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The debate over the UK EU referendum vote is beginning to either heat up or descend into truly surreal silliness; it really depends on your view.

Frankly, the entire debate is an argument within the Tory party and both factions are being as stupid as each other. Just the other week Boris described the EU unification process as;-

Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically. The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods.

So far, so Boris. You can laugh, you can scoff, but nothing touches a man who will do anything to ensure his name is on Page One of the papers.  Whether it helps the Brexit campaign is an entirely other thing.

However, Remain has covered itself with something, but dignity wasn't it. They are trying a form of Rovian jujitsu and are trying to use project fear (of foreigners) . Cameron first stated that President Putin would want Brexit, then tacked by saying that if we vote to leave, ISIS itself will immediately attack.

At some point one of these buffoons will claim we're all going to die if the vote goes against them.

Meanwhile, having got their fingers burned by allying themselves with the Tories during the Scottish referendum, Labour are mostly standing apart. They largely want to remain, but I think they realise nobody will be listening to them as the two sides of the Tory party scream at each other idiotically. There's little room in the debate for measured thought.

Anyway, amidst all the screeching, the pollsters report that Remain has maintained a slim lead. Maybe 44/42, maybe 47/38, but it's not yet a decisive lead. This is problematic because if the vote is close, the losers will not accept defeat. And the prospect of a settled peace within the Tory party will vanish almost entirely; their differences are out in the open and, given the childish tantrums on display by both sides, the woundss will not heal. Rather they will fester and erupt, I can honestly see the conservative party being torn apart.

Can't wait

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed May 18th, 2016 at 02:39:23 PM EST

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