They treat Remain voters as a stage army and Leavers as if we were invisible.
The only certainty about Brexit right now is that the establishment is, to coin a phrase, taking back control, as it tries to secure a deal that would best preserve its interests. The millions who voted Leave – and indeed the millions who voted Remain – are being shut out of the elites’ secretive dealing to decide our future.
London’s Labour mayor Sadiq Khan told Saturday’s anti-Brexit stroll, masquerading as a march for a ‘People’s Vote’, that it was an ‘historic moment in our democracy’. Well, he got one thing right at least. It was not history-making and had nothing to do with democracy. But it was a moment, one that has already passed.
Even before the placards had been taken away for recycling, the news media had switched focus back to the wrangling of the UK and EU elites in their offices, committee rooms and private clubs. It was as if the mass demonstration had never happened.
Even the hardcore Remainers and their dogs who marched against Brexit are only a part-time stage army so far as the political class is concerned. Our rulers view them as useful idiots and tame show poodles, to be briefly displayed before the cameras but promptly shooed off stage before they cause a mess – or embarrass their betters with those placards swapping a Nazi swastika for the x in Brexit.
And while Remain supporters are patronised, the mass of Leave voters is being ignored as if they did not really exist at all. Leave’s victory in the 2016 EU referendum was the most revolting blow the British elites had felt in a lifetime. They have spent the past two years quietly taking back control of political life, by monopolising the Brexit debate. The losers want to award themselves the trophy.
Who now represents the 17.4million Leave voters – the largest mandate for anything in British political history? The only party in parliament led by committed Leavers is the small and much-maligned Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, which won a total of 292,316 votes in the 2017 General Election – 0.9 per cent of the UK total. Is the DUP now supposed to stand for all 52 per cent of the referendum voters?
And who honestly represents the 16.1million Remain supporters – the second-biggest vote in British political history? Both the Tory and Labour parties stood in the last election on false promises to respect the referendum result, while working to undermine it in practice. No leading Labour politician except Khan turned out for Saturday’s Remainer march. Are those 48 per cent of referendum voters content with being led by the living deadbeats of the Liberal Democrat party?