This is a display of the sneering contempt shown by so-called ‘liberal’ or ‘open-minded people’ to everyone who voted for Brexit.
Those shown below misunderstand, fear and loathe ordinary people. They have a casual disregard for democracy and an inability to accept that their world-view is not shared by most people.
The ‘broad-minded’ are exposed as narrow-minded.
The ‘thoughtful’ are revealed as bigoted.
The ‘caring’ are exposed as vindictive.
The ‘progressives’ are revealed as anti-democrats.
This wall will exist for all of history.
If you tweet @AndyShaw1 with an example, it will be added to this great #WallofContempt.
Ben Bradshaw, Labour MP and conspiracy theorist
Ben Bradshaw has such a profound disdain for British people, he thinks that their minds are controlled by Vladimir Putin. Bradshaw accuses Leave voters of being gullible dupes of an un-named, un-noticed, un-recorded campaign by the Russian state. His rampant paranoia needs treatment and his contempt for Leave voters needs a response at the next election.
Sir Bob Geldof, The sanctimonious multi-millionaire
Sir Bob Geldof has a track record in being irritating, shallow, sanctimonious and self-satisfied. Andy Kershaw famously pointed out that no African artists were invited to play his Live8 concert to ‘Make Poverty History’. Sir Bob hasn’t mentioned that Ethiopia is currently suffering a major drought and life expectancy isn’t falling because they are now self-sufficient. So, he is free to tell British fishermen to f**k off instead.
Pat Glass, Labour MP for North West Durham
Durham MP, Pat Glass, accuses Brexit voters of being motivated by backward racism.
Pat Glass is not famous for fighting any real racism, but she makes up for it by feeling superior to people around her.
David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham
David Lammy is calling for end to democracy.
Lammy wants the referendum result over-turned. Lammy’s suffers from a dystopian fantasy where ‘reactionary forces have been unleashed’.
Perhaps he should seek treatment before he does any real damage and creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. Or is this what he actually wants?
Jonathan Bartley, Joint leader of the Green Party
Jonathan Bartley uses his new position as joint leader of the Green Party to stoke up a bit of fear.
In one of his first interviews since being elected Bartley said “I unequivocally label UKIP as a fascist party which is the ascendancy .. we are in a period similar to 1930s Germany and there is a startling rise in hate crimes”.
Bartley shows that he will happily whip up a climate of fear and reaction to undermine the democratic vote. he’ll be calling for a police crackdown next.
The Greens look a shade less cuddly now. The new nasty party?
Will Straw, Exec Director of the Remain campaign
Will Straw did his best to stoke up fears of racist mobs and immigrants being deported. His inflammatory rhetoric shows his loathing of ordinary people as ‘bigots’ and ‘racists’.
As a machine politician, Will follows in the footsteps of his father, Jack Straw. Jack Straw famously campaigned, along with Tony Blair, for a war which killed 100,000s Arabs and destroyed the Middle East. Perhaps, in the future, Will can use his rhetorical skills to create a greater carnage.
AC Grayling, Philosopher and Word-smith
AC Grayling has used his credibility as a liberally-minded philosopher to undermine the democratic mandate delivered by the majority of people who voted to leave the EU. Mr Grayling takes a scatter-gun approach to logic in an attempt to justify his contempt for the vote result.
“It was an advisory referendum” = ignore the advice.
“Parliament is sovereign” = the majority of the MPs are pro-EU and they should be given a vote to override the referendum result.
“Democracy is not ‘crude majoritarianism” = ignore the majority decision.
“90% of informed opinion is for Remain” = most people should be ignored and know their place.
I could go on, but it is increasingly convoluted and ultimately very dull.
AC Grayling shows that he is comfortable with intellectual dishonesty and an end to truth seeking. Some people can justify anything.
He is more of a word-smith for the contemptuous than a philosopher.
Lord Nicholas Soames, Former Defence Minister
The famous grandson of Winston Churchill has confirmed his reputation as a repulsive snob.
He thinks that most people are unable to think ahead or make rational decisions. Soames sees people as fools who crave instant gratification – eating sweets, scoffing chips, having sex, drinking beer and voting Brexit without a care in the world.
