"Erica Chenoweth and Maria Stephan have convincingly shown how nonviolent campaigning is more effective than armed struggle in achieving its goals.(15) They have compared 323 violent and nonviolent campaigns between 1900 and 2006, and found that nonviolent campaigns were “nearly twice as likely to achieve full or partial success as their violent counterparts”.(16)
They have deliberately looked specifically at three types of resistance where “common sense” says that violence will be more effective than nonviolence – anti-regime, anti-occupation and secession. Nevertheless, even in these hard cases, nonviolent campaigns are more likely to achieve their goals.
Chenoweth and Stephan’s main explanations for the relative success of nonviolent resistance are that it generally is more participatory than violent insurrections, and therefore better can build broad movements where everyone can participate."
15 - Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011).
16 - Chenoweth and Stephan, Why Civil Resistance Works: p. 7.
Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, Christmas . . . all present a clear opportunity to send a Love Europe/ EU message that illustrates or states why you wish to stay in Europe. Options include sending a message in some or all of the following ways:
1. Send a postcard.
2. Send an email/ s.
3. Post on social media accounts.
4. Visit a representative/ s social media account/ s.
If you fancy making a quick meme these are a few images from Pixabay, which are free to use and apart from the first leave plenty of space for a clear message. Grab them here or for high resolution there.
Hope Not Hate
Racism and hate media are underlying causes of far right extremism. This is a short selection of Facebook, Twitter and/ or website links to some groups actively engaged in tackling hate and hate crimes.
Please visit them and if they seem helpful complete some or all of the following:
With Facebook if you then don't wish to fully follow a page or feed just set the option to unfollow upon liking or when a post pops up - you'll still have help out with the pages' reach on social media:
Stand Up 2 Trump UK
Nazis and Neo-Nazis
A huge amount of fake news effort has gone into building up false info around the ridiculous fantasy the Nazis were socialists.
The lies are based largely on the notion that a word in a name tells you all you need to know about the situation. However, there are no shepherds in shepherd's pie and Lord knows what our 'modern' neo-Nazis make of buffalo wings.
Anyway, the claims are also hung on the non-existent peg that a small group in Berlin briefly turned social democrat . . . shortly before Hitler killed them, (the current far right gig economy neo-Nazis skip that part).
And the odd notion there was some kind of socialist economy when apart from parts of wartime industrial production industry was privately owned, and social democrats/ 'socialists' were among the first to be sent to concentration camps and subject to lynchings.
Hitler was creating a totalitarian dictatorship, not some sort of workers’ paradise. In a socialist society all industries coordinate under central control. In Nazi Germany Hitler constantly encouraged vicious competition between his various departments.
The current EU are Nazis fake news is based on these lies and part of a great deal more misinformation.
Please check out how to deal with the fake news:
And take a look at how fake news directed at the EU pours out constantly and is often based on wild claims:
Otherwise, it's pretty clear Farage and close ERG contacts openly sympathise with neo-Nazis.
For more on the original Nazi takeover and their attacks on 'socialists':
Stop Funding Hate
#stopfundinghate when you post and/ or click links to hate media/ tabloids.
This site creates a link you can post, which doesn't give the far right's articles any clickbait cash. Only takes a moment and also saves getting moaned at for posting links that fund the far right's media.
Fine Tuning Social Media
Fine tuning your social media to campaign as effectively as possible.
The right messages, in the right places, at the right time can have quite an impact. For example, a short quotation:
“I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. I see how peoples are set against one another, and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one another.”
- Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front.
Making the most of social media as civil activists:
- Choose a social media platform/s you’re comfortable with. E.g. for some Twitter can be more argumentative than other platforms, because of the short posts and media attention.
- Research and check topics on sites which are consistent so you can at least adjust for bias.
- Select memes and posts which have a meaningful message.
- Build a meme bank on social media and/ or a desktop folder with ready to share infographics, posters, motivational posters and cartoons. This makes it easy to mix your replies and to avoid typing answers to the same questions over and again.
- Avoid time spent on countering opposing posts.
- Share posts with reliable information, which offer humour, key facts and meaningful quotes.
