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Government Propaganda [Apr. 13th, 2016|10:56 am]
Tony Grist
The government booklet urging the case for EU membership arrived the other day. I haven't read it yet. I wonder what percentage of the electorate will.

I do think it was a bit high-handed to spend so much public money on the mailshot. I mean, how many libraries could you fund for £9 million? Austerity never seems to apply to the things the government really cares about.

At least it doesn't have a picture of David Cameron on the cover. 
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2016-04-13 03:43 pm (UTC)
I barely make head or tails of it when they only try to "advertise" for something and throw millions and billions of money out of the window for it.
Like, as you say, how much you could do if planning meaningfully with that money?
And they just throw it away for campaigns, paper and colorful pictures. Things lacking substance.
I don't know if I should call that "stupidity" or "something fishy with it".
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-04-13 04:17 pm (UTC)
Membership of the EU is an issue that divides the nation- irrespective of party politics. It seems wrong for "government" to publish a booklet pushing the case for continued membership when many of its own supporters (possibly a majority of them) are on the other side.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2016-04-13 04:49 pm (UTC)
It came yesterday and chucked in the bin already.

As to what the government cares about this is quite telling.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-04-13 05:30 pm (UTC)
Annoying, isn't it!
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[User Picture]From: qatsi
2016-04-14 08:51 pm (UTC)
I'm unimpressed by it, I did flick through it and I'm left wondering why we're having a referendum at all, because we are, despite what some might like to think, already so entwined in the EU our world will fall apart without it. (OK, actually I do know why - it's that plonker Dave again, who never expected to be in government on his own, and now has to shut down the Little Englander fringe of his party - quite some fringe.)

I've found I immediately avoid anything labelled as "facts" on this issue, by either side, because I doubt I will believe them. For me it's a no-brainer to remain in, even though the EU is far from perfect.

Incidentally, I'm surprised you haven't posted anything about the Panama papers. Did I miss a post, or are you just watching the opening of the stables from a distance?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-04-15 08:48 am (UTC)
I've been following the Panama Papers affair but what is there to say? Rich people like to hold onto as much of their money as they can. It's hardly news.

Cameron has been exposed as a member of his class, with plutocratic instincts- whose dad was a professional tax evader- but all of this was already known. He himself has done very little wrong; he just made things looks worse by making such a fuss about coming clean.
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