Chuka Calls Ken “Pathetic”, Ken Calls Chuka “Wriggling”

Red on red during today’s Home Affairs Select Committee anti-Semitism inquiry as a furious Chuka called Ken “pathetic”:

Ken: “What I said was true. What caused offence was a group of embittered old Blairite MPs running around lying about what I said -“

Chuka: “It’s just pathetic”

Ken: “Yes, yes, there’s no good you wriggling away Chuka Umunna, describing me as a Nazi apologist is a lie, and I could have sued him. I’m just not going to waste my time.”

Ken meanwhile pitched a half hour BBC programme where he explains the history of when exactly Hitler went mad…

Ken Livingstone’s Anti-Semitism Bingo

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Ken Livingstone is up in front of the Home Affairs Select Committee’s anti-Semitism inquiry at 3pm. Guido readers can play along at home using our bingo card of phrases Ken is likely to say during his grilling…

TNS: Leave 7 Points Ahead

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After yesterday’s gold standard ICM online and phone polls showing a robust Leave lead, TNS have released new figures showing 47% for Out and 40% for In. This means Leave are now ahead seven points – higher than any poll since YouGov’s nine point lead for Out in February. Remain have won just one poll in the last seven days…

This poll was embargoed til 6pm but the embargo was busted by the Times and Britain Elects.

Luvvies for Leave Launch Video

Keira Knightley is calling on young fans to take back control and “stop others f*cking with your future.” 

Meanwhile, model and actress Lily Cole is supporting bringing sovereignty back to Britain, showing just how flexible our options would be post-Brexit. The “Luvvies for Leave” campaign can be followed here

Whitto Spotted With Black Eye After Chat With Russian Sports Minister

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John Whittingdale was spotted sporting a nasty looking black eye on his way into work this morning. Nothing to do with him discussing the violence at the Euros with Russia’s sports minister yesterday, Guido is assured:

“John has a black eye from walking into a lamppost. It was incredibly painful at the time but he’s fine now. He hasn’t been throwing punches in Marseille.”

Fifty years of hurt, and by the looks of it another couple of weeks for Whitto…

Pic via Darren McCaffrey

Stoke-on-Trent Labour Supporters Back Leave

The Guardian’s John Harris went to Stoke-on-Trent. This 10 minute video is instructive. Labour’s heartlands are becoming full of ex-Labour voters…

N.B. Co-conspirators can crowdfund Labour Leave here.

Miriam Goes Off Message

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Miriam Durantez Gonzalez, the arch-Europhile aka Mrs Clegg, blasts Cameron’s renegotiation and warns Brussels is not reforming:

“The European Union is crying for reform. Proper reform. Not that Mickey Mouse negotiation that the Prime Minister did. The biggest reform that the EU needs is growth… In my life I have never gone through another moment when I have thought we are in the history books.”

This is the renegotiation Cameron is asking you to vote on – and even Miriam says it’s Mickey Mouse…

Stick It Up Your Juncker: Intervention Coming Next Week

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A well-sourced article in the leading German news magazine Der Spiegel reports that Jean-Claude Juncker is set to make a major intervention in the referendum next week. They say Cameron made an extraordinary deal with Juncker whereby the Commission would keep quiet during the campaign, on the condition that he could intervene in the last few days if the polls had Brexit ahead:

“Juncker had to promise British Prime Minister David Cameron that the EU executive branch would stay out of the Brexit debate… Juncker only managed to convince Cameron to give him a small loophole: If Brexit supporters have a clear lead in polls in the week prior to the June 23 referendum, the Commission president will be allowed to make his voice heard. That, of course, would be too late to significantly shift public opinion, but it would mean that Juncker could not be accused of having done nothing to prevent a Brexit. Under no circumstances does Juncker want to go down in history as the first Commission president to preside over a member state departing the EU.”

The report also confirms Guido’s story from last month that the PM has asked Merkel to stay out of the campaign:

“an appeal from Cameron that Chancellor Angela Merkel stay out of the referendum debate. Even comments intended to provide support are not helpful, the Chancellery was informed”

So what’ll it be, a Scottish-style “vow” to the British people from cognac-swilling Commission chief? That should push Leave over the line…

Alan Johnson: People Aren’t Listening to Us

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Asked about immigration on the Today programme, Alan Johnson, the chair of Labour’s Remain campaign, blamed “people” for not “listening” to their arguments:

“We’ve talked about immigration all the way through this. Sometimes people haven’t been listening to us.”

