The option "Leave" beat the option "Remain" in Britain's vote about whether it should stay in the European Union (EU) or leave it. And the floodgates opened.
If I were a wiser writer I'd stop right there, because so far I've uttered no opinions unsupported by any evidence: the kind of analysis I've far too often read about the nightmare or the dream that is Brexit.
Sure, there are factual articles, too, telling us how Cameron got into this political mess in the first place, what Britain pays to the EU and what Britain receives in return, and what the various options Britain now has might be. But one reason why so many articles about the Brexit are opinion pieces is that the kind of data we would need for strong conclusions about the vote are very hard to find.
Take the information we might get from exit polls: To find out the demographics of those who voted Leave and those who voted Remain. But the Brexit vote didn't have official exit polls. The ones which exist are private polls.
The private poll I saw was on the Lord Ashcroft site. Google Lord Ashcroft and you will find that he is a British conservative, domiciled in Belize (to avoid paying UK taxes?), with rather Trumpian characteristics, though without the financial inheritance Trump has. He also tells us on his site that he was for Leave himself.
This doesn't necessarily make the polls biased or inaccurate, because I doubt that it is Lord Ashcroft himself who carries out the polling. In any case, his site offers the most comprehensive demographic data on voting patterns that I have been able to find and it is that data I wish to discuss here, with some fairly serious criticisms.