Why do we all care about Camerons ‘Remain’ leaflet?

Guest post by John Buck:

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So the Conservatives are planning to spend nine million quid sending us all a leaflet stating their case to stay in the EU at the coming vote. Many people are kicking off in the news and all over social media, not about the leaflet itself but about the fact that it’s taxpayers money, our money, that is going to fund it.

Of all the colossal wastes of money that the Government partake in day in and day out, why is this one causing such a storm?

The Government has no money. Every penny the Government spends is taxpayers money. Where else would they get it from?

The leave campaigners are going all out to get the message across with many grassroots groups out and about spreading the message, MPs who believe in Brexit getting involved, business leaders and celebrities making the case, money being spent and leaflets being pushed through peoples doors. Even though a lot of Conservatives believe we should vote out, the official position of the Government is that we should stay. It only stands to reason then, that the Government would engage in their own campaign to spread that message.

Political parties, including Government parties spend money on party political broadcasts. Councils spend money on leaflets during local elections or just whenever they think they have something interesting to say. The powers that be are always spending taxpayers money on spreading one message or the other regardless of if we want to hear those messages or not.

If they don’t want to spread that message themselves, all they do is give huge amounts of money to lobby groups like ASH to spread the message on their behalf.

If we are going to have a fair campaign for in / out, why should both sides not be able to put their case forward? As the official lead in the Remain campaign, the Conservative Government should be able to send their leaflets if they want to. And if it means taxpayers money, so be it. There’s more important battles to pick where waste is concerned.

And just for the record, leaflet or no, I’ll be voting leave.

11 comments for “Why do we all care about Camerons ‘Remain’ leaflet?

  1. Errol
    April 9, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Taking the assumption that government is nothing but the servant of the people then it has no right whatsoever to lead any campaign at all.

    If the Conservative *party* organisation wishes to do so, then it should say so and then campaign using it’s funds – although that should really go to the people who fund the Conversative party (and they’d likely say no).

    Cameron has specifically, deliberately manipulated his position to waste tax payers money on propaganda to promote *his* view. If he wishes to campaign he should do so as a private citizen, not as PM. As PM he is our servant, hired to enact our will: nothing else. Again, it comes back to a complete and fundamental lack of democractic control. Where is referism to prevent the waste, recall to demand he step down and direct democracy, to tell him what he will do?

    • John
      April 9, 2016 at 11:29 am

      I’m trying to think back to a time when the Government was the servant of the people, but my memory seems to be failing me.
      The Government does have a position on this and that’s the way things work in our present system. They don’t say ‘Tell us what you want and we’ll do it’, whenever they want to make a choice.

      We don’t erupt in outrage every time they spend taxpayers money the various TV and media campaigns that they are always engaging in for ‘our own good’ (Some folk speak out but not on this scale).

      I maybe get the impression that the backlash from the Leave campaign is more about the Government having a differing opinion that they don’t want voiced and the nine mil in taxpayers cash is a convenient excuse to turn it into an issue.

      • Errol
        April 9, 2016 at 12:14 pm

        You’re right – we have never had a democracy in the UK. Surely a better question is why we don’t demand an explanation for their spending? Why we are not demanding the sackings of ministers, why we do not have control over the government?

        Every individual within government has a right to make any decision they want to – as individuals. Cameron can quite rightly step down (so as not to confuse his role as prime minster with campaigner) and promote the stay in side if he wishes. As employees put in place to enact our will government has no right to choose which side it will support: it is our servant, not our master. It must be neutral.

        What Cameron has done is fundamentally wrong, biased and an abuse of office.

        • John
          April 9, 2016 at 5:03 pm

          “why we don’t demand an explanation” “why we do not have control over the government? ”

          Yes, that’s what we should be doing.

          “Cameron can quite rightly step down if he wishes.”

          You’re correct I suppose, but under the system we have, the Government has it’s own opinions and takes it’s own actions. It could we argued that we vote for a government to do just that, as we can’t have a vote on every decision they make.

          It’s the surprise and outrage that gets me. We knew Camerons position and we knew he would do this, did we not?

          • Errol
            April 9, 2016 at 9:31 pm

            Why can’t we? The Swiss do. More government should be restrained by the people *able* to prevent their ministrations. Our government cannot.

            This is part of the problem though – government shouldn’t have any opinions. It is merely a butler, a boot boy. It’s job is to do what we want it to.Cameron, in deciding what he will make the government support has actively perverted that purpose.

            Did we know Cameron would cheat? Of course. He can’t win any other way. It is the fact he has taken taxation to pay for propaganda. For that abuse of post he should be required to return the money – through the in camp – and removed from post.

  2. Vera
    April 9, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    The reason we don’t like this pamphlet is because it is full of lies and it promotes only the remain position. If it stated the facts for both sides, no one would argue with the money spent. Because those who wish to keep us shackled to the corrupt EU have no good arguments on their side they now resort to corruption, lies and deceit. Shame on traitor Cameron, I hope he is kicked out of power, the sooner the better. He is certainly going about it the right way. Everything he does means more votes for Brexit. We are still nearly 3 months away from the referendum. It is going to get really dirty now. Watch out for lost ballot boxes. No dirty trick will be too dirty for traitor Cameron. Me, a life long Tory voter until this slime ball rose to power – may he rot in hell. He said he was the heir to Bliar and he was not wrong. Can’t see his friendship with Gove surviving this.

    • John
      April 9, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      “Everything he does means more votes for Brexit.”

      Good, but I also worry that everything he does means more votes for Labour. I dread to think what a state we would be in with Corbyn as PM

      • Errol
        April 9, 2016 at 9:37 pm

        I don’t understand Corbyn. Here we have a principled, intelligent (if rough around the edges, completely media muddled) man holding fast to a stupid, backward, proven wrong ideology that does nothing but make people poor.

    • Graham Wood
      April 10, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      Vera. Very good post and I agree with your point that it is the content of the government’ s booklet which angers me as well. As you say, no balance or objective survey of facts. Also no mention of hugely important issues such as the EU’s massive democratic deficit, and our almost complete loss of sovereignty and parliamentary representation.
      NO mention either of the utterly failed ” negotiation” process by Cameron, or of the fact tat not a SINGLE power of governance in all the most important policy areas has been returned to the UK. In addition we still get the insult from Cameron and ‘remain’ ministers about a “reformed” EU – but, as I say, without a shred of evidence.
      Lastly the whole thing stinks of disgusting hypocrisy from a government which promised a “fair and free referendum”.
      As I understand it much of the content is made up with the usual blind speculation all based on what we now know is project ‘fear’ to,put the frighten ers on the gullible and uninformed. Oh yuk!

      • April 11, 2016 at 1:11 am

        Sorry, Graham, it went to spam and I fell asleep Sunday evening. Only saw it now.

        • Graham Wood
          April 11, 2016 at 6:17 am

          Ok James. I wondered where it went to!

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