|Tony Benn, 27 May 1975|
Congratulations and thanks to The Boiling Frog for scanning a 1976 study of the previous year's Common Market referendum. What is clear is that the sovereignty issue was buried in a heap of other, more temporary concerns (including the oil crisis and inflation), and biased and personalized media coverage.
Plus a consciousness among the media bods of the risk of boring the voters, which opens another debate on whether democracy is really able to deal with complex matters.
Back to bias: Peter Hitchens has pointed out the way the Yes and No pamphlets differed in their treatment:
- but that the truth was there if we cared to look closely:
... which was even less obvious in the 1970 General Election that preceded Heath's move to get us into "Europe":
I wonder whether the campaigns and coverage will be any better in the lead-up to the promised 2017 Referendum?
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