The EU in/out referendum, has thus far left me in a state of total exasperation. How on earth, are the electorate to make an informed, measured and principled choice when they are fed a constant stream of increasingly hysterical, nonsensical, puerile drivel? Politicians seem determinded to out do one an other, on who can make the most outlandish claims on a daily basis.
As far as I can tell, we’ve yet to hear any grown up, serious, substantive debate on an issue that has profound implications for the future of the United Kingdom. Granted, there have been numerous cogent arguments put forward in, shall we say, the more serious newspapers and politic journals. Alas however, you're average punter does not read the Guardian, the Independent or the New Statesman. Sadly it is the far right press barons of the Daily Express, The Daily Mail and The Sun that set the agenda. They shamelessly trot out half truths and downright misrepresentations. Even the BBC's Question Time and Any Questions, seem unable to move the debate beyond immigration and border controls.
I simply do not view those, who come to the UK from EU countries as immigrants. They are EU citizens just as you and I are and as such have every right to be here. I'm currently in hospital undergoing tests, and I can tell you first hand that if it weren't for our fellow EU citizens, having come to the UK to do the great work that they do, then this facility would all but cease to operate.
Nor do I hear enough being said of the European ideal, of the two horrific wars that all but destroyed a continent and the crucial role the EU plays in ensuring that never happens again. Now, I don't for one minute, suggest that the UK could not survive outside the EU. However, I think in the short to medium term, it would be severely diminished at the very least.
The Brexiter fantasy, of a UK free from the shackles of the EU, returning to long gone glory days (though one might disputed just how glorious the British Empire in fact was) is just that, a fanciful pipe dream. Unless I haven't been paying enough attention, the Labour Party and the Lib-Dems seem remarkably quiet on the matter. It may just be that they are simply being drowned out, by the no holds barred Tory civil war.
Nor have I heard much here in Scotland, though that could be down to election fatigue, besides there's still time for the campaign to gather steam yet. As things stand, I am deeply concerned that there insufficient numbers of voters passionate enough about remaining in the EU. This could result in large numbers of probable remain voters, staying at home come polling day.
Meanwhile, the racists, xenophobes, post imperial delusionals will go out and vote. As will people who complain about being run by unelected bureaucrats from Brussels, whilst they are all too happy to be governed by a shower of Hooray Henry's, who scraped together little more than a third of the vote, had an unelected second chamber full of failed MP's, cronies and generous donors. We are in danger of being taken out of the EU by apathy! G