As Michael Morpurgo condemns Britain as “nasty,” Matthew Steeples reports from the launch of Alexander Lebedev’s ‘Hunt the Banker’ where the author condemns Brexit also
The British, a people once thought of for fair play and decency, have morphed into something “nasty” according to the renowned author Michael Morpurgo.
In an interview published today in The Guardian, Morpurgo recounts how he’s been spat at for wearing a ‘Bollocks to Brexit’ badge and talks of how: “We’re almost coming to a civil war situation where there’s so much hate.”
He goes further and whilst sharing his “despair with the world,” sensibly points out: “This is our fault” and adds: “There is no use pointing the finger at the ‘supremely arrogant’ Boris Johnson.” He is spot on when he remarks: “We’ve become a selfish people, an unkind people.”
Last night, at the Evening Standard’s Kensington offices for the launch of Alexander Lebedev’s Hunt The Banker: The Confessions of a Russian Ex-Oligarch, aside from chatting to George Osborne, a chancellor whom many blame for the dramatic fall in Central London’s house prices through the Stamp Duty changes he introduced, I also spoke with the political editor of a major national newspaper. We conversed about Brexit and though at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of our views about that, we agreed that this unending process had turned Britain into a truly unpleasant place.
Softly spoken Lebedev himself, in an interview for the paper his son owns yesterday also, went further. He remarked: “To be honest, I think it [Brexit] is a bit incomprehensible – self-inflicted damage which is not characteristic for Brits. I know I don’t quite understand the reasons people voted for it even if I think they were not well informed. And an island people is different, I see that, even if I don’t understand it exactly. There’s a small chance – maybe very small – of a second referendum which will give us a different result.”