Honesty from Jezza…
Remain employ some squad rotation after a poor showing on ITV. Leave’s dream team are unchanged…
As MP for Plymouth, the city home to the UK’s second largest fresh fish market, Johnny Mercer should be a fisherman’s friend. They’re hurting following cuts to EU fishing quotas of 26% for cod, 14% for haddock, and 12% for whiting – all local catches in South Devon. So it’s no wonder a number of fishermen and women from Plymouth joined Farage’s flotilla down the Thames yesterday. What did their local Remain MP have to say to them?
Poor Johnny is having a tough time endearing himself to his constituents at the moment…
LEAVE: 45% (+7)
REMAIN: 42% (-2)
The trend continues, another swing to Leave…
Jeremy Corbyn today tells Labour supporters in Yorkshire to vote Remain to “protect workers across Europe”. In the new film “Lexit: The Movie”, produced by Labour Leave, Jezza’s brother Piers demolishes that argument:
“The idea that the European Union is a happy-clappy haven for workers rights is complete nonsense… We do not need an unelected bureaucracy to tell us, “ok, you can have these rights”. They’re taking the power to defend these rights away from us. What’s this about? We can defend ourselves. And once you give away the power to defend yourself to someone else, you know they can stop defending you. Look at Greece. Were they defended? No.”
You can watch the hour long film making the case for Lexit here…
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 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.
Odds: Remain 4/7, Leave 13/8
Latest poll: Remain 39% (-1), Leave 46% (+3) (YouGov, online). Poll of Polls is now Remain 48% (-1), Leave 52% (+1).
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.[…]
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”.[…]
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…[…]
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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.