- Oct 28, 2007
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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.
The government says the mail drop will cost £9.3m, or about 34p per household.
The designated Leave campaign, and its Remain opponent, will be able to spend up to £7m each on advertising and promotion once the official campaign period starts next week. This includes £600,000 of public grants set aside for free mailshots and TV broadcasts.
Katie Ghose, of the Electoral Reform Society, said "rushing" to spend £9.3m on the mail drop before stricter rules kicked in could make people feel the government was "playing fast and loose with the situation". Link.
Personally, I think this stinks; I want facts but I want them from both sides. I also thought the campaign / referendum would be fair and equally funded - rushing this leaflet out before the referendum rules are in force to produce a one sided leaflet is disappointing. Why couldn't the Govt have produced something that had facts from both sides of the argument if they were going to use public money?