A brilliant thread on why convincing people to listen to each other’s experience and so introducing the human side again might just help to starve the growing fascism in UK society.


First published in February 2020.

This is a challenge to Brexiters and Remainers alike: Declare a Brexit ceasefire.

Come together against the far-right, the racism and all forms of extremism, and formally distance yourselves.

The hashtag #Thick is all over Twitter about Brexiters. But it’s not funny. Just as reality TV humiliating people isn’t.

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The hashtag #Thick is all over Twitter about Brexiters. But it’s not funny. It stops dialogue dead.

It stops dialogue dead.

It does not change anything.

What I notice most in online exchanges is that bringing up racism escalates the hate, and it serves as a springboard for bots and trolls to involve themselves. A red flag to Remainers, who then go on lock down.

The fascist ideology has crept into all wakes of society under the cover of the Brexit debate. It was deliberately normalised by the media, the social media and the politicians.

But the Brexiters who accepted the likes of Farage and Robinson as a ‘necessary evil’ in the cause are equally culpable.

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The fascist ideology has crept into all wakes of society under the cover of the Brexit debate. It was deliberately normalised by the media.

Nevertheless, criticism for not addressing the extremism threat also falls on Remain, if we are honest.

We made the EU loss our prime concern, while failing to put up a single large anti-fascist demonstration that could have drawn support from all political spectrums.

Now far-right extremists feel emboldened to roam the streets intimidating people, because we failed to jointly condemn them. Bombs are planted again. Politicians pursue racist agendas and are trying to impede information and justice.

The fallout will hit us all, our international reputation and prospects, Brexit or not.

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Time to come together against the far-right, the racism and all forms of extremism. / Daily Mail

If this does not unite decent people on one level, nothing will. It will justifiably isolate those who voted for Brexit out of racism. They deserve nothing less.

Then, we can talk properly.

So, during discussions, before throwing around accusations, ask people to self-declare, to say No to the far-right. Or the far-left. If they don’t, there is no point. Don’t waste your time as you will only feed fascists and bots. Block them.

Ceasefire does not equate reconciliation. But how will we run a country, or rather even get any opportunity to do so, if we are not managing to split the Leave camp? Again, a different voting system will never come under the Tories.

So, here we are.

I’m not expecting people to be bowled over. It is a challenge after all. But keep an open mind about it. If we can convince people to listen to each other’s experience, we can introduce the human side again and that starves fascism.

My best example for that is this: people tell me they voted for Brexit, but then without any irony say: “but we don’t want you to leave.” They do not hate what they know, they hate what they fear, and that is what Farage et al. exploited. And that is where we must apply leverage.

I am a pebble on a beach of Kippers here. That does not stop me.


Tweets posted on 7 February 2020 by @Shieldmaid8.



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[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 8 February 2020 with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]

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