Wednesday, 30th September 2020

How to organise a hideously middle-class pro-EU event

ARE you a Guardian reader who wants to show their support for the EU as we leave tomorrow? Here’s how to hold an event that’s embarrassingly middle class.

Treat it as a fancy dress party

Have a delightful time prancing around in blue-and-gold face paint, silly wigs and EU flags worn as capes. People are guaranteed to take you seriously if you look like an alternative hippy clown troupe from Bristol. 

Really bang on about ‘my children’s future’ 

This is annoyingly sanctimonious, as if other parents won’t be that bothered if their kids get squished by a bus tomorrow. It’s also a bit pathetic, as if you can’t just say “Brexit is a terrible idea” without invoking ‘the little ones’.

Focus on fabulous drinks and nibbles

A pro-EU gathering needn’t be a joyless affair, but somehow you’re missing the point if Brexit barely gets a mention and you just talk about bourgeois foodie issues like affordable sauvignon blancs and your brave decision to make your own gravadlax.

Be ridiculously over-the-top about how much you love the EU

The EU is fundamentally a trade organisation, albeit a progressive one. Gushing about it like a besotted 13-year-old One Direction fan is weird. You wouldn’t start putting posters of Lloyds Bank on your bedroom wall because they gave you a mortgage.

Invent a terrible pro-EU song

Get everyone singing ‘We’re Going Back to the EU Tomorrow’ to the tune of ‘We’re All Going to the Zoo Tomorrow’. It will be toe-curlingly embarrassing but Josh will love it because he can get out his guitar.