George Osborne has recently been berated as one of the least popular members of the government following his second omnishambles budget, delivered just last month. It appears that the government is incapable of making logical decisions regarding anything at the moment, yet the most bizarre thing has to be the Chancellor’s intervention in the EU referendum campaign.
To claim that leaving the EU will cost us “£4,300 per household” is potentially the least useful and counterproductive statement made by a member of this Conservative government to date. Actually, strike that. There are far too many blunders to choose from. The Spectator’s Fraser Nelson, notably a Europhile, helpfully disseminates exactly what is so wrong with Osborne’s bogus figures here. To focus on GDP up until 2030 is meaningless. You don’t have to be an economist to realise how rapid the rate of economic change can be. Even Osborne himself warned in January of a “dangerous cocktail of economic risks“, any one of which could influence our economic growth rate and many of which had influences far beyond domestic control.
Misleading figures shouldn’t be a budding buy gabapentin Europhile’s biggest cause for concern, however. We have just entered the official campaign period for this fundamental choice and the ‘remain’ camp is still failing to shout loudly enough and thus is failing to get across a positive vision of the EU to voters. I’m afraid to say that the Labour Party are big culprits of this. Jeremy Corbyn last week finally outed himself as a reluctant remainder and gave a thinly-veiled speech for staying in, but reforming, the EU. Although this is a wise move, as motivating Labour support will be vital in the ‘remain’ camp winning, I’m growing tired of Corbyn’s inability to say ‘I believe we should remain’. Every intervention thus far (of which there are few) has been characterised by Corbyn stating “the Labour Party believes”. It’s time to get off the fence. Corbyn was elected leader because he appeared to be genuine and principled. The time is now for him to use his influence to mobilise the electorate.
Dodgy Dave and obnoxious Osborne’s cooking of the books won’t win this referendum – genuine conviction will.