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We need less marching and more knocking on doors

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10.08.2018

DURING the independence referendum I had a stock campaign speech on what might come to pass with a No vote. Reminiscing about how my parents had once loathed Ted Heath, I recalled how when Margaret Thatcher arrived he was seen as an old buffer and often the real Parliamentary opposition.

She in turn was despised, even more so it has to be said, but her successors carried out privatisations from rail to water that even she hadn’t contemplated. No tears were shed when she lost power but those who followed were even further to the right. Would it be the same with David Cameron, I speculated? Would we look back nostalgically at his tenure and perhaps even fondly at him? I’d said it could be Boris Johnson as leader which it isn’t, though perhaps, just not yet if some Tory Party opinion polls are to be believed. But Mr Cameron is now looking positively benign.

Under Theresa May the UK has lurched to the right with Cruella de Vil masquerading as Esther McVey in the DWP and the incarnation of Dr Strangelove in Gavin Williamson at Defence. Britain has been damaged, visibly diminished and faces potential catastrophe as a result of Brexit and her premiership. Sadly, those warnings I made are all coming to pass, although I confess, I never thought it would be as bad as this. It is reason to continue campaigning vigorously, but neither an independence referendum does it bring nor victory does it guarantee.

So, as Lenin postulated, what is to be done?The closeness of the result last........

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