Given the realisation that Brexit leaves a bad taste in people’s mouth and slowly but surely the public are turning against the politicians who are driving the Country off the cliff, its surprising that those who choose a different course of action are not having more success. When asked: Brexit would you vote the same again? It’s clear many people have changed their minds but why are they not being adequately represented?
I think there’s a whole series of reasons. Like a scatter gun I’ve listed a few here bellow. Some are big but changeable, some are small but irritating and others hang around like a bad smell. Here’s my list of mistakes made by pro-European campaigners.
Firstly, recognising that forming ghettos of self-affirming friendly parties hasn’t worked. Multiple voices in multiple places all with nuanced differences makes for chaos and despair. Most of all, the inability to form one big coherent group to rally around still evades us. Yet, pages of history show that one or two great orators can capture a moment and transform a situation. So far, the great British orator to speak forth on Europe just hasn’t got to the right lectern. All I can say is; don’t leave it too late.
Secondly, wasting time arguing with trolls, wind-ups and opponents whose wilfully tactics are to keep other people’s wheels springing on unproductive and soul-destroying activity. It’s so human to want to engage and state why we think and feel the way we do but the web is full of scoundrels who will just tie you up in knots. The fear of the empty chair is real. It is to think that by stepping back one’s opponents will have a free hand. Often the reality is that they will just have an empty room.
Third, is starting off on the wrong foot. That’s accepting to reason on the ground set by opponents. It seems obvious but a great deal of time is spent defensively arguing a point of view from the back foot. I say; Brexiters must justify themselves. Those forcing changes of massive proportions on a reluctant Country must be made to answer tough questions. Where they fail to do so, then that’s the place to shine a bright light.
Fourth, backing down when hit with the nastiest of aggressive insults and vile behaviour. Bullies love Brexit. It gives them an outlet for anger and rage from deep inside. The perpetual blaming of “others” but mostly the EU for everything that make people unhappy is just cheap and twisted. Unfortunately, this taps into something that lingers in the dark condors of human nature. In the end, the only way to deal with this phenomenon is the way to deal with any bully – stand your ground.
Fifth, not presenting HOPE as the vanguard. It fundamental that, to win we need a better plan. Not just a return to the ways of old. Not just a call for calm and stability, although that’s important. Not just to dismiss the concerns of others but something bigger. Projecting a vision of a better Europe where we come together to solve common problems is part of the equation. Standing on the foundations of western civilisation to make a better world Europe can and will succeed. Our best hope is a hopeful vision.
Now my list is random and misses a lot but there are points here that need attention.