These are my personal views and not necessarily those of all Chamber Members.
I have recently had the third Remain or Government Campaign brochure through the door. (They make the same points)
They purport to be providing “Facts” which are simply not accurate, and are at best extremely misleading. Mervyn King (ex Governor Bank of England) describes them as a “Gross Exageration”.
The Last Five Conservative Chancellors, are all pro Brexit – Leave, and yet we are still being mislead by our elected representatives.
Most of the Government Claims are based upon Bank of England figures.
Mark Carney has said
1/. “Those are George Osborne’s words, not mine” – Reference interpretations made
2/. “That the BoE projections are Remain projections, looking forward 2 years, adjusted downwards for the uncertainty of Brexit”. So any Brexit numbers appear worse.
3/. “There has been no account taken of the many upsides that Brexit would bring”.- They have not even looked at it??
They then present this entirely one sided analysys, as fact.
Specifically They Claim:-
1/. Jobs- 3 million jobs in the UK linked to EU Exports. The implication being they would be lost.
They are saying that we would stop trading with the EU. This is simply not true.
2/. Family Finances-. We will be worse off by £4,300 a year.
They cannot possibly know this. They certainly cannot claim it to be a fact. This is Scaremongering at its worst.
Remember no account has been taken of the Brexit upside. They are taking a potential risk based downside, and applying that one, purely speculative number, repeatedly across a range of scenarios.
3/. Businesses – 200,000 businesses trade with the EU, helping create jobs here.
The implication being that the trade would stop. It would not.
4/. Prices – Prices in the shops would increase by £350 per family per year.
If a weekly Family Shop is £200 * 52 weeks = £10,400. 350/10,400 = 3.4%.
In 1973 Britain Joined the European Community (EU). Retail Price index jumped by 25%!!!
Prices shot up when we joined the EU due to the Common Agricultural policy where we subsidise French farmers to hold prices artificially high.
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5/. Public Services – Government would cut NHS spending by £36 Billion
Again they cannot tell this. It is scare mongering. We do know that we would have some £20 billion a year that we did not pay to the EU. We can add onto that every bit of trade we do with the Rest of the World. So Total exports are some £600 Billion, an extra 10% from Brexit would be £60 Billion plus the 20 above is 80 less the 36 = £44 Billion advantage.
As they say there are Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics. What is clear, is that claiming them to be facts, is at best misleading and assumes that the British people are stupid. They are not.
So Why are these people attempting to misleading us?
It could be because they want an unaccountable state run machine, where democracy is pointless because “Those in Power” can do what they want. If that is the case, and increasingly I think it might be, the we need to get off at the next stop.
We are travelling in an aircraft, designed by bureaucrats, to serve their own purposes. The problem being is that these bureacrats know nothing about business, or bringing up a family on low budgets, or economics, or that matter aircraft design.
The Design is fundamentally faulty, and the plane is going crash. The opportunity on the 23rd June is get out of the EU. Vote Leave, Vote Brexit. We can then take back control of our own destiny, and together, build an aircraft that is fit for purpose, that can carry our knowledge, our beleifs, our inclusive and empowering approach, around the world, without these incompetent, self serving bureaucrats cocking it up.
This is the complete opposite to the Controlling, Self Serving – Unaccountable approach that we see today.
Remember Youth Unemployment
And yet for all those millions of job losses, not one unaccountable bureaucrat in the European Commission has lost their job.
This is democracy failing. Leave the EU, take back control and maintain accountability.
Those of you who have not read George Orwell’s 1984, should do so now.
The Publishers Harvill Secker should re-release the book, calling it 2016.
This is what Wikipedia has to say:-
The Ministry of Truth is involved with news media, entertainment, the fine arts and educational books. Its purpose is to rewrite history to change the facts to fit Party doctrine for propaganda effect. Within the novel, Orwell elaborates that the deeper reason for its existence is to maintain the illusion that the Party is absolute. To maintain power the Party must seem eternally right and strong.
There are scary similarities here.