Nicholas Soames is a loathsome snob. Like many snobs, he projects his self-loathing onto others.
Paddy Ashdown, Former leader of the Liberal Democrats
Paddy Ashdown is a man familiar with electoral defeat. Paddy has prospered when he is appointed to positions of authority without the messy business of elections. He was once appointed as the Governor Bosnia-Herzegovina. He was happiest as a modern imperial overlord, lot’s of power, no accountability.
Nowadays Paddy tries to hide his bitterness. He fashions himself as a jocular, wise old statesman. But he really can’t help himself. He detests politicians who have actually been elected and he thinks the people are gullible and ignorant. Paddy calls Tory Brexit supporters ‘stirring Brownshirts’ and ‘swivel-eyed Brexit monsters’.
Poor Paddy, he’s turned quite nasty.
Noel Gallagher, once great musician, now contemptuous ….. errr….. arse?
Noel Gallagher thinks the elite should rule with impunity because “99% of people are thick as pig shit”.
Gallagher is quite good on the guitar. So, he must be in the 1% that is more clever than pig shit.
Damon Albarn, musician and composer
Damon Albarn calls for a second referendum because the first one didn’t deliver the decision he wanted. Albarn lives in bubble of like-minded ‘creative’ people. He thinks that the ‘creative’ people didn’t spend enough time talking to the little people. These people simply didn’t understand what they were voting for.
Albarn hasn’t noticed that a second referendum would, effectively, be the end of democracy. He doesn’t appear to have thought it through. Perhaps he’s just too creative for us all.
Some Glastonbury festival-goers
The nicest of well-off, middle-class, neo-hippies think that they are clever and the majority of the population are “idiots”. The clothes choice would suggest that it’s the other way around.
Lord Alan Sugar, Property Tycoon and Opportunist
Lord Sugar thinks people who voted for Leave have been tricked by lies. He doesn’t think that people made a judgement and voted according to what they thought was right (unless they voted for Remain).
As a practised opportunist and bullshitter, he knows all about tricking people with lies.
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Guardian Columnist
Yasmin is famous for complaining that people’s ‘voices are not heard’. However, she is clear that she prefers the sound of her own voice most. Yasmin even likes to put words in other people’s mouths, so that she can then point at them and accuse them of bigotry.
Yasmin believes that we are still living in the 1960s when racism was rife. She hasn’t noticed that racism is now seen as old-fashioned and backward by most people. This doesn’t Yasmin from living in her cocooned fantasy world where she can vomit her fear and loathing of working class people and still consider herself liberal and open-minded.
Polly Toynbee, Guardian Columnist
The Guardian’s Polly Toynbee says that Brexit voters are impervious to ‘the facts’. They are under the influence of fascism ‘by another name’.
The anti-democratic response of miffed Remain campaigners would suggest that they are the ones who are more sympathetic to authoritarian political solutions.
Most of The Guardian letters page
The Guardian letters page is a reliable source of fear and loathing of the working class. A Brexit vote is seen as a “victory for stupidity and xenophobia”.
Mary Creagh, Labour MP and Labour Leadership Contender
64% of Mary Creagh MP’s Wakefield constituents voted to leave. She shows her contempt by comparing them with Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen.
And she wonders why she lost.
Lots of people on Twitter
People are stupid, ignorant and uneducated by the ‘experts’. No-one has suggested the re-introduction of eugenics, but these ‘progressive’ people are probably wishing for it.
Gary Lineker, Football Pundit and BBC Luvvie
Gary Lineker demonstrates that is is a media luvvie rather than a man of the people.
George Monbiot, Environmentalist and Anti-Human Campaigner
George Monbiot demands that “everything in our power” must be done to ensure that his demagoguery dominates over the ordinary people.
George’s general despair at the human race is given added weight when people vote against his view of the world. George Monbiot doesn’t just hate ordinary people, he hates the entire human race (apart from himself and his friends).
Simon Sharma, Historian (of sorts)
Simon Sharma has called for a rejection of the referendum vote. If this happened, the results of all future votes and referenda would be contested and optional. This would be the end democracy in the UK.
