You over thyah! Johnny Foreigner! Sit quietly at the beck and do as you're told! Jolly good sheow!
And why did that matter? “Overwhelming majority of EU migrants were expected to vote to stay in EU”. But what about “Thousands of Commonwealth citizens and 800,000 Irish will be permitted”? Does anyone need to guess which way most of the Irish citizens will vote (clue: Ireland is a long-term net beneficiary of EU funds, it’s part of the Eurozone and Schengen area, and has embraced metrication)?
So what are the Tories up to, apart from spinning a line to their press pals that all those chaps and chapesses who talk foreign can keep their noses out of Young Dave’s jolly good Referendum? Those less kindly disposed towards Cameron and his fellow yah-boo boys might conclude that someone was trying to indulge in an act of gerrymandering under cover of it all being totally legal and above board.
After all, all those Commonwealth and Irish citizens who get to vote - as they do in General Elections, and have been able to do for decades now - are given that vote because they have been given leave to remain in the UK, or because they have living and working here for some years. That means they pay their taxes in the UK, a test that students of the US Constitution will immediately recognise.
Those who have read books like “Free To Choose” by Milton Friedman will also recognise the test: that of Taxation Without Representation. The chant of “No Taxation Without Representation” drove the movement that led to conflict between the then American Colonies and Britain, and Independence. It speaks to common sense and fairness: those who live and pay taxes here are allowed to participate in our democracy.