Dear Another Angry Voice,
How is this divisive message helping? Why do you feel this was necessary on the back of what was a beautiful and positive event where everyone, across political views, stood together in unity because Brexit is so much bigger than this. 1/
It is no secret that I support Scottish independence. But responses like yours to a positive event of unity in the face of the biggest challenge of our time — they make me profoundly sad. Brexit is a UK-wide problem. This statement was not one connected to 2/
Scottish independence. You chose to make it about that. I don’t understand why and it is damaging to our greatest fight of a generation. If you really cannot see that then I’m even more sad. 3/3
If the Home Office cannot cope, does not have the right resources, and is incapable of developing the right system, settled status must be abandoned. We have already, together with @BritishInEurope, paid the highest price for the madness that is Brexit. This has to stop. 2/
From people leaving their homes to mental health problems, how much more do you want to screw us over? You have been lying to us for years saying we’re a priority. @AmberRuddHR told us it’d be as easy as signing up for an account with L.K. Bennett. 3/
Additionally, I will also do something for the @eucitizenschamp campaign after the rally. I hope to meet many of you for that too. As I said last week: we need your help. So it would be great if you came by to become an #EUcitizensChampion 2/
Whether for the rally, to become an #EUcitizensChampion, or - better still - both: I hope to see you in Edinburgh *this* Saturday. 3/3
That sound you just heard?
It was that of my head exploding ... 🤯
This has turned into an interesting conversation. I did not share this for the lady's story as such: I am interested in the attitudes and what the press has made of them. Spanish Armarda etc -- this is very telling and, I would maintain, especially at this time. PS1/
Who is helped by this? Why the constant historical references? And then compare this to the story of the German "beach-towel tactics" here the other week. There appears to be something about summer, stereotypes--and summer news holes?--uniting these kinds of stories. PS2/
You know about those secret little projects I did earlier in the summer... well, I'm not done with them just yet 🤣 So please come join in again if you haven't already. 1/
Here's one for my British followers only ... I would really appreciate replies to this one: how will you help @The3Million of us moving forward as we fight for out future in the UK? How have you tried to help already / how do you plan to help in future? surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6CN6KDR 2/
Are you an EU27 citizen in the UK, or a British citizen who lives in an EU country? Then this one's for you -- it's really easy. surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JXB86CD 3/
It doesn’t matter what I do, Brexiters just proceed to throw the shit at me. Every. Single. Time. Their current focus, unsurprisingly I guess, is my campaign. Given the volume, content and timing of tweets/messages like this one, I can only conclude that this is coordinated. 1/
There clearly is absolutely nothing I can do without Brexiters seeking to insult/damage/discredit me. And, also unsurprisingly, they don’t mind dragging other people who have nothing to do with this in as well. From my employer, to my nephew, to Jo here. It’s telling. 2/
But of course it’s also potentially very damaging. This has to stop. It again comes back to the point about the price I and others have to pay for standing up to Brexit. There are other recent examples I’ve heard from others that emphasise this strongly. From complaints to 3/
After two weeks of relative silence and a lovely holiday I’m back in the UK. Time to talk about 🚨 REALITIES 🚨
They are realities that I find upsetting. They also make me angry. Alternatively, you could also call this my thread of desperation. 1/
🚨 REALITY 1: Apathy
Many tell me that the majority of British people are not against EU citizens and that we are welcome. I used to believe that. Can I still? It’s simple: if this were true, this majority would be with us. Visibly. Noisily. I don’t see nor hear them. 2/
Of course I know that we have amazing friends and champions. Of course I know many of you are. But this is Twitter and we have to recognise its echo chamber problem. Beyond it the situation is dire. I have heard so many stories about apathy I can no longer remember them all. 3/
Not only will @The3Million of us be forced to apply to stay in the UK, our home, some of us could lose our actual place where we live. If you think this only affects a few ... well, it’s 66% of us. I am one of them. independent.co.uk/news/business/… 1/
3.7 million of us in the UK.
777 days in limbo today.
Our rights not secure.
Forced to apply to stay in our home.
No-deal an existential threat.
