LETTER: Debate hecklers are a disgrace

It’s an absolute disgrace that during the EU debate in Eastbourne, Lord Marks’ opening remarks in favour of remaining in Europe were shouted over by thugs crying ‘rubbish’ and ‘liar’.

The same sort of thing happened last year in the election hustings much to the disgust of other parties.

If these people don’t want a reasoned debate, I think it’s better for everybody if they get removed by security the second they start trouble.

When they’re being sensible, the Out campaign can give food for thought with reasoned arguments.

However, they seem to be making most progress by whipping people up into a xenophobic frenzy of hatred by fear-mongering and hate-mongering over immigration.

Indeed, it isn’t racist to be patriotic and it isn’t racist to have concerns over immigration. I’m ‘guilty’ of both. What is racist is the bigoted (and mostly inaccurate) accompanying bile you hear screamed out by gullible idiots.

Of course, MP Caroline Ansell decided to at last come out in favour of the Out campaign after a long period of fence-sitting and I don’t think anybody in Eastbourne believes that this was an honest decision.

More like an unconvincing, barrel-scraping and cowardly attempt at populism.

We’d lose the United Kingdom if we left the EU. Scotland and Northern Ireland would leave so that they could rejoin the EU, probably Wales too. I – with many others – can foresee a major stock market crash happening the second an Out result comes through of the sort which would make the Wall Street Crash which led to the American Depression look like the equivalent of losing a tenner. We’d be in such a dire financial situation that the entire country would end up being preyed on by multinational American corporations.

Brexit? Welcome to McEngland!

Dave Poole

Penhurst Close

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