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April 2017

I’m a lefty, liberal, elitist snowflake, apparently – Guest Blog

By | April 4th, 2017|Updates|

A lot of my time these days, is spent engaging in discussion on Pro-EU and cross-party political forums. Having spent the past few months campaigning to keep the UK in the EU, I have been involved in both sides of the discussion. Be it commenting on the inaccuracies and contradictions of the leave campaign, or the demagoguery style politics of Trumps America. Whilst being very vocal and open about my views, I have resisted when it comes to name calling, this is not an effective way of convincing people to challenge their biases, or reconsider their judgement. However, I have fallen victim, many times, to the abuse and name calling of my politically engaged counterparts.

One of my favourite names, “remoaner”, is a term that I quite like. I’d rather have a moan and get things done, than be a quitter and destroy decades of progress. This isn’t, however, the only name I am called. To quote an angry brexiteer, i’m a “lefty, liberal, elitist snowflake”. I have to admit, I was shocked at first, then confused, then I reaslised, some people don’t really care who you are, as long as you fit their personal view, their biases.

So, am I a lefty, liberal, elitist snowflake? The simple answer is, well, no. Let’s address the first part, am I a lefty? I voted for the conservatives in the last general election (Not a Theresa Supporter), I have liberal views and I don’t consider myself to be a lefty. I am positioned more central in the political spectrum. So, no, I am not a “lefty”. Now, lets talk about the liberal part. Am I liberal? Yes, I have liberal views. I am a member of the Liberal Democrats. Okay, next part, i’ll break this bit up for simplicity. Am I “Elitist”? The simple answer is no. I’m 22, I live in a small metropolis (citation needed) called Torquay in the English Riviera, located in South Devon, a deprived town hit hard by the governments austerity policies. I was born into a family who aren’t politically engaged, who are working class and who don’t like the Tories. So, I don’t fit the bill. I don’t have a degree, I work at an Indian restaurant whilst I reintroduce myself into education and I volunteer as part of a large pro-EU group. So there we have it, the stereotype has been cracked. I’m far from being elitist. So, finally, am I a snowflake? This term has adapted over the years but still has strong connotations to sensitivity, which is used as a retort to folk who usually disagree with the angry Brexiteers. Well, I’m not a sensitive person, I take offense to offensive things like the spreading of hate, racism, homophobia and xenophobia. Does this make me a snowflake? I don’t think so. Is having compassion and caring about fellow humans a bad thing? No.

So, these terms, elitist, snowflake, liberal, are they bad, do they mean we are terrible people? No. The Brexiteers, the Trumpets, the Le Penner’s, they just don’t like you but that’s okay. Because if we continue to do what we do, regardless of their petty name calling, eventually, they will get bored. Unlike the petulant and childish behaviour of the extreme far-right, our movement has been extraordinary. 100,000 people marched in London to protest Brexit, with no arrests made what so ever. Only a few days after, with a small gathering of 300 people during an EDL march, 14 arrests were made. We have consistently shown our maturity on political matters, giving a voice to those who oppose dangerous political decisions. We can continue to fight poor decisions without having to genuflect to Theresa May and her mental institution in Westminster, paving the way for future generations to prosper, in the EU.

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March 2017

25,000 Signatures & The Letter to Theresa May

By | March 30th, 2017|Updates|

After launching our ‘Article 50: Not in my name’ petition on Change.org, signatures have mounted to 25,000.

The letter we shall send to Theresa May can be found below:

Dear Theresa May (UK Prime Minister)

I would like to address a problem which has manifested itself within your decision to withdraw the UK from the European Union.

As you are aware, the Leave campaign whipped up xenophobic and racist sentiment, in an attempt to convince people that our so called “immigration problem” could be solved by leaving the European Union, when quite the contrary is true. Leave campaigned ruthlessly, driven by lies, deceit and scapegoating, and were propped up by popular right-wing national media. This has divided our great nation and contributed to a rise in hate crime.

17.4M people voting to leave, does not represent the combined ‘will of the British people’. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted in huge numbers to remain, with 70% of young people, whose futures are now at risk, also voting to remain. With large swathes of the population voting to remain, our voices are not being heard.

We, members of the 48% and those beyond that statistic, including EU citizens living here and UK citizens living abroad, are wholly against the principles of the leave campaign and the ideologues who thrived on the divisiveness of that very campaign.

Below, are the signatures of (X) people who wish not to be included in your vision for the UK outside of the EU. We are asking that you refrain from including us, the 48 and beyond and the signatories of this petition in your attempts to convince the Union that the British people are behind you.

Moving forward, upon your recommendation, the 48% will unite, we shall unite against a Britain outside of the EU and shall continue the battle to retain the UK’s membership of the European Union.

Signed 48 And Beyond and X People

Thank you to everyone who has signed the petition. We aim to deliver the letter to Theresa at downing street personally and live-stream this to our page.

Keep sharing the petition, the more signatures we receive, the greater the impact will be.

Petition: Article 50: Not In My Name

– 48 and Beyond

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Weekly roundup: The best articles from last week

By | March 20th, 2017|Updates|

We have a great relationship with some of the media, this enables us to keep relevant news stories coming to you consistently throughout the week.

Our platform has grown to almost 100,000 followers across our entire network of pages and groups, giving us an enormous audience to update. This post is the start of a new weekly selection of articles we aim to give to you, in case you might have missed them or may like to read them again. 

Here are last weeks posts we shared and think you might like to read.

The New European – Here’s how we can get the upper hand over Brexiteers

The New European – Internet decides Governments ‘Brexit Plan’ isn’t working

The Guardian – Theresa May is warned of looming battle over devolution

The Guardian – Tim Farron calls on Tory MP’s opposed to hard Brexit to defect or resign

The Guardian – Record number of EU nurses quit NHS

The Independent – Sturgeon urges rest of UK to move to Scotland

The Guardian – Brexit fears hit sterling; Charlotte Hogg quits bank of England

Thank you for your continued support, keep sharing.

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