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August 2017

Guest Blog: Are we even British anymore?

By | August 8th, 2017|Updates|

As we approach the widely publicised series of anti-Brexit events dubbed the ‘Autumn of Discontent’ I have been thinking about the seismic shifts in the way that ‘we’ Brits deal with unfairness, dissatisfaction and inequity. Up until fairly recently, the British were renowned for our long and grand tradition of not making a fuss, not creating a scene and definitely NOT moaning………

I clearly remember a time when people would rather risk salmonella poisoning by eating a meal of undercooked chicken in a restaurant rather than send it back for fear of ‘appearing rude’.

In fact, so reluctant were the British to openly complain about anything, that the BBC established a programme called ‘Points of View’ so that disgruntled television viewers could air their TV scheduling and content grievances in complete anonymity.

In a similar tradition was ‘That’s Life!’. How else could ‘Nauseated of Kent’ vent her spleen after having to choke down a bowl of soup in her local Berni Inn with what can only be described as something resembling a pubic hair floating in its potagey meniscus? ‘It was a family meal’ wrote Nauseated ‘and I didn’t want to make a scene or spoil the evening’.

A furious and strongly worded letter of complaint to be read out by Ester Rantzen following a segment about amusingly phallic shaped aubergines was the only acceptable recourse back in the day.

Expressing dissatisfaction openly or (heaven forbid) protesting is unquestionably inconsistent with the ‘British’ way of doing things, where the stiff upper lip was the quintessential national modus operandi.

Insofar as the referendum can be considered a revolution, it was a very ‘British’ one.

The unhappy, disaffected and hitherto effectively disenfranchised (mainly because of an inexplicable elector predilection to vote Tory) queued up ready to place a X in the box that would broadcast a gargantuan collective wail of unhappiness about the state of the UK, the only means to express a seemingly ubiquitous grave societal dysphoria.

As is evident though, ‘the people’ were led to give the middle finger salute to the wrong establishment. A mendacious posse of vainglorious fabulists with their eyes firmly on self-aggrandisement and their own bank balances saw to that.

As vociferous objectors and dissenters loudly articulated their fury about the referendum, its architects and as Professor Michael Dougan has described the Leave campaign’s “dishonesty on an industrial scale” the term ‘Remoaner’ was born. Rather than being correctly perceived as an essential and integral component of a well-functioning democracy, ‘Remoaning’ is a distinctly un-British ‘crime’.

A crime so heinous as to be on a par with treason, with sabotage and with being an enemy of the people and of democracy itself. The Remoaning criminals, according to some commentators – including a UKIP counsellor – should be shot, or hanged, or crushed, or at the very least banished to mainland Europe…… This kind of jingoistic rhetoric has been designed to silence the dissenters. It has failed.

The ‘Autumn of Discontent’ events bear testament to that. The Remain movement continues to be motivated and organised and retains its commitment to robustly interrogate the raison d’être of Brexit and to fight against the social, economic and cultural abomination that is leaving the EU.

Remoaners know that Ann Robinson’s sardonic delivery cannot help them now. We are looking forward to the marches and other events, eagerly anticipating banding together with other like minds and hearts to show that Remain is far from defeated and will steadfastly expose the lies and deceit by opposing Brexit to the bitter end.

May I suggest, though, that we Remoaners avoid the Berni Inn for any post-event socials? And if that’s not possible, I’d strongly advise against the soup.

Thank you to Andrea Carol for this great

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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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February 2017

The 48 and Beyond – Join now!

By | February 25th, 2017|Updates|

A few days after the referendum in June last year, we started a group on Facebook called The 48%. The aim of the group was to give remain voters a place to discuss and debate the outcome, however, overnight the group grew by the thousands. As of today, the group sits at 56,000+ members and is still growing. The aim of the group moving forward is to create a platform for remain folk to discuss ways of retaining the UK’s position within the European Union. whether it’s comfort or advice, discussion or assistance, the group has provided all of these for months. Over the next few months, as the exit process begins, we are going to need to stick together and through doing so, we can influence and change the approach and deal we get upon our exit. Please remember to like our public Facebook page, follow us on twitter and Instagram to remain in the loop.

The group page currently promotes local groups, giving thousands of people the opportunity to join a pro-EU community near them. We don’t post these local groups on the public page but do share them in the private group. If you would like to join one of the hundreds of local groups, join the group below and just ask for help finding yours. 

Join the group: HERE

Like the page: HERE

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