Unlike Hugo, who is using publicly paid for University resources to
campaign on this forum, I have taken time out to work for free on the
vote leave campaign.
But, unlike Hugo, I have been keeping quiet as I did not thing it was
But as I see several people supporting the raising of this subject, what
I'm hearing loud and clear (from all those except the ones on the EU
gravy train) is that the EU is the worst thing that has happened to our
country and that if you value democracy you will vote to leave, because
otherwise it will be the last meaningful vote we have.
Back to archaeology?
On 24/05/2016 18:07, Blake, Hugo wrote:
> Academics who favour Britain remaining in the European Union may care to support
> The site is morphing into Academics for Britain in Europe.
> From: Andrew Knapp [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: 18 May 2016 22:47
> To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Four important things for Historians for Britain in Europe
> Dear colleagues
> Please try and read all of this longish e-mail if you possibly can!
> We seem to be doing quite well: moving up towards 250. Many thanks to all who made this possible by circulating the site address. Keep it going.
> Four important things to mention.
> 1 Donations?
> So far we have built this site on the donations of a few people. We have now spent through that and are still making calls on James, our webmaster (whose firm is Metagames), to add more people, links to things you have written, and so on.
> So there is now a Donate button. Please could you think about making a donation, even a small one, to keep us going? A little from everyone would work wonders.
> If you don't want to use the Donate button, you can make a donation directly here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BFHU4PTRLX7NS
> 2 Reception at no. 11 Downing Street, and using our logo
> I have been invited to attend a reception for In historians at no. 11 Downing Street. It is possible that several big-name historians will sign up to our statement, and I hope the site, in the course of this event. I have been asked if I mind our logo being used for the occasion, to which media will be invited (how much notice they take, of course, cannot be known).
> I personally don't mind. But I don't consider the logo to be my personal property and if there were an outcry among the supporters - you - against it being shown in what some might regard as the foe's lair, then I would think again. My view, however, is that this will be a cross-party event and it will be a unique opportunity to gain visibility and to tell the media loud and clear that the great majority of the profession is in favour of In.
> I shall therefore take silence for consent. If I don't hear substantial protests before 1900 Thursday 19 May, UK time, I shall assume you are OK with this and go ahead.
> 3 Students and young people
> Forgive me for plugging this again, if you signed up a while ago, but as you probably know, the result of this referendum may well turn on whether young people register and turn out to vote. See, for example, http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/14/eu-referendum-youth-vote-registration-countdown
> Few things in this contest are more important. With that in mind, do see the 'mobilising students' notes attached [below].
> 4 Classicists - and others?
> As you may know, I have grandiose ambitions to turn this site into Academics for Britain in Europe. This may not work in time; but we have a group of classicists waiting to go, so the site may morph to Academics, but keeping Historians as the biggest section, in the next few days. I shall keep you posted. And if any of you have colleagues in other disciplines who are keen to join and lead a small or large cohort from their discipline in, now is the time to suggest it!
> All good wishes and thanks again for your support
> Andrew Knapp
> Mobilising students
> Students are expected to vote in a ratio of about two or three for In to one Outer.
> But the problem is turnout. According to the Economist of 7 May 2016 (and this is hardly a contested view), older voters are stronger for Out and more likely to vote. Overall turnout of below 60% will almost certainly secure a victory for Out; above it and we will probably stay In.
> So student 'apathy' - or at least, the pressing concerns of examinations, finding a summer job or a permanent one, and moving house, which all crowd in on student life at about this time - are our enemies. There is no magic bullet to beat them.
> Universities UK is strongly pro-In (see http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/Pages/default.aspx - Universities for Europe is bottom left)
> and so is the NUS (http://www.nus.org.uk/en/take-action/welfare-and-student-rights/eu/)
> and so is this group of academics http://theorbital.co.uk/an-open-letter-for-the-eu/
> and this one from Royal Holloway http://theorbital.co.uk/14596-2/
> Universities themselves, though may be much more concerned to be 'impartial'. At Reading, this is true both of the Students' Union and of the University itself. It means no leafleting on campus (though I managed to do some last term) and no official In event allowed without an Out speaker, either at the same event or a subsequent one. Different universities may have different positions on this, but my impression is that Reading is not exceptional here.
> So if you are keen to mobilise students, you can either encourage them to vote In as the two groups above have done, or just tell them to be sure to vote, and hope that the three-to-one ratio will deliver the result. Which you choose will depend on your relations with your students, on your university's position on the matter, and on what is already being done.
> Registering to vote, and postal votes
> Impartiality does not exclude encouraging students to get on the register and to vote. At Reading, both the University and the students' union are doing this.
> A good thing to do would be to find out what is currently being done at your university. If the answer is nothing, then try to get the University authorities and the students' union to encourage voting. They should be crucial allies if they will play, because they have the longest mailing lists. If that doesn't work, or even if it does, use your student lists, tweets, and any other means to hand, to underline the importance of voting. And e-mail colleagues in all subjects and tell them to do the same.
> With that in mind, use the sites below.
> Registering to vote, and postal votes - contd.
> To vote at the referendum you have to register by 7 June. The online form is here
> this one, interestingly, gives the government's pro-EU line under an official stamp
> and this one gives details on postal voting (applications must reach the local electoral registration office by 5PM on 8 June - and the lead time must be taken into account, so early steps should be taken): https://www.gov.uk/voting-in-the-uk/postal-voting.
> Encouraging an In vote
> Probably the best way in to this is via individual students whom you know, or via your own mailing lists. It is a matter of judgement how well you think students will respond. But here, for what it is worth, are a few good sites.
> http://studentsforeurope.org/ is the obvious one for students wishing to get involved;
> http://www.tillmans.co.uk/campaign-eu<https://www.owamail.reading.ac.uk/owa/redir.aspx?SURL=v8mvJ2A4tySb_28cK2FTJbeZoBN3qun52l61Zdddg4_7njdhJnfTCGgAdAB0AHAAOgAvAC8AdwB3AHcALgB0AGkAbABsAG0AYQBuAHMALgBjAG8ALgB1AGsALwBjAGEAbQBwAGEAaQBnAG4ALQBlAHUA&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.tillmans.co.uk%2fcampaign-eu> (you need to get past the initial letter to the posters - they are brilliant)
> https://sayyes2europe.eu/2016/05/04/7-reasons-for-the-uk-to-remain-in-the-eu/ (a good 7-point condensed argument)
> and a couple of others https://www.donteuleave.com/ and
> More officially, we have
> http://www.strongerin.co.uk/ (the main Stronger In website)
> http://www.britishinfluence.org/ (British Influence - right of centre but good newletter you can sign up to)
> Depending on your political preference, you may like Labour In
> or the Lib Dems
> or the Tories
> or the Greens
> https://www.greenparty.org.uk/europe .... (but curiously enough, there is no equivalent UKIP site...).