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Should the government be spending tax payers money on EU Leaflets with a one sided view?

The government is spending more than £9m on sending a leaflet to every UK household setting out the case for remaining in the European Union.

It says the 14-page document, to be sent to 27 million homes, responds to public demand for more details about the EU referendum by setting out the facts behind the government’s position.

They said internal opinion polls suggested 85% of people wanted the government to provide more information so they could make an informed decision on 23 June.

Environment Secretary Liz Truss said the leaflets would help voters do so. She also emphasised the government’s view that EU membership “brings economic security, peace and stability”.

An additional £2.89m had been spent on the accompanying website and “digital promotion”.

But the move was met with thinly disguised anger by groups campaigning for EU exit.

“Our money should not be used on propaganda, trying to buy votes. We already send £350m to Brussels each week. We should spend our money on our priorities like the NHS.”

What is your view?  Are you happy to be sent out a leaflet telling you why we should stay in the EU? Or would you prefer to have a leaflet that has a balance of pros and cons to help you make an informed decision? Do you think this is a good use of tax payers money?

Should the government be spending tax payers money on EU Leaflets with a one sided view?

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iestynlad
13th May 2016
0
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I sent mine back in an unstamped envelope telling them not to spend my taxes on this sort of thing,
Bert
28th Apr 2016
0
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THEY SHOULD GIVE INFORMATION ON BOTH SIDES OF THE QUESTION>
Sd
28th Apr 2016
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A total waste of our money. Stop treating the public like idiots, most of us can work out for ourselves how to vote.
Robert2706
28th Apr 2016
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I would not mind if it actually told you something important
LinG
16th Apr 2016
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The leaflets are being delivered into empty new properties that have yet to be occupied ? what a waste

I would like to see the breakdown of expenditure on printing , delivery etc

I am sure they could have if they had to do a biased paper could have been produced cheaper

Why not do a balanced document ?

Return them to 10 Downing Street
Greenacres
15th Apr 2016
0
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I see from looking at the poll that the 94% no speaks for its self
Terrysoldgal
15th Apr 2016
1
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I did not look at my leaflet other than to note that it was glossy and smart looking (expensive). It's now in the recycling bin.
PsyaNyde
20th Apr 2016
0
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I stuck mine in an envelope, addressed it to Mr Cameron , 10 Downing street, london and posted it back.
geegee1954
14th Apr 2016
1
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Have had 2 leaflets delivered over 2 days, what a waste of 10 million. Mr Cameron and his goverment are not fit to run the country.
Wilf
14th Apr 2016
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The problem is what's the alternative? Labour are a bunch of clowns nowadays.
Averilmohammad
14th Apr 2016
1
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I think we should stay in the EU, the world is changing and we need to change with it,
quilter
13th Apr 2016
1
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Mine is in the bin learned nothing from it !
Alicia
13th Apr 2016
0
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Caldecourt01
12th Apr 2016
1
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Why is the government spending 9million instead of the 7million allocated. This is an overspend. If the government wants everyone to live within their means they are not doing a very good job.
SUpershine
12th Apr 2016
1
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We are sending ours back to 10 Downing Street.
lizfid3
12th Apr 2016
2
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I wish to see both sides of the argument and therefore will not be reading the glossy, expensive comic issued by the government. If they think we are unable to comprehend the consequences of votes for and against , and feel they have to spoon feed us their opinions, I wonder what exactly is it that they do not want us to know? The recent actions by members and their families has brought the issue of trust into sharp focus and I am finding it difficult to trust anything this government spouts forth. A televised balanced debate is needed but is it possible?
Roof Top Crow
13th Apr 2016
1
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At the moment we cannot see both sides of the argument in print.
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We should all read the government brochure as it was issued by the the party that we elected to run the country. The brochure might give you information you were not aware of, and it might help you make a decision yes or no.
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There are currently two groups who want to represent the Leave the EU point of view. Vote Leave and EU/Grassroots Out

