Eleven days from the ballot and Mike Smithson has the two sides neck and neck. The establishment has already fired off all the big rockets - the biased propaganda at tax expense, the bribed and coerced support, the dire warnings of war, famine and disease, the state broadcaster straining at the shackles to do more for 'Remain', and yet they're stuck at a bare 50%. I'll bet most of those leaflets are in the recycling already, and others sitting on hall shelves or coffee tables will never be read. I really can't think of what's left in the fireworks box for the next ten days.
Remain have been hot on social media but I've seen little sign of them on the streets - the pics are all of small groups of 'Leave' campaigners with smiling faces. On TV, their sneering and bullying have repelled the public.
I really would recommend this short piece by Brendan O'Neill - and many thanks Anon who posted it in the comments. This campaign really has exposed the fault line between the establishment and for a better term the people. On the one side the rich and powerful, the corporatists, the political class, all those sucking at the public tit and their dags, the media, the bloated and sclerotic university vice chancellors as corpulent and wealthy as pre-Reformation Abbots, luvvies enjoying tax money siphoned from Brussels. On the other side, us.
The challenge to overturn the status quo is formidable, but the prize now clear; we will not just be throwing over the yoke of the EU, but delivering a devastating blow to every bien-pensant prodnose, every arrogant minister, every crooked peer, every lying journalist, every bloated academic. Do we have the courage? Yes, I think we do.