Here’s something that will make the BBC’s Despite Brexit Editor call the team back early from lunch.
Britain is now perceived as a more honest nation to deal with than it was before the referendum.
This is not my opinion – which is obviously to be noted along with my name on a blacklist and then ignored – but the unbiased verdict from the global honesty campaigner Transparency International.
This magnificent institution ranks 180 countries according to their level of public sector corruption, as scored by experts and business people.
They publish the results in something called the Corruption Perceptions Index.
In 2016 it gave Britain a score of 81 out of 100 for honesty. The results of the latest survey show our score has gone up one point, to 82. As a result, Britain has moved up two places in the world honesty stakes, from 10th to 8th.
Meanwhile, Luxembourg, home of Jean-Claude Juncker and host to a large number of tax-avoiding IT companies which enjoyed a regulations-busting sweetheart deal, has gone down three honesty points, in the eyes of the business community, since 2015. These honesty points are known as Huberts, after Hubert Weber, a rare honest auditor in the EU who refused to sign off the annual accounts.
New Zealand, Denmark and Finland are top while Syria, South Sudan and Somalia are bottom.
The least corrupt region is Western Europe, with Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia ranked the worst. Surely the honest Western Europeans won’t want to stop trading with us for petty reasons of nationalism and xenophobia then, will they? The others never did want a level playing field, and never will, so we won’t miss them, will we?
Make of those figures what you will. I’m sure there will be a straw somewhere for the full spectrum of Flat Earth Brexit Deniers to grasp at. They’ll find something to make everyone unhappy about, whether they are European Co-Dependents, Mercantophobes, Enterprise Intolerant or just plain Remainiacs.
But the bottom line is, we’ve gone up in the world. Rejoice!