- Share pictures of activists being constructive and/ or entertaining.
- You can make feeds less argumentative while raising awareness by including posts and memes about consensus issues, e.g. about saving wildlife or tax evasion.
- Share posts and ideas mapping practical suggestions on how people can act peacefully and get results.
- Emphasise key points. In passing people often only consider a maximum of three points at a time, so pensions, childcare, child poverty, and that’s often the most to cover in one meme or post. Or three points within one of those topics.
- Likes are free, so let others know you value their contributions.
- Find images to accompany your posts. Numerous sites now offer good quality, free to use images - e.g. Unsplash, Wikimedia or Pixabay.
Preparing to Vote
It's a fair bet there's going to be some kind of public vote quite soon and it hardly matters whether that's a GE, a People's Vote or for MEPs. Could be all three :o
Success in backing the most European-minded candidate in any given constituency starts months ahead with registering to vote and helping others to register.
- Get hold of any and all necessary id.
- Register to vote and vote.
- Encourage others to register to vote on grounds of gaining representation and making a valued contribution, instead of along party lines. Friends, family, neighbours and colleagues for starters.
- Encourage the same people to actually vote once they’ve registered.
- Go beyond reaching out to friends or people online by letting an elected representative know what you want through emailing them or through social media.
- Provide representatives with short details of what you are concerned about. It helps to be calm, to offer good evidence to support your case and to clearly state what you would like done about your concern.
- Keep the heart and politics tucked away; and wear the issues on your sleeve.
- With emails, where relevant copy your concerns to local, regional, national and international levels of representation.
- Become an ‘on the ground’ canvasser for a worthwhile party or issue.
- Support credible and consistent activist groups, which lobby politicians about your concerns.
- Get elected and become a representative.
- Act often and across a range of issues. Fifteen minutes of activism every day over a year stacks up to a whole lot more than one day a year at a demonstration.
Marches as Protections
Backing the #PutItToThePeople's March in London on 23rd March.
(Thought I'd be clear to avoid any confusion with the image - and clearly the 48 don't have Nazis at their marches either).
Firstly, just heard something about train ticket deals on the radio. It makes a MASSIVE difference in cost to book transport well in advance - like now.
With less than 1,000 hours to go before Brexit the march only works if it's part of a constant campaign building towards rejecting crash out Brexits. Many people will be taking action at Brexitometer stalls, at local or regional gatherings, vigils and flash events. Others will be contributing online with some bus and car pools already appearing and every 48 group on FBook backing the march to the hilt.
People's Vote Events:
Stay - Straightforward actions you can take every day:
All three of last year's major marches in London were wholly peaceful, very colourful and child-friendly. I see people organising buses with their pals, posters and placards already being made, dormant 48 groups waking, group Admins all behind a peaceful and overwhelming turn-out.
It is vital to build support through mass sharing of the details, including links and calls to action. It's all very well sharing in our own groups but the event will only gain greater reach than we already have through sharing to our own feeds. The People's Vote are very likely to put out a number of videos/ slideshows on their social media pages, so keep an eye out for those showing likes and boost those already being boosted.
Clearly, the far right have a fortune for media, paid posts, dodgy online profiling, while those trying to keep us in the EU rely on fundraisers. Must make a list with some of the others looking for some backup, but these folk obviously put the effort in and are key to turning the march into a success backed by overwhelming numbers.
SODEM Badges and PayPal
Wondering what you could do that will make a significant difference in the weeks ahead and build towards the #PutItToThePeople march. The mostly old, red-faced, bit angry brigade are making semi-organised attempts to try to wear down our indomitable Brexitometer presence. Hook-up with a local Brexitometer group or start one to deliver safety in numbers and take actionevery weekend you're available up to the march in March.
Lots of info/ advice on how to keep things reasonable along with templates for various types of Brexitometers are in the Brexitometer HQ group linked:
It doesn’t all have to be hard work.
“Don’t get discouraged; it is often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.” - Unknown
Perhaps have a go at any of the following:
- Celebrate a European event in song, dance, verse or art.
- Cook to a European recipe.
- Give someone a European themed book.
- Dress as a European legend to go to a party, event, sport or outing.
