by Will Lloyd
Monday, 24
October 2022
Dispatch
13:45

Another tough day for Gina Miller

The True & Fair leader doesn't even want to rejoin the EU
by Will Lloyd
Gina’s squad.

Church House, Westminster 

 “The problem with politicians is that they think they can fix everything alone”, a young man says. “They’re all egotists.”

He should be careful where he lobs the E-word around here. We are gathered in a Westminster back room to witness Gina Miller announce the first tranche of candidates for her True & Fair party. In January, she announced her party’s existence to the world at the Queen Elizabeth II centre. The venue was too much of an air hangar. Back then empty seats were everywhere, as silent and spooky as graves. Miller, we must concede, is learning. She will not play roulette with humiliation again. Today, several pension age supporters are forced to stand.

One pensioner who does have a chair is Mark, a retired small businessman from Morecambe. He is talking about Boris Johnson — “Words just fail me” — and so is everybody else. Again. I suspect that half the room, and much of the point of True & Fair, is about hating Boris Johnson. Well, don’t we all at this point? But would we spend a million quid on a new political party to demonstrate it?

Miller arrives. Her speeches are not speeches. They are splenetic state of the nation tirades. She blasts “unicorn thinking”. She says she is sick of being laughed at by foreign friends shocked by the United Kingdom’s reduced status, sick too, of “sitting on the sofa shouting at the television or the radio”. (I am forced to imagine watching Question Time with Miller, and a shudder travels up and down my spine.) All of us, Miller says, are “worried and fed-up”. It should be her party’s name.

Miller wants British governance to be more legalistic. More rules, more oaths, more oversight committees. She has a lawyer’s faith in the rules. She does not see that human beings are ambiguous and amorphous, and that for parliamentary democracy to function at all, there will always be moments when the rules must be stretched, if not broken. Successful political systems have to account for crooked timber, and humanity. Miller would rather wrap our politics and politicians in so much legal gaffer tape.

She kept saying that things needed to be “grown-up” — but we are past all that. British politics is a rolling Satyricon now. Miller cannot comprehend that her toys-out-of-the-pram performances during the Brexit years made her one of the shows leading child stars.

Nine candidates are introduced. Half of me, forgetting that I was watching the Gina Miller Show, wanted Hugh Grant or Chuka Umunna to appear. Just for old Brexit times’s sake. Instead we had nine civilians. Miller introduced herself last. She will be Truthing and Fairing Chris Grayling’s Epsom and Ewell seat at the next general election. How much is this all costing True and Fair, someone asks her. Close to a million pounds. Cheaper ways to crash and burn do exist. 

I ask Miller why she isn’t a Liberal Democrat. (In the recent past she used to address their conference, and had to deny she wanted to be their leader.) The room giggles nervously. She says they wouldn’t make the necessary reforms to the way the government works.

At morning’s close, a cantankerous older gentleman repeatedly asks Miller why we cannot rejoin the EU. A back and forth argument over Brexit begins. She looks embarrassed, then says “there are no legal mechanisms for rejoining the EU… it would take over a decade”.

The old man represents much of the room — they give him the day’s longest and loudest applause — and the entirety of Miller’s fanbase. They are still in Brexit mode. They want her to be their Joan of Arc again.

That Miller refuses that role renders both her, and her party, in search of a purpose.

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Hugh Bryant
Hugh Bryant
1 month ago

God, I’d forgotten all about Gina Miller.

Adam Bacon
Adam Bacon
1 month ago
Reply to  Hugh Bryant

That may be because she, like many of her kind, has been remarkably quiet during the era of Covid lockdowns.
Any potential issues regarding misinterpretation or flouting of laws and parliamentary process during this time seem to have been no concern to her.

Ian Stewart
Ian Stewart
1 month ago
Reply to  Hugh Bryant

That must be your psyche working, making you forget the nightmares and scary monsters. The writer has now introduced a new nightmare – watching Question Time with Gina Miller.

There should have been a trigger warning in this article.

