This is an outstanding, must-read op-ed by Peter Mandelson in the Guardian. He argues brilliantly that since having its economic arguments blown apart, Vote Leave has had no other option but to rely on xenophobia.
It worth exploring definitions of xenophobia. I cannot, and do not, believe that a thousand years of British history that has been an example to both the developed and developing world will simply cave in to ‘dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries’.
With ‘Vote Leave’ totally discredited economically, Mandelson is right to zoom in on xenophobia. It is time for the UK Conservative Party to shoot down xenophobia or face rapid extinction.
Apart from focusing on the ugliness of xenophobia, there is an opportunity to highlight for ordinary people, in colorful and graphic terms, the economic consequence of a Brexit, in terms of jobs, healthcare, public services, defense etc. Older UK voters need to face up to big cuts in pensions, benefits and the NHS – expect to start paying for healthcare under a Boris Johnson led government.
One final thought, it a shame that the Labour Party has been hijacked by the extreme left and lost the brilliance of people like Mandelson. And I’m conservative in my political views.