Would you buy a used car from any of these people?
This left just three allegedly major figures, the most well-known of whom was Michael “Oiky” Gove, whose very presence will drive most of the education profession into the Remain camp. Gove has written an apologia for his being out of step with his pal Dave, in which he claims without a hint of irony that “The EU is built to keep power and control with the elites rather than the people”. One elite is missing there, eh “Oiky”?
Gove was, before his entry into politics, a journalist and indeed leader writer for the Murdoch Times. This has served him well: he has a ready-made network of conduits through which stories can be leaked, and his press pals have wasted no opportunity to talk up his allegedly wonderful education reforms, while denouncing anyone objecting to them as rotten lefties and blinkered fifth columnists.
Michael Gove knows all about elites, as he is part of one of the biggest: the press establishment. Moreover, his former patron Rupert Murdoch despises the EU, a body which actually tries to hold power to account. No wonder Gove is dancing to the tune of His Master’s Voice. And then there is the pathologically dishonest Iain Duncan Cough, who has waded into the EU debate with characteristic lack of subtlety.
Duncan Cough has told that the UK could risk “Paris style attacks” by remaining in the EU. His intervention has echoed the sentiments of Nigel “Thirsty” Farage, and far from offering hope and optimism, has decided to frighten the voters by raising the spectre of Scary Muslims (tm). He also talked about “open borders”, except we don’t have one.
And finally there was John Whittingdale, still looking happy and optimistic, despite the very real prospect of Natalie Rowe getting the story that the Independent spiked into the public domain. We know that Ms Rowe has the photos, and that whatever they show would not be good for Whitto. Yet the Outers are depending on his presence.
How appealing is that half-dozen? Not appealing at all, thanks. With Michael Gove in the lead, it will come over like an appeal for votes from Elmer Fudd. The thought enters that Cameron would be well rid of the lot of them come late June.