It’s time to declare open warfare on the malevolent idiots in charge of Vote Leave, if we are to minimise the further harm that they can yet inflict on the Brexit cause
Apparently the super-intelligent, well-connected, savvy people running the Vote Leave campaign think that this political broadcast, which aired today on national television, is a key part of some winning strategy to deliver 50%+1 votes on 23 June.
It certainly has a lot going on. There’s the slavish idolatry of “Our NHS” for a start, which actually might not be a bad tactic in NHS-obsessed Britain but for the fact that the Vote Leave campaign is mostly full of Tory types who didn’t exactly make a name for themselves by protesting their local A&E unit closure or otherwise worshipping at the altar of St. Aneurin Bevan of Tredegar. In other words, it strains credibility to think that Boris Johnson & co are fighting for Brexit because they are desperate to shower the health service with more money.
Ah yes, money. Then we see the flagrant, unapologetic repetition of the false £350 million claim, a number which does not take into account the UK rebate or EU funds disbursed back to Britain. Quite why the more accurate figure of £161 million could not be used is a mystery – perhaps because £350 sounded like a nice round number, and because it conveniently tallied with the cost of building a new hospital. And so the official Leave campaign goes charging into the last month of the referendum waving a headline figure which can be instantly disproved and mocked by any Remain campaigner with a functional brain, tarring the entire Brexit movement with their shameful idiocy.
I cannot stress this firmly enough – at this point, Vote Leave may just as well be part of the Remain campaign. They are essentially operating as a fifth column, actively doing more harm than good. They are wasting precious time and resources simply to ensure that their heavily eurosceptic base vote for Brexit even more emphatically than they already planned on doing, while appearing so shifty and unserious to undecided voters that they destroy our credibility – and with it, our chance of winning.
Therefore, the next month must be spent firing over, around and through Vote Leave. They are not our allies. They may as well be working for David Cameron and George Osborne. In fact, some of them quite possibly are doing just that.
At this late stage, Vote Leave will do nothing other than continue to burble unbelievable nonsense about building a brand new hospital on every street corner in Britain in their fantasy Brexit world; there is nothing we can do about that. But we are not powerless.
We need to go out there and talk about sovereignty and democracy.
We need to talk about the unappealing, authoritarian future of the EU.
We need to talk about the revolution in regulation and the emerging global single market, in which a free Britain can play a leading role.
But most of all, we need to get out there and do something, anything, to distract from the utter FREAK SHOW of an official Leave campaign being orchestrated by BoJo the Clown and his trusty sidekicks.
Glad as I am that they all seem to be having a roaringly fun time on the campaign trail, allowing the children to take the wheel unfortunately means that they are now running over the life’s work and dreams of many a committed eurosceptic and Brexiteer.
And they can not, must not be allowed to continue unchecked.
Postscript: This ad is even more idiotic. The cretin who put it together failed even to draw a link between the subject (possible future Turkish membership of the EU) and the conclusion (vote Leave to Save Our NHS), ensuring that the spot ends with that grating non sequitur. It’s almost as though the entire operation is staffed by not-very-bright nepotism beneficiaries and Westminster hangers-on…
Apparently the only reason now for wanting Brexit is to “Save Our NHS”. When did that happen? And when will the person who signed off on this strategy be made accountable for their utter incompetence?
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Is that ALL we can do? It seems so “powerless.” – I completely agree with you but Boris and Co are pretty much the only ones that get air-time on TV……..What chance do ordinary people stand of getting their views on the BBC or ITC or Skye? I would be willing to bet that if a few ordinary, everyday articulate people were allowed on TV to talk about this – there would be a radical change in the thinking of the population.
I totally feel your frustration, it is maddening to watch Boris Johnson & team trashing our chances of victory. Right now, we need large doses of luck. We need discontent with Vote Leave’s strategy to filter up from regular activists through regional managers all the way to the top, prompting either a radical change in message or a “coup” to overthrow the people currently in charge.
This has been suggested as the text of a speech/announcement which could pivot Vote Leave back onto a winning trajectory:
We do believe that free markets and WTO is the best outcome for Britain. We see from the polling data that the electorate understand the real long term benefits of leaving the EU from an economic and democratic perspective.
We also realise that people have genuine and well founded fears.
For this reason we will seek and support continued membership of the Single Market. This, we believe, will give voters and businesses the confidence to do what they intrinsically feel is the right thing, the best thing to do and that is to vote to leave the European Union on June 23rd, our British Independence Day.
Thank you, thank you for such an incisive article. This is a seminal moment for me as a Vote Leave local coordinator I have exactly the same horror as you at the broadcast. Yes, Vote Leave have repeated the £350m mantra many times, even painted it on their battle bus, but to see it on the broadcast last night really stuck in the craw, especially when they said the whole sum would be available to spend on the NHS. I have forwarded your email to my Regional Director to forward on to the supposed brains behind this. It’s a bit late for them to withdraw the mantra but they could at least try to de-emphasise it.
It’s most enlightening campaigning on the streets. Ok, the majority tend to be unquestioning and ill-informed but there is also a sizable minority who have very interesting points to make:
– financial services entrepreneurs worried about loss of passporting rights
– employees of German subsidiaries
– City employees
– long distance truckers to Europe
– ardent federalist German students
These are intelligent articulate people, many of whom have still not made up their minds. Propaganda broadcasts such as this will only put them off by association.
Keep up the good work. I follow your emails with an uplifted heart.