Britain is in a grimmer state than I can ever remember | Polly Toynbee

As we wait for the EU to decide on a Brexit delay, the national mood has turned poisonous, writes Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee The mood has turned nastier since I first visited the a coconut thrown at a black player over the weekend. It makes you despair. Brexit is doing this to us. Knowsley, which is among the UKs poorest constituencies, is one of the hardest hit, with half of its council budget cut. The projects 10 food banks are thriving: Mitchell observes the irony. This social enterprise now provides debt advice, a credit union, food and furniture shops, moses baskets of baby things for new mothers and a housing co-op. With 125 volunteers playing their part, this feels like …