Re­main­ers al­lowed free­dom of speech

Bath Chronicle - - OPINION -

I whole­heart­edly en­dorse the crit­i­cisms by Nigel Jones and Ge­off An­drews of a re­cent let­ter by Mr D. Work­man. To me, even more dis­taste­ful than the let­ter’s jin­go­is­tic and xeno­pho­bic tone,was Mr Work­man’s use of his right to free speech to ad­vo­cate de­nial of the same right to any­one with whom he dis­agrees, in this case Wera Hob­house. Un­for­tu­nately, hypocrisy has been a fre­quent fea­ture of pro­nounce­ments by Leave vot­ers since the ref­er­en­dum. Their oft-re­peated tal­is­mans are of course: democ­racy, ’the will of the peo­ple,’ sovereignty, and, con­trol of our bor­ders (par­tic­u­larly in re­spect of im­mi­gra­tion,of course). Yet the will of the peo­ple at the gen­eral elec­tion be­fore a pro­posed ref­er­en­dum was an­nounced,was to choose a ma­jor­ity of MPS who sup­ported re­main­ing in the EU. If the Com­mons had opted for a Par­lia­men­tary vote on the is­sue, in­stead of a ref­er­en­dum,the chaos of the last two and a half years would have been avoided. Leavers have also been highly se­lec­tive in their ap­proach to the prin­ci­ple of ‘sovereignty.’ For in­stance,when Gina Miller brought a court case to test its power within Par­lia­ment (and won), Brex­iters were out­raged. It is now widely recog­nised that the ben­e­fits of im­mi­gra­tion to this coun­try heav­ily out­weigh any dis­ad­van­tages. Work­ers from abroad make vi­tal con­tri­bu­tions to the NHS, the care sec­tor, the con­struc­tion in­dus­try, farm­ing and hospi­tal­ity. Em­ploy­ers in all those sec­tors fear they will not be able to find enough work­ers af­ter Britain leaves the EU. Demon­stra­bly,the Brex­iters holy icons have proved worth­less. What else do they have to of­fer? Richard Olver Ad­dress sup­plied

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