Two political posts in a row from me, apologies to science lovers who have no dog in the EU referendum fight or the American presidency race.
For the first time in the EU referendum campaign, the ‘Leave’ camp has been ahead for more than a day. It is an incredibly tight race, with barely a couple of points splitting the rivals. There is a handy widget for monitoring the ‘poll of polls’, which averages the results of all the companies which test public opinion. Here’s the latest snapshot:
As you can see, the ‘leave’ camp have been the underdogs most of the way. But the mood seems to be changing, and in the final 16 days, the momentum seems to be on the side of those who wish to take back control of UK affairs from the unelected commissars in Brussels.
On the economic front, there has been an interesting intervention by Jim Mellon, who published a book in 2006 warning of the impending US housing bad debt bubble burst in 2007 which precipitated the worldwide economic crash we’re still recovering from 8 years later.
On the political front, ‘Leave’ leader Michael Gove gave a good performance on Sky TV which got the audience onside, the night after Remainian PM David Cameron crashed and burned in the same interview – audience Q&A format.
The most impassioned statement of the campaign so far isn’t from a politician though. It comes from a social commentator with a forthright way of presenting his views. Pat Condell isn’t someone I follow on all matters, but here he is spot on, and worth 10 minutes of your time.
But after all the hyperbole of the campaign, it’s good to listen for three minutes to former Bank of England chief Mervyn King, who has a far more measured and less partisan view than the current incumbent Mark Carney.