It is undoubtedly Brexit project fear propaganda that British officials have revived Cold War plans to relocate Britain’s royal family should there be riots after a disruptive exit from the EU.
Such a dire, intolerable prospect must surely change minds seemingly indifferent to the prospect of hundreds of thousands of job losses, many in regions that had no say in this process.
Jacob Rees-Mogg — who else? — tut-tutted that the plans showed unnecessary panic among officials as senior royals had endured the Blitz of the Second World War.
What a conveniently, on-message, drum-beating argument.
However, it also brings opportunity. Maybe we should offer Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip refuge to try to rebuild an improving relationship being destroyed by Brexit?
Maybe we could prevail on a kind vulture fund to allow them to stay at a repossessed farm in a kind of luxurious direct provision centre where Prince Phillip could drive his Range Rover to his heart’s content?
The location to be kept secret to avert arson, of course.
As farce descends into tragedy, this seems as sensible a proposal as any and better than most.