Although Simon claims to be a historian, he doesn’t appear to appreciate the catastrophic historical consequences of this approach. Simon’s call to arms for a “FIGHT” appears to feed his emotional temper, rather than make any sense.
Simon considers the 17.4 million Brexit voters to be thick and unable to see through the ‘lies’ and ‘fraud’.
Richard Branson, Businessman
Richard Branson believes that democracy is only good when the plebs vote in the ‘correct way’. Branson prefers rule by ‘statesmen’ like himself.
Jeremy Hardy, Comdedian
It is with great sadness that Jeremy Hardy is added to the wall. He is usually the sharpest and funniest person on Radio 4’s ‘News Quiz’. He doesn’t go for the usual contemptuous jokes about working class people using code words like ‘Scoucers’, ‘Glaswegians’ or ‘white van man’.
But, he thinks that a Brexit vote is creating racist rampage in Britain based on the evidence created in the heads of his social circle. Evidently Hardy’s opinion of the people around him is pretty low. Hopefully, he will redeem himself.
(Sir) Tony Robinson, Baldrick, writer and Labour Party Activist
Further sadness that such a nice and funny man uses Brexit as a term of abuse.
17.4 million people voted to leave the EU and I’m sure that most of them quite like him. Does he hold them an in equal contempt? Does he think that all of them are stupid, duped and incapable of making their own minds up?
Maybe he’s just a disconnected luvvie, wrapped up in his own luvvie world after all.
Richard Dawkins, Writer and professional atheist
“It is unfair to thrust on to unqualified simpletons the responsibility to take historic decisions of great complexity and sophistication.” Prospect Magazine, 6th July 2016
Say no more.
The political elite brought this result on themselves. For 30 years plus they have done little to address the concerns of people in working class areas. De industrialisation, privatisation of public services , Tuition fees , The implosion of a Casualised employment model and cuts to welfare have created a perfect storm in terms of the EU referendum. There are also many, many people on the left from these areas who oppose the EU. The EU demands privatisation of public services ,prohibits the bailing out of manufacturing industries and it’s value of free movement of Labour has been a disaster for low skilled , low paid workers in Britain, it has forced them to compete with an ever increasing supply of Labour that has pitted the poorest paid workers all over the EU in a race to the bottom on terms of wages. The indignation of the Liberal political class against these people is clear to see and it’s easy to understand why their liberal wet dream of a united EU had been rejected by the people who ft they had no stake in it.
I agree with all of the above – thank goodness someone else sees things this way!The vote can be seen as a people’s protest vote. It was a vote against EU rip off bureaucracy, big business and immigration. People are hoping that the money saved will go on the health service, education etc but as we are dealing with bourgeois politicians I am afraid they will be disappointed. Johnson will be feathering his nest with the rest of them. However, it is encouraging that so many voted and that they wanted to show they have had enough of being treated as they are. No prospect of their children having decent, secure, well paid jobs, or a house, or a university education and the injustice of immigrants getting council houses and jobs and free health care and benefits as soon as they get here. The debate has allowed people to talk about things that matter for the first time in a long while – the areas voting strongest were traditional Labour areas where people usually don’t bother to vote as they have seen it make no difference, but they want to believe that BREXIT can. The challenge now is to attack the government when it fails to deliver any benefits to working people by pointing out that you cannot expect anything else from bourgeois politicians who will always work for the system and themselves. The working people of this country need to start feeling empowered and there is a vacuum where there needs to be leadership. Is there anyone around who can provide this leadership, given the opportunism of the ‘left’?
Your last question is the question of the day. I think the first point is to try and get the Remainers to end their grieving and start thinking. I have written this as a starting point https://worthfightingfor.live/2016/06/26/post-brexit-how-should-remain-voters-respond/
We are not alone!
Paddy Ashdown this weekend declared all who voted to Leave are ‘Brownshirts’.
So a so-called peer of the realm has compared half the nation – that has repeatedly rejected him and his useless party – to fascist murderers. Nice.
He clearly deserves a place in the wall.
Like the 2013 cup final. One side youldn’t belie e they could ever lose.
Moaning ever since.
“You are stupid”
“You are selfish”
“You are racist”