Imagine, for a moment, that you wake up on 24th June 2016 to learn that the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union.
Imagine what the following years will mean for working (class) people as a right wing Tory Government, perhaps led by Michael Gove, dismantles all the employment protection legislation enacted as a result of our membership of the EU.
Imagine what the following years will mean for our environment, its flora and fauna, as a Tory Government scraps environmental legislation enacted to protect and enhance the natural world as a result of our membership of the EU.
Imagine what the following years will mean for our society as a Tory Government, with nearly four years in office, dismantles all the benefits that have accrued as a result of our membership of the EU.
Then compare all that likely suffering with the emotional spasm (copyright Aneurin Bevan) that you might experience, if Cameron were to resign. La petite mort that will follow those few moments of pleasure might last decades.
I am willing to forgo those moments of pleasure to stave off the damage that Cameron’s resignation might do for the Remain campaign.
Moreover, I question the motives of at least some of those calling for Cameron’s resignation. Where the firebrands and pitch forks are being held highest, the clamour loudest, there you will often find those most desperate to distract attention from their own behaviour.
As Rachel Reeves observed in the run up to the May 2015 General Election, the greater your income, the more potential you have to game the tax and benefit system. There are even people in Islington who practise tax avoidance and there are certainly people there who make a living out of the tax avoidance industry.
No, I will not call for Cameron to resign before Friday 24th June 2016. Come back to me, however, on Saturday 25th June and I will give your request very serious consideration.