The one-time Transport Secretary is accused of turning into “the crazier, shoutier end of Twitter” and going “a bit Paul Mason”.
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We advised scepticism about the Brexit conspiracy theories – and now The Observer is ‘clarifying’ its allegations
Wishful thinking is a risky thing to indulge – it can lead people not to ask sufficiently tough questions to test the things that they are told.
A response to Paul Goodman’s recent article arguing that opponents of Leave should accept that spending didn’t swing the referendum – since Remain spent more.
Andrea Leadsom: It’s a year today until Brexit. Let’s continue to proclaim that it will be good for Britain.
The evidence points to a thriving City, and so I will continue to talk up our financial sector as the best game in town.
“It is not about Remain or Leave,” the Observer journalist replies – while notably failing to say “yes”.
WATCH: McDonald says Labour should “work to try to heal the nation”, not sow division with a second referendum
“We do have to work collectively…Owen [Smith] has made it clear he’s not prepared to abide by the collective responsibility principle,” notes the Shadow Transport Secretary.
To Diehard Remainers. You lost. Get over it. Drop the conspiracy theories – and stop assuming Leave voters are thick.
Lavish campaign spending does not guarantee electoral success. If it did, Brexit wouldn’t be happening. And Theresa May would now have a majority.
J P Floru: People only moan about the use of Facebook data when it is used by campaigns they dislike
If Hillary and Remain had won, using the same methods, would anyone at the Guardian or the BBC have cared a bean about Cambridge Analytica’s behaviour?
There must be a middle-ground between taking data-driven campaigning for granted and wild alarmism about its dangers
Given that most people don’t really understand what it is or how it works, it’s a field ripe for under- or over-reaction. Or, indeed, both at the same time.
Daniel Hannan: Brexit will be a success, but swivel-eyed Remainers make the process more costly than it needs to be
The message that some send to Brussels – that if the Eurocrats make it all painful enough then we can be bullied into changing our minds – is mistaken but harmful.
That’s unlikely to deter hardcore Remainers from egging Juncker et al on. But will it persuade Labour to stop working with Brussels against the UK negotiating position?
The Mayor should take the responsibility to be a unifying figure with a positive message – not just churn out doom-laden predictions.
Also: SNP’s deputy leadership contest reveals splits over Europe and ‘Indyref2’; and Jones demands ‘soft border’ between Irish and Welsh ports post-Brexit.
Daniel Hannan: Johnson – a Tigger among Eeyores – is right to restate the positive, uplifting vision of Brexit
Many voters – Leave and Remain – appreciate his spirit of boldness, and want to move on from past divisions, not reopen them. There are opportunities to be grasped.
“It is our stubborn attachment to running ourselves that will end up making our society fairer and more prosperous.” Johnson’s Brexit speech – full text
“It has become absolutely clear to me that we cannot take the argument for granted.”