So now that the EU campaign is officially on, we’re in for two months of one side making a claim and the other going: erm, no. At the moment it seems like it’s more the Remain camp putting its foot forward and the Leave camp squawking its indignation like chickens disturbed mid-meal. Perhaps that’s the nature of a campaign that has the government involved? it will use its might to lead the headlines.
This morning, then, the Treasury goes to bat with the cost of Brexit (over £3,000 to each family or something) which Osborne describes as an act of self-immolation.
Predictably, Boris Osborne spluttered something.
Vote Leave basically said: nah. Not that they put forward different stats for you to compare or anything, but hey. What a time to be alive.
Project Fear is alive.
Project Perpetual Indignation is lit.
What I find most striking is the Tory Brexiters, who are now decrying Osborne’s economic expertise and the Treasury forecasts, when they seem happy enough to bank on both to proceed with austerity.