How Remainers Stitched Up Gove’s Elderly Father

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Michael Gove was as emotional as you will ever see on Question Time as he responded to the Guardian story about his father. Privately the Goves are genuinely furious, and say the paper “rang up an elderly man who is very hard of hearing and has serious diabetes and twisted his words”. The Guardian story is headlined “Michael Gove’s father denies his company was destroyed by EU policies”. Yet this was the actual answer 79 year-old Ernest Gove gave to the journalist’s question:

“There’s nothing really to go back about anyway because it just was, when Europe went into fishing, the industry more or less collapsed down and I just packed in and got a job with another firm, you know. That was all that was happening.”

He didn’t contradict Gove Jnr, he completely confirmed him to be telling the truth.

As the journalist repeatedly tried to get Gove Snr to contradict Michael, Ernest explicitly said: “I’m not going against my son”. The Guardian claim “Michael Gove’s office neither denied or retracted or contested accuracy of Earnest Gove quotes”. Except they provided the reporter with a statement from Ernest Gove, again rubbishing the story:

“I don’t know what this reporter is going on about. Everybody in the north-east knows it was Europe that did such damage to the fish trade. The common fisheries policy was a disaster, not just for Aberdeen, but all of Scotland. There wasn’t any future for my business. It closed as a direct result of Europe.”

For avoidance of doubt, here is Ernest Gove on camera last week giving the BBC his view:

Despite Gove Snr clearly agreeing with his son – on camera, in the phone call with the reporter and in a statement provided prior to publication – the Guardian published the incorrect headline anyway. The article was held back until shortly before Gove Jnr’s appearance on Question Time for maximum damage. Remain spinners Will Straw and lyin’ Ryan Coetzee then piled in on Twitter, knowing it to be untrue. Pretty low even by the standards of political campaigning…

Leave 6 Points Ahead With Ipsos Mori

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LEAVE: 53% (+10)

REMAIN: 47% (-10)

HUGE swing from last month…

Other top lines via the Standard:

  • only 17% believe Osborne’s £4,300 figure
  • half believe Vote Leave’s £350 million figure
  • immigration is the key issue, cited by one in three

Remainers Clash With England & Wales

The progressive elite in the form of the prince of darkness, Lord Mandelson himself, is coming out of the shadows to enlighten the workers of GKN this afternoon. Unfortunately Mandelson – who campaigned for Britain to join the €uro in the 1990s – knows little about Euro 2016. The GKN factory floor may be less than delighted to hear him boring on about the delights of Brussels since it means they’ll miss the England v Wales match in the Stade Bollaert-Delelis which kicks off at the same time. They are less than pleased at the prospect of missing the match and he may find his audience won’t be “Remaining” to listen to him…

Campaign Report: 8 Days to Go

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Leave message: Remain’s threats and scare tactics are totally hollow.

Remain message: Osborne: We’ll bring in a post-Brexit budget full of cuts and taxes.

Cut through: Farage’s fishermen flotilla fly flags for freedom.

Leave social media count: 495,292 likes, 60,663 followers.

Remain social media count: 478,435 likes, 39,674 followers.

Odds: Remain 4/7, Leave 13/8

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Latest poll: Remain 39% (-1), Leave 46% (+3) (YouGov, online). Poll of Polls is now Remain 48% (-1), Leave 52% (+1).

Women at the Back at Khan Remain Speech

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This photo shows Sadiq Khan giving a speech outside the Stronger In battle bus in Manchester today. Khan is surrounded by a ring of men at the front. The women are standing at the back. Click on the photo to enlarge – the picture doesn’t lie – there are no women at the front of the audience. When will Labour learn

SKETCH: Cameron’s Last PMQs?

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Outside, a 35-strong fleet of Brexit-backing fishing boats sailed past with Nigel Farage at the helm. The only parallel that springs to mind is the Raid on the Medway during the Second Anglo-Dutch War of 1667 (also in June). Then, Dutch vessels launched a daring campaign that would pave the first steps for the overthrow of King James II. A year later the Bill of Rights was enshrined ensuring the sovereignty of Parliament and an end to its subjugation by overbearing despots, intent on imposing laws on a servile populace. Well, if it worked for them…

Inside, Jeremy Corbyn started poorly and somehow managed to get even worse. The Labour leader wasted his six questions, opting for a scattergun approach that included the posting of workers directive (yes, again, and no, we still don’t care), phone-hacking (for those nostalgic for 2011), having a dig at Boris and Gove (obviously something that would appeal to the PM) and fishing quotas (the sort of subject that really gets your wavering voter going). Corbyn finally managed to get on to the EU referendum in his sixth and final question. “With just eight days to go before the referendum”, he began to uproarious cheers from the Tory benches, “the Labour position is that we are going to be voting to Remain because we believe it is the best way to protect families, protect jobs and protect public services”. Not exactly “I have a dream…” but at least he set out the “Labour position” (although some will have noticed he declined to elaborate on his own position).

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Labour Leave Launch Anti-Cameron Attack Adverts

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Labour Leave has launched a digital advertising campaign telling Labour voters to back Brexit to “wipe the smile off” Cameron and Osborne’s faces. Readers of left-wing websites such as LabourList are now seeing adverts appealing to them to vote Leave. Labour Leave say “a vote to Leave will surely lead to the toppling of Cameron and Osborne” and “could possibly lead to another General Election in the next 12 months”. If Labour voters want to get rid of Dave and George, they know what to do…

Spexit! Spectator Endorses Leave

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No one — economist, politician or mystic — knows what tumult we can expect in the next 15 years. But we do know that whatever happens, Britain will be better able to respond and adapt as a sovereign country living under its own laws. The history of the last two centuries can be summed up in two words: democracy matters. Let’s vote to defend it on 23 June.

