Time for a catch-up on our weekend campaign activities so here is a thread to bring you all up to date and share the observations and stories of the day. This week our main stall was in Ellesmere Port to talk to the people there. The local MP is Justin Madders.
The planned decision to visit Ellesmere Port turned out particularly prescient given the recent news of Vauxhall’s warnings about the consequences of the “Do or Die” no-deal being touted around by Johnson and Hunt
Some observations of the day have come in from our volunteers. One campaigner met a couple so disgusted with the current atmosphere which is toxic from the Brexit omnishambles, they have decided to move overseas to Spain permanently. These are not isolated cases sadly.
An observation on Johnson.
“If the next PM is dishonest in his private life, he will be dishonest with the country”
Well yes we agree.
However Jeremy Hunt gave us this fascinating and rare truth here.
Is your job worth Brexit? How do we decide who’s job is worth this monstrously bad decision? Any volunteers? Shall we draw straws? Any MP who is telling you that there is any Brexit which will not damage our lives and our economy and jobs is not telling you the truth.
The general vibe reported back by our volunteers was the overwhelming majority about 70% were supportive of our campaign for a #PeoplesVote. One man said “if the politicians can’t decide then it has to come back to the people”.
There were plenty of working class people, labour inclined, who came to talk to us. There were far fewer outright pro Brexit voices than we expected but even those people were unfailingly polite and not at all hostile, something we always find in Ellesmere Port.
One woman talked to us thinking we were pro Brexit. We were a little baffled until we realised she probably made an assumption about our flag. It seems so sad that Brexiters have attempted to hijack the Union Jack for their agenda. It belongs to all of us as does the EU flag.
We had a very shocking story told to us by a teacher. He ran into some ex pupils who all voted in the referendum but it turns out they voted leave. When asked why, they claimed it was to stop people who were not white. They used different words which I do not want to repeat.
The teacher was heartbroken and felt they had totally failed. But our view is the biggest failure has been accepting the below as legitimate journalism and political campaigning. Talking about “others” as problems has been normalised and this fed into the Brexit vote in 2016.
We can no longer Look Away. The Brexit rally last night used air raid sirens to invoke a feeling of war. There is no Brexit compromise which will not strengthen and normalise the far right.
The local MP in Ellesmere Port Justin Madders seems well supported. His photo drew a lot of people to our stall. They don’t deserve a Brexit foisted on them . There were zero positive views expressed for Farage or Johnson. It was all negative.
In Ellesmere Port we asked for people’s priorities if we can #StopBrexit and get a functioning parliament back. NHS came top. Looks to me like a domestic agenda is what’s on people’s minds and we all now know that the Boris Bus was a pile of big fat Brexit Lies.
So another positive campaign day. People are fed up but more are starting to feel really worried and supporting the idea that we should stop and draw breath and look at the new facts before there is no going back.
With Brexit we face the prospect of job losses, possible medicine shortages or increased costs and lower tax revenues and worst of all, years of distraction from the day to day as we scrabble around to duplicate what we already have access to via our EU membership.
Why throw all this good stuff and influence away for a mediocre at best alternative? This is the real truth that MPs have to tell their constituents.
It’s time to face the truth and support a People’s Vote and Remain.
(This article was published on our Twitter page by Pilar, Chester for Europe campaigner)