I have always doubted the use of referenda; politicians are elected and civil servants and council officers employed to manage issues and make decisions on behalf of, and in the best interest of those they represent, especially on complicated matters which the general public would have difficulty in understanding.
There is little more complicated in our world than the European Union.
Politicians therefore, being politicians, will use referenda for their own devious purposes.
David Cameron is using referenda and therefore the manipulation of the UK people to sort out his own domestic issues in trying to disarm the right wing in British politics who want to take the UK back to those “innocent” days of the 1950s, days of poverty, inequality, smog and bronchitis.
Despite the inefficiencies that comes with all large organisations I believe the net gain to the UK of EU membership outweighs the loss. For example, in pressurising the UK to raise environmental standards, banishing poverty, promotion of social liberty and ensuring a vibrant market economy providing jobs and creating wealth.
With the Conservatives split, Labour totally ineffective (and will be for many years to come), and the British people having for the time being abandoned the radical political centre, it’s up to the British people to show a lead to the politicians and go out and vote for a progressive future.
I will be voting Remain. I do hope the people of Scarborough will also.
John Atkinson CQP MCQI