All hail Nigel Farage, the most talented politician in the world

The pro-Brexit politician led his party out of obscurity and, in the process, changed the course of history

Nigel Farage did what Britons did best: resigned and got out of the way.
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British politicians are great at resigning. It's what unites Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill. Over the years, Britain's aristocratic honor-based etiquette, combined with parliamentary procedure, has given the world the best example of the single most important virtue in any government: accountability.

The most recent display of such accountability came after the Brexit vote, when Prime Minister David Cameron recognized the vote as the political slap in the face that it was and resigned, even though he was under no constitutional obligation to do so and probably could have still eked out at least a few more months of political life. On the flip side, the biggest scandal of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's life is that he has refused to resign despite losing a vote of no confidence. Indeed, his supporters point out he's under no legal obligation to step down, but he should do so as a matter of accountability. His refusal to budge has Britons reacting not just with outrage, but with uncomprehending indignation.

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