There is one aspect of betrayal that is that of our current Prime Minister who, less than two months before the referendum, gave a remarkably sensible speech on EU membership at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. On the basis of its contents she has certainly betrayed the country and probably herself, but not perhaps (yet) her party.
Then there was another aspect of betrayal at a meeting of ‘Leave means Leave’ last Saturday, in the hotbed of original and progressive thought that is Torquay.
Farage was there, as was Martin and of course Rees-Mogg, presumably without the children.
What do you mean you didn’t go?
Fortunately for us all, someone who did wrote an instructive report here.
It’s well worth the short read, but in summary, the author, after noticing that there didn’t seem to be anyone aged less than sixty in attendance and that the meeting was, apart from ‘Leave means Leave’ an an ideas free zone, went on to write a concluding paragraph that speaks volumes:
“So there you have it . The message is one of betrayal – as on the side of the bus [this one – in white this time]:
“…and they just want Leave and don’t believe or want to know what this could mean for our country. I felt people were there for the entertainment and nostalgia as much as anything else. Not once were young people mentioned – there was no talk of opportunity, or the future. It felt like a mixture of attending a meeting of the flat earth society and the revival tour of a fading rock star.”
Clearly hardened Brexiters think the arguments are over and it is time to just do what the referendum ‘advised’. Arguing with them is, on that basis, going to turn out to be fruitless.
Once more it seems to be that a new vote, a so-called ‘People’s Vote’ is the only thing they might be persuaded of on the basis that the Leave camapign has been fined and referred to the Metroplitan Police by the Electoral Commission. They won’t, I’m sure, on the grounds that many more facts have come to light since the last vote and further consultation is required, be fearful of the British democracy they all hold so dear. In any case if we can never change our minds, then clearly Walpole would still be Prime Minister.
Come to think of it, perhaps I shouldn’t mention that, because on the basis of this report most Brexiters wish in all probability, that he still was.