- Prepare and serve a European themed cake.
- Serve European themed snacks at an event or on an outing.
- Share a European movie with friends.
- Sing a European song or dance a European dance.
- Wear a European themed garment to an event or on an outing.
More actions on the page daily. Just click on Stay at the top of the post to visit.
Bumped into Steve this morning who mentioned QR codes, which I happen to have used before. The basic code is usually B&W for most printers and there are lots of free to use online QR generators that are v easy to use. Free Android apps for scanning codes are also available on Play and I guess Apple too.
Quick QR codes
This is a slightly more customised QR code which links directly to the People's Vote March in March sign-up. You don't need to sign-up to get their codes, but I did and then clicked through simple options using default colour buttons.
You can stick any site or social media connect into a code so InFacts could be another one to have around. Print on paper and chop up then stick clear tape over them, or print on labels.
For the fancier options:
For more actions each day click through to Stay at the top of this post.
Keeping one step ahead
It's always going to be easier to deal with what you already expect. The report explains what the far right have and are likely to be getting up to. Unsurprisingly it doesn't involve cuddling kittens or passing round candyfloss.
"The far right.
- The extreme far right is getting more extreme and younger.
- The far right is successfully tapping into the political rage and discontent that is prevalent in society.
- A narrative of ‘betrayal’ and ‘traitors’ increasingly dominates the far right’s discourse, with much of their anger focused on MPs – and female MPs
- Continued decline of the traditional ideological far-right and the rise of an emotionally driven, conspiratorial populist message.
- UKIP has become a far right party under the leadership of Gerard Batten
- Continued increase in internationalisation of ideas,tactics, money and collaborative working.
- The adoption of the ‘free speech’ narrative by the far right has enabled them to deflect from their own extremism and attract a more mainstream audience".
Save Our Health Service
Very few leavers know anything at all about plans to privatise the NHS despite Farage's open support for privatisation on numerous occasions and the on-going US trade deal scheme planned for after a crash out Brexit. Some details linked below:
The British Medical Association has made its views on Brexit quite clear on numerous occasions. Stacked up it amounts to a collapse in care:
Actions that can help out:
1. Like on FBook and follow on Twitter if you haven't yet.
2. Add a comment to their FBook and Twitter.
3. Add a recommendation to the FBook page.
4. Share a relevant NHS Against Brexit post on Fbook and retweet a tweet.
5. Visit the website, (third link), which has FBook and Twitter sign-ups at the bottom of the page to instantly join a petition.
6. Check out what useful info the website has and how it might be put to good use in campaigning. Three large white buttons on the right to explore.
Spicing Up Pics
So the Leavers thought they'd cut my sharing and launch an expensive national billboard campaign. Right . . .
Admittedly it took a bit of arm-twisting at the Louvre but we just tore down some old Rembrandt or something the guy said and it was fine.
No sign-up involved for these and many more. There are lots of variants on the web.
This group visits online arguments/ hate and carries out polite like attacks breaking down hate as it's snowballing.
- Scarves, hats, badges and/ or t-shirts in support of your concerns/ carrying relevant messages.
- Phone cases, tablets, cars and motorbikes can also carry messages.
- Making placards, signs and banners. (More on the practicalities soon).
- Groups of activists wearing similarly themed clothing or accessories - a dash of colour, a badge or a garment.
- Mobile graffiti or signature petition/ idea walls are easily made from card or demonstrators wearing white t-shirts.
- Chalking-out and playing street/ traditional games like hopscotch if you're having to wait around.
- Sharing sets of differently coloured glow-sticks to set out a message as it gets dark.
- Applying temporary water-based tattoos or large vegetable stamps.
- Live recording and uploading or streaming your part in the action/ protection as it happens. And sharing to groups as well as your own feed.
- Using seasonal weather to form visual logos and messages, such as leaves in autumn and water on dry, sunny walls.
- Preparing and sharing food related to or decorated to support an issue.
- Setting-up quick flash art, music, dance or poetry appearances and/ or slams.
- Co-ordinating online and offline events to focus on highlights, e.g. a dramatic conclusion to a march.
