I’m starting to think this whole referendum debate is based upon a false dichotomy.
Anyone who thinks that the majority of the Leave campaign are for the NHS are simply deluded.
These are free-market capitalists, Atlanticists, who want to reduce public services and sell off even more of our public assets than they have already.
If you you think they are really against an an unaccountable, bureaucratic, undemocratic organisation imposing itself upon our sovereignty, then ask them why they aren’t interested in pulling out of NATO?
But equally, those on the Remain side who talk about reforming Europe are talking codswallop. The EU has neoliberalism written into its constitution, and is profoundly anti-democratic. You only have to remember what they did to Greece to know that.
As Tony Benn said: “the Treaty of Rome… entrenches laissez faire as its philosophy and chooses bureaucracy as its administrative method.”
So a vote for Leave is a vote for less democracy, while a vote for Remain is a vote for less democracy.
Either way there is a democracy deficit and the democratic process turns on which undemocratic outcome we are going to have to live with after.
Personally I found the sight of Sadiq Khan sharing a platform with David Cameron—who had been denouncing him as an extremist only days before—wholly unedifying, and it inclined me to trust Khan less, rather than Cameron more.
It’s like a vote about involuntary euthanasia turning on who gets to kill your granny, and by what means: strangulation or a pillow over her face?
The only choice is no choice. How depressing.