KATHRYN HUGHES

The Mail on Sunday - Event - - BOOKS -

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

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