Both groups are in chaos and spend a lot of time squabbling, so at the moment there is not much hope of getting anything in print.
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And your request for a balanced television debate seems a remote possibility.
lizfid3
13th Apr 2016
1
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I did not elect this shower to run the country, I did not believe their rhetoric then and have seen nothing to change my opinion in the time since the election. I respect your rock hard Tory support but reserve the right to wholeheartedly oppose and disbelieve them. I totally believe we are being deceived and the full facts will not be revealed until after the referendum. That is my right and I stand by it regardless of how many people you lobby and contradict on this forum.
jeanmark
15th Apr 2016
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Interestingly Labour have also stated they want to stay in the EU albeit for different reasons so your comments about the Tories doesn't appear to apply to the In/Out EU debate. Personally, I don't have much faith in any political party but agree with Roof Top Crow that Tories not Labour or any other party were voted in wether you believe them or not.
lizfid3
15th Apr 2016
1
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What is making my belief so incredibly important to all you stay in campaigners? Looking at the other comments on this forum you are not in the majority. Is that why you are shouting down the sceptics and picking silly faults to detract from the main issue here which is actually the money spent on the glossy piece of paper.
Wilf
14th Apr 2016
0
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Whats the alternative? Red Corbyn and his bunch?
lizfid3
15th Apr 2016
-1
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Cornyn has voted with the Tories. Don't trust him either.
Roof Top Crow
14th Apr 2016
1
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The words I used "we elected" was collective of how the electorate chose their constituency MP at the least election. The voters chose more Members of Parliament from the Conservative Party than from any other political party. I did not vote for my local Conservative MP.
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When we vote on 23rd June we will be voting for what we individually believe will be in the best interests of the UK. We will be voting for what we think will best generate the tax revenue the UK needs to pay for the NHS, the Social Services, and the Armed Forces and so on.
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I believe that withdrawing our membership from the world’s biggest and strongest trading bloc would be an economic disaster. Tax generation from businesses would fall and there would have to be massive cuts to all of the services I listed earlier and many I have not listed.
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I am not alone in that view. The current Conservative Government, under the leadership of David Cameron, has made it very clear that they believe the UK should remain in membership of the EU. As I write Jeremy Corbyn the leader of the Labour party is setting out the reasons why the Labour Party believe the UK should remain in membership. They differ in many ways but they both agree that we are better off remaining in the EU.

Just as you hold your views I hold mine and I will continue to put my views forward on this forum.
jeanmark
15th Apr 2016
0
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lizfid3
15th Apr 2016
0
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Nobody stops you but do not decry others for disagreeing with you. As you say, each to his own.
nanelle
12th Apr 2016
4
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The government is spending 9 million pounds of our money on a glossy one-sided booklet advocating we stay in the EU. Surely they should be giving us both sides of the argument so we can make an informed decision? All they have done is made me cross, because they seem to be trying to bully us into sharing their decision, and I am now more likely to vote against them.
Valerieking
12th Apr 2016
5
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It is supposed to be a free vote with relevant information for and against - this is not what we are being bombarded with
Roof Top Crow
11th Apr 2016
2
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I do not understand how the Government, who very clearly want us to stay in the EU, would be able to put forward reasons for us to leave the EU.
jeanmark
15th Apr 2016
0
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I agree on that point but they may have been wiser to find an independent voice to put forward both sides of the argument, however, accept that it would have been very difficult to find an independent voice that the majority of people would believe.
dottydiva
11th Apr 2016
4
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I feel that the government should put for and against, but declare the position it is taking.
Roof Top Crow
11th Apr 2016
2
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I would also like to have a single document that outlines the benefits of remaining in the EU and the benefits of leaving the EU view. I do not think that that is going to happen.
The following scenario seems to where we are at the moment.
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Remain in the EU.
The Government believes that voting to remain in the EU is the best decision for the UK. That is their very clearly stated belief. They stated this view it in the House of Commons and in the brochure they are distributing.
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Leave the EU.
There are two rival groups that want to represent the Leave the EU campaign. Vote Leave and Leave.EU/Grassroots Out.
There is a lot of public squabbling going on between the two groups and even more squabbling within each group.

Vote Leave has a committee, but as far as I can tell they have not elected a leader.
Leave.EU/Grassroots Out does not seem to have a committee or a leader.
Neither group has published a document that tells us what would happen if we left the EU.

On Line information.
Vote leave. The web site has a downloadable policy pdf document. It gives a list of things they think are wrong with the EU. The document does not say what they would do if we did leave the EU.
EU/Grassroots Out. This is a bit more difficult. There seem to be a number of different one page web sites and I am not sure which of these is the official site is. The one thing these sites all have in common is asking for money and none of the sites have a policy document.

it seems very unlikely that we are going to get a document explaining why we should leave the EU and what would happen if we did leave the EU from either of these groups.
dianedevon
11th Apr 2016
1
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Nigel Farage of UKIP had it right in the first place much of the adverse publicity about UKIP that appeared in the press was to be found in Tory owned newspapers. If only people would look at the UKIP manifesto before making up their minds, instead they allow themselves to be hoodwinked by a biased press. Politics in this country is so skewed, UKIP received as many votes as the SNP yet look at the disparity in seats in Parliament. Democracy?
Lex
11th Apr 2016
3
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What's the point of a one sided view ,we need the full picture to make an informed choice.
Westminster
10th Apr 2016
2
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The Eurozone is disintegrating, Italian, French, and now Spanish Banks are in dire straits.

It is only the Chinese who are propping up th euro.

Vote Leave, and we will run our country ourselves.
brooker
10th Apr 2016
3
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Unfair rules. They must be running scared of Brexit!
Lionel
9th Apr 2016
3
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Should tax payers money have been spent on this booklet? No!

