Op-ed: If you are already confused on the upcoming UK EU referendum you may find the selective information bombardment by interested parties, journalists and politicians makes you ever more confused.
For the record this writer has a vote, is undecided but is erring toward a spoiled vote right now but how you vote is up to you and you alone.
Lunchtime BBC TV news lead story was the June 23 referendum even though at least 21 people died when a cyclone tore across the island of Fiji and scores of people have died in bomb attacks in Syria.
Before you say but it is right TV news reports on the home front first consider all the measures the Tory government have and will push through while the nation is distracted on the EU issue; look for mainstream media reports here and you will be disappointed.
Michael Fallon MP, Tory MP Secretary of State for Defence put in an appearance to say that the UK was better in the EU on a security issue but who would believe a word he says – other Tories showed up to offer the opposite view but unless you are a Tory voter will you listen to any of them. If you are not a Tory voter you probably have concluded that party is made up of a bunch of liars.
Then there is the market issue trying to appeal to the greedy bones we may have. But news that the value of the pound against the dollar fell today on EU referendum news including Boris Johnson’s position was plain silly. As the report said later that has been falling for some time.
And if all this turmoil is down to the upcoming EU ref you have David Cameron to thank for that. He offered the referendum to win back voters but is unable to unite his party on the issue.
The Tories are up the creek without a paddle on the EU referendum but at time of writing few in the mainstream media are calling it that way; a very different take to Labour's free vote on bombing Syria and subsequent reporting. Labour were portrayed as shambolic, damned for allowing MPs a free vote but of course they were also hit by those from within the party who should have known better than play into Tory hands.
Labour currently has an official campaign to stay in the EU and the party is united on that one. There are some Labour fringe movements that want out but that is as they say democracy.
Across the Commons the Tories are openly divided and now running two campaigns one to stay in the EU and one to get out and fast.
The Tories appear fairly openly split and Cameron is unable to control his party however his MPs will offer better support to him than some on the Labour benches offered Mr Corbyn before, during and after the Syria vote.
Cameron is due to address the Commons Monday afternoon and as an experienced PM and party leader he will no doubt manage to paper over some of the cracks.
Jeremy Corbyn for Labour has faced attack rather than support from within since he became party leader on September 12, 2015; he may be an experienced politician but that is a back bench politician and as party leader he is in many ways a novice.
We should all help new employees at work learn the ropes rather than try to scupper them and that should apply to politics; sadly it does not.
News late Sunday that blond haired genial buffoon Boris Johnson had finally decided to join the Brexit campaign was big news but we have to wonder why?
He is one man touted as a possible replacement for Cameron sometime in the future, possibly near future if the EU vote goes ape, but who outside of London and die hard Tory communities would give the man any credence?
He became a popular panellist on BBC TV comedy news show Have I Got News and the more he bumbled and stumbled the more he appealed in that role.
He went on to become Tory mayor of London and is now in the House of Commons as who knows what. According to Wikipedia “Johnson had initially denied that he would seek a return to the House of Commons while remaining Mayor. However, after much speculation in the media, in August 2014 he announced that he would seek selection as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for the safe seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip at the 2015 general election. I n September, he was selected as the seat's Conservative candidate. The United Kingdom general election, 2015 took place on 7 May and Johnson was elected.”
Monday he will stand on an invisible opposite side to Cameron but expect the chums to keep it cosy. These old school chums go back a long way and have master to serve outside of the house and that is not the electorate.
When Boris decided to join the Brexit camp and you have to wonder why and why so late in the day, it was as if a great political figure was suddenly part of the Brexit campaign.
Away from Tory heartlands and London Johnson is viewed and in my opinion rightly so as a dangerous and clever fool and his buffoonery and antics carry no clout.
If the decision of Boris helps you decide how to vote in the EU referendum perhaps there is no hope for you.
Cameron is asking that his MPS keep it friendly and somehow manage to show accord even though the party is sorely split.
And the odds are they will.
Cameron was once an inexperienced party leader stumbling at the dispatch box but that is no longer the case.
But whatever the outcome of the EU ref he is likely toast either willingly or pushed.