It emerged this week that the government is spending £10million of OUR money (remember the government has no money because they get it all from the likes of us!) on a 16 page propaganda leaflet explaining why they want us to remain in the EU. I find this particularly offensive because they are using my money to fund a point of view with which I fundamentally disagree.
Apparently, this will be delivered to every household in the UK. Mine will be going straight in the bin.
Environment Secretary Liz Truss today defended the spending by pointing to independent polling indicating 85 per cent of voters wanted more information to help them make a decision. But this isn’t more information is it? It’s actually the argument presented from a single point of view and could hardly be described as balanced or unbiased. She went on “The document makes clear why EU membership brings economic security, peace and stability.” Well Lizzie dear, that might be your opinion, but I don’t share it. And it is, after all , only an opinion not a fact.
This would all be fine if the Leave campaign had anything like the same amount of money to spend on their campaign. Theirs is restricted to funding through voluntary contributions. Hardly seems fair does it?
Both campaigns will have the opportunity to send leaflets around every household before the vote and will be funded by the taxpayer. The production costs aren’t covered by that funding so the Leave campaign leaflet is unlikely to be quite as striking and elaborate as this full colour 16 pager.
But then when you look at the amount of UK taxpayer money that the EU pisses up the wall every day, it’s hardly surprising that a UK government that wants us to carry on with this great failed experiment is following their example…