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Thread by @SamHooper: "Moment of brutal honesty: part of me wishes Remain had won, so *I* could be the person lobbing smug, self-righteous grenades at the victors […]"

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Moment of brutal honesty: part of me wishes Remain had won, so *I* could be the person lobbing smug, self-righteous grenades at the victors
Criticising from the sidelines is easy (I should know). Much harder is watching as a cherished goal is imperilled & incompetently managed
Particularly when one must suffer the slings, arrows and "I told you so's" of people who know little but can spot a good witch-hunt
If the country had voted Remain, I could (& likely would) be using every opportunity to make Remainers squirm every time the EU acted badly
I would not always be above demeaning their intelligence and sometimes questioning their civic-mindedness, as others are now doing to me
I could have a grand old time mining Twitter, Facebook & the press for past statements with which to bash Remainers.
And so just as I would not simply "get over it" if Remain had won, so I cannot expect Remainers to just get over it now Brexit is happening
That being said, maintaining national stability & civil discourse is important, and neither side is helping to do that at the moment.
Brexit won the day. I don't think there's a mandate for the hard brexit of the Tory Ultras, but there's certainly no cause to reverse Brexit
This makes pragmatic Brexiteers and those Remainers who haven't gone insane allies of necessity at this time. We must work together.
Unfortunately, many on both sides seem to be choosing the catharsis of insults (saboteurs, traitors, racists, little Englanders) instead
This is pointless and self-defeating. It makes people retrench into the most extreme form of their positions, and no gaps are bridged
While I'm sure I have said things to Remainers that I regret, many Remainers need to moderate their tone & message: semipartisansam.com/2017/10/02/how…
The catharsis of screaming "I told you so!" is not worth the damage that a WTO Brexit will likely do to our country. Reason must prevail.
But it likely will not. I know the feeling experienced by some Remainers as they hit "send" on their furious, snide tweets. It's addictive.
The warm glow of self-righteousness that they feel as they become indistinguishable from Hard Brexiters is intoxicating as it is destructive
And so we all go to our Armageddon, one cathartic, self-righteous tweet at a time.
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