By Stuart Wilson, a member of one of the SY2E – Remain in the EU groups.
There is less than 4 weeks to go in the EU referendum campaign that sometimes seems as though it will never end as it is forever going round in circles. I write as a passionate supporter of the REMAIN cause but my criticism’s also extend to the BSiE effort. Staying in is the right thing to do not so much for my generation but mainly for those following. However, I despair at a campaign that has become trapped in a never ending round of claim and counter claim.
There are lies told that would make your eyes water if they were in any other context and the Leave campaign is the worst offender. They simply refuse to correct the most repeated of their lies which states that if we leave we will save £350 million per week. That figure is plain wrong and it has been proved to be a lie in so many different ways on a regular basis. The true figure is very much lower than that. Come on, it’s time to confess and bin that ridiculous claim. Whilst on the subject of Leave they also need, somehow, to paint a realistic and truthful picture of a post-Brexit Britain – they have continually refused to do that and the reason is clearly that they cannot do it. They seek a vote for a leap in to the unknown. Even admitting that would go some way to raising the standard.
REMAIN is not immune from dodgy campaigning with some over-played claims on the economic front all designed to underline the cost of leaving. You have won that argument and got the message through. I do not say that there should not be reinforcement particularly in the run up to the vote BUT surely we could have some more honest passion particularly on issues that have not so far been covered and where Leave is also weak. The opportunity to travel and study along with the wonderful Erasmus scheme has hardly had a mention. This will play well with the young and also any parents or grandparents who really care about the future rather than hark back to a past that never existed, I know I was there for some of it.
Can we please have less yah boo politics and more honesty ranging over the great principles which are at stake. Whatever the result we have to live with it and therefore we owe it to ourselves and the following generations to make an informed and honest decision.