It started on 23 June 2016. Three and a quarter years ago. It feels like 33 years. Maybe 103. Actually 1003.
Brexit matters. It will affect many people. Jobs will be lost. It may well lead to a return of border controls within the island of Ireland. Something we thought we were forever finished with.
When I was of an age that I didn’t have any grey hairs, the six counties that constitute Northern Ireland seemed like a foreign universe. Regular bombs and murders meant that it was a place which was not on the bucket list of people in the South when it came to things to do and places to see.
The Good Friday Agreement of April 1998 changed all that. It did not completely end the violence but it was a huge step in the right direction.
The three main architects of the Agreement were Bertie Ahern, Tony Blair and Bill Clinton. All three are politicians with questionable legacies. Yet when it came to the possibility of bringing peace to a troubled land, their efforts were unstinting and they got their reward.
Which brings me to Boris Johnson.
Times of crisis require visionary leadership. Boris is the man tasked with providing this leadership. Perhaps he has mistaken the word shambolic for visionary.
Sackings, resignations, parliamentary defeats, not wanting an election at the start of a week, demanding one days later..
The UK is no longer a country of Tories, Labour and others. It’s a country of Leave and Remain.
Every crisis has an inbuilt opportunity within it. Brexit provides an opportunity for a political hero to step forward into the Grand Canyon like divide. Cometh the hour, cometh the man.
Boris Johnson is not that man.