The most significant thinker in the Brexit movement went further. Richard North, the advocate of “Flexcit”, warned that,
Richard is many things including dogged and often correct but most significant?
Rationally, a flexible approach made sense. But by the winter of 2013 the market for rational politics was faltering. North described how Lawson and his fellow judges excluded from the shortlist entries that said the only way to leave the EU was to follow the Norwegian example. Until that point, he had had regular meetings with Arron Banks, Owen Patterson and Cummings. “But something then happened – I don’t know what. Cummings went dark on me and I was ‘no platformed’.”
Well, yes. To be perhaps a little harsh there’s a touch of the Ritchie here, in that Richard tends to work on the my way or the highway principle, leading to a certain difficulty in remaining in the warm embrace of an organisation. That he is indeed often right doesn’t change this.