Labour “In” Launch

Video is homely and a bit “meh”. Labour’s In campaign is dominated by Blairites and Blair-era throwbacks, the ever popular Alan Johnson is the front man, he says

“When people ask me why I’m leading Labour‘s campaign for Britain to stay in the European Union, I think back to 1975. Wearing a tank top and flares, I asked myself two questions — what is best for me and my family, and what is best for Britain?”

They are confident they are going to show the Corbynistas how to win a national popular campaign. We shall see…

Another Poll Has Leave Ahead

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Several polls over the last month or so have put the Leave campaign ahead of the Remainers, or at the very least had them neck and neck. This morning ORB has the Leavers up 5 points to 52%, while the Remainers sink by five points to 48%. This is the first time that ORB have recorded majority support for Brexit. 

Even better news is that Vote Leave and Leave.EU have started merger talks. A lead in the polls boosted by a united campaign for Brexit would make things interesting…

Farage v Clegg and Barroso

Nick Clegg is clearly as masochist. Not content with the beating he took from Farage the last time they debated, he has agreed to take part in Round 2 at the Oxford Union on Monday. Clegg will be arguing that “This House believes Britain and the EU are better together” alongside Jose Manuel Barroso, and it will be the first time that the UKIP leader and the former European Commission president have debated face to face. Farage will be backed up by Bill Cash. Get your popcorn ready…

Tory Deputy Chairman Working Part-Time For Remain Campaign

Newsnight reports that David Cameron aide and Tory deputy chairman Stephen Gilbert is doing two days work a week at Populus, the official pollsters of the BSE campaign. Despite CCHQ’s claim of neutrality during the referendum, they seem to be allowing Gilbert to remain in his post as Tory deputy chairman in charge of campaigning, while he also works part-time for the Remain campaign’s pollsters. Newsnight say his work at Populus will specifically be working for BSE. Gilbert is still listed as a Conservative Party board member on their website, and Guido understands he still has his nameplate on his office in 4 Matthew Parker Street, which is Grant Shapps’ old office. He also has a CCHQ security pass. How can the Tories claim to be neutral when their own deputy chairman is openly working for the Remainers?

Farage: Free Movement of People Means Free Movement of Jihadis

Around 1,000 people watched Nigel Farage’s Basingstoke speech on the Paris attacks last night, which was punchy even for him. The UKIP leader wasted no time in immediately declaring to rapturous applause:

“there is a problem with some of the Muslim community in this country… We have a fifth column that we have welcomed in…”

Farage then mocked Cameron’s demands for EU reform as reminiscent of Chamberlain’s Munich Agreement, going as far as to wave a piece of paper around. Yesterday Guido noted how Nigel had a point when he predicted ISIS would pose as refugees, last night he went further:

“The warnings were pretty clear… ISIS said they would use the migrant tide to flood the EU with half a million jihadists… I would suggest 5000 is too many… 500 is too many… it only took eight to cause that destruction in Paris the other night… This dream of the free movement of people, this dream for others of the Schengen area. It hasn’t just meant the free movement of people, it has meant the free movement of Kalashnikov rifles. It has meant the free movement of terrorists, and it has meant the free movement of jihadists.”

Guido was rather surprised when he went to the bar for a post-speech pint with a co-conspirator, only to be told UKIP had requested they didn’t serve alcohol…

EU Budget: UP!

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Remember when David Cameron said that a measly 3% budget cut was a deal that wasgood for the UK? Well, today, it seems that it is much better for the EU. Rather than the promised 3% real terms cut it has turned into the complete opposite. This year it is increasing by over 6.9%.

A deal reached on a Saturday by the EU ‘Conciliation Committee’ means that the budget is actually increasing from €145 billion to €155 billion for 2016. In 2013 Dave told us proudly of his agreed lower budget “I battled off every attempt to change it in any way”, this weekend his government nodded through a €10 billion increase.. 

Leave Still Polling Ahead of Remain

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Leave is ahead by the most since November 2014. Both YouGov and Survation have shown small polling leads for Leavers over Remainers in September. The PM will be cheered that his blocking welfare for migrants policy was the single most popular policy in the poll. If only he could get the other members states to agree to it…

Downing Street’s “Nasty Tactics” Hypocrisy

Downing Street wheeled out Eric Pickles last night to stick the boot into the Vote Leave campaign, hyperbolically blasting the pro-Brexit student protesters as being part of a “nasty… strategy of intimidation“. Pickles is calling on the Electoral Commission to deny Vote Leave the official Leave campaign designation:

“I believe the actions of Vote Leave in disrupting the CBI conference and declaring a strategy of intimidation and protest disqualify Vote Leave from being a designated lead campaigner in the forthcoming EU referendum campaign.”

Seriously?

That would be the same Eric Pickles who was the subject of a complaint by the Cabinet Secretary to David Cameron after his SpAds were accused of behaving “unacceptably” by briefing against a senior public servant. 

The same Tory party that openly called on its youth wing to deliberately “form our own publicity stunt” and disrupt Gordon Brown’s announcement of Labour’s election slogan back in 2010.

The same Tories who sent CCHQ staffers to Trafalgar Square to hold up ‘Vote for Change’ placards for the television cameras as Gordon made his way down Pall Mall to see the Queen.

The same Tories who followed Miliband around with Salmond and Sturgeon masks during the election, facing allegations that anti-Labour protesters shoved the then Labour leader.

The same Tories who snuck a Conservative activist into Question Time to lay into Miliband on prime time television.

If arranging for two teenagers to hold up a banner during a speech is “nasty”, what does that make the Tories’ own campaign tactics?

Brussels Bungs of Brexit-Bashing Boffins

Today’s Guardian has gone big on the news that a group of scientists have claimed Brexit would be a “disaster“. “Nothing good can come of it,” according to ‘Scientists For EU’, who boldly insist on their website that […]

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Carney: We Will Make Brexit Work

This is what the BSE campaign’s Will Straw press released following Mark Carney’s speech on the EU last month:

“The Governor of the Bank of England has now overwhelming made the case that our membership of the EU single market

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EU Literally Chucking Taxpayers’ Money Down The Toilet

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Get Britain Out have uncovered some rather unsanitary revelations about EU waste in the 2014 audit. In a section titled “Example of projects without added value”, the report mentions a scheme devised in 2006 in which millions were spent […]

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The Mogg On Dave’s “Thin Gruel”

The Member of Parliament for the eighteenth century was on fine form today, laying into the PM’s rather modest EU demands.

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