Both campaigns have deliberately bypassed rational argument. They play instead to the emotional response of angry people for whom reason no longer makes sense. Since the time of Plato and Aristotle, democracy's critics have warned of the ease with which reason can be subverted and citizens seduced by the false oratory of charismatic leaders.
According to Ofsted, between 2014 and 2105 over 10% of the qualified teachers left the profession and, according to the Guardian, the numbers of applicants continues to fall. At the same time over 120,000 additional pupils need teaching and the difficulty in finding teachers is further exacerbated in shortage areas such as Science and Technology or languages.
It was during the referendum campaign, when the stakes were so high, and at the two-and-half hour shadow cabinet meeting on June 24th that my growing concern, tinged with exasperation, turned into despair.
By enforcing this ban do they think these women will just disappear, is that the aim? What is the objective of such a policy? The Mayor of Cannes argues that the sight of the women in a burkini makes people fearful during this sensitive time - fearful of what exactly?
Then as the so-called coup began, as resignations began to happen, I began to wake up to a reality that many had already seen. Jeremy, while his politics are great, was not going to be a man to lead us to an election victory. When you cannot command the support of your MPs - how can you be expected to command the support of the country.
Look, I'm just going to say it: British kids are a lot cooler than American kids...it's the UK, you know? We listen to grime, we watch the Premier League, we get mashed on a regular basis and have nice haircuts. Something really politically extreme like, for example, white supremacist ideologies, isn't seen as a threat, it's seen as painfully cringe-worthy, socially uncomfortable, and just incredibly dickish.
What is also required is a strategy to improve prospects for those already in the homeless system - reducing the length of time that people need to stay in emergency accommodation, and giving them the skills and confidence they need to go back out into the world and live independently.
Thornberry exhibits a deep shame at being Labour and falls into the trap of attacking the party rather than celebrating it. Her suggestion that 2004 was Labour's low point is insulting. Ignore that, just one year later, Labour won a majority of 60 that David Cameron or Theresa May would have given their right arm for.
The NHS logo has helped to conceal the privatisation agenda. The 'failures' of the NHS can always be ascribed to the concept of public healthcare. This misleading debate is framed in the narrative of unaffordability and unsustainability in the face of an ageing population with rising demand and treatment costs.
Any dynamic society must change, exchange and move. Our maturity as a nation depends on how we resolve the divisive situations based on ethnicity or multiculturalism. We need to observe and practise the principle that different groups of people are equally important.
The sets of proposals from Smith and Corbyn are to be welcomed. Notwithstanding their weaknesses (Corbyn, Smith) and doubts over the degree of commitment to them (Smith), they present an opportunity to re-open a public debate on a long marginalised subject, namely, levelling up workers' rights.
It is an important opportunity to send political signals about what a future UK trade policy should look like. The public will remain distrustful of trade policy whether negotiated in Brussels or Westminster until fairness and transparency is engrained. This must now be the priority for all negotiators and parliamentarians alike.
It is unusual times when the Church is more progressive than the State but we may actually be in such times. Britain has reached a place where polarized views and a lack of respect between the people who hold those views predominates. As the country staggers around in shock, we are all showing our uglier sides.
Post Brexit, the integrity of journalism, as well as politics, is under scrutiny. Subverting or distorting Jeremy Corbyn's message on a subject so important to ordinary people as the NHS does little to regain public trust.
In 2015, a massive 58% of live births in London were to mothers who themselves were born outside the UK. For contrast, this compares to 11% of births in the North East region of England (the lowest proportion) and 27% for England and Wales as a whole.
Despite believing it is unnecessary, we at Get Britain Out do not fear a vote in Parliament. We are confident the majority of MPs will respect the decision made by their constituents and carry out their wishes. It would take a very brave MP indeed to treat his or her constituents with deliberate contempt.
As Mrs May and her cohorts look at what needs to be done to create a Britain equipped to face the challenges of the future they could do worse than look at the root and branch reforms adopted by British sport over the last 20 years and the single-mindedness with which improvement was pursued.
On average, women in paid work receive about 18% less per hour than men...so here are four very important actions we (individuals, companies, government) can take to accelerate this desperately needed change: