By Edward Spalton. It links to my previous post entitled "Fiddling with AV" and broadens the debate.
Here is a new, unexpected class of electoral "player"! There are hundreds of "Third Sector" charities which owe their existence or sustenance in one way or another to the EU and HMG. For instance - The World Wildlife Fund, Friends of the Earth and Oxfam all receive massive EU support (and doubtless many more names which people love and respect). Perhaps just by chance these above all sing the official tune in the global warming debate! Oxfam provides its staff as paid agitators for "climate change" - like the one at Ratcliffe on Soar power station. Also there are those which rely on the "market"
in public services whose role Mr Cameron wants to expand.
Then there is the Electoral Commission itself. It's a very long time since I read the Act but I seem to recall that it has a statutory duty to inform the public about the institutions of the EU. So it too could become a "player" under this guise.
A while ago Private Eye ran a story on another voter registration company. called Opt2Vote Ltd which, it claimed, had close links with the Labour Party: many councils entrusted it with their voter registration.
Charity law has been altered considerably so that the "Third Sector" (as it is called, i.e. not state, not private enterprise) has more freedom to campaign on political issues. I wonder which ones the Referendum Pledge people have lined up - at least for an approach. The EU and government paymasters will have all their clients lined up well in advance of any referendum.
The actual, official referendum campaign will only be the home straight of a much longer race (without any rules) which may decide the outcome far in advance - as happened in 1975.
Whilst some newspapers now may be more Eurosceptic than in those days, a whole new bloc of corporate interests (ultimately funded by the state and/or eurostate) has emerged to take the place of people like the British Motor Industry which believed that joining the EEC would be a great thing for the sale of Austins, Rovers, Triumphs etc. Only the new groups are already bought and paid for by the enemy - but that is not obvious to the well-intentioned, charitable public who support such groups because they genuinely want to relieve the victims of famine and save those cuddly polar bears.