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Kevin Lee: Cameron’s case is easily demolished


David Cameron’s article (There is so much at stake for us in this week’s referendum, says DAVID CAMERON, Published in Sunday Express June 19, 2016) continues to paint a fanciful and profoundly flawed picture about the EU referendum.

Extracts from Cameron. My comment.

a) “we face something that ….will affect our lives for decades to come”. How true except that the effect will be profound and permanent. Despite Cameron’s risible spin, the EU is unreformed and unreformable. Crucially and undeniably, what is on offer is not the status quo but rather a European superstate that will, necessarily, dissolve our great nation built on a thousand years of history.

b) “But there’s something more at stake, too: the sort of country we are – whether we are a proud, outward-looking democracy, where we seek to work with others, not stand aside from them”. The EU is neither outward looking or democratic, so ultimately our values and worldview are incompatible with EU membership.

c) “Of course the EU isn’t perfect. I’m frustrated by it like you”. An amateurish attempt to look more neutral. Cameron loves the EU gravy train as much as Neil Kinnock and Kin; vote leave and put a dent in his future employment prospects.

d) “Nine out of 10 economists agree leaving would lead to recession, a decade of uncertainty and a poorer country in the long run. Common sense supports that”. Are these the same economists, with their apparent lack of common sense (e.g. Vicky Pryce), that were wrong about the ERM, wrong about the euro and who dismally failed to foresee or influence the catastrophic global financial meltdown that is being concealed from us?

e) “I understand the concerns about immigration. But there’s a right way and a wrong way of controlling it”. Ukip won a national election precisely because Cameron does not understand the issue of immigration. The wrong and deceitful approach by Cameron was to pay lip service to people’s concerns by illogically setting objectives (getting net migration down to the tens of thousands) that are undeliverable as an EU member.

f) “We’re an outward-looking country. The great things we’ve done have involved building alliances with those who share our values, not by building barriers and sowing division”. Yes we are an outward-looking country and this vision should incorporate Europe as a relatively small and declining part of the world. Our more recent history regarding Europe is to help save it, largely via alliances with other global players. We often do not share values with EU member states (such as the approach of Greeks to paying tax) and it is the EU that is sowing the seeds of division (ask Eastern and Southern members)

g) “We’re not diminished by being in Europe, we’re stronger because we have a seat at our continent’s top table”. We have one seat out of twenty-eight in an organisation where policy is disconnected from the people and is either disastrous for Europe or inconsequential/non-existent globally. So, we have a seat at the top table but unfortunately the menu is bland or toxic.

h) “Going to the polls on Thursday is the ultimate display of our democracy – settling a big question about our country at the ballot box”. Such hypocrisy; if we vote to remain we will signing the death warrant for our democracy.

i) “Democracy is what Jo Cox stood for, giving people direct access to the person who represented their interests in Parliament”. Yes and the notion of such a direct link is poison to the EU. In the words of an EU founding father, Jean Monnet in 1945, “Europe’s nations should be guided towards the superstate without their people understanding what is happening”.

j) “With the right to a democratic vote comes responsibility – responsibility to our children and grandchildren, who will live with the consequences”. Hard to argue with this one. However, people should be in no doubt that the status quo is not an option in the referendum and a vote to remain will ultimately see the dissolution of our nation. The Remain campaign has a responsibility to be honest about that.

k) “So think very carefully before you vote. If you’re at all unsure, don’t take the risk of leaving. If you don’t know, don’t go.” I guess he meant to say don’t take the risk of voting Leave. However I see nothing wrong with the advice that “If you don’t know, don’t vote”.

l) “vote for the strength, security and prosperity of this great democracy – and vote to remain”. A vote to remain will lead to us becoming more like the EU i.e. weak, insecure and bankrupt.

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Kevin Lee
Kevin Lee
Kevin Lee is a former Professor of Life Sciences at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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