as Boris Johnson was targeted in a manure stunt ahead of the EU vote

as Boris Johnson was targeted in a manure stunt ahead of the EU vote

as Boris Johnson was targeted in a manure stunt ahead of the EU vote

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A senior assistant from the No. 10 by David Cameron urged Momentum activists to dump horse manure outside Boris Johnson’s home in a last ditch effort to prevent Brexit, says a new book.

It was June 2016 and panic was spreading within Cameron’s inner circle and among the rest across the country. Polls suggested that voting leave was advancing, that the Fear project had backfired, and that Brexit could indeed happen.

With great frustration of the n. 10, many young voters seemed apathetic. There were fears that Labor supporters were not thrilled to vote to stay on June 23, in part because then party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s support for staying in the EU had been lukewarm at best.

In his new book, This It’s only the beginning: The Realization of a New They left, From Anti-Austerity al Fall of CorbynFormer Momentum activist Michael Chessum reveals how desperate No. 10 has become to demonize Johnson, the co-leader of Vote Leave with Michael Gove, and get young people to vote for EU.

Chessum writes that n. 10 reached out to Momentum to suggest a number of options: “As panic spread to all parts of the remaining coalition, ideas became more and more desperate and elaborate.

“In the final week of the campaign, Momentum was approached by a senior government official who did a series of wild stunts that attracted the attention they thought they might be interested in doing.

“The most imaginative suggestion was to rent a truck loaded with animal poo, ditch it on the street outside Boris Johnson’s house in Islington, and then publish the incident under the title ‘you’re full of shit’; the establishment press, it seems, would give us rave reviews. “

Chessum, who later helped create the left-wing Another Europe Is Possible organization, said: “The problem was that the official stay campaign was completely dominated by establishment politicians and business leaders. They had based everything on abstract economic arguments.

“So at this point they were – quite rightly – panicked. Momentum was a young and dynamic organization that could inject some anti-establishment energy and drive into the campaign, and they must have seen it and thought it could help. It was such a weak and superficial attempt to tackle the problem, and by now it was too late ”.

In the book, which will be published in early October, Chessum recounts other unsuccessful efforts to deal with defectors. “In early June I found myself recruiting volunteers from Momentum nets to take part in a counter-flotilla against Nigel Farage’s fishing fleet parade, an excruciatingly nasty stunt culminating in an angry Bob Geldof yelling insults at class fishermen. worker on the Thames outside parliament.

“Hovering above the fray, a team of volunteers and I threw a giant banner from Westminster Bridge (read” Don’t Let Farage Sink Britain “) as we periodically squabbled with retired couples from English market towns who had come down. to cheer Farage and were determined to stop us from showing it.

Downing Street was asked to comment on the claims but declined to answer.

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