So, this EU referendum junk mail is getting worse. It has just been announced that government has splashed out on a website explaining why it feels the UK shouldn't cancel its membership of the EU and they've produced a 14-page leaflet that will be delivered to households throughout the UK.
As you'd expect, Brexit campaigners are unhappy. They're saying that the information in the leaflet is
misleading propaganda. They're right, of course, but the argument doesn't sound very convincing. I mean, have you seen the leaflets produced by the Brexit campaigns? Not exactly examples of how you provide voters with factual information.
I do agree that the leaflet is a waste of money (£9.3m, according to the Beeb). And I also like Liam Fox's suggestion; the former Tory secretary of war has urged people to send the leaflet back to No 10:
I don’t want my taxes to be used for pro-EU propaganda so when I get my leaflet I’m going to stick it in an envelope addressed to Number 10 and I would suggest others do the same.
If you agree, the address is:
10 Downing Street
What about the Royal Mail opt-out? (Updated 27/04/2016)
When I asked Royal Mail whether or not the leaflet would be delivered to households registered with the company's Door-to-Door Opt-Out they initially said that it would not. It turns out the information I received was wrong: the leaflet is being delivered every households, including those that are opted out. It's worth noting that government can ask Royal Mail to delivered unaddressed mail items to households that are opted out in