EU vote shows poor quality of our politicians

In what seems like week 759 of the European referendum debate, we can finally see the finishing line in front of us.

It is now just a matter of days until the biggest bun fight in the history of modern British politics comes to its crescendo and it seems a large sector of the public are beginning to wake up.

Last week saw a mad rush created by 100,000s of Johnny-Come-Latelys who finally realised there is something quite important happening next Thursday.

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Much was made of the fact that these tardy folk created a lot of extra work, all because they left it until the 11th hour to register to vote.

While it is slightly absurd grown-ups cannot do a simple thing such as enabling themselves to take part in the democratic process, it is hard to blame some of the electorate for feeling disenfranchised as the level of debate during this campaign has been nothing short of turgid.

The phrase ‘the only thing we know is we don’t know’ has been trotted out a lot in relation to this issue but that isn’t completely true as another thing which has been confirmed during the greatest in or out saga since the hokey cokey was in the charts, is that we are seriously lacking on the political talent front in this country.

We are living in a period of history which is likely to be poured over for years to come and should be the ideal forum for politicians to display their array of skills.

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But, with a few notable exceptions, we have been subjected to months of bluster and weak soundbites from self-interested politicians who have failed miserably to convince millions which way they should go on June 23.

That every other person I speak to decries the lack of facts in the debate speaks volumes for the shambles of the process as there was an ideal opportunity for somebody to grab the bull by the horns and put forward a compelling case for either side.

Instead the major players have resorted to binary, Punch and Judy politics: the very thing David Cameron promised he would eradicate from public life when he became Tory leader 11 years ago.

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