He has tried his best to choose his topic carefully. He said that he found Qatar the most difficult topic. “overwhelming.”

“This is a country being criticized internally for modernizing too fast,” He said. “We have to be respectful of other cultures. It is complicated. I can’t bounce up and down in public and expect people to get round a table.” He believes that he is still a good person, even though he was wrong on this and other topics. “more active” He could not have imagined it. “I can’t be a loose cannon,” He said. “But I recognize my responsibility.”

This approach, he admits, could have made his job more difficult. Tryl’s research indicates that, unlike in the United States, England does not contain what are known as stacked identities: an individual’s stance on Brexit is not a reliable indicator, for example, of their perception of lockdowns or vaccination, let alone issues like abortion or universal health care, where there is broad social consensus.

“There is a lot of overlap and divergence,” Tryl said. But, this perception is not the same. “Half the country think we are more divided than we have ever been,” He said that perception has power.

SouthgateNo matter how hard he tried to suppress rather than ignite controversy, he was unable to escape it. In a country that defines itself by division, even trying to find nuance necessitates either taking, or being assigned, a side — and dealing with the consequences.

“I could have ducked it all,” Southgate said. “But whenever this is finished, I want to be able to look back and say I stood for what I believed.”