Still everyone’s punchbag.
Still silenced and ignored.
❗️Make no mistake, UK: history will remember what you did to us. 2/
Brexit is built on lies, hate and manipulations. It is a threat to *every* person who lives in the UK. For all the reasons we know and more — as this tells us, it poses a threat to pubic safety. How can some think all of this is some kind of joke? 1/ theguardian.com/politics/2018/…
How can @jeremycorbyn look at this and not do anything? How can @UKLabour? I find that even worse than what the Tories are doing. Being enablers when Labour could end this right now. Being complicit in a national suicid... Some way to leave a mark in history. 😢 2/
No-deal could well see people die because of shortages of medicines. It would certainly wreak havoc. Yet still the majority fail to act or even care. I mean look at this. It. Is. Not. Normal. 3/
So here’s a quick run-down of what my tweet from last night brought out:
I am: pathetic / disgusting / an idiot / abusing a child / a liar ... for tweeting it. My nephew is: indoctrinated / non-existent / too small to understand anything ... In this last week Brexiters have 1/
outdone themselves here repeatedly. It’s remarkable. Obviously I won’t tell my nephew any of the above. He wanted to tweet what he said so maybe some people would see how bad Brexit is. He has visited me in the UK twice and he liked it a lot. And he’s worried for me. 2/
But that’s not something Brexiters can see. They just shout bullshit / horseshit / or that it didn’t happen.
Children are not oblivious to what’s going on around them — another thing to bear in mind when thinking abt the impact of Brexit: I worry about this, what children make 3/
I’m in Barcelona with my nephew. He’s 10. We’re having tapas and suddenly he said, completely out of the blue: “Tanja, why can’t the UK just stay in the EU? I don’t understand why they want to leave. The freedom people have now — why do they want to lose them?” 1/
“And if people don’t have any food — can I send you food?”
Me: “Probably not if it’s the worst Brexit.”
“So people will be hungry?! — That is just mad.”
..... Me: “Yes.” 2/
“But when people hear that they might not have any food ... and all the other problems ... surely then they’ll know that Brexit is no good and must be stopped!” 3/
So @afneil, you’re again setting your dogs on a prominent female anti-Brexit camapaigner, insulting her in the process and, in an earlier tweet, questioning her professional credentials. You’ve done it exactly like this before. I know because I got caught up in it once. 1/
You’re also clearly distorting what Jessica said given she was talking about their discourse, not the people as such. It’s easy to demonstrate that: the discourse is similar indeed. Anyway ... this is all very much like the behaviour 2/
of Dan Hannan and Douglas Carswell, who happily joined in last time, and also that of Arron Banks with me the other day. Whistle for the dogs, discredit / ridicule professional background etc. I wonder what unites all of you .... And what unites Jessica and I? 🤔🤔🤔🤔 3/
It would be wrong to call it a Brexit benefit: there is no benefit to it at all. But Brexit has certainly forged many new friendships and connections that I am very grateful for. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are some. 🤗 1/
Ok, folks: 1) I choose how to deal with the crap I get. That’s it. The abusesplaining — it has to stop. 2) The line “it’s just a bot” does not work. Even if so: I still have to see what they send; they’re a big problem; and many aren’t actually bots. 1/
3) Insults on the back of insults don’t help. I have not time for them. We’re only better than them if we’re actually better than them. 4) Tagging someone I *chose* not to tag — it’s one of the worst things anyone can do. Obviously this is an open forum, but if someone 2/
chooses not to tag a particular account I would respect that. I hope those who keep doing it realise that it, however inadvertently, attracts even more crap for me. Next-day barrages of insults and abuse are usually triggered by this tagging rather than the original issue. 3/
I am very glad that more and more public figures are speaking out against Brexit, supporting a second vote. I applaud them all. However, I'd also like to offer you my view on why this won't be enough. In essence: mistakes made in 2016 are already are being repeated. A thread: 1/
1⃣ Avoiding debate about immigration and FoM
Immigration was the defining issue in EUref. While new research seems to suggest a shift to sovereignty as main concern, I would maintain immigration is key. Just look at newly released Vote Leave FB ads.
