When the rhetoric is dialed up to 11, you have to start asking yourself, “How insane will I appear to be after saying this?”

In a word?  Completely.

Vince Cable has accused older Leave voters with “nostalgia for an imperial past” of “shafting the young”, in an article warning that keen Brexiteers could become “jihadis”.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, the Liberal Democrat leader attacked Brexit-backing voters over-65s as “self-declared martyrs” after a YouGov poll showed more than a third of Leave supporters would sacrifice their own job to get out of the European Union (EU).

Stating that he was “struck by … the heavily Brexit mood of church-hall meetings packed with retired people,” 74-year-old Cable said Leave voters are “predominantly elderly”.

Blasting older voters for “imposing a worldview coloured by nostalgia for an imperial past on a younger generation much more comfortable with modern Europe,” the former business secretary wrote: “Martyrdom of the old comes cheap, since few have jobs to lose.

Brexit Jihadis live amongst you, probably even under your bed. Watch Out! (image courtesy of breitbart.com)

Read the full article at Breitbart.com, if only for the laughs.