The steadfast hammering of the last two weeks on immigration has paid off. For a couple of days the polls have been showing Leave as having a six or seven points advantage, and panic (and enthusiasm) spread.
On the right as well as on the left in the House of Commons, alliances are shaken like Bond’s dry martini. But if Labour has its own flaws constituted mostly by the behavior of Corbyn, who hasn’t gotten really steamed up in favor of Remain, it’s in the Conservatives’ ranks that this referendum has created a fault which might almost be totally impossible to rebuilt, whatever the outcome.
In an extreme re-release of what the “leavers” punctually define as being hysterical catastrophic prophecies, George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, obediently supported by the newly living Alistair Darling, his labourist predecessor from the golden years, has announced in the chamber that the exit from the Union will produce a £30 billion hole, which he will have to fill with increased income and succession taxes. The threat of an emergency maneuver is his nth attempt to scare those who, mostly, are also tory voters: those Middle England, land owning and retired, with a surgically cared-for lawn, the white porch and the Range Rover in the garage, concentrated mostly in the south of the country.