A member of the liberal elite on his tribe’s failings


WTF. By Robert Peston.Hodder & Stoughton; 277 pages; £20.

ROBERT PESTON is a quintessential member of the British liberal establishment. The son of a leading economist, he glided from Balliol College, Oxford, to the Financial Times to the BBC to ITV, where he presents his own show, “Peston on Sunday”. “In my closest circle of perhaps a hundred family members and friends”, he writes, “no one voted to leave the EU.”

All this prepares the reader for a highly predictable book: a fulmination against David Cameron’s decision to hold the referendum; a condemnation of the ignorance and bigotry of the 52% who voted to leave; a few crocodile tears about how “we” should have done more for the left-behind; and then a clever wheeze to overturn the referendum. Happily, and despite its dismal title, “WTF” is far more interesting than this. It is a lament over the failed policies that led 52% of the British public to vote against the…Continue reading

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