International Women’s Day: 100% of Female Prime Ministers Back Brexit

Last week Guido revealed Downing Street were drumming up political, business and celebrity support for the Remain campaign to coincide with International Women’s Day. Well, that day has come and who have they signed up? Nicky Morgan, Stella Creasy, Miriam Clegg and June Sarpong. Yes, really.

If you crunch the numbers to produce an in depth statistical analysis of how Britain’s female Prime Ministers would vote, these are the results:

As Rachel Sylvester recalled in February:

“I asked her at a lunch in the late-1990s whether she was in favour of Britain leaving the EU. She fixed me with a long, hard stare — more Paddington Bear than Derek Zoolander — and paused before replying: ‘Yes, I think I am.'”

“In politics, if you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman…”

Second Senior BCC Spokesman Publicly Endorsed Remain

Earlier Guido noted that the British Chambers of Commerce had allowed their Kent chief to publicly endorse the Remain campaign. Now it emerges the chief executive of the Cornwall BCC branch has also signed a letter supporting staying in the EU. Kim Conchie wrote last week that:

“leaving the EU is playing Russian Roulette with the world’s fifth largest economy; it would be a great folly”

Remember, the official BCC line is that they are “a non-partisan organisation” and that senior figures airing personal views willcreate confusion regarding the BCC’s neutral stance”. John Longworth lost his job for publicly backing Leave. Yet here are two top BCC spokesmen who have endorsed Remain with no consequences…

Remain-Supporting BCC Chief Keeps Job

Last night the British Chambers of Commerce explained John Longworth was standing down because “personal views on the referendum” are “likely to create confusion regarding the BCC’s neutral stance”. That means public statements from BCC bosses backing Remain would have the same consequences, right?

Wrong. Two weeks ago Tim Allen, chair of the Kent region of the BCC, signed a letter in support of the Remain campaign and told his local paper:

“While there are a lot of things wrong in the EU – I’m not a fanatic EU supporter – the status quo is most important to me and my employees”

He has kept his position.

Of course Guido isn’t saying he should lose his job. Though it’s one rule for Remainers and another for Leavers over at the BCC…

H/T @benrileysmith

Déjà V-EU: Remainers Rehash 1975 Leaflets Verbatim

old eu votes

After some of the old EEC referendum leaflets were wheeled out over the weekend, Guido has had a look at the Wilson government’s 1975 flyers. Contained within are a series of attack lines uncannily echoed by Remainers today. In many cases verbatim.

1975: Under the heading “If we say ‘No'”, voters were warned that “Inevitably, there would be a period of uncertainty.”

2016: ‘Leading economists’ told the FT in January that “Inevitably there will be a period of heightened uncertainty”. Cameron says there will be a “period of great uncertainty”, Philip Hammond has spoken of “a period of uncertainty”, while a report from the Warwick University says, almost word for word, that Brexit will “inevitably lead to a period of great uncertainty”.

1975: The Wilson pamphlet claimed that in leaving “We would just be outsiders looking in.”

2016: Remain-backing FTSE firms said last week, again almost word for word, that “we will be an outsider looking in”.

1975: The pamphlet warned: “Foreign firms might hesitate to continue investment in Britain.”

2016: A classic scaremongering line still used today, for example: “one in three firms would leave UK after Brexit”.

These stale pro-EU arguments haven’t changed in 40 years…

8 Campaigns Downing Street Didn’t Threaten Over NHS Logo

Downing Street are trying every trick to nobble Vote Leave – this morning government lawyers filed a laughably vexatious trademark infringement complaint over use of the NHS logo in campaign literature. Note that No. 10 are pursuing Vote Leave on this, yet allowed left-wing groups such as Unite the Union, Protect Our NHS, 38 DegreesKeep our NHS Public, The Socialist PartyMomentum NHS, London Labour, and even Tom Watson and Steve Coogan to use the logo for campaign purposes. Of course it’s handy that NHS England chief exec Simon Stevens is a close ally of Peter Mandelson. Splurging thousands on spurious legal battles while there is a £2 billion NHS funding black hole is not a great look…

