In a recent publicity junket for the new Guy Ritchie release The Gentlemen, Hugh Grant was asked: “I’m just wondering, how are you feeling now everything’s kind of settled?” Grant’s response? “It’s [Brexit] a catastrophe.”

“The country’s finished,” he added.

Grant’s first instinct, a sixth former’s huff and shrug of the shoulders rather than any genuine attempt to console progressives disappointed by the general election result, illustrates a central problem for the contemporary liberal-left – there is no sense of hope.