Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

SYMPATHISE with Jeremy [...]

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

SYMPATHISE with Jeremy [...]

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Byline: DAVID TAYLOR-GOOBY COLUMNIST

ISYMPATHISE with Jeremy Corbyn.

He likes to discuss things in a thoughtful way. When he says there are good and bad things about the EU, but the good ones outweigh the bad ones, he is saying what many Labour members think.

The trouble with referendums is that you must take sides. Once you have you want to make sure your side wins.

I have been out and about campaigning for a "Remain" vote because on balance that is that is best for our country's future.

I have had some very interesting conversations with people. I met someone who was involved with marine insurance, who pointed out that it was already dif-ficult to do business with Norway, and did not want the same barriers elsewhere.

I also met someone who originated from the old East Germany, and his views were very interesting. These people gave me new insights which I wouldn't have got from simply reading the papers.

What does worry me are the misrepresentations which have been circulating particularly from the Leave side. There is no likelihood of Turkey joining any time soon, for example. A very good source of balanced information is the BBC Radio 4 "More or Less" programme which dissects all these claims and counter claims.

Of course it is a political trick to put outrageous claims into the public arena. If they are challenged you have the right of reply, and the issue simply gets more air time and gets into the public consciousness. The Leave side are not daft. But it doesn't help informed political debate.

There is no doubt that fear of immigration is a worry for many people who say they wish to leave. The trouble is that all immigration is not due to the EU. There is immigration from EU states, immigration from the rest of the world and illegal immigration.

If you talk to people there is a fear of people who are different from them, and that is not racist.

There are concerns about them "taking over" or even bringing in Sharia Law. …

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