Sunday, May 29, 2016

Lies and counter-lies

Letter published in Friday's Richmond and Twickenham Times:

“Big Business or Little England? That's the choice in the referendum the Tory Party has organised to try to settle its internal differences. So, to that extent, it is not the concern of the rest of us. The trouble is that, if things go wrong and there's an unexpected vote to Leave, we risk being collateral damage in the temporary economic and financial crisis that would follow. The nostalgic dreams and rosy future promised by the Leave campaign won't happen. On the other hand, leaving wouldn't be as dramatic a change as the Remain side is suggesting -- it can't be as the British capitalist economy is so intertwined with that of the rest of the EU that it can't withdraw from it. So there'd be a deal with Britain ending up something like Norway. The rest of us won't notice the difference.”

Both sides of the debate are being criticised for exaggerated and unsubstantiated claims, but what do people expect? The protagonists on both sides are professional politicians used to telling lies and making false promises. They are not going to change their spots just because it's a referendum and not an ordinary election. All this is grist to our mill and publicity for our up-coming public meeting. 

The EU referendum campaign: lies and counter-lies
Sunday, June 19,
3:00 PM
The Socialist Party of Great Britain Head Office
52 Clapham High Street,
London SW4 7UN

With speakers Adam Buick and Bill Martin

Adam Buick

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