Dave's message to parliamentary waverers - 'Ignore your constituents, think only of your Ministerial career path' - could not have been uglier or more crass. I heartily hope today that all those who have so foolishly advocated that politics should be a 'profession' will see how misguided they were. And will remember that great Tory parliamentarian Sir Patrick Cormack (Baron Cormack from 2011) who made clear it was 'Country, Constituency, Party. In that order.'
Make no mistake. Although he cannot openly impose a three-line whip on Conservative MPs, the threat of deselection and of time in parliament being spent in a Siberia of back bench anonymity is very much present.
And if the 'Leave' campaign is disorganised, what of the 'Stay' campaign, whose sole positive campaign point is that the global multinationals support it, much as they support TTIP and everything else that disadvantages SMEs and locally focused domestic firms.
Still. a great deal can happen over the next seventeen or eighteen weeks. The FT runs a story after someone diligently followed the AIS tracks of merchant ships to find unexplained stops and rendezvous that could have been used to load migrants, arms or even dirty bombs. We should not forget that the reason the AWE is in Aldermaston and not in the Woolwich Arsenal is that the War Office was alive to the potential of a Soviet nuke carried on a merchant vessel - and decreed that all critical weapons sites be distant from UK ports. And the last time I met the PLA's harbourmaster, he was still obsessed with banning leisure users from the river in favour of maintaining commercial traffic as far into London as possible. Just remember how much global shipping is under the control of Islamist owners.