Politics is a game. It’s sad to say, but that is the reality. And it’s a stark reality staring Brexiteers in the face at present.
We have really struggled with Nigel Farage since the referendum result. He completely disregarded many of his own supporters overnight and his vanishing act undoubtedly damaged the cause even though you can understand his desire to let the Conservatives finish the job. Brexiteers are well used to being smeared as “racists” and “bigots” by opponents but facing those same insults from somebody on your own side is a very bitter pill to swallow and remains nonsensical to this day. It’s the reason there are still many who cannot forgive and forget. And in all honesty, we cannot and will not criticise those principled people. After all, principles are in short supply in today’s politics.
However, after monitoring the last few weeks with keen interest, Shy Society is now adamant that voting for the Brexit Party in the upcoming European Elections (if they take place) is the right thing to do, and we urge those people still angry at him to hear us out.
It is important to look at the broader context here. With a corrupt two-party Parliamentary system that is rigged in favour of Labour or Conservatives, Brexiteers don’t very often find a cause to coalesce around. So many Tories vote blue out of fear of the alternative, rather than being truly enamoured by what they are voting for. And when we finally had a cause to unite us, Brexit, we delivered the greatest numerical mandate this country has even seen.
What has followed since June 2016 has been a shameful reflection of why so many people voted to have more freedom in the first place. The current political and media establishment have become so used to their metropolitan, globalised world in which they call the shots that they are willing to actively subvert democracy in order to stem the tide of right-wing populism sweeping the globe.
Whilst the current predicament is a disgrace, Brexiteers can now use this anger and sense of betrayal to not only ensure Brexit is delivered in full but also to achieve a second, fundamental aim which was unimaginable only a few short weeks ago: to dismantle the two-tier system for good. While Brexit is arguably the issue of our lifetime, the chance to catapult a party into power and then, potentially, reform the voting system is an even greater opportunity long-term.
The only person capable of doing this is Nigel Farage. Opinion polls and what his new party has already achieved in little over a week is testament to that. Putting his more recent misdemeanours aside for one second, this is a man who has fought for a large part of his adult life to see us leave the European Union. He is the most influential politician of our generation and is now back with a second-wind and fresh momentum. Even if Farage can’t always remember who his enemies are, we should be wiser and recognise it’s the Blair’s, Lammy’s and Soubry’s of this world we are fighting and doing anything via the ballot box to defeat them should be the mission.
Shy Society attended Saturday’s Brexit Party rally in Nottingham and the electricity in the room was as spellbinding as it was palpable. However, the thing that really stood out was Farage’s unbridled passion and a real sense of anger at having to form this party at all. He is as furious as the rest of us and with his media and tech-savvy team behind him and a broad cross-section of MEP candidates on display to the public, this is a massive opportunity for us all to grasp. Principles are admirable, of course they are, but in politics you have to strike while the iron is hot.
As Farage’s party surges in the polls and in terms of registered supporters, Remain backers are in a state of mild panic at their apparent inability to coalesce around one party. Even Sky News political correspondent Lewis Goodall, a Labour supporter since birth and clear Remainer, has penned a piece recently lamenting the lack of a ‘Remain Party’. This should tell you all you need to know in the race to not only ‘win’ Brexit all over again, but to change politics for good. And while Farage has faults, his strengths and dedication to the cause over two decades far outweigh them, and he has the charisma and mass appeal to deliver on these aims if only we lend him our vote.
Standing up for those without a voice in Britain