“This week I was invited to speak at Exeter University Debating Society, opposing the motion “This house believes Britain is better off out of the European Union.” I had agreed to participate before knowing the identity of the two speakers in favour of the motion, only to discover they were two UKIP people – Christopher Gill (former Conservative MP and Maastricht rebel) and Harry Aldridge (Chair of Young Independence, UKIP’s youth branch). My first thought: this could get a bit nasty. My second thought: while I may disagree with what UKIP stands for, the views of their more senior people tend to at least be consistent.”

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