Tuesday 17 January 2017

Brendan Keenan on Project Fear: They were right to be afraid, and so should we be

Brendan Kennan

Published 02/07/2016 | 02:30

Bryony Jackson was one of the thousands of ‘Remain’ supporters that gathered outside the Scottish Parliament, in Edinburgh, to show their support for the EU in the wake of Brexit. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Bryony Jackson was one of the thousands of ‘Remain’ supporters that gathered outside the Scottish Parliament, in Edinburgh, to show their support for the EU in the wake of Brexit. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Project Fear - the Brexiteers' description of the Remain side's campaign - was perhaps their most successful line in the bitter UK referendum debate.

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A basic rule of politics is that it is a bad idea to try to frighten the voters. That seems to have held true this time too, but what if the voters really should be afraid, perhaps very afraid?

Many already know that they are more fearful than they were before the vote - whichever way they voted, or even if they had no vote - like the Irish, the rest of the EU and a good chunk of the world besides.

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