All things considered, I am in favour of the United Kingdom remaining a member of the European Union, despite the best efforts of David Cameron and George Osborne to convince me otherwise. The incessant negativity of their supposedly pro-European campaign has been a massive turn-off, as was the relentless doom-mongering and threats of Better Together in 2014. Back then, 'Project Fear' caused me to question why it was, I believed Scotland to be better off in the UK. Ultimately, I came to the opposite conclusion, that the UK was broken, beyond repair, in the vice-like grip of a narrow elite who governed for the few. Scotland's best hope for a better, fairer future, I reasoned, lay outwith the the UK. Unlike the Scottish referendum, where 'Project Fear' was met with the largely positive Yes campaign, Vote Leave has been an even greater turn-off than 'Project Fear MK2'. Between the overt racism of UKIP, and the fantastical economic claims of the wider Leave campaign, we have something altogether less palatable than the Tory driven negativity of Remain.
Tory negativity is not the only element of the Remain campaign that I find rather distasteful. There is to my mind, a whiff of condescension about Remain, as if they believe themselves to have the moral high over those who would see the UK leave the EU. It is both subtle and sneering. Though never said, it is implied that there are no 'valid' reasons for someone to support Brexit, that to do so makes them anti-European, backward looking and even racist. It is prejudice in reverse. Granted, the likes of Nigel Farage do no favours to those who simply believe the EU to be a busted flush, that the United Kingdom's brightest future is to be found free from the limitations of the European Union. Just as it is possible to be in favour of Scottish independence without harbouring ill will towards England and the English, it is quite possible to favour Brexit without questionable motives.
Most recently, we have witnessed the rather unedifying spectacle, of the Remain campaign resorting to near emotional blackmail. Yesterday, MP's gathered in Parliament, to pay tribute to murdered Jo Cox, and rightly so. Jon Bercow led, saying Mrs Cox was " fuelled by love for humanity" adding that she was a "a relentless campaigner for equality, human rights and social justice". When Labour's Stephen Kinnock raised the issue of UKIP's loathsome, anti-immigration 'Breaking Point' poster, stating that Jo Cox would have "responded with outrage and a robust rejection of the calculated narrative of cynicism, division and despair that it represents”, the implication was clear. Wouldn't it be a fine tribute to Jo Cox, if we could all go out on Thursday and vote remain? It could be that this was a happy coincidence, I however, found it to be brazenly opportunistic. Just this morning, we had the Prime Minister, making a direct appeal to older people, perhaps inclined to vote no, urging them to " think about the hopes and dreams of your children and grandchildren". I suspect Mr Cameron's plea may fall on deaf ears. Whilst recognising that as the campaign goes into its final day, the stake are high, politicians are pulling out all the stops, I can't help but feel Remain have surrendered their dignity. Perhaps it was necessary, we'll know, come Friday.