Why is this important? Because overarching narrative of EUref was one of control and border and in that context immigration was the driving force -- or rather: lies about it. And these lies have not been overcome. Danger is that they can be re-invigorated > so still powerful. 3/
Of course it has. And far too many politicians more broadly have. Avoiding debate has enabled further pandering to sentiments many believe will win them votes. Govt put in place MAC, but that has had serious flaws (e.g. that int'l student survey?!), and now report pushed back. 1/
Because of that most public engagement is still driven primarily by negative views of the kind we still see on Daily Mail / Daily Express front pages very often. But not only there: remember when the Telegraph cast giving @The3Million the right to stay as a "cost" of freedom? 2/
But it is not just about a lack of debate. The most basic facts are still not stated correctly. Freedom of movement, for example, is not usually reported as a reciprocal right, but as though it is an immigration system that only has one direction: into the UK. 3/
I find the number of MPs publicly supporting Darren Grime’s fundraiser disturbing. Darren has every right to have one. People have every right to donate to it. But for elected MPs to anounce their support publicly given the context — that’s something quite different. 1/
Couple that with the unprecedented, and in my view unacceptable, exposure @BBCNews gave the fundraiser — it’s basically a free ad — I am left speechless. Darren’s right to appeal is important and I would defend it for him. But initiatives in support of those affected by the 2/
actions of Darren and others involved are not getting the same exposure in the media, nor the same political support. Why is that? And what does it tell us? Nothing good. 3/3
This is the latest piece by Dan Hannan. It is full of spin, distortions and lies. So far, so familiar. But Hannan also accuses the EU of hostility and aggression. Consider that together with the illustration used. Look at it! And then get off the sofa/fence to help #stopBrexit 1/
Because this kind of stuff here, an image of soldiers pointing weapons at at each other, together with Bannerman’s comments on treason charges for those pro-EU earlier today outdo everything we’ve seen so far. At a time when the government is talking about stockpiling food 2/
and medicine, this significantly ramped up stirring of anti-EU hate is even more irresponsible than it would be in any case. It is the time to ask: do these people *want* blood on the streets? Do they *want* a war? None of this is normal. None of this is ok. That all this 3/
This tweet made me really sad. Nobody should be forced to leave their home: not Asian migrants, not people like me. If some already are it is because of the hostile environment, not because of EU citizens. In any case: how would it help to force more people out? 1/
Pitting people against people is not good and I would like to encourage you to think about that. Plus please remember that freedom of movement is a reciprocal right, so if we are sent "home" (which really would be sending us away from our home), so would Britons be sent back. 2/
The solution is to work together against the policies of the hostile environment and the hate Brexit has unleashed. Not to argue that because one group is treated badly, another should also be treated badly. At least that is how I see it: everyone should be treated well. 3/3
Exactly. The fact that they did not is telling. Given how charged the political climate is, given all the rhetoric seen over the last 3+ years, this is, at best, ignorant and irresponsible. At worst it's deliberately written this way to pander to the right. 1/
Either way: Corbyn's track record on pandering and do whistling is already significant. And all the points made about benefits of Brexit are lies, delivered in ways that come straight out of the populist playbook. 2/2
.@jeremycorbyn Right, that’s it. You claim to be the leader of @UKLabour when in actual fact you are now no more than an enabler of poverty and xenophobia. You keep lying to the people who need you and trust you most, dog whistling and following a populist path. Disgusting. 1/
And to all the Corbynistas now about to descend on me to defend the indefensible: stop. Corbyn is not looking out for you. He keeps lying to you very day and has consistently enabled the Tories to deliver a monumental act of self-harm. Brexit works only for the few. 2/
Corbyn is driven by an ideology and that is dangerous. It will make your lives harder, will make you poorer, and will not help with any of the problems the UK has. Not a single one. But it will make them all worse. 3/3
While the conclusion is worrying and saddening — it really didn’t have to come to this — it’s good to see that the HoC Brexit committee agrees with the points many of us have been making for months: that the rights of @The3Million are not secure. We need ring-fencing now. 1/