Yes, there’s only a week or so to go before the big day, and the good news is that Project Fear has been abandoned. The bad news is that it’s been replaced by Project Panic…
Over the weekend, the Remain campaign held its war council and decided that David Cameron is now viewed as ‘toxic’ and should take a back seat for the remainder of the campaign.
On Monday, David Cameron tried to ‘terrify pensioners’ into voting to stay in the EU as he ramped up warnings about the cost of Brexit. Amid mounting panic in the Remain camp, the Prime Minister suggested he could be forced to scrap the so-called ‘triple lock’, which guarantees the state pension rises each year by whichever is highest – wage growth, inflation or 2.5 per cent.
Of course anyone with a brain knows that that’s absolute cobblers! At least half of the Tory party wouldn’t vote for it, nor would the SNP or Labour Party so how exactly would it get through the House of Commons? The answer is, of course, that it wouldn’t!
Mr Cameron then said pensioners’ free bus passes and TV licences could also be lost after Brexit – and warned that spending in areas such as health and defence could suffer. I’m only surprised that he hasn’t chucked in abolishing free prescription charges for the over 60s while he was at it. Or how about going the whole hog and introducing compulsory euthanasia for anyone over 70?
And news broke yesterday that Tory party backers are withdrawing their support because of Project Fear. Edi Truell, a pensions expert who has given the party £270,000 since 2010 said he was witholding further financial support until Cameron steps down. He said the pensions warning was the last straw in a series of ‘unfair’ and ‘irresponsible’ claims.
He added that a number of other party donors are also considering their position.
So in his final act of desperation, Cameron will effectively hand over the campaign to keep Britain in the EU to Gordon Brown and Jeremy Corbyn in response to growing fears that traditional Labour voters will back Leave next week. In a move that echoes the final desperate days of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, the Prime Minister will let his Labour predecessor take the lead in the hope Mr Brown can reach working-class voters.
Frankly when you get to the point when you are forced to take a back seat to people like Brown and Corbyn, you know you’re well and truly fucked.
It’s time to go – both for the EU and Mr Cameron…