Some people on his own (Tory) side as well as anti-Brexit campaign group, â€˜Best for Britainâ€™ have been rather unkind to former Chancellor, Lord Lawson, over his application for a carte de sÃ©jour, allowing him to remain resident in France. I can see why the idea that a prominent Brexiteer opting not just to live in France, but to complete all the necessary paperwork confirming his right of residence there, might look to some more than a little hypocritical.
Iâ€™m not sure that it is though. Insofar as the more prominent Brexiteers really wanted to control movement of people at all, it was the movement of â€˜other peopleâ€™ â€“ particularly the poorer ones â€“ which was the subject of their expressed concern. It was never the intention of rich supporters of Brexit that their own rights should in any way be curtailed. I think it goes deeper than that, however. Many Brexiteers are, and always have been, intensely relaxed about free movement; opposition to it was merely a device to persuade people to support what was for the Brexiteers themselves an ideological crusade against the EU.
What exactly is in the least bit hypocritical about a well-off person who believes that well-off people should be able to go wherever they like going wherever he likes? Hypocrisy is the wrong accusation; there are plenty of others much more suitable.