Of all the weapons grade bullshit the Remain campaign has elected to spout about our membership of the EU, none of it has come close to Cameron’s scaremongering today. Speaking at the British Museum, our Prime Minister all but professed that leaving the EU could result in World War 3. “Can we be so sure that peace and stability on our continent are assured beyond any shadow of doubt? Is that a risk worth taking?” asked Cameron, apparently oblivious to riots and protests taking place in Greece and elsewhere across the continent that put a serious dent in the claim of the EU ensuring peace and stability in Europe.
Cameron also performed the signature move of the Europhiles in conflating Europe with the EU. “Whenever we turn our back on Europe, sooner or later we come to regret it” he said ominously. No-one but no-one of course is suggesting we do anything of the sort. Withdrawing from the political institutions of the EU in no way means we shall cease co-operating with our neighbours on the continent. We shall also maintain our membership of NATO, the organisation to which peace in Europe can be more accurately attributed. But the invocation of the war dead, referencing the “white headstones of lovingly tended Commonwealth war cemeteries” was a new low.
Cameron’s behaviour throughout this referendum has been a stain on the office of Prime Minister. Be it the attempted removal of purdah rules, the circumventing of those rules in the publication of the government’s dodgy leaflet, his ludicrous speech today, or most egregiously, lying to parliament about his meagre reforms being legally binding, Cameron has sullied the post to which he was elected. He may have pledged to stay on in the event of a Leave vote to implement that result, but it’s increasingly difficult to see how he can be trusted to, let alone command the authority to do so.