“If we stand up for democracy, we’ll be sticking up for hundreds of millions of people around Europe who agree with us, who currently have no voice. And if we vote leave, and take back control, I believe that this Thursday will be our countries independence day.” Boris saves the best line until last…
This is what Rudd, Mandelson, Straw and the rest of the Remainers really want. Cat out of the bag – that’s a live fat cat, not to be confused with a dead one on the table. This one is running…
Leave message: Steve Hilton says Cameron knows Britain can’t control EU immigration.
Remain message: George Soros backs Remain.
Cut through: The PM’s appeal to Remain.
Odds: Remain 1/3, Leave 3/1
Latest poll: Remain 42% (-2), Leave 44% (+1) (Survation, phone). Poll of Polls is now Remain 50% (+2), Leave 50%.
A well-timed Freedom of Information request into the European Commission’s internal disciplinary committee has revealed the extent of misconduct cases investigated in the last year. No names are disclosed naturally, but this is the sort of thing that goes on in Brussels:
- Staff rebuked for sexual harassment
- The abuse of diplomatic status to smuggle in duty free for a friend
- Trying to dodge tax by supply of a fake document
- ‘Passive’ corruption
- Collusion in a rent scam
- A staff member operating as an industry insider and changing reports
- The use of a de facto ‘company car’ from an outside interest
- Employment of family members as a quid pro quo
- A person AWOL for most of the year (while running their own business)
- Sleeping off campus
Despite all this, only 16 members of staff received cautions. Surprise, surprise…
For the second time, Downing Street have summoned the press for a supposedly “significant” statement that has bombed:
Is that it? The “significant statement” is that Dave backs Remain?
A few last minute MP referendum declarations coming in: Charlotte Leslie has backed Brexit and Jackie Doyle-Price has chosen Remain. Good luck in Ukippy Thurrock in 2020. By Guido’s count there are 140 Tory MPs backing Leave, far higher than anyone ever predicted…
With two days to go, there are still 3 Tory MPs who have yet to publicly make up their minds. They are:
Tracey Crouch, Huw Merriman, Jesse Norman (who says he won’t declare)
Don’t be a chicken…
This pro-Remain literature personally targeting Leave campaigner Kate Hoey has landed on doormats in Brixton, Vauxhall and Kennington the last 24 hours. They have clearly taken a leaf-let out of Will Straw’s book, directly blaming “the Leave campaign” for Jo Cox’s death:
“The Leave campaign’s anti-immigrant rhetoric has stoked the British public’s fears to the point that we now find ourselves in a country riven by hate. History tells us that scapegoating those we think are not like us always has terrible consequences. Jo Cox’s tragic murder is possibly only the start.”
The new reasoned, respectful debate lasted not even 48 hours…
This is the template letter being sent round FTSE businesses by Downing Street, lined up for a story in tomorrow’s papers. Feel familiar? It’s very much the same old stuff we heard last month:
“We own and run more than — businesses, from micro companies to the FTSE 100.
Rick Astley will appear alongside fellow celebrity federasts June Sarpong and Delia Smith on the Remain side, while Leave will field Ulrika Jonsson, Mike Read and Theo Paphitis. The panel for the “discussion”, to be grilled by Jeremy Paxman, will be chosen from the 150 strong audience of politicians and C-listers. […]
Remain campaign director Will Straw sent the above email to the Stronger In mailing list yesterday. The thinking behind it is revealed in a recording of a conference call, obtained by Guido, which took place yesterday afternoon. Straw told Remain campaigners that voters had been “pulled up short” by the murder of Jo Cox, and that Stronger In should now attack the Leave side for creating “division and resentment”.[…]
Audience member: “What I don’t understand is with all these experts that you’ve got saying we should stay in, why the British public isn’t more convinced, why is Brexit in the lead?”
Cameron: “Well, I think people have found this debate, and all the facts and the figures, perhaps quite confusing.