Former Brexiteer goes through his old tweets and corrects himself in genius thread
- Credit: Archant
In an act of enormous personal honesty, a Brexiteer who changed his mind decided to revisit his old tweets and reply to them from his new Remain perspective.
Jamie Thomas, a Labour supporter who lent his vote to the Brexit Party in the EU elections, has spent plenty of time on Twitter discussing everything from Guy Verhofstadt to Project Fear.
But thanks to keeping an open mind and following a wide range of views, he said he "slowly" changed his mind to Remain.
"I was just looking through my old tweets because I was curious about how much my opinion had changed as I didn't really feel the shift," he explained to The New European.
"I realised that some of the tweets I wrote were just plain wrong so I wanted to correct them."
You may also want to watch:
By going through his old tweets and quote-tweeting them with his current opinion, he's caused a huge reaction and has had more than 1,800 retweets.
He started with a reply he had made in February to Gavin Esler, suggesting that Guy Verhofstadt was unelected.
- 1 Why have Remainers gone so quiet?
- 2 The cheerleaders who have let Boris Johnson get away with it
- 3 Brexiteers propose return of imperial measurements in report on reducing 'red tape'
- 4 Amazon order shows how we're all paying the price for Brexit
- 5 Why don't Brexiteers like to talk about Brexit any more?
- 6 PMQs: Ian Blackford drops truth bomb over post-Brexit trade deal with Australia
- 7 Politicians should vote on Australian post-Brexit trade deal, says Nicola Sturgeon
- 8 George Eustice could be demoted in next cabinet reshuffle
- 9 When Eton took on a team of miners at football
- 10 How the Kominsky Method grapples with growing old
Correcting himself in October, he said: "Verhofstadt is an MEP! He was elected by the people of Belgium in the European Parliament elections!"
In another quote-tweet, he disagreed with his earlier statements on the 2016 referendum campaign.
In February, he had said that because the Remain campaign focused on the worst case scenario, so people cannot claim they were uninformed about what Brexit meant. But he has now pointed out: "The Leave campaign dismissed it as Project Fear and enough people believed them to affect the result."
While in March, Jamie warned against "ignoring" the result of the referendum, he later quote tweeted himself saying:
"But the result has not been ignored, that is why successive prime ministers and governments have attempted to negotiate a deal with the EU that can pass through parliament. It is still OK to ask 'Now we have a defined Leave option, is this what you want?'"
The full thread of 12 instances of Jamie arguing with his old political viewpoint can be read here or by clicking any of the embedded tweets.
Jamie is one of many people using the #RemainerNow hashtag of people who have changed their minds on Brexit.
Boris Johnson becoming prime minister was "the final push I needed," said Jamie, who is normally a Labour supporter. But he said he began changing his mind around May to June this year.
He said that using Twitter more regularly for "balanced political news" had influenced him, as he had decided to follow people from both sides of the argument. "I quite rapidly came around," he said on Twitter.
"The response has been really positive," Jamie told The New European. "I don't think I've had any responses at all from angry Leave voters.
"I have mixed feelings about that because on the one hand I'd rather not get a bunch of nasty messages but on the other hand it shows that probably quite a lot of them are in a bubble of Twitter users completely isolated from the opposing view."
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.