Are you, like me, weary of the refrain, repeated with increasing frequency since the referendum by those most closely identified with the preservation of the British class system, that the Government and Parliament must respect “the will of the people”?

We are being asked to accept that – to take two entirely random examples – Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson stand shoulder to shoulder with the voters of Sunderland, Wigan and Stoke against the metropolitan élites of Mayfair, Notting Hill and Islington.