Does voting change anything? Can it? Should it?
If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal
- attributed to Emma Goldman.
Not a single election has passed without someone uttering this sentiment, but now, at least in the UK, perhaps we have heard it for the last time.
The European Referendum was an industrial-scale act of democracy. In voting for Brexit, the British people have opted for radical change. But what sort of change have they voted for? Above all, they have voted for a change of Prime Minister. David Cameron's position is now untenable. After risking his reputation for a Remain vote, Cameron will now go down in history as the Prime Minister who accidentally brought us out of Europe and began the slow process of breaking up the United Kingdom. But the sniping began long before this result. Tory infighting throughout the campaign would obviously culminate in anger, one way or the other and Cameron will feel the brunt of that. Having handed victory to Boris Johnson's Leave campaign, voters have legitimised his claim to leadership. It will only be a matter of time before the former London Mayor picks up the keys to 10 Downing Street.