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The EU Referendum Helpdesk
June 12, 2016, 23:34
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I had intended this weekend to avoid the mind numbing tedium of the EU Referendum. I didn’t listen to Any Questions or generally Xenophobic ‘Bigots’ Corner that always follows it on a Saturday. Today I refrained from watching the Andy Propagandists, the Andrews Marr and Neil, sooking up to the most right wing of Tory politicians. Like most people in Britain today I now discount the BBC as a reliable news source.

Despite my best intentions I watched Jack Dee’s EU Referendum Helpdesk. Well it was in my I Player downloads and I had time to spare. So far the referendum debate has consisted more or less of politicians on either side contradicting each other with little regard to any factual evidence. The debate goes more or less,
“The EU is good.”
“No it’s not.”
“It is.”
“Tisn’t.”
“It is so!”
“Liar, liar, pants on fire!”
And so it goes on. The most unedifying phenomenon is perhaps that of recent immigrants (within a couple of generations) like Priti Patel and Boris Johnson, having made it to Britain, trying to pull the drawbridge up behind them.

The EU Referendum Helpdesk was a welcome change from the grubby nastiness of the EU debate. Unlike almost every ostensibly serious program on the subject, the Helpdesk was intelligent and contained as much useful information as any BBC News program has recently. It is a shame that the only program to lift the debate above the level of the playground was one consisting of a panel of comedians. Meantime, with the exception of Jeremy Corbyn and his colleagues, the politicians involved on either side approach the debate in much the same way English football fans approach French police.

I shall be glad to see the referendum over, preferably with the rational result of remaining in the European Union. In the meantime there is the EU Referendum Helpdesk to lift the level of the debate.

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