Questioning members of parliament about the EU referendum in/out campaigns. If interviewers are lazy, and ask out campaigners for forecasts of the future, then perhaps they should also ask astrologers and psychics. Surely these people are more experienced than politicians and business leaders in the realms of prediction. No doubt the sports media people will be looking for the next (Paul the Octopus) to predict the Euro Championships 2016.
Typical questions so far for out campaigners are;
So how do you see the UK after leaving the EU? The typical replies are;
“We are needed by the EU more than we need them”.
“We will have sovereignty over our laws and borders”.
“We can stop paying 55 million a day to the EU, and use this money in our own country”.
Few interviewers correct the interviewee, and said “you know that’s not correct we receive X amount back so the figure is actually Y”. I hear very few interviewers asking their interviewee how do they arrive at these answers. Demanding the facts that lead them to their opinion.
Questioning of in campaigners is just as bad. What are the downside risks of leaving the EU?
“There are X million of jobs at risk”.
“We are safer as part of the EU”.
“We have negotiated safe guards for our currency”.
“The EU has brought safer work practises and regulation into the market”.
Apart from the MEP’s what other jobs are at risk and why? Why are we safer as part of a very large super-national government? The safe guards negotiated are not guaranteed until after the referendum so have no validity in the debate.
Would the global state of good working practises have been ignored by whichever party was in power in the UK. So no changes would have been made to work practises in the UK for last 40 years. Yet the interviewers allow this to go on without examination of the replies.
Perhaps now and I hope after the referendum we will get real coverage of what happens in the EU. Not just the disasters. Not just the differences of nationalists on both sides of the channel.
For quite a while now we have had the comedy that is Prime ministers questions. The BBC has a channel BBC Parliament broadcasting UK government debate. So much time is given over to covering what happens in US politics, and so little what’s happening in the EU parliament perhaps that could change. It could inform people in the UK of what is happening in the EU which will affect them. They could see if their MEP’s were voting and arguing on party lines or their constituency lines.
At the moment it seems to me the question has been phrased incorrectly.
The referendum question will be: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/eu-referendum/about
None of us can see the future. Speculation is a game for those with deep pockets. Or those who do not give a dam what others think of them.