June 23rd, it’s the date on everyone’s lips. As political heavyweights hit the campaign trail and our TV screens in the final days before the UK makes its decision, berg MD Richard Clark joined an expert panel on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Featuring on current affairs show with DJ Phil Williams, the show was the third time that the panel which included business owner Tricia Huggins and Ann Buckley who works in social care had come together to discuss the issue. The panel was also joined by Dr Kathryn Simpson, a lecturer and researcher in politics at the University of Manchester.
Having shared their views on the previous two shows, the first question for the panel was whether in the final few days before 23rd June have they changed their stance?, the answer was no with Richard Clark confirming a vote to remain and Tricia Huggins voting leave. Ann Buckley remained on the fence.
On Tuesday evening Prime Minister David Cameron and UKIP Leader Nigel Farage took part in an audience led Q&A which was televised on ITV and the consensus from the panel was that it fell short of expectation leaving questions unanswered. The panel were divided on the performance of the politicians taking part with Richard Clark feeling that David Cameron did well but that Nigel Farage came across badly and was the wrong person for the debate describing him as patronising. The format of the debate also came under scrutiny with the panel suggesting it wasn’t in depth enough and Richard Clark and Ann Buckley sharing the view that David Cameron and Boris Johnson would’ve been a true reflection of the campaigns.
The panel also addressed the impact of high profile figures within the remain and leave campaigns and whether this has any influence on what they think as voters. Earlier in the day MP Sarah Woollaston defected to the ‘remain’ campaign after saying that Vote Leave’s claim that Brexit would free up £350m a week for the NHS ” simply isn’t true” Richard Clark was candid saying he’d never heard of her but was interested in what she had to say about the NHS. Also in the media is high profile figure Lord Bamford, Chairman of JCB, one of Britain’s biggest exporters he has said ” there is little to fear from leaving the EU” with Richard Clark commenting ” What he’s saying is of interest to me, it won’t change where I sit but what he’s saying goes against what a lot of large businesses are saying which is fascinating at this stage in the campaign”
You can listen to the full interview here and can tune in every Wednesday between now and the EU Referendum to hear more from Richard Clark and the panel on this issue.
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