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A letter a day to number 10. No 1,463

Monday 13 June 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Since you inveigled your way into government you have systematically attacked the lives of ordinary people in this country, you have rewarding the rich and the corporations whilst focusing the worst of your austerity measures on the poorest and most vulnerable. I have no idea why you made the referendum a manifesto issue but just to remind ourselves, here’s what you said, “We are clear about what we want from Europe. We say: yes to the Single Market. Yes to turbocharging free trade. Yes to working together where we are stronger together than alone. Yes to a family of nation states, all part of a European Union – but whose interests, crucially, are guaranteed whether inside the Euro or out. No to ‘ever closer union.’ No to a constant flow of power to Brussels. No to unnecessary interference.” Really just a lot of meaningless nonsense in which the lives and concerns of ordinary people are entirely absent.

When Edward Heath took us into the Common Market he didn’t consult us or make it a voting matter, the British people had no say in it at all. It took the Wilson government in 1975 to hold a referendum and all the big hitters were pro remain, and I, a mere stripling of 23, having no idea of the issues, voted remain along with the majority who were doubtless just as clueless as I was. I recall Tony Benn being what I perceived be a lone voice in the wilderness, given no credence in the mainstream narrative and nor did I. I had not at that age learned to think, I had another decade to go before the battle for my own mind began in earnest.

Today, we have another chance to vote in a referendum for our place in or out of the EU and thus far it has been the biggest pigs breakfast I have ever seen, headed up by you Tories who have done everything you can to muddy the waters and sow utter confusion at every step of the way.

You have given us a referendum where one of the choices is, according to you, rubbish, “What can the Leave campaign guarantee you? Nothing at all. These people are asking you to roll the dice with our future – with your future. And for what? What is the potential upside? It would have to be something pretty special to justify these kind of risks. Yet they tell us nothing about what the future would hold. I don’t think they deserve your vote – not when leaving is so risky, not when it’s such a leap in the dark.”

If this wasn’t ever going to be a two horse race, if Britain had nothing to gain from voting to leave the EU, if there was nothing special on offer to commit to rolling the dice for our future, what in the world were you playing at? Doesn’t that just make you the biggest idiot, or Machiavellian, treacherous, tool,  playing fast and loose with the future of this nation for no good reason other than some stupid political game for reasons that you don’t have the decency to tell us? Your latest bottom feeding piece in the Telegraph scaring pensioners to vote remain for fear of losing their pensions is just another nail in the coffin of democracy from the party that doesn’t give a damn about anyone but themselves.

Conservative manifesto reaffirms In/Out EU referendum but is it light on the specifics of renegotiation?

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/feb/25/britains-1975-europe-referendum-what-was-it-like-last-time

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2016/06/11/david-cameron-a-vote-for-brexit-will-cost-pensioners-dear-if-fun/?WT.mc_id=tmgoff_soc_spf_fb-sf28497890

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