I’m writing this on the easyJet flight back from Marrakech, where I have just spent a long weekend as a house guest of Rachel Johnson. She had managed to secure a marvellous villa by the name of Ezzahra, about a 20-minute drive from the airport, complete with a pool, spa and paddle tennis court. There were 12 of us in all, five couples and two men travelling solo — Harry Mount, the editor of the Oldie, and Mark Palmer, the travel editor of the Daily Mail. Harry, Mark and I quickly discovered we were the only Leavers in a nest of die-hard Remainers.
Now, it will not come as news to Spectator readers that the result of last year’s referendum has left some pro-Europeans feeling a teensy-weensy bit annoyed. A case in point is Rachel’s husband, Ivo Dawnay, who asks every Leaver he bumps into if they’ve ever woken up at 4 a.m. and thought: ‘Oh my God! What have I done?’ Ivo is probably the most zealous Remainer I know, but Rachel is not far behind and they had a host of reinforcements in the house party — formidable overachievers like Emma Tucker, deputy editor of the Times.
I know from experience that no good comes of discussing Brexit at social gatherings of this kind, so suggested to Rachel beforehand that she declare a moratorium on the topic. She circulated an email to all the houseguests last week, quoting me as saying I was bored with talking about it, then accidentally on purpose copied me in to one of the replies: ‘Tell him we’re not bored and are DYING to hear his justification for the stupidest act of self-harm EVER!’ (To read more, click here.)
Re: My holiday hell with die-hard Remainers
Posted by Tim Cowhig on 02-12-2017 12:46:
Funny but bitter sweet because many of us who voted leave have come across this type of hyperbolic reaction from some remain voters.
Often the justification is that unlike elections this referendum is a permanent choice. I did not treat people with such illgrace who voted Conservative from 1979 onwards which brought Thatcherism which was quite objectionable to me.
This referendum can be overturned by either the Labour or Conservative Party if they stated they intended to do so in their manifesto and won a large majority or indeed if a future referendum over turnded it.
I think the reaction of your holiday companions is rooted in a sense of intellectual superiority and is reinforced by over exposure to their echo chamber now bunker mentality.