Op-ed: BBC1s Sunday Politics was UK EU referendum centric but if you hoped the politicians appearing might help you decide how you will vote on June 23 think again.
One thing was evident however and that is the Labour party have their act in order on this one and will be campaigning for the UK to stay in the EU.
There may be the odd Labour fringe movement running at a tangent but the party line is it is better for the UK to stay a European member and Hilary Benn made a good case Sunday. Footage of Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn also explaining why for him and the party in 2016 #Bremain is the only sensible option was also compelling.
So what about the Conservative Party and its leader David Cameron?
The Tory party has the lion's share of referendum spending limits based on their share of the election vote in 2015. As the Tory party is split on stay or leave which campaign gets the bulk of their share of the allowance is still up for grabs. The SNP which is the majority party in Scotland will be left picking up scraps from the campaign spending limit table.
Perhaps this is why the BBCSP host seemed keen to ask Hilary Benn, Labour, how much they would spend on Labour's Bremain campaign and would Labour join Cameron's better in campaign and support him.
He carefully avoided answering the spending question but stated that Labour will not be campaigning alongside Cameron.
Since Corbyn was elected in September as party leader too many Labour members and politicians have undermined Mr Corbyn and along the way helped the Tories and it is good to know that will not happen this time.
The Conservative party has deep divisions on the European Union and it is safe to say Cameron is finished if the country opts for#Brexit. But if that is enough to persuade you to vote leave remember he is finished anyway. Ahead of the 2015 general election he said he would leave his job sometime before the 2020 election.
Just how and when he leaves office is debatable.
Chris Grayling for the Tory Brexit camp said Sunday the party would be behind Cameron all the way in spite of the split on the EU but will they be armed to stab him in the back?
One thing is clear and it is this.
The Tory party is split on the EU issue but is getting an easy ride by mainstream media at least so far.
When Corbyn allowed his MPs a free vote on bombing in Syria he faced a barrage of media abuse and cross party attacks.
David Cameron promised an EU referendum to win back voters who had jumped ship to join Ukip and to appease some in his own party. He has made his bed so let him lie on it and do so alone.
David Cameron may try telling the electorate that he secured a good deal for us to base our vote on but he has been unable to persuade his party of that, just some of them; and some of them will have made their minds up ahead of the renegotiation talks.
DWP boss Iain Duncan Smith thinks the UK is vulnerable as an EU member citing the Paris attacks to support his case but as this man is often called 'vile' due to his damaging work his words will be a kiss-of-death to some.
David Cameron appearing on the Andrew Marr show Sunday thinks the opposite and we are safer staying in Europe.
Boris Johnson is doing what he does best dithering and will announce which side of the Brexit Bremain fence he will jump later.
Those pushing to stay in the EU argue that the UK can work to change the union for the better as a member but considering the time and effort which appears to have been spent securing Cameron's mediocre reforms that's a hard one to believe; appears could be the key word here.
22/2/2016 03:39:27 pm
I am surprised and disappointed of Labour voting to stay in the EU. This will certainly give David Cameron the victory, plus cost UK £350million a week, plus get nothing but ridiculous rules. The very migrants crisis is created by Brussels and they do nothing. They should close the Europe boarders long ago.
22/2/2016 04:27:58 pm
Thanks Hannah sounds like you are firmly in the go camp :)
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