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For many, the Hobson's choice between two Bullingdon bully figureheads isn’t the sort of choice that is in any way useful, defining, or familiar as any kind of useful touchstone or manifesto to the future. Let whichever dark force win on the day. Many of

I don't often find much inspiration or optimism in Polly Toynbee's writings. Certainly her piece in today's Guardian also paints a bleak picture of a dystopian Britain on the verge of an imminent and total break up. Cameron's last ditch plan is a final owning up to the inevitability of a defeat that seems to be staring him in the eye, if the polls are to be believed. His days are numbered and he knows it; his party look set to split down the middle and his only remaining card is to step back and let people attach the blame for the defeat on Labour. 

Whilst the 'grandees' are once more rolled out and Gordon Brown attempts to step up to the plate but just ends up looking outmoded and short sighted, others are mindful that this will be a long game and they'd be foolish to back a losing horse at the last minute. Perhaps we need to take our rational thought processes as far as taking on board that Britain needs to endure the shock of experiencing something darker, more extreme, more intolerant, more closed-minded and more based on fear before it is truly able to find its way forward and reach out to find hope in new directions as a nation. 

Whatever happens at the booths, we're in for a very bumpy ride and that may well be echoed across the Atlantic. What we have to take comfort in is the idea that, whatever materiality wins out after a thoroughly unpleasant campaign based on deceit, bickering and mistrust, the opposite dynamic will surely be galvanised and motivated but with increased passion. It did happen after the last general election.

The forces for real change and democracy will always be there and, as we’ve seen in the States in recent weeks, a huge number of people are now getting behind an alternative. A year ago, so many millions supporting a movement that proudly declared it self as 'socialist' would have been unthinkable. Radical new ays aren't yet mainstream, but they are very close and growing. The good news is that it's a worldwide thing.

Happy medium, middle ground and compromise appear to be off the agenda for the time being. Black and white choices and knowing which side you’re on will be the immediate future. For many, the Hobson's choice between two Bullingdon bully figureheads isn’t the sort of choice that is in any way useful, defining, or familiar as any kind of useful touchstone or manifesto to the future. Let whichever dark force win on the day. Many of us, the seemingly uncommitted, bide our time and wait for the real deal to morph and rise up out of the morass...

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Ian Cuthbert

Whatever happens on 23 June, and I am of course hoping it will be a vote to remain in the EU, I'll be carrying on with the fight of social justice and environmental protection. Tories are Tories and I'll oppose them as long as I breath. The nastier they get, the more strongly I will oppose them and I know there are huge numbers of others who feel the same. They ain't seen nothing yet.

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Pete Lawrence

Yes, it's only the start really of a mass movement, whatever trajectory that follows. I do feel that we have to mentally prepare ourselves for the trauma and upheaval that would follow Brexit though. It's now looking very real and I can't help thinking the reality of it will bite those supporter and pushing it more than anyone..

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