If you were to be looking for politicians with a penchant for bare faced hypocrisy, you might be recalling the uproar that Cameron caused as we learned that “Every household in England will receive a glossy 14-page booklet through their letterbox next week making the case for Britain to remain in the European Union, as the government kicks off a £9m taxpayer-funded publicity blitz. As David Cameron steps up his efforts to persuade voters to vote to remain in the EU at the 23 June referendum, No 10 announced it would spend 34p per household on the booklets, which bear the government crest”.
You might remember that as you read a letter to the excellent QLocal website reproduced here. It’s from Maurice George, Yew Tree Road, Ormskirk…“It was an interesting experience for John Watt, William Gilmore and myself to stand in Ormskirk town centre on a cold December Saturday handing out leaflets about a ‘lost cause’. This refers to our impending departure from the EU (ie Brexit) – on the face of it, the question has been decided once and for all by the referendum which, by a narrow majority, committed us to leave the European Union. So why were three or four of us asking people how they feel now about a ‘cut-and-dried’ decision?
“Lots of passers-by ignored us but a surprising number were keen to share their opinions. It was quite clear that many young people were extremely worried about their futures in a UK faced with fast-rising prices and probable unemployment. Some older folk had voted to leave and had no regrets. Lots more were really sorry they had voted ‘out’ and now realise it was an enormous mistake. And even more had voted to remain and were now sure that Britain is facing a catastrophe outside the EU.
“The outcome is still uncertain because there are several things which could block Brexit: the present government is led by a deeply divided Conservative Party and could collapse at any moment – that would take us back to square one; and the Electoral Commission is investigating whether the Leave campaign broke the law on election spending. We’re glad we had the chance to chat with a large number of people and take a snapshot of their views on a matter which will determine our future for years and decades and maybe even centuries to come. Our only hope is that Brexit will not happen”.
Perhaps the letter reflects once again the disdain for democracy that has grown recently. People who would never have challenged national votes to elect national governments of whatever ilk are now, mainly through social media, brave enough to have a go with their “what have we got to lose” philosophies. On a 72 per cent turnout, 17,410,742 people voted Leave, the biggest vote in British history for anything, and it still isn’t enough for remoaners. As for the law on election spending, Cameron spent public money on his Remain position and lost it all! Mine included!