Events in central London on Wednesday proved exactly how far we've set ourselves back with the EU referendum - a flotilla of Brexiteers sailed down the River Thames and briefly engaged in "low level naval warfare" with a group of Remainer boats.
The Brexiteers were soon trailed by a group of Remain supporters led by former pop star Bob Geldof.
Yes, this is 100% true.
Picture of the pro-Brexit flotilla of ships heading up the Thames to the heart of pro-Remain London. (This is real.) pic.twitter.com/FZE90ePaiG— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) June 15, 2016
Once again, we feel the need to point out that this is very real and actually happened.
Farage's boat isn't actually heading to Parliament. We're just sailing in a big circle, being pursued by Bob Geldof— Michael Deacon (@MichaelPDeacon) June 15, 2016
SHOTS FIRED! A Leave vessel just hit Remain supporters with a hose— Mikey Smith (@mikeysmith) June 15, 2016
The fisherman are spraying Sir Bob Geldof and the Remain Raft with hoses: pic.twitter.com/HGpBQmEXfS— Harry Cole (@MrHarryCole) June 15, 2016
About a real political issue.
General consensus is Farage has more boats, but Sir Bob has a better sound system. pic.twitter.com/ILjTpUuSKJ— Mikey Smith (@mikeysmith) June 15, 2016
Involving actual politicians.
Pro-Leave fishing boat with an escort of Remain dinghies. David Coburn: "That's a REAL fishing boat, laddies!" pic.twitter.com/AdCu86THNF— Michael Deacon (@MichaelPDeacon) June 15, 2016
Of course, someone added the Benny Hill music to their little game of cat and mouse:
UPDATED WITH THEME TUNE: The state of British politics summed up in a clip of a flotilla face-off pic.twitter.com/wK9PKylmJN— Kaya Burgess (@kayaburgess) June 15, 2016
The folks from 'The Last Leg' showed up:
The team from the Last Leg couldn't blag their way onto the Farage Boat so improvised. Well done chaps pic.twitter.com/0uCodEtzXz— Giles Dilnot (@reporterboy) June 15, 2016
Instead of Bob Geldof, we're now being pursued by a team from Channel 4's The Last Leg pic.twitter.com/f0LuNYgN8i— Michael Deacon (@MichaelPDeacon) June 15, 2016
Meanwhile, on the continent...
During all this, a lot of people across the country were wondering how we ended up here.
"man we are really struggling to get people engaged in this referendum"— Elena Cresci (@elenacresci) June 15, 2016
"what about... A FLOTILLA ON THE THAMES"
"Bob Geldof under attack from Farage-led rebel fishermen on the Thames" pic.twitter.com/qdUlxrpRHF— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) June 15, 2016
While some were just hoping Farage would be dropped to a watery grave...
And others had to crack jokes, presumably to stop from crying.
Once the rest of Europe sees the #flotilla on the Thames, I think we'll be asked to leave anyway. We really are sorry about these tools guys— Chloë Grimes (@Chlo_G) June 15, 2016
As the Thames Brexit flotilla nears Westminster, one supporter finds himself struggling to keep up pic.twitter.com/YKNWh6CtSh— will thorpe (@withorpe) June 15, 2016
"Farage's Barrage" - Nigel's flotilla blocks the Thames while he fields questions shouted by celebrities. pic.twitter.com/G8G1sxg0vV— Mark (@chislehurst) June 15, 2016
The problem with Farage leading a flotilla on the Thames is that it's extremely unpleasant and full of turds. And they're all on the Thames.— Marty Lawrence (@TeaAndCopy) June 15, 2016
Come friendly Godzilla and eat all these boats on the Thames pic.twitter.com/tJZv95cqQH— Eddie Robson (@EddieRobson) June 15, 2016
Sad how the referendum has descended into...— Phoebe (@Flossieraptor) June 15, 2016
Nigel Farage on a boat on the Thames. And they say we should scrap Trident.— Technimatic (@TechnimaticUK) June 15, 2016
You're going to need a bigger vote pic.twitter.com/sjhGv2vBHR— boothby graffoe (@boobygraffoe) June 15, 2016
Time to sort this nonsense on the Thames out once and for all. pic.twitter.com/m54YUTKkr9— Darren Rigby-O'Neill (@DazBear1969) June 15, 2016