Formerly the richest man in Scotland, Sir Tom Hunter, has commissioned a free ebook entitled: Britain’s decision: Facts and Impartial Analysis” aimed at EU referendum voters who are still undecided.
Hunter hopes the book will give readers “an informed, constructive overview of the critical issues at hand for UK voters.”
The publication will consider the impact of leaving the EU on the UK economy, welfare, and security. It will additionally study potential “ramifications of diverging votes among home nations.”
Noted for his sizable fortune and philanthropic projects, Hunter explains that he has joined the EU referendum debate because “this decision is far too important to be left to the politicians alone to inform us.”
When explaining why he commissioned and funded the free book, Hunter said that he wants to eliminate ‘the obfuscation, hyperbole and bluster’ which for many is coming to define the vote.
This follows the criticism encountered by George Osborne and the government when a report claiming that the UK economy would shrink “by 6.2 per cent by 2030, leading to a loss of £4,300 a year for the average family” included an equation that many found too complicated to understand.
Including critical analysis of subjects like “migration, security and welfare in and out of the EU,” the book will also address the fact that Scotland and Northern Ireland are significantly more pro-European than England and Wales.
The book was commissioned by Hunter’s philanthropic organisation, The Hunter Foundation (THF), and will be digitally produced by the David Hume Institute and the Centre on Constitutional Change.
“At least it is for me” Hunter claims, it’s almost “impossible to determine the facts and fallacies from both the Remain and Leave camps in order to understand the issues at hand.”
Director of the David Hume Institute, Ray Perman, said: “The official campaign is only just getting started, but already we are hearing some pretty sweeping assertions being made without the evidence to support them. What we are trying to do in this book is to provide voters with an easy reference on the major issues which are likely to come up – sovereignty, the economy, trade, immigration, welfare and so on. We are not trying to influence them to vote one way or another, but to give them some background information and expert opinion which might enable them to make more informed choices.”
The book rests its objectivity on the fact that, as Hunter says, “the academics commissioned hold no side in the debate,” instead they simply “analyse the facts and the relative merits or demerits therein to help voters – me included – to make their decision.”
The book can be downloaded for free at http://www.thehunterfoundation.co.uk