Sunday, 29 May 2016

What Remain needs to do

If Remain is to gain victory in the EU referendum, it has, as Andrew Rawnsley says, to persuade "a lot of non-Tory voters to make the choice recommended by a Tory prime minister" (To claim victory now would be a fatal error for the EU In camp, 22/05/16). What Rawnsley does not add, however, is that this is the same prime minister who has imposed, for six years, a policy of austerity, causing suffering and hardship for many. No wonder, then, there are "continuing worries about getting non-Tory voters to the polls", but there should be concerns, too, about the extent their motivation for voting will be to engulf the Tories in prolonged civil war.
    Rawnsley correctly warns the In campaign against complacency, especially as it believes it has won "the most important argument - about the economy". Even if it has, something which relies on non-Tories putting their trust in Cameron and Osborne, and believing their often outrageous claims, it certainly hasn`t focused sufficiently on the immigration question. If Remain is to win the case for open borders, it has to stress the advantanges of such an arrangement, not only the vital work done by European workers, but also the revenue they bring to the Treasury. The In team certainly do not "sound confident about their arguments" in relation to immigration, and, unless it finds a coherent and consistent message,"contrary" voters could well use it as another excuse to gain some revenge for what they regard as unnecessary austerity.

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