For the last 3 and a half years I have divided my time between my professional life as a business consultant, author and speaker and anti-Brexit activism. It has meant doing things I never thought I’d ever do in my life. This article is a round up of some of the weirder and wonderful things that happened in the Brexit rollercoaster. Ultimately we have not yet succeeded at turning back the tsunami of lies, digital interference and xenophobia sweeping the populist world, but the struggle to rejoin the EU continues. I am considering how best to do that, having seen a torrent of tactics over the years and have written separately about this in a paper for Hendrik Klaassens, founder of the largest pro-EU and anti far right movement. For now, here is my unexpected bucket list.
I was attacked three times by angry Brexiteers, gaining two black eyes. I’ve also had a few death threats and damage to my bicycle several times over the years. I must reflect that, given that the Brexiteers “won” the referendum, they really are the most unhappy winners I’ve ever met … what exactly are they unhappy about? They are “getting their country back”, a 50 pence coin and some cockles.
So, the question is “was it worth it?”. In terms of the benefits of all this, I can count a great number of real new friends with whom I have exceptional bonds of rapport created from Brexit adversity. That is the most important thing of all and outweighs the various cuts and bruises, cyber attacks and so on.
I am now returning to full time work, but with a wealth of experiences of change management that cannot be learned from textbooks. Brexit has cost me a lot personally due to setting aside my business activity over 3.5 years, but the value outweighs the cost and, given the chance, I’d do it all again, although I still wish I’d never had to act at all. I have still yet to hear a convincing argument as to the benefits of Brexit when compared with the need to rebuild Britain and to reform our politics on a world scale. Brexit remains a weapon of mass distraction, whilst we sleepwalk into oblivion.
But the fight is not over. We begin again now that spring has arrived. I’m pleased to say that the paper I wrote on changing the game on Brexit has reached the central Remain movements and has been adopted as a template by a number of grassroots groups in the UK and beyond. In brief, it begins:
Brexit will unravel of its own contradictions. I believe this will be sooner rather than later. Brexit’s implosion will come from either what I call external socio-economic, political, environmental shocks or “internal combustion”, due to the underlying inherent instability of the Tory party and the self-destructive nature of Brexit, which has already claimed two Prime Ministers and cost £66 000 000 000 in waste.
Read the full paper at “Brexit Futures“.
I am also devote a little bit of my time to bring the various disparate groups in the South East of England, to make them a more effective fighting force. On a daily basis we have a campaign called “We are Everywhere“, which aims to keep our visibility up.
Most recently I initiated a petition to ask Boris Johnson to go on the Jeremy Kyle show so that he could trace all his illegitimate children. In providing this “social service” we would also be cleaning up politics by stopping the continuing trend of lying as an acceptable behaviour in society. Sign the petition at CON Dom.
As I write, Johnson continues to lie. The latest whoppers are that he now says that Old Age Pensioners will be brought out of retirement to become a “Dads’ Army” cadre of Doctors and Nurses to fight the Corona Crisis: