The Brexit party held a rally at Birmingham’s NEC on Sunday to which it is estimated more than 5,000 of its supporters turned up. Invoking the spirit of the Blitz, the party’s leader Nigel Farage entered a darkened arena to the sound of air raid sirens. The vibe was “national emergency” meets “afternoon rave for ageing visitors to clubbing venue Amnesia in off season Ibiza.”

Critics of the Brexit party were appalled by the martial nature of the