Yesterday, after I’d voted, and was sitting outside a pub with a beer and a cigarette, a woman walked by with her dog. Someone must have asked her if she was on her way to the polling station up the road, where I’d just voted to save Britain from EU tyranny, because she gaily replied:
“I’m going to change the world!”
And that’s exactly what she went and did. Because since then, the Prime Minister has resigned, the pound has been falling, stock markets have been crashing, and world leaders have been huddling together for urgent consultations.
My aims had been modest: I merely wanted to save Britain from tyranny. But she wanted to change the whole world. What high ambition.
In fact the English weather may have had a big hand in changing the world. For throughout the day there was a band of cloud streaming north-eastward over London and south-east England, bringing bucket-loads of rain. There were reports of flooding in London.
The result may have been a low voter turn-out in London and the South-East, where most of England’s Remainers turned out to be living (see BBC map above). It was sunny everywhere else.
This won’t have been the first time Britain has been saved by a storm. On the 4th of August 1588, the Spanish Armada, which was about to land an army on England’s south coast, began to experience an adverse wind (much like yesterday’s storm wind) that blew it east along the coast, all the way to Calais, and then all the way round Britain and back to Spain.
When I visited Japan about 10 years ago, I happened to stay in the city of Fukuoka, which had also been saved from a Mongol invasion fleet from Korea by The Divine Wind – Kamikaze – in 1274.
Anyway no-one seems to be complaining too much about the rain. And the result of the referendum seems to have been accepted in Brussels. No doubt there’ll be calls for another referendum in Scotland, since the Scots largely voted to remain in the EU. But there have been surprising calls for independence for London – “Londipendence” -, and the uniting of Ireland.
And we may have prevented World War III, according to Paul Craig Roberts:
The Brexit Vote
What does it mean?
Hopefully, a breakup of the EU and NATO and, thereby, the avoidance of World War III.
Not that I had any hand in it.
It was all the work of that woman and her dog.
We’ll be needing her again soon. And needing more divine winds.
Finally, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard:
This referendum was never a fight between Britain and Europe, as so widely depicted. It was the first episode of a pan-Europe uprising against the Caesaropapism of the EU Project and its technocrat priesthood. It will not be the last.