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Thu Jun 9, 2016, 03:05 AM

EU referendum: MP Sarah Wollaston swaps sides over 'untrue' Leave claims

From the BBC.

Tory MP Sarah Wollaston has quit the campaign to leave the EU and will vote for Remain instead, she told the BBC.

Dr Wollaston, chairman of the health select committee, said Vote Leave's claim that Brexit would free up £350m a week for the NHS "simply isn't true".

She told the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg she did not feel "comfortable" being part of the campaign.

Vote Leave has stood by its much-criticised £350m claim, which is on the side of its battle bus.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36485464

I guess some Tories do have principles after all.

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Reply EU referendum: MP Sarah Wollaston swaps sides over 'untrue' Leave claims (Original post)
Bad Dog Jun 2016 OP
T_i_B Jun 2016 #1
Bad Dog Jun 2016 #2
T_i_B Jun 2016 #3
Bad Dog Jun 2016 #4
LeftishBrit Jun 2016 #5
Bad Dog Jun 2016 #6
non sociopath skin Jun 2016 #7
Bad Dog Jun 2016 #8

Response to Bad Dog (Original post)

Thu Jun 9, 2016, 03:08 AM

1. Well done Sarah Wollaston!

The "Vote Leave" campaign has been shockingly dishonest.

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Response to T_i_B (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 9, 2016, 05:14 AM

2. I don't know if you heard her on the Radio this morning,

but she said that overall the NHS would be better in the EU and that all this talk of £xmillions going to the NHS is a downright lie.

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Response to Bad Dog (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 9, 2016, 07:08 AM

3. The basic message of "Vote Leave".....

...is based on half truths and outright lies aimed at appealing to the very worst of human nature. And then there's the whole matter of the missing parts of their platform.

What trade arrangements do they actually want? What will they do to replace the common agriculture and fisheries policies? What will they do to replace the European Arrest Warrant? The more you look the less clothes the emperor is wearing.

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Response to T_i_B (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 9, 2016, 07:38 AM

4. John Major got it right,

(I never thought I'd write a sentence like that,) when he said that the likes of Farage, Johnson and Gove don't want to give the NHS extra funding. They want to cut it.

The very rich like Farage, Johnson and Gove will do very well out of Brexit and a recession. Not only do they have more than enough money to weather the storm they actually get richer by snapping everything up. Then lax regulations on tax, banking and worker's rights means they can get even richer at the expense of the rest of us.

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Response to Bad Dog (Original post)

Thu Jun 9, 2016, 06:23 PM

5. Good

Wollaston has always struck me as the sort of Tory who might be almost tolerable if we had a system (like the USA pre-Newt Gingrich, as I understand) that permitted MPs to vote relatively independently of party much of the time.

The Brexiteers seem to be preoccupied with two things: (1) Less regulation and lower taxes, which, as you say, are attractive to those who happen to be very rich, but have less obvious advantages to everyone else; and (2) whipping up xenophobia and the tendency to blame everything on immigrants.

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Response to LeftishBrit (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 06:02 AM

6. I do the car boot sales.

Lots of Brexiters there, they don't tell to be that well educated. I overheard two old women talking about what a shame it was that young people have no sense of national pride because they've grown up with too many immigrants.

I didn't want an argument at the bootie. These people, like most bigots are convinced they're right and have rose tinted nostalgia in spades.

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Response to Bad Dog (Original post)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 01:39 PM

7. Pardon my cynicism ...

... but it took her rather a long time to work that one out.

The Skin

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Response to non sociopath skin (Reply #7)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 04:46 PM

8. The struggle between self interest and conscience

does take a long time when there's all those consultancies on offer.

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