Need to be informed (David Cole)
So now we know when the referendum on the UK’s membership in Europe is to take place.
I am proud to be part of a nation that in times when an important decision has to be made the government of the day has the courage to ask every single one of us what our opinion is.
But surely if our collective decision is to be the right one, we should be made aware of what the issues are.
I’m sure there are many people out there who are more aware of the good and bad reasons for staying in or coming out of the European Union than I am. But surely if our votes are to mean something we should all be well informed.
I ask our political masters [SIC] to set up an advisory committee to produce a pamphlet written in plain English of the pros and cons of remaining under the authority of Brussels – my only caveat being that it must be politically unbiased, i.e. an all-party report.
On a separate more personal issue, I believe that Tavish Scott is right in his determination to keep the SNP at bay. The quantity of “junk” mail I have received lately makes me think of changing my voting habits of a lifetime.