Thursday 23rd June 2016 will stand as a momentous day in British history, politics and society. After Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron did what no previous Prime Minister has done and gave the British people a say on our membership of the EU, the British people voted to leave.
One of my favourite political speeches is Theodore Roosevelt’s ‘Citizenship in a Republic’, delivered at the Sorbonne on April 23rd, 1910. In the speech, Roosevelt confronts the critics and ideologues, showing how the noble art of politics has always been about the painstaking work of negotiation.
When people ask me who my political hero is, they expect me to provide the usual answers of a Conservative politician: Churchill, Disraeli, Thatcher. Even – if they know I am the great great great nephew of Gladstone – the Grand Old Man himself.