The haphazard, complacent and incompetent Remain campaign in the EU referendum has been ruthlessly laid bare by Lord Mandelson and others.
It was a calamity from start to finish - no wonder it was heavily beaten. And added to the mix were personality clashes which just about ensured that Brexit would pull off a surprise victory.
And to make matters even worse, some members of the House of Lords, who should know better, were thinking up ways of exploiting parliamentary rules to dish the Brexit vote. These are shamefully people who preach “democracy” out of one side of their mouth and yet don’t like to see it in action.
What could be more “democratic” than engaging the entire electorate in a referendum?
Just look at some of the problems that beset this campaign. Lord Mandelson, a former Labour Cabinet Minister, accused Jeremy Corbyn, the party leader, of sabotaging the campaign, while Will Straw, one of the top brass in the campaign, spent months trying to meet Corbyn’s aides.
And the then Prime Minister, David Cameron’s complacency was breathtaking, telling his one-time deputy Nick Clegg he was sure Remain would win. Corbyn’s own contribution to the campaign was seen as half-hearted, to say the least, yet he was supposed to be a “Remain” man. In short, it was a catastrophic campaign that never deserved to win.
You would have thought that on an issue as momentous as this, which would change Britain’s position in the entire world, they would have bothered to spend a little more time preparing it and ceased to be so bloody-minded towards each other. I am afraid they got their comeuppance, and cannot blame anyone but themselves.
The best they can do now is blame Brexit for everything that has happened since. Pathetic.
- They are not very complimentary about Owen Smith, the challenger for the Labour leadership in his Pontypridd constituency. They call him “oily” Owen because of his apparent inability to give a straight answer to questions. But then, when did you last hear ANY politician give a straight answer to a question? Smith is not alone...