Guest post by John Buck:
[Welcome, John, from the OoL bloggers.]
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.