The Remain campaign in one soundbite: if we don’t win, it’s the voters’ fault…

Johnson went on to argue that remaining in the EU helps us control immigration. Voters are listening, and that’s Remain’s problem…

The Sun Comes Out For Brexit

The Sun backs Brexit:

“The EU cannot reform.

Remain has conducted a deceitful campaign. It has been nasty, cynical, personally abusive and beneath the dignity of Britain.

Our country has a glorious history.

This is our chance to make Britain even greater, to recapture our democracy, to preserve the values and culture we are rightly proud of.

A VOTE FOR LEAVE IS A VOTE FOR A BETTER BRITAIN.”

Read their editorial in full here

Meanwhile Leave are 7 points ahead with YouGov:

Leave: 46% (+3)

Remain: 39% (-3)

Don’t Know: 11% (nc)

Would Not Vote: 4% (nc)

Huge day for Leave…

Campaign Report: 10 Days to Go

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Leave message: Three quarter of a million new EU citizens now have the right to come to the UK.

Remain message: Gordon Brown says Brexit would be bad for jobs.

Cut through: Nothing really.

Leave social media count: 484,206 likes, 58,937 followers.

Remain social media count: 472,414 likes, 37,955 followers.

Odds: Remain 4/7, Leave 9/5

Latest poll: Remain 45% (+3), Leave 50% (+5) (ICM, phone). Poll of Polls is now Remain 48% (-3), Leave 52% (+3).

Leave Ahead 53-47 With ICM

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Leave: 53%

Remain: 47%

Phone

Leave: 53%

Remain: 47%

Police Granted One-Year Extension to Investigate Cat Smith

Lancashire Constabulary confirm they have been granted a year-long extension to investigate Cat Smith’s election expenses. Here we go…

How Guido uncovered Cat Smith’s expenses irregularities:

Computer Says No at Telegraph

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Missed your fill of Telegraph stories about men with two penises recently? As part of its ‘digital first’ focus the paper has implemented a disastrous new Content Management System, which fell over on six separate days in the last two weeks. The new “AEM Authoring” system, the baby of zany Digital Director Malcolm Coles, has required “emergency” work because news stories could not be uploaded to the site. Then came a further hiccup: “Editorial are currently experiencing delays when publishing content”. Journalists complained that their copy was unable to be published on June 3, 4, 7, 8, 10 and 11. On Saturday another problem arose: “Editorial are unable to create new articles”To be fair that could be down to the CMS, or it could be because they’ve fired half their writers…

Action Dan’s Wealth Tax Plan

Dan Jarvis has written a supportive foreword for a Fabian pamphlet backing a “one off” wealth tax aimed at the rich. The pamphlet attacks hedge funds for their high rates of return available only to rich investors. The left-wing authors have found a new pot of gold to replace the middle-class terrifying mansion tax – which was basically a tax on homeowners in the South East where family homes easily exceed £2 million. The Tories mail-shotted the hell out of the issue to homeowners in the general election…

The evil Fabians’ plan is to levy the one-off tax on those with assets over £10 million or who use “aggressive tax avoidance”. Those with over £20 million in assets will suffer an even bigger expropriation of their wealth. The authors of this plan think this will avoid losing votes as it will hit only the 0.1%. Only the likes of Guido apparently think the super-rich have suffered enough…

The problems with the idea – apart from the immorality of confiscating justly acquired wealth arbitrarily – are manifest and obvious. The type of people who use aggressive tax avoidance strategies (a) don’t admit they do, (b) won’t stay around to see themselves financially gouged. The idea that people who go to the trouble of parking their money offshore will have a change of heart is laughably naive. It will also hit entrepreneurs who build successful companies which bring jobs and taxes to Britain. Why would an entrepreneur choose to base herself in a country that punishes her success?

Why is Jarvis aligning himself with such a crazy, job-destroying, entrepreneur-deterring, unworkable left-wing policy? Could it be he wants to be able to defend himself with a policy shield in a leadership contest when the subject of his donations from hedge-fund tycoons comes up?

Tyrie: Government Job Would be “Greatest Honour”

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As expected Andrew Tyrie came out for Remain today with a speech at the Centre for Policy Studies. Equally unsurprisingly, Tyrie told the room he was open to a government job in the future:

“I’ve always said it would be the greatest honour to serve in any government.”

Asked if Nadine Dorries was right that he’d been offered a “sniff of Osborne’s dirty socks”, he replied: “David Cameron’s never offered me anything.[…]

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