The People’s Vote campaign thinks we don’t know it is pro-EU

Buzzfeed’s scoop about Remoaner infighting makes for hilarious reading.


Topics Brexit Politics UK

Remoaners are wont to suggest that Leave voters are a bit thick. Remainers are the switched-on, intelligent types, goes the elitist narrative. But how then do we account for the fact that leading members of the People’s Vote campaign, all well-educated and well-connected people, are still working under the delusion that the public hasn’t noticed that People’s Vote is actually pro-EU – that we all think their call for a second EU referendum is just an unbiased, democratic demand for ‘another say’ on Brexit?

That’s one of the hilarious revelations from the latest scoop by Buzzfeed’s Alex Wickham, who has got his hands on bitchy email exchanges from PV insiders arguing over what the official position should be in a future second referendum. One side, led by Blairite spinner Alastair Campbell, says PV should pretend to be ‘neutral’, so as not to alienate Leavers and democrats in parliament or the country. The other side, led by campaign chair Roland Rudd, wants the People’s Vote campaign to make the full-throated case for Remain.

These people genuinely think that no one has clocked that the People’s Vote campaign is a pro-EU outfit. They think we haven’t noticed that it was born out of the ashes of the Remain campaign, that all of its leaders backed Remain, and that its plan for a second EU referendum is aimed at thwarting the wishes of the 17.4million. They think we all must have missed the EU flags, the ‘Bollocks to Brexit’ stickers, and the deranged Europhile dance troupes, on all those People’s Vote marches. They assume barely anyone in the country has ever sat back and thought to themselves, ‘You know, these people who want a second referendum, I think it might be because they didn’t like the answer last time’.

How dumb can you get?

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Steve Gray

18th July 2019 at 3:51 pm

The People Vote’s idea of who ‘The People’ is appears to be short ; to the tune of.. Let me see.. 17.4 million citizens ?

James Knight

17th July 2019 at 6:11 pm

Imagine if pro-lifers in Eire campaigned for a People’s Vote on abortion after losing first time around. Pretty sure they would be given short shrift, and rightly so.

Jonathan Marshall

18th July 2019 at 4:00 pm

Exactly. And can you imagine the howls of protest and the vitriolic rhetoric if Remain had won and Leave demanded a second vote?

Jane 70

17th July 2019 at 4:45 pm

“If you repeat a lie often enough it becomes accepted as truth.” Goebbels said this.

Mark Bretherton

18th July 2019 at 2:09 pm

‘“If you repeat a lie often enough it becomes accepted as truth.” Goebbels said this’

And Campbell lives it.

Rick Sareen

17th July 2019 at 4:20 pm

This is completely intolerable.
It should be “I think you have a lot more experience in political games than I.” Not me.

Melissa Jackson

17th July 2019 at 2:36 pm

People’s Vote are a weird group. And, weirdly enough, I agree with the infernal Mr Campbell – If PV ever expect to be successful they need to come across as being neutral.

As BON points out though; that was never very likely, and they never tried to do it. That’s why they will fail.

If they had waited a while, let a year or so pass, and then claimed to want another vote to break the deadlock then they might have gotten some traction.

But no. Failure. Obviously.

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