PRIVILEGED, wealthy and impeccably well-connected, they're the elite making an attempt to overturn the democratic resolution to depart Europe — on
PRIVILEGED, wealthy and impeccably well-connected, they’re the elite making an attempt to overturn the democratic resolution to depart Europe — on a regular basis having the nerve to declare they characterize “the folks”.
Regardless of claiming to be a “grassroots marketing campaign”, the Folks’s Vote group, which is demanding a second referendum, is headed by millionaire Metropolis PR whiz Roland Rudd and funded by a coterie of wealthy contacts.
PR whiz Roland Rudd whose public relations agency Finsbury affords providers together with harm limitation[/caption]
And Rudd himself is from such a complicated background that his ex-House Secretary sister Amber was the “aristocracy coordinator” on film 4 Weddings And A Funeral.
Final evening distinguished Brexiteer Dan Hannan warned: “If anybody had any doubts about whether or not there was nonetheless such a factor because the British Institution, after the previous two years they’ll have had their eyes opened.
“From the second the vote was in various folks in politics, in some huge banks and companies, and above all within the civil service, have been working to undermine it. They might but succeed.”
When the Folks’s Vote group was launched in April this yr, its acknowledged mission was to demand a referendum on what sort of Brexit the UK wished, moderately than to overturn Brexit all collectively.
Unelected Labour peer Lord Adonis did a doctorate at Oxford on aristocracy and is an architect of unpopular uni tuition charges[/caption]
In Could, the organisation’s communications chief James McGrory even insisted that having a second referendum on the query of leaving itself could be “totally, totally poisonous”.
However that veneer of respecting the unique vote has now disappeared.
Final evening a spokesman admitted to The Solar of the brand new referendum they demand: “It ought to give folks the chance to remain within the European Union.”
This week, long-time pro-EU politicians Justine Greening, Caroline Lucas and Chuka Umunna handed in a petition to No10 with greater than one million signatures of those that again one other vote.
Professional-EU politicians handed in a petition to no10 with over a million signatures demanding a folks’s vote[/caption]
Labour’s former Shadow Enterprise Secretary Chuka Umunna voted in favour of holding an EU referendum however insists Brexit will make the UK poorer[/caption]
And up to now fortnight Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and two just lately resigned cupboard ministers have all of the sudden come out in favour of a second referendum on our ties to Brussels.
In the meantime, each time TV crews broadcast outdoors Parliament, they discover a “Folks’s Vote” banner being waved behind them.
It’s an astonishing show of the facility of a bunch that could be a product of the manicured lawns of the nation’s public colleges, the Institution and London’s elite monetary establishments.
And it’s a big PR coup for Roland Rudd, whose public relations agency Finsbury affords providers together with harm limitation.
Dan Snow is a TV historian educated at St Paul’s Faculty and Oxford, and is now married to the daughter of the sixth Duke of Westminster[/caption]
Dominic West is the outdated Etonian star of The Affair, is married to an aristocrat and hates folks mentioning his privileged background… Oops[/caption]
Purchasers have included failed financial institution Northern Rock on the time of the monetary crash and Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, listed by the US as having hyperlinks to Vladimir Putin.
Consummate networker Rudd, 57, is the son of late millionaire inventorydealer Tony Rudd — who in 1988 was declared “completely unfit” to be an organization director.
He studied at one of many nation’s most unique public colleges, Millfield, earlier than occurring to Oxford.
He then grew to become a monetary journalist, and through his time on the Monetary Occasions grew to become such good buddies with Robert Peston, now ITV’s political editor, that the pair have been dubbed “the Pest and the Rat”.
Ex-EU Commissioner and Labour Cupboard minster Lord Mandelson as soon as mistook a Hartlepool fish and chip store’s mushy peas for guacamole[/caption]
Even after leaving journalism to arrange his PR firm, Rudd stays near Peston and the pro-EU paper they used to work for.
In the meantime, Rudd has performed eye-wateringly nicely out of Finsbury, promoting an 80 per cent share in his agency for £40million in 2001 and incomes £5.2million final yr as its chairman.
It permits him to personal a £23million pad in London’s posh Kensington, and a stately Grade I-listed Georgian pile close to the village of Cuckington, Somerset.
The eight-bedroom mansion additionally reportedly boasts a recreation larder and a croquet garden.
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Mandarin thinks we must always keep within the EU as ‘we native Brits are so bloody silly that we’d like an injection of clever folks’[/caption]
That huge wealth helped him to part-fund the Folks’s Vote, which fashioned out of Open Britain and varied different anti-Brexit foyer teams.
Rudd additionally helped organise the group’s march in London in October, in addition to its celebrity-laden advert.
Amongst these recording second referendum movies for him have been tax-avoiding presenter Gary Lineker, Australian comic Tim Minchin and actor Sir Patrick Stewart, who desires to use for US citizenship.
There have been additionally messages from Outdated Etonian actor Dominic West, St Paul’s Faculty outdated boy historian Dan Snow and privately educated screenwriter Armando Iannucci.
Inexperienced Get together’s solely MP Caroline Lucas voted to name a referendum on the EU, despite the fact that her Brighton constituency is vastly pro-Stay[/caption]
Different key backers embody Lord Adonis, Lord Kerr, Lord Wallace, former Labour International Secretary David Miliband and former BT chairman Sir Michael Rake.
Rudd can be buddies with International Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Labour Europhile Peter Mandelson and former Lib Dem chief Nick Clegg, that means he has affect in all the most important political events.
Rudd was even pleasant sufficient with ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair to supply his son Euan work expertise at Finsbury.
On prime of all that, he’s a trustee of the Royal Opera Home, in addition to a board member of Germany’s Bayreuth opera competition and chair of the governors at his old skool, Millfield in Somerset.
Justine Greening give up Cupboard after the PM ‘demoted’ her to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and she or he has undermined Theresa Could ever since[/caption]
You’d suppose the Oxford-educated author of The Thick Of It Armando Iannucci would have had sufficient of clusterf*** political campaigns[/caption]
Having initially given over area at his PR agency’s workplaces to Folks’s Vote workers, the dad of three is now a guarantor for the lease of their new workplace area at Millbank tower, close to the Homes of Parliament.
Whereas pro-EU predecessor group Open Britain acquired donations of £736,500 final yr, the Folks’s Vote group just isn’t open about donors.
They solely say that “round half” their funds got here from “common appeals to our assist base” and the remainder from “different sources”.
However one of many huge backers has been Superdry founder Julian Dunkerton, who chipped in £1million.
Comic Tim Minchin was born in Northampton, raised in Ouncesand moved again to Sydney final yr – then made a fortune co-writing the musical Matilda[/caption]
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Separate from Folks’s Vote is one other anti-Brexit group, Finest For Britain, based by businesswoman Gina Miller. It additionally desires a second referendum.
Billionaire investor George Soros, who made a fortune from Britain’s 1992 foreign money disaster, just lately gave this group £500,000 and personal fairness investor Stephen Peel donated £100,000.
In the meantime, final month Rudd, who can be a trustee of the Tate galleries, employed out the Tate Britain for Finsbury’s glittering Winter Get together.
Sir Patrick Stewart who now lives in New York vowed final yr to use for US citizenship in order that he may “struggle” President Donald Trump[/caption]
A lot of the discuss on the bash was about defeating Could’s deal.
Brexiteer Tory MEP Dan Hannan fears an “open conspiracy” could also be beneath technique to forestall Britain going its personal approach in March.
He concluded: “The timing and spacing of the bulletins and warnings about Brexit from monetary establishments and suppose tanks just isn’t coincidental.”