I’ve spent a lot of time over the past two months campaigning on behalf of Britain Stronger in Europe and Labour In for Britain. In these final days leading up to the EU Referendum next Thursday, 23 June, I’m actually IN Europe, on a long-planned holiday to my favourite European escape, Mallorca. And I’m feeling increasingly anxious watching the news, horrific hate- and scare-mongering and nauseating polls from afar and feeling guilty that I’m not back in London continuing to pass out leaflets, knock on doors and man phonebanks. (I’ll be back on the 22nd, so will do nothing but those activities on polling day itself.)
So I’m doing what I can carrying on with the online campaigning. On the blog front, here’s part one. I’ve overdosed on political reporting, as well as watching most of the televised debates and interviews on the referendum as well as consuming my usual weekly diet of political programmes on TV and radio (Question Time, Newsnight, Any Questions, Andrew Marr, Robert Peston, Sunday Politics, you name it). Of all the media I’ve consumed, the following posts, articles and videos are to my mind the most powerful for setting out the positive, logical, patriotic case for Remain.
(None of them really deal primarily with the economic argument which, frankly, is just a no-brainer. We’re better off in, no question – just ask the Institute of Fiscal Studies, International Monetary Fund, the Bank of England, World Bank, any other credible financial institution or 9 out of 10 economists.)
If you think this is all way too much – and, I understand, we all have busy lives – please just read this one from Nick Carter-Lando exposing the central myth of immigration on which the Leave argument hinges. You owe it to yourself, your family and all of our futures not to vote based on this lie.
I’ll add a few more personal thoughts on the matter in my next blog.
My mate brilliant musical theatre mate and fellow activist Rob Castell puts the case for remain to music – and does quite a good Tory Brexit impersonation…
I was at this Britain Stronger in Europe event demonstrating the strength of cross-party support for staying in: with speeches from David Cameron as well as Tim Farron, Harriet Harman and Natalie Bennett, presenting, respectively, the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Green party arguments.
WATCH & RT: the remain campaign is truly cross-party & has a clear, positive plan for UK & your family’s future:https://t.co/NDqhdYzN5V
— Stronger In (@StrongerIn) June 6, 2016