Right – we’re about 3 weeks out, so close enough for an Afterword forecast.
Personally, I’m starting to think there’s a real chance we’ll end up out. The tone of the debate has been really troubling: Cameron has deployed the same scaremongering tactics which, to be fair, served him well at the last election; Corbyn has made absolutely palpable his distaste for being forced to agree with a Conservative Prime Minister on anything; and the Leave campaign have assured us that there is literally no downside to leaving the EU (really?!?) and that we should just ignore the numerous world leaders, economists and historians who have lined up to tell us otherwise, because they’re all just, like, the Man.
I can’t help feeling that, given the gravity of the issue, we deserve a little better than this. It seems to me that what we’re being asked to decide here, once you burn away all the ephemera and misinformation on either side, is between remaining part of a profoundly anti-Democratic and often dysfunctional body politic, or otherwise rolling the dice and risking all manner of foreseeable and unforeseeable aftershocks. Basically, a choice between long term and short term, heart and head, principle and pragmatism – if I may grossly over-simplify.
How do we see this one going? And have you picked a side yet?