Remainiacs become more Trump-like every day
As the third round of Brexit talks concludes, it will be news to nobody that Britain’s Remoaners have still not come to terms with the result of the referendum. One strange consequence of the vote is that many of those who in June 2016 presented themselves as sensible, measured and rational have since allowed that mask to slip, and have descended into outright demagoguery. Anti-Brexit fervour has gripped Britain’s pro-EU elite as scores of City lawyers, PR execs and policy wonks declare themselves on social media to be proud ‘saboteurs’ and members of the #Bresistance. Prominent Remainers seem unable to maintain any hold on reason or reality.
Take Andrew Adonis, a quangocrat and former Labour cabinet minister. As a lifelong technocrat with a CV as long as War and Peace, he’s the last person you’d expect to be engaging in Trump-like Twitter outbursts. But recently, Lord Adonis revealed that he would be writing to fellow peer Lord Hall of the BBC, calling on him to sack presenter Andrew Neil for his supposed ‘systemic pro-Brexit bias’.
When there was an understandable backlash against an unelected lord attempting to silence a journalist, he accused his opponents of paranoia, tweeting: ‘I sense real nervousness among the Brexiteers that someone might be questioning their control of BBC News.’ Adonis’s allegation that the BBC is in the grip of Brexiteers is as delusional and paranoid as any of Donald Trump’s denunciations of the ‘fake news media’. The idea that the BBC is made up of pro-Brexit propaganda is unhinged; the Beeb has spent the past 15 months in a state of EU mourning.
Similarly, AC Grayling, once a respected philosopher and academic, has since the Brexit vote become infamous for his Remainiac ramblings. In the week that workmen began their repairs of Big Ben, he lamented that the great bell had ‘fallen silent in dismay at Brexit’. He still maintains that there ‘is and never was a majority or mandate for any form of Brexit’. It seems no amount of university fellowships, doctorates and degrees could teach Grayling that 52 per cent is greater than 48 per cent. From his vantage point in some alternate universe, he was recently able to delight in the belief that ‘Article 50 has not been triggered’ and that for proceeding with Brexit ‘May and Davis may be criminally liable!’. Grayling’s excited expectation of criminal charges echoes businessman and Apprentice star Lord Sugar’s declaration that Boris Johnson and Michael Gove should ‘100%, absolutely be thrown in jail’ for their involvement with Vote Leave.
In their dogged determination to deny democracy, once respected peers and professors think nothing of relishing the prospect of sacking journalists and jailing their opponents. Brexit has revealed an establishment composed not of the rational and reasonable, but of Trump-like Twitter trolls.
Fraser Myers is a producer at WORLDbytes.