Boris’s tactical spending spree may just win over the North East’s Lexiteers: left-wingers who want Brexit but rely heavily on public services. That our Brexit-loving, spendthrift PM possesses unique appeal to this demographic will be catastrophic for Northern Labour – and more importantly, Labour voters themselves.
A People’s Vote on the specificity of how we leave the EU has genuine potential to dissipate the Brexit deadlock. But it’s currently being hijacked by affluent, self-righteous Remainers who’d rather vilify than engage with those who voted to Leave – and who see a second referendum exclusively as an opportunity to overturn the initial result.
With never-ending headlines proclaiming one Brexit fiasco after another, you’d be forgiven for feeling dreary about the UK’s political prospects. But all is not lost.