Letter: Truth is the first casualty in battle of Cable’s speech

PUBLISHED: 10:31 19 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:32 19 March 2018

Sir Vince Cable, Member of Parliament for Twikenham and leader of the Liberal Democrat party, speaking at a '#StopBrexit' event (Photo by Jonathan Nicholson/NurPhoto/Sipa USA)

Sir Vince Cable, Member of Parliament for Twikenham and leader of the Liberal Democrat party, speaking at a '#StopBrexit' event (Photo by Jonathan Nicholson/NurPhoto/Sipa USA)

SIPA USA/PA Images

Vince Cable was not “insulting 17.4 million voters” when he said that nostalgia played a part in the referendum result; he was telling the truth, argues Sarah Thomas.

After years of peace and economic stability, the referendum took place at a time when the news was dominated by ISIS, Calais and austerity. No wonder some older voters chose to look back to less frightening and confusing times, no matter what the cost to their younger relatives.

No wonder too when the daily newspapers which are still read widely by older people pumped out relentless pro-Brexit propaganda. Some four million people read the Sun, Mail, Telegraph, Express or Star every day compared to the 1.3 people who read the Mirror, Times, Financial Times and Guardian.

The Brexiteer campaign to portray Sir Vince as some kind of reverse racist is built on misrepresentation. The much-quoted mention of a desire by Brexit voters to see “white faces” was part of a section in which he said that “too many were driven by nostalgia for a world where passports were blue, faces were white and the map was coloured imperial pink”. As such, if you will forgive the pun, it is a red herring.

In the absence of real leadership on Brexit from Labour, Sir Vince is at least trying to lead. The faux outrage from Brexiteers which has greeted his speech shows how much they feel the need to discredit him.

Sarah Thomas, Staffordshire

• Send your letters for publication to letters@theneweuropean.co.uk

MORE: Subscribe to The New European for six issues for just £1 and receive two free gifts

MORE: Download the latest free podcast from The New European

You've seen the news, now discover the story

The New European is committed to providing in-depth analysis of the Brexit process, its implications and progress as well as celebrating European life.

Try 13 weeks for £13

Support The New European's vital role as a voice for the 48%

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.

  • Become a friend of The New European for a contribution of £48. You will qualify for a mention in our newspaper (should you wish)
  • Become a partner of The New European for a contribution of £240. You will qualify for a mention in our newspaper (should you wish) and receive a New European Branded Pen and Notebook
  • Become a patron of The New European for a contribution of £480. You will qualify for a mention in our newspaper (should you wish) and receive a New European Branded Pen and Notebook and an A3 print of The New European front cover of your choice, signed by Editor Matt Kelly

By proceeding, you agree to the New Europeans supporters club Terms & Conditions which can be found here.



Supporter Options

Mention Me in The New European



If Yes, Name to appear in The New European



Latest Articles

ANTI-BREXIT EVENTS

Grassroots anti-Brexit campaigners are increasing the pressure on politicians ahead of a series of important votes this year. Here is a list of the events organised across Britain in the coming weeks and months.

Trending

Newsletter Sign Up

The New European weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy