Wishful thinking is a risky thing to indulge – it can lead people not to ask sufficiently tough questions to test the things that they are told.
Given that most people don’t really understand what it is or how it works, it’s a field ripe for under- or over-reaction. Or, indeed, both at the same time.
And here’s the thing: Banks knew it. Farage knew it. But they didn’t care. Their primary objective was to be seen to lead the campaign, not to win it.
If this odd couple succeed, the millionaire gets to claim he made Brexit happen and the paper gets to imply that Brexit is illegitimate.
If such cautions from a public servant are dismissed simply as coming from a Europhile, then we will all be the losers.
Also: Demands for probe into expenses of SNP MPs as costs soar; economist says Wales no longer ‘significantly underfunded’; and more.
This is what happens when venomous people, united by a common constitutional fetishism, are thrust onto the public stage.
Plus: The ludicrous Evan Harris. My broken mobile. The menace of TTIP. The smears of Yvette Cooper. And: why Polly Toynbee swiftly changed the subject.
For years Eurosceptics have been derided as “obsessives” – which is being shown in their campaigning zeal.
The sooner all concerned grasp this, the better.
If the Brexiteers want to win over fence-sitters like me, they must up their game.
The first article in our new series looks at the financial risks of voting to stay in the EU.
After a painful week – including attempts to unseat Cummings – Steve Baker acts as peacemaker and urges a ceasefire.
For unity’s sake, Tories are going to have to be relaxed about seeing party members on the other side of the EU campaign to themselves, alongside politicians from other parties.
Would the idea boost the chances of a Leave vote, or secure a better deal on which to Remain? And even if it’s desirable, is it feasible?