There was something extraordinary about watching John Major being more animated in one brief TV appearance than he had been in the whole of his premiership. Major was incandescent with anger that the British public appeared prepared to disobey their masters and betters; he had told the nation that the EU was good for it, and now they were daring to disagree!
The 'Remain' side's playing of this tedious old relic marks a point in the campaign at which we will see things about to get a lot dirtier. They have busted a gut with Project Fear only to have it fall flat as the British public are either annoyed at the obvious lies or amused at the jejune mendacity. Now they are about to go from Fear to Smear in earnest; Major's 'dead sheep' savaging of Boris (which the blond one shrugged off with a laugh - he's been dissed by pros; this toothless gumming by a passing geriatric was hardly felt) marks the start of Phase II.
So expect the Whips' little black books of blackmail secrets to be used in an escalation of personal attacks against 'Leave' and 'Out' campaigners, and expect there to be retaliation. And when the two sides are left like mental patients covered from head to toe in eachother's shit, the smart money says the public will vote 'change' because this is precisely the behaviour from which we want to escape. So Leave gains, again.
But it's going to be rough.