Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the polling booth, the elections to the European Parliament are upon us. The parties that expect to do badly – let’s face it, the Tories – dismiss them as irrelevant, when in fact it is the Tories that are irrelevant. Those who hope to clean up, or at least to make a splash, most obviously the Brexit Party and the Liberal Democrats, regard them as a lifeline to the future.

Elections are normally about getting elected. The clue is in the name. But not this time. This time, it’s not the number of seats that matters, but the total number of votes delivered for Leave and Remain.