How many Remainers does it take to fix a light bulb?

At the Spectator

So Russia launched some fake Twitter accounts, a tiny, tiny number in the greater scheme of things and which almost certainly had no impact on the result. Oh, but even if it didn’t swing the result, the argument goes, they still helped to polarise the debate. I don’t know about that; quite a few people have spent the last 18 months tweeting about how they can’t wait for Leave voters to die of old age, or maybe in hospital due to a shortage of nurses, while on the other side self-style patriots refer to ‘saboteurs’ and ‘traitors’ like some demented tin-pot dictator whose genius five-year plan has gone awry.

Overall I’m not sure we really need foreign powers to divide us; it’s been a pretty polarising debate already, and not many people on either side have come out of it well.

Sure, if you think Russian bots during the Referendum are worth wasting your breath on, then at least acknowledge the overwhelming major cause of the Leave vote: Labour’s policy, from 1998-99 onwards, of vastly increasing the number of migrants to Britain, of which only a minority were in fact from the European Union.

For better or worse – and I’m pretty pessimistic – that is why people chose to leave. And also for better or worse, the resulting social change from that demographic revolution is going to have vastly more impact on Britain’s future than whether or not we stay in the EU.

But rather than accept that a lot of people took this vote as their one chance to have a say on this crucial issue, to basically have their revenge, those who supported New Labour now come up with some convoluted explanations involving foreign powers.

Britain is among the top 20 most political stable countries on earth, and after Germany the most stable large country; it has strong, historic institutions and a deep liberal-democratic tradition. It would be incredibly hard for a hostile power to seriously interfere in our political system, because a country has to be completely enfeebled and divided before it can succumb to foreign interference, such as Russia was in the early 1990s.

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