By Afolabi Thomas
George Osborne was placed in the toughest corner a remain campaigner has ever been in. BBC’s Andrew Neil had laid out questions for the Chancellor on the comments made by Prime Minister, David Cameron about net migration and the state of the economy within the UK if Britain exited the EU.
At first there seemed to be some sort of comfort in Osborne’s rhetoric, but as the veteran broadcaster increased the temperature, and questioned Mr Osborne on the pensioners, the Chancellor started sweating (figuratively).
Mr Neil raised the issues on the campaign poster for pensioners, which pictured an empty open purse stating “What leaving Europe could cost the average pensioner”. He mentioned that state pension had been “subject to a triple lock since 2010, ensuring it rises each year by whatever is higher – inflation, average earnings or a minimum of 2.5 per cent.”*
Mr Osbourne, as a defensive move, went back to the common topic of Nigel Farage, and stated “Let’s be clear: This is a battle for the soul of this country. I do not want Nigel Farage’s vision of Britain. It is mean, it is divisive, it is not who we are as a country. ”
Mr Neil replied “If you wanted to talk about the Leave campaign, you should have agreed to debate them.”
It is clear to say, that this was a very poor attempt to reassure voters as to why voting to remain is best for Britain.
But that is not the case for Prime Minister David Cameron, as he tweeted nothing but praise to the efforts of Mr Osborne:
A great interview with @George_Osborne on BBC1 just now, showing why we're better off in the EU and why leaving would be a leap in the dark.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 8, 2016
The public however, thought otherwise:
— Don Gibson (@Lector) June 8, 2016
— Charles Margetts (@Charlesm186) June 8, 2016
— thinking_manc (@thinking_manc) June 8, 2016
— Gaz (@gazsc) June 8, 2016
With just 2 weeks to go, there is more than enough time for either side to sway the voters.
*As stated by the Telegraph