Today I saw a couple of videos online featuring supporters of Brexit. One was this report from RT about Britain First’s reception in Leicester as they tried to drum up support for an EU exit.
The other was this supposed ‘demolition’ of the CBI Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn by climate change denier and smug wanker Nigel Lawson.
I thought to myself, ‘I will always want to be on the other side from people like this.’ However, as I’m a Remain supporter, this means that I AM on the same side as Cameron and Osborne.
Which reminded me that, so far as the Conservative Party are concerned, Cameron and Osborne ARE the good guys. Cameron is a social liberal; Osborne’s political hero is LBJ. In terms of the Tories, they are the centre left. They are not fascists, and are barely even Thatcherites, but old fashioned Tory pragmatists; they do what all good Conservatives do, which is to look after the interests of their class. At the last election, 11 million people voted for them. Not all of those 11 million people are rabid racist loons. (We now have UKIP for that). Most of them are simply self-interested, and (wrongly in my view), see the Tories as the party best able to look after those interests. Imagine what the country would like like with their enemies in power; Boris Johnson, Pritti Patel, John Redwood, Nadine Dorres, Jacob Rees-Mogg et al.
In/Out is a binary question, a matter of black and white. Whatever side Britain First are on, I’m on the other side. That Lawson denies climate change shows how seriously we should take his views.Those in favour of Remain might have to be on the same side as Cameron and Osborne’s wing of the Tory Party, on this issue at least. But it really could be much worse; and will be, if Cameron loses the referendum.