there is no obvious appetite to revisit the referendum vote. Around two-thirds of voters (in the Comres poll) believe the country should accept Brexit and “move on.” What’s the explanation, given that the government doesn’t command public support or respect in its handling of the process?
So the public don’t like the way May’s government is handling Brexit, but they don’t want to reverse their decision to leave? Well yes. What they want is a government which handles Brexit competently. Is this so difficult to understand? When people complain about the state of the NHS, they’re not saying they don’t want healthcare. When the public complains about the way their local council handles rubbish collections, they’re not calling for rubbish collections to be abolished.
But Kamm, living as he does in a Metropolitan media bubble and heavily invested in the status quo of the Establishment (of which he is very much part), can’t understand this. What’s more, he’s assumed everyone else can’t either, so he’s penned this piece. He does offer us an explanation, however. The TL:DR version is:
Firstly, Leave voters are stupid and don’t understand the consequences of Brexit. Secondly, May and Corbyn are making it unreasonably difficult to simply reverse. If only the plebs were as smart as me.
Tell me I’m being unfair.