Words Matter

There have been so many words uttered during this EU referendum campaign in the UK you would think that anything goes and it hardly matters as the background noise has been so loud. Can the millions of pages of words that have been written or the billions of words spoken change the outcome?  It’s hard to say “yes” or “no” to that simple question.

However, I believe it’s wrong to say that the public debate hasn’t changed much. For one, the debate has become a struggle to capture public attention and that’s produced some ghastly rhetoric.  I guess, that crude language of expression is a sign of our times.  Not only that but the style of presentation often trumps the substance.  Pomposity and bombast put me off but some people love it.  Overall, sadly there has been little truly memorable oratory.

Anyway, I was taught that when you have a complex problem to solve then start by going back to first principles. So, here we go.  The core propositions of both IN and OUT campaigns are predictions.  Predictions that one way means you’ll be better off and the other way means you’ll be worse off.  In my mind, and I’m a rational person, the more trustworthy information you have to support your case the better.  Failing that, I look at the person or group making the prediction and ask myself – do they know the subject?

Having read and listened to a lot in the last 100 days, I can say that; without any shadow of a doubt that the REMAIN campaign has provided the most reliable information. Also, they have the most credible supporters and speakers not just in the UK but worldwide.

I think, it would be extremely foolish to ignore the declaration of the G7 leaders made in Japan in May this year. “A UK exit from the EU would reverse the trend towards greater global trade and investment, and the jobs they create, and is a further serious risk to growth.”

We will all be better off by voting to REMAIN in the EU.

Author: johnwvincent

Our man in Southern England

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