For example, among the icons of ‘Great Britain’ the Sun wants MPs to get dewy-eyed about are, in no particular order:
- The Mini (taken over by BMW and given a new lease of life by the German manufacturer in 2000).
- The Qatar-owned Shard which was designed by an Italian architect.
- Some sheep (UK sheep farmers rely on the EU for up to 70 per cent of their income).
- The EU-funded Angel of the North, whose artist Antony Gormley has complained in the past about his sculpture being misappropriated by Leave campaigners.
Other symbols picked by The Sun hark back to a rose-tinted, mythical yesteryear that certain progress-averse newspaper editors long for; a time when Brits carried blue passports, royals travelled by yacht and millions more people bought newspapers. For example:
- There is the coal-fired Drax power station (because pollution used to be something we could be proud of, until science came along and ruined it for everybody).
- There is the crumbling Houses of Parliament which is currently being propped up by US contractors.
- There is the number 15 bus, nowadays just a three-mile-long heritage route running old Routemasters from Trafalgar Square to the Tower of London for the amusement of tourists.
- A Spitfire, because World War II.
- A football, because 1966.
- Nessie, because they ran out of real things.
It’s like somebody told the work experience kid to “come up with a Sergeant Pepper’s cover, but with landmarks and historical stuff” and then gave them four-and-half minutes to do it.
That may not even be too wide of the mark as even the cover itself is a bit of a tired relic, having been used five years ago and dusted off for today with some minimal changes.
This front page must have seemed a good idea a few years ago but in practice it’s just a mess and a bit of an embarrassment for all concerned. As I say, it’s very ‘Brexity’.