What a pair! The Sun, mouthpiece of the Murdoch clan in Britain and Ambrose Pritchard Evans, the international business editor of The Telegraph — a man who has flagged more financial crises than any other writer in Britain — now both are supporting the campaign for Britain to leave the EU.

The Sun revealed its decision in a front-page banner splash this morning headlined “BeLEAVE in Britain”. A strapline on the website sums up Murdoch’s case:

“Why voting to leave the EU will save our sovereignty, rein in migration and boost our economy …

“THIS is our last chance to remove ourselves from the undemocratic Brussels machine … and it’s time to take it.”

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(Ignoring the fact that as the News of the World phone-hacking case showed, the Murdoch media empire saw itself as being above the rule of law in Britain anyway.)

The Murdoch-owned tabloid declared that remaining in the EU would be “worse for immigration, worse for jobs, worse for wages and worse for our way of life”.

This is the party line from Rupert Murdoch who has made clear his opposition to the EU (and the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron) for years.

Meanwhile, in an article in The Telegraph this morning, Evans writes:

“With sadness and tortured by doubts, I will cast my vote as an ordinary citizen for withdrawal from the European Union.

“Let there be no illusion about the trauma of Brexit. Anyone who claims that Britain can lightly disengage after 43 years enmeshed in EU affairs is a dreamer, with little grasp of global finance and geopolitics.

“Stripped of distractions, it comes down to an elemental choice: whether to restore the full self-government of this nation, or continue living under a higher supranational regime, ruled by a European Council that the British people do not elect and can never remove, even when it persists in error.”

As a Crikey subscriber and someone who began working as a journalist in 1957, I am passionate about the importance of independent media like Crikey. I met a lot of Australians from many walks of life during my career and did my best to share their stories honestly and fairly with their fellow citizens.

And I never forgot how important it is to hold politicians to account. Crikey does that – something that is more important now than ever before in Australia.

Liz
North Stradbroke Island, QLD

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