There is an intelligent debate to be had about Britain and the EU. Unfortunately it’s not the one we are having.
Take back control! What a good slogan – and one that is difficult to get past to consider anything else. But we should ask: control of what, and from whom?
Instead of a debate about issues we are now locked in something very like an election, where each side is making its ‘offer’. But we are not electing a government. The same Prime Minister, leading the same government, will see the sun come up the day after we stay or leave. Point being – realistic or fantastical, can Johnson and Farage, neither of whom holds office, deliver any of their promises about anything? Furthermore, this is a constitutional debate about the functioning of our legal system and democracy at least as much as it is about short-term economic goodies.
Democracy is a blessing and a curse, in that it winds people up and inflames passions sometimes to little good effect.