The Brexit Party’s gathering in Birmingham last Sunday was entitled the “Big Vision Rally.” Political parties like to give grandiloquent names to their events, though the reality seldom justifies the fanfare. It is fair to say, however, that at this meeting Nigel Farage’s people displayed a radical and imaginative approach to Britain’s problems, far beyond the gateway issue of Brexit.
From its inception, Farage has been at pains to emphasise that the Brexit Party has a wider purpose beyond leaving the European Union: “to change politics for good”. That implies constitutional change is a priority, but Brexit Party managers are sufficiently shrewd to recognize that parties obsessed with constitutional issues quickly forfeit the sympathy of the public.
Bread-and-butter policies must be addressed and in Britain today these are pressing.