One of our anxieties is the threat of hordes of immigrants about to engulf us once the starter’s pistol is fired on June 23. We easily forget that this should not be a new experience for us in our recent history. We’ve had Roman legions tramping up and down our countryside paving the way for Italian villas, still being discovered. Scandinavian Vikings terrorised Scotland and the North. An ambitious Norman crossed the Channel and has left his indelible mark with his castles and churches. A megalomaniac German had grandiose visions of invading and annexing our country to his German empire.
Like it or not our history is linked to Europe and the whole debate so far has resolved around our ability to cast off from Europe and look to the wider world.
Or the Government’s warnings of the dire consequences of doing so.
I have to say that I am more than a little amused by the very sombre expressions of Mr Cameron and Co when they pronounce their doom-laden prognostications of the calamities about to overtake us should we decide to leave the comfortable bosom of Europe. Why is it that they remind me of professional mourners at an Eastern funeral paid to bewail the loss of a very dear friend with theatrical wailing and gnashing of teeth.
The only forecast their obedient army of civil servants has not mentioned yet is the Biblical plague of locusts about to visit us. But give it time they will and may even tell us exactly how many of the creepy crawlies there will be in the cloud.
On Referendum Day I intend to approach the polling booth with an exaggerated Italian shrug, the superior arching of French eyebrows and as I say in my best Anglo-Saxon English ‘A plague on all your houses!’ I will record my X with the ferocity of a Viking.
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