Read the full editorial here.

Remainers Disembark Geldof’s Boat in Disgust

Remain campaigners on board Bob Geldof’s pro-EU vessel disembarked in disgust after he made w*nker and V-signs at Brexit-backing fishermen:

Time for Bob to walk the plank…

H/T Press Association / Buzzfeed / Sun for the clips

Ed Vaizey Brillo’d Over Brexit Budget

Pro-Remain minister Ed Vaizey repeatedly dodged Brillo’s question about which, if any, economists think Osborne’s tax-hiking spending-slashing post-Brexit budget would work. Accused of “filibustering” to avoid an answer, Vaizey then launched a bizarre attack on the Remain backing IMF’s economic credibility:

“You know full well over the last six years when George took decisions about cutting spending and raising taxes organisations like the IMF told him he was playing with fire”

At times Vaizey was literally laughing at the less than credible lines he was sent out to spin…

Corbyn Will Block Osborne’s Dead Cat Budget

“We would oppose any post-Brexit austerity budget, just as we have opposed any austerity budget proposed by this government.” It ain’t gonna happen…

Who is Asking the Questions Today?

Q1 Peter Aldous (Waveney)

Q2 Mr George Howarth (Knowsley)

Q3 Amanda Solloway (Derby North)

Q4 Mike Freer (Finchley and Golders Green)

Q5 Mr Alan Mak (Havant)

Q6 Roger Mullin (Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath)

Q7 Carolyn Harris (Swansea East)

Q8 Mr David Nuttall (Bury North)

Q9 Kelly Tolhurst (Rochester and Strood)

Q10 Robert Jenrick (Newark)

Q11 Huw Merriman (Bexhill and Battle)

Q12 Ruth Smeeth (Stoke-on-Trent North)

Q13 Jack Lopresti (Filton and Bradley Stoke)

Q14 Nigel Adams (Selby and Ainsty)

Comments in the comments please…

Guardian Editorial Condemns Rivals’ Tax Affairs

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Today’s Guardian editorial says vote Remain because the newspapers backing Brexit are owned by tax avoiders. Yes, really.

“Questions also need to be asked about what lies behind the flag-waving certainties that are currently being served up by so much of Fleet Street. Imperfect as it may be, Europe-wide cooperation is the best hope we have on tax avoidance. And the typical tax-paying patriot may wonder whether they are on the same side on that question as the non-domiciled Lord Rothermere, who owns the Mail, or the Barclay Brothers, who own the Telegraph and have major interests in the Channel Islands and a Monaco address.”

“The typical tax-paying patriot?”

Readers don’t need reminding about the Guardian’s own offshore secrets, the assets held in the Caymans, the Scott Trust tax dodge. The lack of self-awareness is stunning…

Osborne: No Further Offer on Free Movement

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At last something truthful from the Chancellor: Osborne admits Remain cannot offer any reform of free movement.

Today: “The Guardian is reporting this morning that Downing Street is considering whether there could be anything more to offer in terms of perhaps controls on freedom of movement that would reassure voters who were worried about the open door to this country for EU citizens. Is there?”

Osborne: “The short answer is no.”

That shoots down Watson, Balls and Cooper…

50 Signatures Secured in an Hour

Guido understands it took Vote Leave little more than an hour to secure 50 signatures of Tory MPs who would vote down Osborne’s empty threat budget:

Iain Duncan Smith, Liam Fox, Cheryl Gillan, David Jones, Owen Paterson, John Redwood, Sir Gerald Howarth, Tim Loughton, Crispin Blunt, Sir William Cash, Bernard Jenkin, Julian Lewis, Adam Afriyie, Nigel Adams, Lucy Allan, Steve Baker, Bob Blackman, Peter Bone, Andrew Bridgen, David Burrowes, Maria Caulfield, Christopher Chope, Chris Davies, Philip Davies, David TC Davies, Nadine Dorries, Steve Double, Richard Drax, Nigel Evans, Michael Fabricant, Marcus Fysh, Chris Green, Rebecca Harris, Gordon Henderson, Philip Hollobone, Adam Holloway, Kwasi Kwarteng, Jonathan Lord, Craig Mackinlay, Anne Main, Karl McCartney, Nigel Mills, Anne Marie Morris, Sheryl Murray, David Nuttall, Matthew Offord, Andrew Percy, Tom Pursglove, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Andrew Rosindell, Henry Smith, Derek Thomas, Anne Marie Trevelyan, Martin Vickers, David Warburton, Bill Wiggin, William Wragg

Little more than an hour to get 50 Tory MPs to sign a letter vowing to bring down the government. Osborne tells Today he’d rely on Labour votes to pass the budget – that is laughable. Cameron and Osborne won’t be preparing an emergency budget if we vote to Leave, they’ll be calling the removal van…

UPDATE: Number is up to 57 Tory MPs plus Douglas Carswell. Taking it to 58 MPs before we even get to the SNP and Labour…

Labour Remainers Split Down the Middle

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Dave’s decision to stand back and let Labour take charge of the Remain campaign is going well then. The party has split down the middle in the space of 48 hours.

Labour Remainers who want to keep free movement:

Jeremy Corbyn: Will fight to defend free movement.[…]

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