From The Guardian:
As historians of Britain and of Europe, we believe that Britain has had in the past, and will have in the future, an irreplaceable role to play in Europe.
This ain’t disputed, is it? No one, as far as I know, is planning to float Britain away to another continent.
On 23 June, we face a choice: to cast ourselves adrift…
Historians, no-one is planning to float Britain away anywhere. This isn’t the Age of Ultron.
…condemning ourselves to irrelevance and Europe to division and weakness
WHAT DO YOU MEAN? We hear these things over and over. Irrelevant to what? To whom? What the crapping-hell do you mean? BE SPECIFIC! And this condemning Europe to division and weakness thing is vague nonsense (again). By ‘division’ do they mean ‘divided into sovereign nation states?’ Which, by the way, is a good thing. And why do they think such a situation is weak? I don’t know.
…or to reaffirm our commitment to the EU and stiffen the cohesion of our continent in a dangerous world.
This bit takes the biscuit. I guess the thinking is this: a commitment to the EU makes the continent of Europe more… strong? And more… cohesive? And more… other vague stuff. And this super-strong vague stuff, which is a direct result of Britain being a part of the EU, makes us (Europeans?) safer in a dangerous world.
And never mind that the EU seems to be obsessed with importing as many terrorists and rapists as possible from Africa and the Middle East, that bit of ‘the dangerous world’ isn’t relevant I suppose.
Hey, do you think these historians’ jobs are EU funded, by any chance?
I’ll fix the letter for them:
As historians of Britain and of Europe, we are paid to sit around and read books. Our jobs, as such, are not very profitable and depend, therefore, on EU funding. We believe that our jobs and incomes depend on our universities receiving as much funding as possible from the EU.
On 23 June, we face a choice: we can cast our historians and other academics adrift into a market economy where only those whose work is of value will find employment in their chosen fields. Or we can vote for continued membership of the EU megastate which will ensure permanent incomes for all of our academics, irrelevant of the quality or value of their work.
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