The British government must be impartial, as must the Civil Service, and be seen to be so. It is for the Remain camp to find £9 million to distribute this material, if indeed it has any merit worth spending on, not the state.

I am a tax payer, and am required, in some small part, to fund and receive offensive material. In this instance much of the content has been successfully challenged by journalists, economists and the Out campaign.

It is not a matter of weighing in the balance this Government propaganda against the Out campaign's material. No. It is about balancing forty four years of experience of the EU against the unverified claims made for it by a government elected by about 25% of the British electorate.

That statistic brings into question the moral mandate to govern (actually, it is rule in practice) of Cameron's government and thereby his mandate to recommend anything to us.

Has he a moral mandate, or is it a numbers game?
Roof Top Crow
10th Apr 2016
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In a forum of this kind we can only take a broad brush approach.

I expect the Civil Service to be impartial or neutral. I do not expect the Government to be impartial or neutral.
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The political party that has been elected by an overall majority in the House of Commons forms the Government after a general election. The Government that runs the country and the political party that has an overall majority in the House of Commons are one and the same.
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The current Government believes that voting to remain in the EU is the best decision for the UK. That is the Governments very clearly stated belief.
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The Government does not have to put forward any other view or state alternative views. Those alternative views can and are being put forward by groups or individuals who believe that the UK should not remain in the EU.
artlampkin
8th Apr 2016
3
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I and quite a few of the people I know will be sending this straight back to No 10. Think they will be getting thousands back from the general public by all the comment on the Social Networks.
Lionel
9th Apr 2016
5
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Better send it here and save yourself a stamp: Freepost RSBB-XRZT-ZTXE, The Conservative Party Foundation, 30 Millbank, LONDON, SW1P 4DP.
Alicia
8th Apr 2016
3
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The leaflets are a waste of money as they give a one sided opinion only.
I have already decided how to vote so I will not need to read anything.
Send them all back to number 10.
Roof Top Crow
9th Apr 2016
1
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In a democratically run election we voting citizens have an obligation to listen to all opinions. This election is simpler than most. We can vote yes, we can vote no or we can chose not to vote. You have made a decision to vote.
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As you have decided to vote it must be correct for you to listen to the yes side and the no side.
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To discard the brochure without reading it is wrong. It may be that the brochure will confirm your decision to vote no. Then again it may give you information that you were not aware of before and that new information may change your mind.
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Of course the announcement of the brochure has given a massive boost to the "leave" side of the argument. Even before we have all received the the brochure the "leave" side have had hours of TV coverage where they have shouted unfair. They have also had massive press coverage where they again shouted unfair. They have not paid for the TV coverage or the press coverage, so maybe that is unfair as well.
Roof Top Crow
8th Apr 2016
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A Government democratically voted into power has some very clearly defined obligations. The obligations include managing the civil service, managing the NHS, managing our armed forces, managing our finances etc. Overseas they manage our relationship with other governments.
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The Government has an obligation to decide what it thinks is in the best interests of the country. It cannot be neutral, it must have firmly held views that we can listen to and understand.
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The Government of today has decided that it will be in our best interests to remain in the EU. It is therefore fulfilling an obligation to tell us very clearly what it thinks will be best for the country.
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That is exactly what it has done. It does not have an obligation to put forward the view that we would be better off out of the EU.
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We as citizens have an obligation to look at the document and consider what the Government is saying.
Lionel
9th Apr 2016
1
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Rooftop, this is a desperately simplistic view of the government's obligations. It is, in truth, very misleading too.

You paint very broad bush strokes on an enormous canvas, it speaks of sound bites or political speech writing which, in the final analysis, is the dark art of masking objective truth behind obfuscations, lies, and promises never to be discharged.

I find no incumbency upon me, or others, to spend even a moment delving into this material.
Dellboy56
8th Apr 2016
2
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They have an obligation to play by their own rules as well, not effectivly start lobbying and leaflet dropping a week ahead of everybody else and using tax payers money over and above the allocation to both sides.
Wilf
8th Apr 2016
3
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I agree with your last sentence. We do need to look at the document. The problem is this is a democratically appointed government as such they should be unbiased and should both sides of the argument and THEN advise that HMG view is its best to stay in the UK. To just put out this the way it has been done is not professional at best and not British at worst!

By the way I do want to stay in the EU!...I just want our leaders to play fair
Uno
8th Apr 2016
3
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I can imagine that almost 10 million pounds of taxpayers money spent on Pro-EU leaflets, will be be 10 million pounds that is thrown into the waste paper bin!

We don't need a leaflet to inform our decision Mr.Cameron!

