Scribbled placards, muttered chants and a lacklustre turnout defined last weekend’s measly ‘March for Europe’ demonstrations, revealing the ever-dwindling reach of the residual pro-EU movement.
In London, Eddie Izzard and his not-so-barmy army traipsed aimlessly around the sodden streets of our capital. And in my trendy hometown of Cambridge, literally tens of people turned up for what looked more like a group therapy session than a political protest:
To be fair, the timing couldn’t have been worse for the plucky Remoaners. Only a few days earlier, an August survey showing a swift rebound in the UK’s manufacturing sector poured more doubt on Stronger IN’s economic ghost stories that formed the bulk of their bootless campaign. And although the languishing pound is likely to nudge up inflation, a further report released this week indicates that we are now on course to avoid the much-mooted financial apocalypse.
According to a Lord Ashcroft poll conducted in the wake of the referendum, “the risks of voting to leave the EU looked too great when it came to things like the economy, jobs and prices” was the main reason Remainers voted the way they did. Indeed, the majority of the losing side were not cronyist, democracy-diluting Eurofanatics; they were decent, patriotic but slightly gullible folk, who, unlike us, bought into Project Fear. But now the doom-laced chicanery of the Remain campaign has been exposed, they are rapidly losing interest, wiping the egg of their faces and embracing the new consensus.
The Twitter tantrums, the “waycist” name-calling, the cringeworthy petitions and the unstoppable tide of phony outrage are all subsiding. It is becoming increasingly clear that we can make a success of independence, and that Brexit represents a positive opportunity for folk of all political persuasions. The husk that took to the streets on Saturday are the only dissenting voices left: a bitter, confused and unspeakably arrogant minority who are quickly running out of things to say and an audience to say it to.
Bring on the second referendum – we’d only win it again.