Don’t fall for it

Look, I know it’s tempting to vote Leave just to give David Cameron a bloody nose. You’re all pissed off with deteriorating public services and falling standards of living. But don’t fall for Vote Leave’s lies that it’s all the fault of the EU and migrants. It’s six years of Tory cuts that caused that.

Cameron is probably toast whatever happens now. Only Remain winning by an overwhelming majority will save his premiership, and that’s not going to happen. Voting Leave will only see Cameron replaced by something even worse.

Leaving the EU is at best a desperare gamble, and the Leave campaign have completely failed to articulate their vision of how Britain outside the EU will look. But it will almost certainly leave Britain a less prosperous place, with less opportunity for you and your family. By the time it’s your job that’s lost in the economic downturn, it will be too late.

I’m probably just preaching to the choir here, but it needs to be said.

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5 Responses to Don’t fall for it

  1. Synthetase says:

    I’ve missed something here. I don’t understand why the conservative party is divided over Cameron. Didn’t he lead them to victory in the last election? Didn’t they win a large parliamentary majority? Why are they suddenly taking a leaf out of Australian the political play-book and sharpening their knives?

  2. Tim Hall says:

    Cameron didn’t win with a large majority, just a majority of 12. Theoretically that’s only seven lost byelections’ worth. More significantly the Tories only got 37% of the popular vote. They don’t really have any kind of popular mandate.

    It’s being said that the referendum pledge was an electoral ploy aimed at protecting the Tory flank against UKIP, and was to have been jettisoned in any post-election coalition agreement.

    Cameron has badly misread the mood of the country; the referendum has become a lightning rod for years of pent-up frustration, and just as significantly given a voice to those systematically disenfranchised by the electoral system because they don’t live in marginal constituences.

  3. Synthetase says:

    Okay. Twelve is a pretty good majority in the Australian parliament, but we don’t have as many seats and by-elections as relatively rare.

    Whatever happens, I really hope for your sake it doesn’t devolve into the revolving door of Australian politics. Five prime ministers in five years. We have an election next month (the PM couldn’t get some rubbish through the senate and threw his toys out of the pram, calling a double dissolution) and everyone’s thoroughly sick of the lot of them. In the last decade or so it’s turned into a bizarre cult of personality and become increasingly dysfunctional.

  4. Tim Hall says:

    Yep, what we need are more bland technocrats who get stuff done with the minimum of fuss, and fewer Zaphod Beeblebox types. Make the elections about what stuff gets done and less like a glorified reality TV show.

  5. Michael says:

    But the holding company has decided my employer doesn’t need an IT department…
    I expect to be redundant by the end of the year.

    I will admit though that the EU has nothing to do with it though.
    The real problem is the abuse of Tier Two visas to bring in contractors from the Indian Subcontinent.