As a young correspondent in Asia, I came to categorise briefings from Western diplomats. Americans delivered straightforward policy. Australians and New Zealanders told was what going on. The British were mostly opaque, mean with information, fast to humiliate and told not very much at all. Naively, I thought they were stacked with brilliant analysis and secrets shared between an elite few of which I was not one. This was not the case. They didn’t share because they didn’t know which is why from the Partition of India to the overthrow of Libya’s Gaddafi, Britain so hamfistedly does what it does. This vacuum of knowledge and ideas has now percolated in the deafening Brexit silence. It is portrayed as keeping cards close to chests for negotiations. Closer to the truth is that the government has no idea what the Hell to do or what the Hell is going on and, most alarmingly, does not have the brain-power to turn things round. Given that most of us would be hard put to differentiate between a single market and a customs union, the task should not be rocket science. It is to coax the majority of the country behind policies that change visa and trade arrangements with Europe. Yet, Theresa May’s tired government is incapable of separating detail from leadership. Her minister’s scrap like school kids among themselves and policies change on the whim of a news cycle headline. Meanwhile, with brutal efficiency Labour is building up enough following to revive a far left Socialist agenda that brought Britain close to bankrupcy in the 1970s. Amid all this, the biggest disappointment lies with the Liberal Democrats who in 2016 were handed the centre ground on a plate and have frittered it away. One would have thought that with some hundred years in opposition they might by now be refreshed enough to come up with policies and a vision that could capture the public mood and imagination. They have not. Nor will they because there is no Lincoln, Churchill or Kennedy resonance in that soporific phrase ‘Second Referendum.’ God knows what the Liberal Democrats have been doing! Probably eating themselves, like the other British political parties.