No one could accuse Gina Miller of being a people-pleaser. In this memoir-come-self-help-book, the woman who led the legal challenge to stop the UK government triggering Brexit without parliamentary consent explains how various ‘experts’ have offered to help her with her ‘warmth problem’. But she’s not interested. The point was not to make friends but to stand up for her principles.
In the 20 months since she came to public attention, the Guyanese-born marketing executive has been subject to what sounds like horrific racist and sexist abuse by those who accuse her of derailing Brexit, in effect going against the will of the people.
There isn’t anything to be gained by repeating the slurs here, although Miller certainly doesn’t hold back. Suffice it to say that in 2017, Rhodri Philipps was jailed for three months for suggesting on Facebook that he would pay ‘£5,000 for the first person to “accidentally” run over this bloody troublesome first generation immigrant’. Whether Miller is an ‘immigrant’ is a moot point. She was born in what was then British Guiana to a leading lawyer. At 11, she was sent to Britain for her education. But that’s where the silverspooning stopped. By the age of 13, she was going to work at 5am as a chambermaid before changing into school uniform. A few years later, and by now the mother of a child with special needs, she was working as a waitress while studying law.
One night, on her way home, she was brutally attacked by some fellow students (in fact, as she admitted to this newspaper last