Celebrity Consumer Champion Hits Back at BSE

Celebrity consumer champion Martin Lewis is the expert who, according to the polling, is one of the most trusted among the public when it comes to finances. So you can understand why Britain Stronger in Europe wanted to put his face on a leaflet. Well, Lewis is not happy with BSE this morning:

“I see a quote from me is being used by the Stronger in Europe leaflet. The quote is accurate, but to clarify I do not back either side. As so many have asked me questions on this, and wanting to know facts for EU debate. Im going to carefully write my (hopefully balanced views) should publish in a week or two.”

So BSE are suggesting on their leaflets that Britain’s most recognisable consumer champion backs Remain, when he doesn’t. Naughty…

Taxpayer-Funded Lloyds Loan to Remain

The new Electoral Commission release shows that Lloyds Bank, which is still in part state-owned, has given a £20,000 loan to the Remain campaign at a rate of 1%. Awkward…

Vote Leave are all over it, and David Owen notes BSE have also taken cash from Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley and Citi as well. The Lloyds loan however is just a charge card with no interest incurred if they settle up on time. After all, Lloyds Bank chairman Lord Blackwell is a Brexiteer who says our relationship with the EU is “unsustainable“…

Miliband’s Museum Speech Swerved Spending Rules

LBC made a good point this morning – does David Miliband’s speech at the British Museum yesterday mean Britain Stronger in Europe flouted campaign spending rules? This is what the Museum, a public body, says:

“The British Museum has followed the guidance issued by Cabinet Office. The event on Monday 9 May was organised by the Government not the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign. The event involved the Prime Minister coming to explain government policy. The guidance stipulates that as a public body the Museum should continue to support Ministers in the conduct of visits (or parts of visits) to carry out government business in the normal way. The government estate should not be used for visits and events that are organised by the designated campaign groups.”

But Miliband is obviously nothing to do with the government. He is a representative of the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign. They even press released it:

So the event wasn’t simply “government business” to “explain government policy”, as the Museum claim. Indeed, it is in breach of the Museum’s own rules that the venue “should not be used” for campaign group events. The cost of Britain Stronger in Europe renting the venue would be well into five figures, possibly as much as £20,000. Instead the taxpayer is funding yet more set piece Remain campaigning…

Liz Truss’ Scotch Botch

SCOTCH BOTCH DAVID FROST

Liz Truss is not happy with the impact Brexit will allegedly have on the Scotch whisky industry. That. Is. A. Disgrace, she almost said today:

“There’s a huge risk to the whisky industry. If we were to leave the single market it would mean lots more cost for their business.”

A neat line, but what does the industry itself think?

David Frost, the pro-Remain chief executive of the Scotch Whiskey Association, has previously argued on his website that:

“The existence of the industry does not depend on the EU. It depends on our ability to make a great product, at acceptable cost, and to beat the competition. Over the last hundred years we have always done that and I am confident we will carry on doing so in the future.”

Surely a better measure…

Privately, Frost is even more frank. In the leaked email below he complains that Cameron’s renegotiation was a “massive missed opportunity”:

“I guess we are all digesting the PM’s deal, recognising that it may evolve a little yet.  The whole thing feels to me like a massive missed opportunity.  What he has got probably is something like the best that could be achieved given the way the Govt went about the negotiation, ie the unwillingness to launch a significant campaign to convince broader European opinion about the need for a more open two-systems Europe”

And he then goes on to suggest that leading pro-Brexit economist Patrick Minford has a point. That’s the spirit!

BSE Rehash Debunked Football Flop

Football Brexit

In January the Remain campaign tried and failed to convince us that Brexit would prevent Premier League clubs from signing the best talent from the continent. Three months on and they’re still pushing this rot:

“A Brexit could lead to the most talented players in Europe not being able to come to the Premier League, threatening its status as one of the world’s most exciting leagues.” 

As Guido previously noted, hundreds of non-EU players have been easily signed by Premier League clubs with no fuss at all. With only a handful of exceptions, non-EU players have been granted fast-track work permits by the Home Office. For example: Arsenal signed Kolo Touré from Ivorian club ASEC Mimosas, West Ham signed Carlos Tevez from Brazilian side Corinthians, and Dwight Yorke signed for Aston Villa having previously only played in his native Trinidad and Tobago. None of these players came from Europe or were even playing for sides in Europe when they joined the Premier League.

What if BSE were telling the truth? Well, young English players would get more of a chance at the highest level, strengthening the national team. By BSE’s logic Brexit boosts the chances of an England World Cup win…

BSE Weaponise Brussels Attacks

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Twitter jumped on the outrage bus yesterday when Telegraph columnist Allison Pearson and UKIP’s Mike Hookem suggested the Brussels attacks were another reason to vote Leave. Yet the lefty social media echo chamber declined to lose it over Britain Stronger in Europe’s email this morning, which quoted Theresa May as saying the attacks showed why we should Remain:

“The Home Secretary and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police both say today, in the aftermath of the tragic attacks in Brussels, that Britain is safer in Europe, and leaving would put us at risk. Theresa May said the EU is “of benefit” to British security, because “we work with others to ensure we can respond” to terrorist attacks.”

May’s team were keen to stress yesterday that her comments on security were made prior to the attacks, and that she wouldn’t use a tragedy to make a political point. So BSE misquoted the Home Secretary to weaponise Brussels…

BSE Co-Ordinator: “Just Leave Leaflets on the Tube”

Standing in front of a rolling ITN camera, a BSE gap yah lackey reveals his top leafleting strategy to Remain campaign colleagues:

“Just leave them on the tube, that’s what I’ve been doing.”

Their hearts aren’t in it.

Rose: Wages Will Rise if Britain Leaves EU

Expect Stuart Rose‘s stunning admission to the Europhile MP Wes Streeting that wages would rise after Brexit to feature in video attack ads over and over again:

Wes Streeting: “If free movement were to end following Brexit, is it not reasonable to suppose that we could see increase in wages of low skilled workers in the UK?”

Stuart Rose: “If you are short of labour the price will go up, so yes. That’s not necessarily a good thing.”

There’s a new attack line for the Leave campaign every time Rose opens his mouth…

Select Committee Accuses Stuart Rose of “Intellectual Dishonesty”

Remain campaigners Stuart Rose and Will Straw were hauled in front of the Treasury Select Committee today. The Britain Stronger In chairman received quite the lashing from committee chair Andrew Tyrie, who accused Rose of “intellectual dishonesty” and a “scandalous […]

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Spinwatch: BSE’s Boris Brexit Baloney

This morning BSE spinners for the EU claimed a new report by Boris’ economics advisor says Brexit could wipe £210 billion off London’s economy. Yet if you actually read Dr Gerard Lyons’ report, that isn’t what he says at […]

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Out of Touch Remain Campaign in One Tweet

BSE’s Will Straw has all the big, populist arguments:

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BSE Apologise: “Work of Fiction” Claim is… Work of Fiction

Yesterday Britain Stronger in Europe sent out a press release describing a new Institute of Economic Affairs report on the EU as a “work of fiction”. Quite a hostage to fortune…

The BSE briefing claimed: “Matthew Elliott CEO of […]

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