I have recently been having some social media fun at the expense of the remain camp, or as they have come to be known, the remoaners. They really are a funny lot.
Indeed, playing with them is like a game of Twitter Tetris. You know what’s coming and at what speed, you just don’t know in what order it’s going to drop. It’s hilarious.
However, like any online game, what’s interesting to those of us who play it is how this one has evolved over time. For example, in the last week we have seen a marked shift from ‘we have to have a referendum because the polls say *insert fictional percentage here* have changed their minds’ to ‘we have to have a referendum so that we can draw a line under it’. It almost appears conciliatory, except of course, it isn’t. What it is, is desperate.
For the truth is that the remain camp are starting to wake up to an inescapable fact. Because ever since the referendum decision was announced and their anguished cries for a second referendum began, they have got it wrong. Very wrong. Indeed, to a man and woman, they have fought an appalling campaign on behalf of a second vote.
The big mistake they made was that from the outset, they refused to acknowledge that those of us who voted to leave the EU might have done so based on a legitimate opinion. Instead, they foolishly adopted the age old bully boy tactics of the left and went on the attack. From the bog standard ‘you idiots fell for all the lies’ to ‘you’ve stolen our future you racist bastards’ we heard it all. We’re still hearing it.
The problem was that we on the leave side didn’t bite. Instead, the collective 52% sat back and waited for something that never came, a coherent argument which might suggest to us that things might be better if we changed our minds. Instead, all we have seen from them is how much worse they are going to be when we leave. Thus, if we follow their thinking, our choice as Brexiters is more of the same or more of the same, only worse. And what kind of choice is that? Certainly not one which lends weight to their desperate plea that we should join their anguished calls to put it to the vote again.
Things might have been different had they actually engaged in a debate, but this of course, is exactly what they didn’t want because that, as previously stated, would have meant admitting that we might have actually voted for Brexit with our heads and not because The Mail told us to.
As a consequence, anyone brave enough to stick their head above the Brexit parapet will quickly find themselves under a vicious and sustained attack designed not just to shout them down, but to shut them down. And don’t make the mistake of thinking this is in the past, it’s still going on as I type this. In fact, it’s even worse because the truth of the matter is that the remoaners are the political equivalent of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and like the nations favourite doorsteppers, they don’t want to debate, they want to convert.
They even have their own hash tag (#FBPE which means ‘Follow back, Pro-European Union’) which effectively allows them to gang up on you almost immediately with each one liking or retweeting the others smug comments like playground cowards desperate to be liked. It’s hilarious.
Now, we are seeing the same kind of thinking with Donald Trump. This rabid minority, who view him as the very devil, are dominating the social media discussion about his forthcoming visit with promises to flood the streets not merely to protest, but to spew even more of their hatred. And true to form, if you post anything remotely pro-Trump, the troll pack will be on you like the dogs they are. So the debate is stifled. Again. Thus, their side is effectively, the opinion of the public.
Yet if you go out and actually speak to people, there is huge support for Trump in this country. Indeed, I suspect that a sizeable majority of the 52% in this country would love a leader who actually puts his country first and delivers on his promises. Dare to voice that opinion on Twitter and see what happens.
But their tactics aren’t working and ultimately, they can never work. The British are the most tolerant people on earth but anyone who knows anything about us will be aware that the silent majority don’t like being bullied. It might take some time to get us riled up, but once we’re there it’s game over.
And thanks to the stupidity and arrogance of the remoaners, we’re pretty much there.
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