I don’t mean that I’ve already voted so it’s too late to try and persuade me either way, though that’s true.
I mean it’s too late: the damage is already done.
Whatever the outcome on 24th June, this pointless, gratuitous referendum has already achieved what will be its one enduring effect – to unleash primeval instincts of stupid, unreasoning prejudice, xenophobia and deluded imperialism that have always been latent in this country, and give them a cause, a voice and a platform. In doing so, it has diminished us – all of us – in a way that will take us decades to recover from, if we ever do.
All those who out of pure, misguided self-interest called for and imposed the referendum, so surrendering in advance to those forces, have earned their historic legacy. Let them sink in its mire and be ashamed.