- Using personal area networks, (e.g. Bluetooth/ messaging apps/ QR codes), to turn activists into mobile content distributors.
There'll be a separate post on signs, banners, placards, . . . along later. They don't need to be fancy or elaborate to carry a clear message, but they will get noticed a lot more if they're colourful.
They have glow sticks and are all set to go :)
Break 'bread' with those hoping to stay and/ or those misled into wanting to leave.
Pick and Mix
"Practitioners of nonviolent struggle have an entire arsenal of “nonviolent weapons” at their disposal. Listed below are 198 of them, classified into three broad categories: nonviolent protest and persuasion, noncooperation (social, economic, and political), and nonviolent intervention. A description and historical examples of each can be found in volume two of The Politics of Nonviolent Action, by Gene Sharp.
THE METHODS OF NONVIOLENT PROTEST AND PERSUASION
1. Public Speeches
2. Letters of opposition or support
3. Declarations by organizations and institutions
4. Signed public statements
5. Declarations of indictment and intention
6. Group or mass petitions
Communications with a Wider Audience
7. Slogans, caricatures, and symbols
8. Banners, posters, and displayed communications
9. Leaflets, pamphlets, and books
10. Newspapers and journals
11. Records, radio, and television
12. Skywriting and earthwriting
14. Mock awards
15. Group lobbying
17. Mock elections
Symbolic Public Acts
18. Displays of flags and symbolic colors
19. Wearing of symbols
20. Prayer and worship
21. Delivering symbolic objects
22. Protest disrobings
23. Destruction of own property
24. Symbolic lights
25. Displays of portraits
26. Paint as protest
27. New signs and names
28. Symbolic sounds
29. Symbolic reclamations
30. Rude gestures
Pressures on Individuals
31. “Haunting” officials
32. Taunting officials
Drama and Music
35. Humorous skits and pranks
36. Performances of plays and music
40. Religious processions
Honoring the Dead
43. Political mourning
44. Mock funerals
45. Demonstrative funerals
46. Homage at burial places
47. Assemblies of protest or support
48. Protest meetings
49. Camouflaged meetings of protest
Withdrawal and Renunciation
53. Renouncing honors
54. Turning one’s back"
. . .
Use Your Smile
There are already some great emoji-laced memes/ tweets using flags to make points, e.g. about trade deals.
One of the things I discovered while looking into this is that a smile online is understood in the same way as a smile f2f.
So maybe :) lots to show what can't be seen using text on a screen, as we never hold a f2f conversation without using expressions.
It also seems clear that less is often more, as panels packed with emojis get hard to unpack.
🏠️ prices ☔️
🍞 prices 🚀
🏭️ closures 💥
🏥 go without 👨⚕️
💊 supplies 🐌⏱️
Speeds things up a bit:
Large emoji are available here by clicking through on the thumbnails. Up to 3000px or SVG for print quality.
looking after yourself
A Good Read
Brexit getting you down/ exhausted. Books, a good read . . .
🙏 Has a meditation-like quality
🌄 Broadens our perspectives
☀️ Reduces stress
🧠 Lessens mental decline
☔️ Helps us deal with change
🛌 Helps us sleep
We have only so much time left . . .
This acts as a handy guide to those you are unlikely to bring round to a sensible discussion any time soon. Time spent arguing with such people is time that could be spent persuading leavers who have been conned to have a rethink.
“HANDY RED FLAGS GUIDE
If someone unironically says the following, ditch them.
1. “Boys will be boys”
2. “I’m not racist, but”
3. “I don’t mind gays as long as they don’t hit on me”
4. “But biological sex”
5. “Burger flippers”
7. “It’s free speech”
9. “If he had just obeyed the police officer,”
10. “All my ex-girlfriends were crazy!”
11. “It’s all about the feelings”
12. “You can’t handle disagreement”
14. “Black-on-black crime”
17. “Easily offended”
18. “I hate everyone equally”
19. “how am i supposed to explain that to my children?”
