WWI Christmas Truce. They could do it – so why do the MSM want to make us believe that Remain and Leave couldn’t?
It’s only two weeks since we went to the polling stations, with the now well-known result. Doesn’t time fly …! As Christmas Day is sadly over – I hope you had a wonderful one! – now may be a good time to reflect on the message sent by us voters.
In other words, let’s use these last days of the year to step back, take a deep breath, forget the daily Brexit- and EU-news – there aren’t any as of yet anyway – and ponder what this might mean for 2020.
Let’s firstly focus on the MSM and how they’ve utilised Brexit to make us conform to their Metro-EU agenda. For example, there’s this utterly ridiculous poll published in The Times. It’s short, and both the poll and the report are so inane it ought to serve, once and for all, to illustrate that polls are for those who believe throwing some numbers and percentages around makes them look clever. It doesn’t – look at this:
“[…] there was little sign of a Christmas truce over Brexit yesterday. Instead of a football in no man’s land-style rapprochement, Britain’s two tribes — Remain and Leave — seem to have been determined to keep largely to their own. Only 11 per cent of people surveyed for The Times said that they were planning to spend Christmas Day with people who had voted differently in the 2016 European Union referendum. Thirty-two per cent said that they were seeking to actively avoid the subject altogether when meeting up with others.”(link, paywalled)
Ahem – what was the question? ‘Spending time’ with people from the opposite ‘tribe’, or avoiding the subject over the turkey and sprouts? But full marks for that underhand reference to WWI Christmas in the trenches! Insinuating that Leave and Remain are ‘tribes’ which are actually in bloody combat, like the ‘tribes’ in WWI – that’s quite a feat.
It is of course in the interest of RemainCentral to keep that ‘war’ going – who knows where they’ll be in 12 months’ time when we’re hopefully counting down to finally be freed of the EU shackles! There’s more, and while I would never dare to assume that the writer of that article doesn’t understand numbers – he’s the Political Editor of the Times, after all – I do wonder if someone had been at the sherry and then the brandy:
“The survey by YouGov shows that family still comes first at Christmas. Thirty-three per cent of respondents said that they would spend it with their parents, 19 per cent with siblings and 17 per cent with other extended family. Only 9 per cent said that they would spend the day with friends. In the online survey of 1,623 adults undertaken between December 22 and 23, only 11 per cent of Remain voters planned to raise the subject over their brussels sprouts. That, though, was still almost double the 6 per cent of Leave voters intent on doing the same.” (link, paywalled)
Now let’s see if I can use those same numbers and give them a different twist:
“Christmas is about family, as the YouGov poll shows: parents, siblings and extended family come first, with a measly 9% being ever so modern and putting friends before family. Also, while only 6% of Leave voters planned to debate ‘Brexit’ over the Christmas dinner, nearly twice that many Remainers will do so – a clear case that Leave voters are happy to leave political issues outside the family feast while Remain voters, obstinate to the end, will endeavour to convince friends and families even after the event.”
That’s a bit different, isn’t it! Doesn’t this demonstrate how the MSM are still fighting their Remain Battle? This is what we will see in the coming months. It’s as if the GE was just an aberration and, so they think, the Nation can be hauled back into the corral that is the Establishment Bubble which determines what we talk about and how we talk about it.
They are however missing the signs of changes which have shaken up our political landscape since well before Brexit. On Christmas Eve The Spectator published Matthew Goodwin’s GE analysis. It’s a long article, and unlike journalists Goodwin knows how to use statistics. If you have the time to read over the holidays – I highly recommend you do so. Here are some findings:
“The class effects are nothing short of remarkable. Post-election polling suggests that the Conservatives had a comfortable 10 point lead above Labour amongst ABC1 voters, with 43 per cent voting Conservative and 33 per cent voting Labour. But Johnson and his party held an even more dramatic 15 point lead amongst C2DE voters (48 per cent voted Conservative, 33 per cent Labour). […] The key question that may yet come to define Johnson’s premiership is already visible: how can he sustain the loyalty of these voters? But for Labour, the question is perhaps even more profound: how can the left find a way of winning back voters who might agree with Labour on the economy but fundamentally disagree with [the] questions about culture, identity and patriotism.” (link)
Next, Godwin asks the question which we, having watched the GE campaign just past, have also asked ourselves:
“[…] even while the Conservatives were in power, presiding over austerity, Labour’s in-built advantage in working-class seats gradually dissolved. This raises an intriguing but also devastating question for the Labour Party: is it still a working-class party?” (link)
The conclusion is rather interesting as Goodwin addresses the change which the Tories seem to be aware of but Labour isn’t:
“While the demand for Labour among the working class has weakened, Labour’s pitch to these voters is now being matched by a far more assertive, interventionist and paternalistic Conservative party that stands more in the tradition of Disraeli than Thatcher. Johnson has recognised one of the fundamental new rules of our political era – that it is easier for the right to move left on economics than it is for the left to move right on questions of identity and culture.” (link)
This realignment of the British political landscape which Goodwin describes is not a singularity because of Brexit. In this interview he explains that other socialist or social-democrat parties in the EU have been faced with the same political realignment. The interview is long and unravels at the end, but the first 30 minutes or so are very interesting indeed.
If we accept his interpretation, namely that we’re seeing a ‘culture war’ which has been a long time coming, then we can be certain that the establishment, the hard-core Remain – the 9% who were going to talk about it even at Christmas? – won’t go away but will intensify their propaganda war. We can also assume that it will take a very long time for Labour to recognise that they are on a side which is losing everywhere, not just here.
Thus the battle will continue, especially that fought by the MSM. Remember what is said about cornered rats …! To end on a note of hilarity – it’s still the Christmas Holidays after all – you might like to watch this video about polls. But in any case, whatever the weather, we won’t change our motto – we’ll
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