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Grand Britannia

Joris Luyendijk (“Narcissist nation,” November) nails the ridiculous national grandiosity that lay behind our Brexit vote. Jeremy Paxman identified its root in his 2012 book Empire; post-empire, we British simply cannot bear to think of ourselves as just the same as our neighbours. My fear now is that we will bounce out of the European Union due to another British character flaw: we know that we’ve made a terrible blunder but we’re too embarrassed to admit it.

I doubt this letter will be published since it is in favour of Brexit; I wish to express my opinion regardless. I was disappointed to read Luyendijk’s narrow-minded argument. While it is true that Britain has feelings of grandeur, the real reason why people voted Leave lies in a discontentment with the EU.

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In Prospect’s December issue: Sam Tanenhaus argues that Donald Trump was born to be a campaigning demagogue, but will he be too bored to rule? Ed Miliband and Michael Gove debate whether parliament should have a binding vote on the terms of Brexit and Christian Wolmar examines the driverless car delusion. Also in this issue: James Harkin examines the situation in Syria, focussing on Raqqa Ruth Dudley Edwards explores the battle in Ireland since the UK’s decision to leave the EU—will the border become a division? And Michael White looks at the life of Alan Johnson, the Labour MP and former postie.