20. “fluent in sarcasm”
21. “politically incorrect”
22. “both sides are just as bad”
23. “positive vibes only”
24. “zen” (unless actually Buddhist)
25. [authority figure] “respect is earned”
@ #25: when authority figures say “respect is earned,” it usually means they ascribe to the context-dependent double standard of “respect”:
- “Respecting” a person with authority means giving them 100% obedience
- “Respecting” a person without authority means not abusing them.
So therefore, they consider disobedience a valid excuse to abuse you.
“It’s free speech” is absolutely a red flag because it’s usually said to imply two things simultaneously:
1. “Your criticism of me makes you just as bad as a tyrannical government”.
2. “I should be allowed to say whatever i want, but the same doesn’t apply to your disagreement”."
For any passing page or group admins.
There are a number of steps that increase reach, views and particularly secondary engagements which is the figure to watch:
- Post anecdotes on impacts of Brexit from businesses, doctors, nurses, Remainer Now.
- Post on related issues occasionally, e.g. women's rights, renewables, . . .
- Always with a pic. Pixabay and Unsplash.
- Post and share images of any activism to page and 48 groups. SODEM, Led by Donkeys and yourselves are good sources.
- Present narratives, e.g prep for march, set-off, there, return journey, getting home.
- Post informative memes with bite-sized info - quotes and facts.
- Blame ERG and media circus not conned leavers.
- Delete trolls who prevent you building community.
- Avoid newspaper article clutter. Long form is rarely read, especially by leavers.
- Ads for liking the page may be worthwhile early on - especially if directed a friends of existing likers. Other ads are unpredictable but calls to action can be both focused and avoid introducing an issue open to bickering.
- Participative posts/ memes, e.g. why do you want to stay? What would you do to improve the EU if we stay, . . . can get good reach and secondary engagement.
- Calls to action requesting a specific undertaking in support of a specific aim helps with engagement.
Imo we should be spending today in/ on the pages, Twitter feeds and email boxes urgently congratulating MPs who did the right thing and myth-busting for those who were more than happy to flush 65 million of us down the pan last night.
We have six hours to say thanks or to inform and so far we have only progressed from the frying pan into the fire.
Three threads so far today packed with people reporting as depressed, angry or plain fed-up with the atmosphere and harm caused by the far right.
No magic wands I'm afraid, but it seems worth mentioning what other activists often comment on about refreshing before returning to the fray and/ or making activism less exhausting.
🎺 Play more music and post more music.
🏃♀️ Carry out a random good deed/ day.
🦋 Post as much good news as you post bad news.
✊ Take part in peaceful but determined activism.
🤝 Meetup with other activists to plan and prepare.
🖼 Share pics of your own and others' activism.
👏 Like, share and support content you enjoy.
🤚 Try to focus on the issues rather than the politics.
🙋♀️ Thank representatives who genuinely represent you.
🍰 Make cake not hate.
👕 Wear your causes and concerns.
🎙 Be the media - every contribution counts.
🥁 Leave banging the drum to the extremists.
📖 Read a book in the 🛀.
💃 Dance at every opportunity.
Marching in March
Of course the sun is going to shine, but it doesn't matter anyway so long as you wrap-up warm in the first place.
🔋 - full batteries for sharing pics - you are the media.
📱 - phone for access to social media and calls.
🖊 - phone number written on any kids' arm/ garment.
🍫 - snacks
🍐 - five a day
🍰 - meals
👕 - a light waterproof jacket.
👒 - a warm hat.
👢- waterproof shoes or boots.
🧭 - know the route.
👨👩👧👦 - agree a rallying point for your group.
🧞♂️ - have contingencies in mind in case of delays.
🧸 - entertainment/ time outs for kids.
🤸♀️ - access to parks.
🎷- music/ song sheets.
Putting the message across to MPs before tonight. Quick options include:
- send an email/ s.
- post on your social media accounts and tag your MP.
- comment on a representative/ s social media account/ s.
What to write - one option is to use a myth-buster so they know, you know, they have the facts you wish them to act upon. A quote or a link from either of these web pages might be just the ticket.
Dorset for Europe
There are countless other examples of politicians and media, some of which are most definitely encouraging tribalism. And in certain cases systematically targeting the thoughts and emotions of both leavers and those who wish to stay using a barrage of fear, fury, sensationalism and pleasure.