Last edited 1 month ago by Ian Stewart
William Shaw
William Shaw
1 month ago
Reply to  Hugh Bryant

We’d all like to do that.

Graeme Kemp
Graeme Kemp
1 month ago
Reply to  Hugh Bryant

If only…. !

Art C
Art C
1 month ago
Reply to  Hugh Bryant

Everybody had. Except the lady herself of course. But a raging ego will out. And apart from becoming a suicide bomber, starting a 5th rate political party is one of the few other ways an utter non-entity can force us all to remember her from time to time.

Aaron James
Aaron James
1 month ago

I had tea with Screaming Lord Sutch in his mother’s house in Pinner once.

Richard Abbot
Richard Abbot
1 month ago
Reply to  Aaron James

Screaming Lord Sutch was probably more interesting.

Last edited 1 month ago by Richard Abbot
Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey
1 month ago
Reply to  Richard Abbot

With more sensible policies too.

Ian Stewart
Ian Stewart
1 month ago
Reply to  Aaron James

No relation presumably? Just askin’

Graeme Kemp
Graeme Kemp
1 month ago

According to Wikipedia the short-lived centre party Renew was merged (silently) in to the True and Fair Party. I can’t see T&FP doing any better than Renew…and that’s not just because of a lack of (much needed) proportional representation. I can’t see who the True and Fair Party’s support base will be. Former Conservatives? Former Labour? True and Fair doesn’t seem to represent (or claim to represent) either capital or labour. With the Liberal Democrats around (as stated above) it is difficult to see many centrists being attracted to True and Fair Party either. At least small, (once) new, parties like UKIP were able to focus on a particular issue, European integration. And anyone remember their spin-off the Veritas party? Nope…..I’m not sure T&F really focus enough on one burning issue – “democracy” and “corruption” can be quite vague. Hang on to your membership subs I think !

William Shaw
William Shaw
1 month ago

What a shame… so much passion, such naivety about how the world works. Destined to be little more than an irritant.

Paddy Secretan
Paddy Secretan
1 month ago

Oh Lord. Not her again!

Nicky Samengo-Turner
Nicky Samengo-Turner
1 month ago

This woman’s hounding of another man to prison for expressing a view puts her in the below pond life category

Andy White
Andy White
1 month ago

Oh dear. Gina’s USP – a step change in government transparency and accountability – is actually a cause worth promoting long-term, IMO. Via a think tank, maybe? But trying to build a separate political party around it is just going to burn up time, money and energy, and make the transparency/accountability cause seem less important than it is. Pity.

Leejon 0
Leejon 0
1 month ago

I am very slightly ashamed of sniggering. Hey ho!

Frank McCusker
Frank McCusker
1 month ago

With a name as tediously literal as that, her party is going nowhere – it sounds more like a pressure group than a party.
But what is the point of this article? It neither functions as serious analysis, nor as satire. To be effective, satire should be funny. This is merely peevish. Nor is it analysis – it trades in uncorroborated generalities which at times veer uncomfortably close to being an apologia for corruption.  
Here is the judgment of the case brought by Miller:
https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/docs/uksc-2016-0196-judgment.pdf
That case is the main reason why Miller is so hated by the Brexiter cultists. Remember the “enemies of the people” headlines and Farage’s threatened march on Rome, sorry the Supreme Court lol.  
Since the author dislikes Miller so much, it stands to reason that he must disagree with this decision.
Kindly read the judgment, and then set out (logically and calmly, without any ad hominem self-indulgence) your reasons for disagreeing with it.

Richard Craven
Richard Craven
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank McCusker

Why should we?

Art C
Art C
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank McCusker

If anyone fits the bill of cultist it is Gina with her “Remain” obsession. Cult members are typically people who cannot let go. And not even a blindingly clear expression of democracy can change them. Our friend Gina is cut from the same cloth of that paragon of obsession, Hillary Clinton, who simply refuses to accept that when democracy is allowed to function, people don’t her ideas; or her! You will find her doing her Gina thing in much of this video.