Letter to the Editor
The Irish Times
25 July 2019
Re: Una Mullally, ‘Plenty of blame to go around for Johnson’s ascent’ The Irish Times, (July 24, 2019, 4:13 PM), <https://tinyurl.com/yydbw6yp>
Despite a host of furious insults, Una Mullaly’s diatribe is not really so much directed against the new British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, as it is directed against Brexit and the British societal “structures” which she believes made it all possible. But she is wrong. The societal “structures” and the so-called establishment were uniformly (if not universally) lined up against Brexit. Let’s have a good, hard look, shall we, at precisely: “Who, in the Brexit referendum, was on the Remain side?”
Her Majesty’s Government was for Remain.
The leading opposition parties were for Remain.
All the primary regional parties (DUP excepted) in Scotland (SNP), Wales (Plaid Cymru), and Northern Ireland (Sinn Fein) were for Remain.
The Archbishop of Canterbury was for Remain.
The EU, its diplomats, and the wider diplomatic community, including Ireland’s government and diplomats, were all in for Remain.
Cameron, the then incumbent Prime Minister, along with all his living predecessors, were for Remain.
George Osborne, the then incumbent Chancellor of the Exchequer, was for Remain, and he even threatened the voters—via his next proposed budget—should they have the temerity to vote Leave.
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition, then and now was for Remain.
The majority of members of Parliament were for Remain.
President Obama was for Remain.
The Bank of England and the bureaucracy were for Remain.
The labour unions were for Remain.
Academia was overwhelmingly for Remain.
Industry (eg, the Confederation of British Industry) was for Remain.
The BBC and the largest part of both the new and old media (Murdoch’s broadsheets excepted) were for Remain.
All the highbrow magazines were for Remain—The Spectator excepted.
The actors & arts communities were for Remain.
The vast majority of student activists were for Remain.
Owen Jones and all the other wannabe student activists were for Remain.
The vast majority of the bar and the legal profession were for remain ... but I repeat myself.
Now ask yourself, precisely: “Who, in the Brexit referendum, was on the Leave side?”
Just some voters. And Una Mullaly’s position, simply put, is: “Voters—what do they know?”
Seth Barrett Tillman
Seth Barrett Tillman, Letter to The Irish Times: Responding to ‘Plenty of blame to go around for Johnson’s ascent’, New Reform Club (July 25, 2019, 8:28 AM), <https://reformclub.blogspot.com/2019/07/letter-to-irish-times-responding-to.html>.