All nationalisms romanticise the past. That includes the nationalism fuelling the drive for Brexit. Whether this nationalism is British or English in inspiration isn’t clear. But what’s certain is that talk of long-gone glories has been integral to the Brexit project from the start.
Who would be a councillor? Sure, the position’s often rumoured to come with lots of payments, perks and privileges. But even if these tales were true, and they aren’t, the job would be the worst in politics. Because it has been stripped of what gives point to being in politics at all.