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Prof Tanja Bueltmann @cliodiaspora
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Blair might be perceived as toxic by some, but I don’t think that’s actually the main issue in this case. That is his pandering to Leave lies about FoM. Doing so is catastrophic. If people really still don’t see that even now ... then we might just as well stop now. 1/
I’ve said it a million times before: opposition to FoM is what delivered the result the first time round but it is *not* the actual problem. What that means is that pandering to Leave lies about it will forever provide the wrong solution. 2/
Yet that’s still what most people do. Every day this week I’ve seen prominent #PeoplesVote supporters repeat the mistakes of 2016. From a focus on London to this pandering to the arrogant assumption that a People’s Vote would be won. Keep going like that and you’ll lose. 3/
What a #PeoplesVote campaign needs is new people from the grassroots leading it locally throughout the UK. If there is a national lead it can’t be someone with political baggage nor a celebrity — that’d just feed the idea of the ‘liberal elite’. 4/
It must involve more women and it must involve representatives from #The5Million even if they can’t vote — just sweeping them under the carpet again would be the most shameful thing to do. 5/
And, most importantly, it needs a positive message about the EU, not just what would immediately be labelled “Project Fear 2.0” + more pandering to the right. 6/
At this point it looks to me as though nothing about 2016 has been learned. Not one thing. That’s as tragic as it is self-defeating. 7/7
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