Earlier this evening, the BBCNews anchor announced that Donald Trump had won a stunning victory in South Africa. I must say, the American appetite for colonialism is getting out of hand.
Earlier still, the Mayor of London finally jumped the way it always looked odds-on he would:
So now it’s BoJo-a-Go-Gove, ba-boom….and the two sides are clearly lined up. Yet it still all looks oddly confused.
For one thing, apart from Kate Hoey, I don’t like any of the major players on either side. I will Vote Leave, chiefly because there are two Establishments we need to chuck out, and the EC-ECB-eurogroupe Troika is marginally more ghastly than the British one. Furthermore, get rid of one illegal corporate dictatorship with a cross on the ballot paper, and that means we can focus fulltime on the home-grown shower.
Then there’s the fact that Boris adores Brussels but wants to leave – whereas Dave hates it but wants to stay.
Or that Jeremy Corbyn deeply distrusts its corporacratic motives, but insists that we should vote to Stay In….which is nice of him to risk our rights to save his skin, but not entirely satisfactory.
And that Hillary Benn is in the Labour Party, is passionate about bombing Syria, and enthuses about a Union that smashes any and all opposition with a fiscal baseball bat.
Not forgetting Nicola Sturgeon who says that, if we leave the EU, there must be another referendum on Scottish Independence. Which is, um, exactly the same as she wants if we stay in.
I suppose I’m making two points here. First, the entire thing is – apart from a few honourable exceptions – riddled with opportunism, false hope, hypocrisy and mendacity. Plus ça change.
Second, the Westminster Party system now looks deeply uncomfortable in its own skin….as indeed do most members of them. Place an issue like this before it, and it takes on all the functional discipline of a puppy socialisation class.
In short, there are medium-term ramifications that, regardless of one’s preference, do need to be at least thought about. I hope to enlarge on these tomorrow.
Meanwhile, I leave you with one thought: with Johnson and Gove now firmly in the Brexit camp, Rupert Murdoch has everything to gain from them winning. But he remains – although his newspapers are solidly anti the Cameron ‘deal’ – coy: he has not allowed any of his titles to break cover, nor has he personally commented.
Could it be, I ask myself, that the Leavers think he might, if he did intervene, do more harm than good?