We are voting to Leave the wasteful, sclerotic and corrupt EU
Goose4t
8th Apr 2016
5
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There is a good suggestion in the Express today - have one leaflet but give both sides of the argument. Only then would I say the money would be well spent but I am disgusted that Cameron should even consider spending £9M of tax payers money.
Wilf
14th Apr 2016
0
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Agreed we need both sides of the argument or how can we make a rational decision
Stafilos
8th Apr 2016
4
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Mr Cameron, I like many other of the electorate made up their minds about the EU a long time ago, we are fed up with Brussels meddling all the time, we are fed up with the amount of immigration that is forced upon us, we want our Country back, so no one sided leaflet is going to change our minds.
HOMELESS
8th Apr 2016
3
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The young have never seen the UK prior to EU
As an island we had a natural defence
We all left our homes open and unguarded
The politicians seemed to fight for the public and be proud of it
I am sorry to say it is all me! me! me! today
As my wife and I explain to the young they have to stop looking through rose tinted eyes
We are English and proud of it. We will never be european
YOU DON'T CALL A COW A HORSE IF IT IS BORN IN A STABLE
jeanmark
15th Apr 2016
0
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Sorry, I'm British and proud of it and I think you will find most europeans don't refer to themselves as anything other than French/Spanish/ German etc. 'European' is surely a generic name used to make it easier than using every single named country in the EU.
violetM
8th Apr 2016
2
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Can you make that British please!
1960pete
8th Apr 2016
0
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Our government don't want us to leave
Europe
As everything is about to change on the
World stage . The big boys of our world
Are getting restless
China is moving in' and the US is getting
Pushed aside
Then there is the Putin connection
Which has to be seen to be believed
One of the worlds richest men ,
Is in charge of Europe !
Don't believe me then open your eyes
And smell the coffee
The western press love to write about
A large dough-boy with rockets
Sometimes I feel like I am sitting
In a 1945 Berlin bunker
RetiredJohnB
8th Apr 2016
8
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If both sides of the argument had been presented then it wouldn't have been a problem.
I have made up my mind already so the paperwork is definitely wasted on me.
remember
7th Apr 2016
8
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No Leaflets a one sided waste of money, when The Priminister could tell us the details in papers facebook twitter and TV the Goverment are cuttIng back on- NHS- SCHOOLS - CARE FOR THE ELDERLY
INDUSTRY- AND CARE FOR THE ENVIROMENT.
Why waste all this money on a leaflet that will end up in the waste bin. Half of the promises on all that is being planned The Priminister has already told us he will not be around to see happen,He will be retired.
jamimagran
7th Apr 2016
9
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It is so wrong on so many levels. I will be returning mine to no. 10 and hope that thousands of others follow suit.
jeanmark
15th Apr 2016
0
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I'm keeping mine as I've paid for it.......
Kes
7th Apr 2016
9
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The people of this country, who are entitled to vote in this referendum, will not get the real and true facts that they need in order to make a rational decision relating to staying or leaving the EEC. A leaflet giving a one-sided view will not help anyone and if Mr Cameron thinks it will sway voters his way, then he is quite obviously misguided and deluded. The Politicians, on both sides of the argument, are failing the people of this country once again, and we continue to pay the price.
jeanmark
15th Apr 2016
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Labour also want to stay in...........
Renka
7th Apr 2016
8
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The voters have the right to knowthe implications of BOTH sides.
Spending tax payers money in a one sided - and probably scaremongering - leaflet is wrong. It is also typical of this awful government to push their propaganda at our expense.
Marley444
7th Apr 2016
7
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Surely the only way we can make an informed decision is to understand the implication form both sides ... is it because the government don't actually know what will happen if we leave the EU??? It very much smells of propaganda to me. We need both sides otherwise the whole thing is a farce and total waste of tax payers money!
Wilf
7th Apr 2016
4
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And another comment-the cost of £9m is immaterial it should just do this properly but as usual its a fudge. And no I am not voting Brexit...I am still undecided but want a proper view of all aspects. We are not getting it!
Wilf
7th Apr 2016
7
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Yes I do think the Government should send out a leaflet and its about time to. NO I do not think that it should be one sided. It should give us an unbiased view from both sides. this is a democracy at least it was last time I looked and a democracy has different points of view. If the Government is so kind as to let us vote it should at least give us the information on leaflets, a website and via the press. This is too important an issue to mess about. It really does beg the question if any of these ministers have any common-sense at all. I know most have never had a proper job but come on it just makes sense for both points of view
remember
7th Apr 2016
2
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But it is a one sided view, be okay if it was telling us both sides ,but the media can tell us just as well or The Prime Minister could do a TV programme ,noneed to spend Millions on Leaflets that will be binned.
Wilf
7th Apr 2016
0
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As I said I think its ok to spend £9 million...we are paying the EU nett £150 million a week so £9m is a drop in the Ocean. What they should be doing is having a balanced view. I have just looked at the leaflet online and its not balanced at all. How can we make an informed decision as the people of the UK?

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