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The Brexit result keeps reminding me of one of my favourite films – The Shawshank Redemption.

And the Remainers are starting to remind me of one of the characters.

The scene where poor old Brooks Hatlen, incarcerated for most of his adult life and institutionalised beyond redemption, considers with terror his impending parole and what it means for him.

That feeling he had of “What do I do now?” clearly resonates with Remainers very strongly.

Whereas I think of it quite differently, as the feeling of freedom – the mixture of hope and uncertainty that Morgan Freeman’s character Red speaks of on his bus ride to the Mexican border.

“I find I’m so excited that I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel. A free man at a start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain”

Not everyone is excited of course – we are surrounded by institutional men.

And they are responding just as Brooks Hatlen did – lashing out in fear and confusion, desperately trying to engineer a situation that will result in being able to remain in their prison.

My fear now is that because those with power are too institutionalised by the grey straitjacket of the State and the EU, we are about to have a Brooks Hatlen Problem.

Brooks Hatlen is also a useful example of those running our country for the EU – in prison Brooks was an important man, and was well respected.

Outside in the real world he was just an old crook.

My concern is that they are so institutionalised that the cannot be talked out of their plans – they are so terrified of the cold outside and so dependent on their cosy sinecures that they are about to do something irresponsible, unreasonable and even unconscionable in pursuit of their personal and professional safety.

They are about to keep us all incarcerated in our common prison, simply because THEY cannot bear the thought of the outside.

These fearful souls need to get busy livin’.