The Prime Minister whipped up a storm in the House when he fluffed this attack line on Ed Balls. Poor George…
A poll for the Standard tonight finds Londoners currently want to stay in the EU by 45% to 37%, but the numbers reverse almost completely if Cameron’s renegotiation attempts fail. No pressure…
UPDATE: And a ComRes/ITV poll finds if a referendum was held tomorrow the UK would leave:
Dave is in the West Midlands for his big speech today, 46 years since the last time a top Tory chose that setting to crack down on immigration. Labour yesterday proposed a two year ban on new migrants claiming benefits, so the PM is promising four. It’ll be the closest Cameron has come to openly threatening Brexit, today he will “rule nothing out”. Expect UKIP to respond with pre-prepared attack lines on Osborne: the Times reports
“Behind the scenes George Osborne has been fighting to protect the free movement policy and he’s won. Osborne has secured what his Treasury officials wanted – openness to entrepreneurial, hardworking and jobless young Europeans who come to Britain”
Europe minister David Lidington has invited EU ambassadors to watch the speech live via video link in the Foreign Office. Doesn’t sound like Dave is expecting to get up their noses too much…
The official text lingo for Tory MPs discussing the post-Cameron age appears to be “AD” for “After Dave”.
“Won’t it be nice when we will be able to do all sorts of right-wing stuff, AD.”
“Who are you backing, AD? I’ve always liked that Owen Paterson”.
Even the most loyal of loyalist Cameroons concede that should Dave scrape through in 2015, he would be hard pushed to survive the inevitable party split triggered by a referendum two years later.
Guido is always one to shine a light on shady deals in dark corridors of power, so watt’s this one all about? The two desk lamps in David Cameron’s Downing Street ohm retail at an austerity-busting £749. “Hand-assembled in Oxford from the finest aluminium, chrome and bone china”, the lamps were a freebie from Witney-based company Original BTC, lamp provider to stars such as Gordon Ramsay and Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw. Guido found this whole story rather illuminating…