For the last 4 years we have been condemned to discussing and mithering about, ranting and raving over a question we should never have been asked.
The Cameron government decided that the best way to deal with the annoying buzz of the Eurosceptics in the Tory party was to take, what was assumed to be a non question, to 'The People'.
What has followed as all now know has been a complete disaster, akin to throwing our country under a bus.
To my utter disgust I now hear that the one MP with the least understanding of real peoples lives, one Jacob Rees-Mogg, has changed his mind about Theresa May's 'deal'.
Last night the Government Petition Site sent an email to all 5.8+ million petitioners the standard verbal about why it won't agree to another popular vote.
Apparently 'we the people' aren't allowed to change our minds.
I thought we lived in a democratic country but it seems this is an illusion wheeled out to suit.
In a democracy you can change your mind.
reduce confidence in our democracy
What has 'reduced confidence in our democracy' is the blinkered approach with which the PM has pursued her 'deal' to the point of her own destruction. It is that that is the current cause of 'reduced confidence in our democracy'.
potentially irreparable damage to public trustThe damage that this farce has and will continue to do to public trust will take a whole generation to repair, and then only if a government is scrupulously honest and fair with all it citizens. The Tories will never be that.
Where do we go from here?
As I type I'm aware that the day's news will be filled with a long list of options to discuss a way forward now that the Tory party has surrendered its role as the governing party in the UK.
Tomorrow sanity may have returned and we'll get an apology for the cost and destruction of real peoples lives that has ensued from David Cameron's vanity.
Perhaps when I wake I will find it was all a very bad dream.