campaigners in Burnham attack government's pro-EU leaflets
leader of a local group campaigning for residents to vote against
staying in the European Union has hit out at the government's
plan to distribute pro-EU membership leaflets across the country.
16-page leaflets will be sent to 27 million UK homes from next
week using over £9m of public money.
Hims, who is leading the local 'Sedgemoor Leave.EU' group and
was Burnham's UKIP parliamentary candidate last year, has spoken
out about the news.
said: "This is a case of how to 'rig a referendum' - give
one side £9.3 million more resources than the other!"
1975, Harold Wilson and his government issued a taxpayer-funded
leaflet to every household in the UK urging them to vote to stay
in the 'Common Market'."
'Yes' campaign spent ten times the resources of the 'No' campaign
and won two thirds of the vote. It was a majority obtained by
profligacy and fraud. Fast forward 41 years and despite early
promises by ministers not to do so, exactly the same stunt is
being played out again by the British establishment."
government has just spent £9.3 million issuing a taxpayer-funded
leaflet to every household in the UK urging them to stay in the
European Union. The 'Remain' campaign is yet again allowed to
spend many times more than the 'Leave' campaign in their desperate
attempt to load the dice against Brexit."
production and mass-distribution of this biased and inaccurate
leaflet only serves to prove that the arguments for staying in
this expansionist and failing EU federal bloc are so weak, that
only by skewing the playing field and throwing the full weight
of the establishment behind it, do they feel capable of success."
Minister David Cameron has defended the pro-EU membership leaflet
amid criticism that £9m of public money is being spent on
"one-sided propaganda". He said the government was "not
neutral" in the referendum and the cost was "money well
South West MEP Dr Julia Reid, left, and Leave EU's Helen Hims