Dear Little Britain, I had lunch with some Dutch people today who work in the high end of the international catering business. They were still absolutely astounded by Brexit: ‘all these years, we have thought the English were so kind and polite and tolerant. We loved the English. Why have they f***** up the European economy? We had no idea they were stupid and didn’t understand how much they were liked and wanted. We didn’t know that they had no knowledge of – anything. Why are they all running away?’
Here are some questions, in no particular order, that I couldn’t answer:
To Cameron: ‘Why didn’t you explain things properly? Why did you quit so soon? Why can’t you take charge and reverse a decision that hasn’t yet been implemented?’
To Johnson: ‘Why did you divide your nation and your friends in Europe? You’re a clever man, why didn’t you see what would happen? Where are you?’
To Gove: ‘Why can’t you see that a Brexit PM will have no leeway in future negotiations with Europe?’
To Farage: How did you have so much influence? Where are you now?’
To Chris Evans: ‘Who?’
I report these questions exactly as they were asked. Apart from Chris Evans, they knew all the participants by name and their parts in the process (which is more than I would if it was the Netherlands that had quit).
It’s not an objective, representative sample but I suspect there are English holidaymakers all over Europe wondering how to respond.