Over decades this wraparound radicalisation causes longstanding damage to the brain that's no different from radicalisation within any extremist group. As a result, yelling back, replying in kind and defending yourself against inflexible arguments only leads to the radicalised extremist retreating into well-rehearsed evasions. (Which is all part of trying to present those who wish to stay as on a par with not all leavers but the Yellow Vested bully boys).
How could we tackle this:
💰 - Place responsibility where it lies with the far right elite not those who have been manipulated by them.
🍰 - Offer bite-sized facts and explanations on key topics that torpedo Brexit rather than trying to wade through fake news hiding behind false arguments.
🗞- Set your own news cycle and use it to challenge fake news.
👹 - Avoid engaging with outright haters, just meme and go, then find someone open to actual debate.
👩🔬 - Suck the fun out of trolling by replying with chains of demonstrable facts.
🤖 - Wreck bots by regularly dropping memes and humour in the manner of a minesweeper.
🔬 - Ask leavers to explain how the promises made by far right politicians can work in practice.
👻 - Routinely report fake news and hate.
😍 - Express yourself more fully online with emojis and stickers. An online smile is understood the same as an offline/ real smile.
💩 - Know your false arguments, most obviously straw men and ad hominem attacks.
🤝 - Set up civilised debate, e.g. share tea, a pint, cake, . . .
😎 - Walk away from uncivilised 'debate' and take it to where or when civilised debate can take place.
👨🚒 - Offer comment from professional bodies and business leaders rather than just politicians and msm. E.g. the BMA or trade journals.
🖥 - Step away from the screen if you're getting rattled, no really step away from the screen!
🦋 - Leaving is all about selling a grey and gloomy world of misery, desperation and victim-blaming. Maybe don't let the far right elite take you there.
Christchurch Media Exploitation
Following tabloids' appalling and exploitative misuse of video from the Christchurch massacre it seems necessary to get on with fixing a situation that is easily fixed providing representatives have the will to do so.
Please consider writing to your MP and raising some or all of the points below, (which you're welcome to copy, paste, edit and/ or add to).
Both social media and tabloid media are routinely seeking to profit from the widespread distribution of fake news and far right extremist propaganda. It is clear that:
• Some social media platforms refuse to answer fully to the EU or WM after enabling far right extremism and continue to allow the manipulation of audiences and elections for profit.
• The current regulatory frameworks for press and media have failed to bring change and tabloid newspapers routinely disregard current checks and balances, because there are no prompt or substantive consequences.
• Tabloids with a long record of false reporting and support for far right policies have openly sensationalised and exploited a far right killing spree for clicks and profit.
Elected representatives are requested to take action to make immediate changes, ideally as part of a root and branch review of the operation of media outlets in relation to promoting hate and inciting violence. Options for prompt and effective actions might include.
• Regulating social media platforms on the basis that hate speech and free speech are mutually exclusive. They have had every opportunity to self-regulate and refuse to do so.
• Establishing a civic social media platform to foster democratic assembly under a constitution that excludes hate speech, regulates through permissions and is youth-friendly.
• For the most harmful media abuses press complaints could be rapidly escalated and necessary apologies published on a matching basis, i.e. the same space and place as the fake news, with an explanation of what was at fault.
Be the Media
So you've made it to London, the atmosphere is just as you'd hoped . . . but inevitably mainstream media are using camera tricks to pretend Farage's pub crawl is a much bigger event.
Time to be the media by sharing pics and clips of your story from setting-off to return.
Sharing to your own feed - it'd be surprising if you didn't but it's helps to get word out if you tag your posts.
Sharing to 48 minded groups, that's the way to really spread the news as it happens. These are just some of the groups that are going to welcome pics and comment about the march. Explore and you'll find a few that suit your style of campaigning.
😎 - Mega Groups
Remain in the European Union
Brexit - No Way
✊- Groups of All Shapes, Sizes and Flavours
The Very Brexit Problems Club
Campaign for Europe
Rage against the Brexit Machine
Britain Stronger in Europe
The Stop Brexit Party
Say No to Brexit
Sixteen Million Rising
Voices for Europe
We Are the 48%
We Are #StopBrexit
🖼 - Images
Why stay in the EU? Graphics!
