In 2016, shortly before the Brexit referendum, the UK's NERC (National Environment Research Council) "invited the internet" (says the internet) to suggest a name for its new ship.
The internet - or as we might say, the people - suggested Boaty McBoatface. The NERC - or as we might say, the establishment - thought it knew better. The ship ended up being named after a popular relevision presenter who had been knighted (no, not that one).
The name Boaty McBoatface went to a small robot submarine.
Then the UK government suggested that we all vote to stay in the European Union, and just over half of the, ah, people's vote went to leaving the European Union.
Meanwhile, in the USA, preparations continued for the 2016 Presidential Election.
There was a clue in there somewhere. To something.