Leadsom and Mordaunt Woo Outers Over Wine

Since he declared for Leave the odds on Boris joining Osborne in a leadership final have shortened, with ambitious colleagues jostling for position. Andrea Leadsom and Penny Mordaunt have both previously been tipped to mount leadership bids, they are both Outers who help run the intriguing ‘Fresh Start’ group of Tory MPs. Curiously the duo have begun hosting weekly drinks dos with Tory backbenchers, inviting “colleagues who are on the ‘leave’ side of the EU debate” to an “informal drop in each Monday evening” at Penny’s office. The “regular” 90 minute long sessions “over a glass of wine” have been a convenient opportunity to woo colleagues, while Leadsom is also having backbenchers round for drinkies at her swish Tufton Court residence. Tonight Penny and Andrea have arranged for Vote Leave to give a talk about strategy and answer questions, naturally “wine and snacks will be served”Boris’ operation, run by Ben Wallace and Nigel Adams, is famously lacking punch…

BCC Arranged Critical Longworth Interview

On Friday night the British Chambers of Commerce suspended their boss John Longworth for giving an interview on Thursday backing Brexit. The ensuing row and swift punishment would have you thinking he’d massively gone rogue. Not so.

BCC press officers contacted news organisations on Wednesday afternoon, the day before, offering Longworth up for interview. This is from the email the BCC sent to broadcasters:

I just wanted to check if you’d be interested in speaking to John Longworth, BCC DG, tomorrow morning at our annual conference.

So the BCC explicitly offered him up for interview, then suspended him for giving his view during that interview. What did they expect the long-time Eurosceptic was going to say?

You Can’t Be Soros: Lib Dem MEP Raking It In Off Weak Pound

Catherine Bearder

A Lib Dem MP has been caught bragging that the weak pound has recently meant that her €96,000 pay has risen some 10% in sterling terms. Catherine Bearder laughed telling the Lib Dem’s Regional Conference in Theale that it had been “a good week for me”. Stunned silence greeted her comments which she claims were intended only as a joke. The South East England MEP tells Guido:

“This was meant as a comic aside in a much longer discussion about the impact of Brexit on the UK economy.

Guido presumes that from these remarks she is in favour of Brexit. If the pound plummets further she – like Britain’s exporters – can keep coining it in…

Boris or George? The Public Speaks

The Daily Politics has taken to the streets to ask the public who they trust most on the EU referendum, Boris or George? Boris seemed to have put in a rather good performance…[…]

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Hollande’s Calais Threat to British Voters

Earlier a French minister threatened to end border controls in Calais if Britain votes to Leave, now Hollande is making empty ultimatums to British voters. Asked specifically about what would happen to Calais border controls post-Brexit, Hollande warned:

“I don’t want to scare you.

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Remain Campaign Chumocracy

Cronyism Flow Chart

It’s all very chummy over at Conservatives for Reform in Europe, the pro-Remain group led by Nick Herbert. Eurosceptic Tory staffers note that Herbert employs as his taxpayer-funded parliamentary researcher one Georgia Hill, the daughter of EU commissioner and arch-Europhile Lord Hill, a close friend of the PM. […]

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141 Tory MPs Backing Brexit

Stuart Andrew and Michael Tomlinson are the latest Tory MPs to come out in favour of Brexit, bringing the total number of Outers on Guido’s spreadsheet to 141. 26 remain undeclared, amongst them several who could conceivably back Leave. The final number of Leave Tory MPs will be considerably higher than most predicted.[…]

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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.

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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 misuse of data”, in reference to BSE’s discredited claim that EU membership is worth £3,000 to every household in this country. […]

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New LGBT Campaign For Brexit Launched

VillagePeople copy

They’re known to preen themselves fastidiously, have voracious sexual appetites and they want out of the EU. No, it’s not Pets campaigning for Brexit, (that was yesterday’s news). It’s Gays for Brexit – and they won’t hump your leg![…]

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Brexiteers Unleash Pets For Britain

This will give voters paws for thought – the Leavers have unleashed canine support for Brexit. Although at the moment the new Pets For Britain Twitter account only showcases two supporters from this nation of dog lovers:

Guido has a feline that only Brussels fat-cats will be on the side the Remainers…[…]

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