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‘A majority attained by fraud’? The Government Information Unit and the 1975 referendum

Aqui, Lindsay (2016) ‘A majority attained by fraud’? The Government Information Unit and the 1975 referendum. LSE Brexit (04 Apr 2016). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

The 1975 referendum posed a difficult challenge for government: how could it ensure an informed public debate, without being seen to prejudice the result? Eurosceptics have described the conduct of that referendum as a “sham”, partly because of Harold Wilson’s decision to establish a Referendum Information Unit at the Cabinet Office. Lindsay Aqui argues that the government’s reluctance to make a positive case for membership stemmed from worries about perceived bias. Indeed, Britons’ historic lack of enthusiasm for the EU may have its roots in the tepid Yes campaign of 1975.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexit/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Author(s)
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Collections > LSE Brexit
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2017 13:47
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2017 13:47
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/73227

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