Remain - Active
The list is not exhaustive. If you'd like a group added please post in comments.
Click Stay at the top of the post to find more quick, easy direct actions you can take today or any day.
Less gopher, more activist . . .
Those who wish to stay in the EU consistently report, often with pics, how they're enjoy the campaigning they get involved in, how 48-friendly groups are supportive and the sense of hope they feel when they see others contributing.
At the same time many of the 48 also report the frustration of being bogged down in repetitive arguments that Leavers constantly throw at them. And we often see threads packed with folk who are reporting being plain miserable when dealing with the habitual, outlandish lies of Leave's fascist hate media.
Much of the frustration seems to lie in constantly swimming against the tide of fake news because Leave and hard core Leavers rely on us accepting that we'll let them put all the effort and responsibility on to our shoulders, without them doing anything more that parroting hate media.
Being their gopher is obviously tiresome, involves an element of bullying, whether deliberate or not, and eats into the time and enthusiasm of those seeking solutions. Here are some suggestions for simply asking them to take responsibility for themselves and to back up their claims of loving their country.
- We can trade on WTO terms!
You clearly haven't been to the WTO website and checked. Please do so. Now what do you propose we do about the medicine shortages?
- We won the war!
Eh no you're not old enough to have been in the war and not patriotic enough learn our history and respect those who fought Nazism. Please read a proper history book on WW2 and the events leading up to it.
- Nigel's a great Brit!
Really - does that include when he helped out at a German neo-Nazi rally?
Rees-Mogg's my mate!
- Yeah if you're down on your luck he'll lay on a concentration camp help you out.
You're the elite!
- the elite is the top 2% of the population, only some of whom avoid paying taxes. Even if all of the elite voted Remain the other 46% are taxpayers and fellow citizens who have never ripped you off, unlike extremist politicians.
- The EU took all my/ our money.
That's not what it says on the letter taxpayers get every year saying how government money is spent. Do you not pay any taxes or do you not read your mail?
- Refugees took all my/ our money.
Odd that they have no money but the ERG are all super rich and live lives of luxury.
Odd that most of them have little money and pay taxes but the ERG and their tax-dodging media chums are all super rich and live lives of luxury.
- The will of the people
Certainly, we must never have another vote that's as totally crooked, funded by foreign interests and packed with hate as the EU referendum. All votes should count and the only way to get democracy is to prevent tax-dodging corporations and far right moneylaunders from fixing elections.
- Lisbon Trea . . .
Let me stop you right there. You definitely haven't read and understood the treaty. You'd need to do that before we could have a debate about it.
- You're traitors!
Says someone sitting on the internet reading taxdodgers' hate media and passing it round when they could be out serving their community or the nation for real instead of loafing around.
- You're traitors!
Is that for trying to stop economic sabotage or just because you want to be a bit of a bully?
- Get me proof!
Type words into Google and compare the information from a variety sources and points of view.
In each of the cases given, when the Leaver tries to turn you into a gopher, you just tell them to go fetch their own information/ sandwiches and can get on with positive campaigning among those who are asking genuine questions - and alongside others who contribute as you do.
If you haven't joined a local group online or off, this is one way to find a lot, if not all of them, very quickly.
Apples and Pears
False equivalence, comparing apples to pears, is the go to for the far right. And it’s backed not by evidence but by another form of apples and pears/ generalising. If one Remain supporter drops a sweetie wrapper all Remain supporters are suddenly claimed to drop sweetie wrappers.
The Far Right
- Tiny marches with violence and riot police required.
- Pro Klu Klux Klan.
- Pro concentration camps.
- Promote neo-Nazism.
- Conduct economic sabotage.
- Habitual lies.
- Hate on experts but continue to use them.
- Gather in hostile gangs.
- Total lack of accountability.
- Angry protests seeking division.
- Massive marches with no arrests.
- For equal rights.
- For social contracts.
- Promote peaceful resistance.
- Support economic stability.
- Seek compromise and reasoned discussion.
- Question experts.
- Protections focused on building consensus.
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