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Nick Booth: Sauce for the Remainiac goose is sauce for the Leave gander


We must be kind to the Remainiacs now they have lost the referendum, argued Peter Hitchens in the Mail on Sunday. Two wrongs don’t make a right, he says. Just because they might not have acted with dignity, doesn’t mean we have to be dragged down to their level.

Good point. We should treat them in the same way that we would expect to be treated by them. So, here goes.

Of course, not all Remainiacs are luvvies, poseurs and nepotists. OK, I will grant you an awful lot of Remainiacs are from the BBC and the entertainment industry (and we all know what they are like). Neither is it true to say they are attracted to the EU for its duplicitous legal system, its shady practices and lack of accountability.

In fact, there are actually some reasonable arguments to be made for a harmonised trading area. And for speaking the languages of Europe.

It’s just a pity we didn’t hear these arguments being made. And a pity that few Remainaics seem to know anything about Europe or speak any of its languages.

I certainly don’t think they are all bigots. Not in the slightest. And I’m sure their obsession with Hitler had absolutely nothing to do with their seemingly deliberate use of his Big Lie tactic where they called all Leave voters racists. Ok, OK, they did benchmark almost everything against Nazism. But I’m sure the obsession with the Third Reich, and the adoption of its primary propaganda tactic, is just a massive coincidence.

I’m sure that quite a few of them would not use such base, cowardly tactics.

To be fair, I don’t think the Remainiacs were being irresponsible or immature or disingenuous about a dangerously sensitive subject at all. I am fully prepared to accept that there are perfectly good reasons why they had to endlessly concentrate on the race card. That’s the sort of open minded, good person I am.

Neither do I think they deliberately set out to be divisive and, in framing the whole debate about immigrants, deliberately unsettled the immigrants who lived here. I’m willing to accept that many of them wouldn’t do that. Obviously, some of them would.

I’m fully prepared to accept that, like moronic parents who argue over the children, in front of the kids, they were too monumentally stupid and insensitive to understand how much they were unsettling our new arrivals. No, I don’t think the Remainiacs did that deliberately. I’m fully prepared to accept that it was because they were ‘passionate’ – in the modern sense, which means immature, selfish and attention seeking. Nobody could be as psychopathic as the Remainiacs appeared – pretending to care about immigrants, while actually hurting them – so I’m prepared to accept that it was just colossal stupidity.

‘Some might say’ (to borrow a cloaking phrase from Radio 4) that one of the supposed ‘worst offenders’ – unintentionally, I’m sure – was James O’Brien of LBC and BBC Newsnight. To be fair to him, he grew up in a rural area and went to public school, so it’s quite natural that for the rest of his life he will desperately want to overcompensate. One of the best ways of gaining instant man-of-the-people status, for an arriviste, is to run around like a headless chicken accusing easy targets of being sexist, racist and homophobic. I want you to know that I can understand that. There is actually a case to be made that he’s not as ghastly as he appears. I’m perfectly willing to accept that he’s just a nice, vulnerable, sensitive guy, struggling to differentiate his Poundshop Paxman product in the competitive world of me-me-media.

I fully accept that you are not sociopaths, Johnny and Jane Remainiac. You are perfectly entitled to your opinion. We need to move the debate away from your supposed obnoxiousness.

So, come on, what exactly is your point?

(Image: Raphaël Chekroun)

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Nick Booth
Nick Booth
Nick Booth is a freelance writer.

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