There’s been some moaning recently that the government is sending pro-European leaflets to potential referendum voters. And I understand that it’s not on that the government is spending £9 million of our taxes on this propaganda.
But we need to think more clearly about this for a moment. The official government position is that espoused by prime minister David Cameron: although individual Tories are free to campaign however their conscience or shadowy paymasters tell them to, the official party line is that Britain should remain in the EU. So isn’t it okay for the government to spend money telling us what it thinks?
Strangely, I have received no pro-European leaflets in the post. Whereas I have so far been sent two leaflets telling me NO! We’re BETTER OFF OUT!! One bore an awful photo of Angela Merkel, and posed the interesting (yawn) message:
Q: What EU concessions will David Cameron win for Britain?
A: Whatever Angela Merkel lets him have.
HAHAHA!!! Oh no, hold on – that wasn’t a joke, it was a serious political message. Honestly, it’s hard to tell with some of these people. Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson… who’s got his hand up whose bottom? Anyway, about the concessions thing: that could be a really good point, if Cameron was still doing the rounds, asking other EU leaders what they’ll let him have. But he isn’t asking Merkel, or any other European leaders, for concessions. He’s already done that, achieved what he considers to be good concessions, and that’s what he’s bringing to us to vote for in the referendum. And I’ll be pleased to receive some info on that, as I haven’t received my £9 million leaflet yet.
This nasty anti-Merkel leaflet was paid for by something called “Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group in the European Parliament”, “Sovereign Draw (A sovereign draw for a sovereign nation)” and UKIP. Of those groups, the only one I’ve heard of is UKIP. My guess would be that the others (with websites at efddgroup.eu and sovereigndraw.co.uk) are a small group of right-wing anti-Europe parties that (like UKIP) have no real reason to be in the European Parliament except to filibuster and waste time (so much for direct democracy, huh?) and a bunch of rich businessmen who want out of the EU so they can deal with sweatshop, slave-labour type countries that the EU want nothing to do with because of their hatred of human and workers’ rights. They say they will “restore sovereignty to the UK Parliament” (which is where it is, has always been, and always will be), will “save the British people £55 million a day” (which sounds quite good, if a little surprising – I had no idea that I would be a multi-millionaire if Britain wasn’t in the EU) and “make sure we never join the disastrous Euro (which is a complete red herring – no one has any intention to get Britain into the Euro; it’s like saying “Vote for me and I won’t make you eat dog turds”). “SAY NO, BELIEVE IN BRITAIN” they go on (and on and on); “Join the winning team SIGN UP TO SAY NO” – and a website (cos they’re really tech-savvy) http://www.saynotoeu.com – to add to efddgroup.eu, ukip.org and sovereigndraw.co.uk. They seem to own most of the internet; and their backers probably do own a sizable chunk of the infrastructure. Cos these one-minute-they’re-noty-there-then-suddenly-out-of-nowhere-puff-there-they-are groups are made up largely of businessmen who vomit when they hear the word “ethical” and people who say stuff like “I’m not racist but my town has been invaded by Romanian Poles who’ve stolen all the jobs and claim billions of pounds in benefits too!” In other words, nazis and idiots.
The other leaflet is from the “Better Off Out” group. They claim “Your household could be £933 per year better off if the UK left the European Union” – not quite as good as the UKIP-Nazi-Idiot Alliance’s promise of “£55 million a day”. And that’s the only “fact” on their leaflet – the only reason they think we’d be better off out of the EU. But they’re awfully tech-savvy too, as everyone knows the “young voters” will only abandon their sofas and box-sets of Game Of Thrones if there’s tech-savviness involved. Better Off Out say “You can follow us on Facebook at ‘Better Off Out’ or on Twitter ‘@BetterOffOut'” (if you feel the desperate urge to get even more anti-European propaganda spam thrown at you). “Better Off Out” is apparently promoted by “Better Off Out of HMS President (1918)”, whatever that is… I didn’t know were in HMS President (1918) in the first place… Fortunately you can send them email at email@example.com and regular hate mail to:
Better Off Out
HMS President (1918)
London EC4Y 0HJ
Seriously though, don’t send hate mail or spam to Rupert – that’d be naughty, and I would never condone naughtiness in any way.
Oh yes, my point. Cos there is a point to this blog post. It’ll be nice to get some pro-EU propaganda. You know, a varied diet and all that. Who cares if it’s paid for with our taxes? It’s only £9 million FFS! We’re gonna be spending £100 zillion on Trident missiles that we will never use, so the bill for these leaflets is a mere drop in the ocean.