T-May Blasts “Nonsense” Remain Scaremongering

Theresa May has blasted Remain campaign scaremongering as “nonsense“, admitting “of course” Britain could cope outside the EU:

“I want to deal with several arguments that should not count. The first is that in the 21st century Britain is too small a country to cope outside the European Union. That’s nonsense. We’re the fifth biggest economy in the world, we’re growing faster than any economy in the G7, we attract nearly a fifth of all foreign investment in the EU, we have a military capable of projecting its power around the world, intelligence services that are second to none, and friendships and alliances that go far beyond Europe. We have the greatest soft power in the world, we sit in exactly the right timezone for global trade and our language is the world’s language. Of course Britain could cope outside the European Union.”

And here is the killer line on what remaining in the EU means for immigration:

“Free movement rules mean it’s harder to control the volume of European immigration, and that is clearly no good thing.”

A more honest approach from T-May compared with some of her Remain colleagues…

Is it Really Racist to Call Obama Kenyan-American?

Is it racist to refer, as he himself does, to President Obama’s “Kenyan-American heritage”? Apparently so according to John McDonnell

Students at Kings College London withdrew a speaking invitation because they found Boris referring to “President Obama’s Kenyan heritage” inappropriate. Yvette Cooper and Chuka Umunna chimed in. The Guardian spluttered indignantly, because Boris wrote “Some said it was a snub to Britain. Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan president’s ancestral dislike of the British empire – of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender”. Here’s what the Guardian itself wrote in 2009 on the same subject:

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Nobody accused The Guardian of dog-whistling. Yet the Remainers threw their toys out of the pram over Boris mentioning Obama’s Kenyan heritage in his piece for the Sun last Friday, despite the fact this reasoning was widely echoed elsewhere at the time the Churchill bust in question was originally removed. Boris was just repeating what others have said without remark – could it all just have been a referendum-related kerfuffle to bash the Brexiteer-in-Chief?

Question Time Audience Member Solves National Debt

Osborne’s eight equation mathematics mumbo-jumbo was countered by Question Time audience member Tim Martin’s own analysis:

“I took the £10 billion of net savings that we would make if we left Europe, and I multiplied those by 14, which is obviously the number of years up to 2030. I then used the economic credit multiplier because of course you have the benefit of spending that £10 billion, the taxes raised on it, on economic growth and so on. And do you know the figure I came up with? The figure I came up with is £1.5 trillion, which means if we leave the European Union we’ll be able to fund and repay the national debt by the time 2030 comes.”

Well Tim is an economist…

Campaign Report: Day 8

Remain message: Obama wants Britain to Remain.

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Leave message: Obama is hypocritically interfering in the referendum.

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Cut through: Obama on US/UK trade agreement: “UK’s going to be at the back of the queue.”

Leave social media count: 327,823 likes, 36,541 followers.

Remain social media count: 360,065 likes, 24,606 followers.

Odds: Remain 4/9 Leave 11/4

Latest poll: Remain 51% (+2) Leave 40% (+1) (ComRes, phone). Poll of Polls is now Remain 54 (+1) Leave 46 (-1).

Obama’s Threat to Britain

Obama insisted the referendum decision is British voters’ and theirs alone… and then came the bombshell threat. The outgoing President secured tomorrow’s headlines by warning a US-UK trade deal post-Brexit “won’t happen any time soon” and claiming Britain “will be at the back of the queue”. Of course it’s because we’re in the EU that we don’t have a trade deal with the US. How will voters react when they see the US President threatening them on the News at Ten?

Also worth bearing in mind that currently with no trade deal in place with the US, the UK is the biggest investment partner already and the US is the biggest investor in the UK ($324 billion). UK investment in the US last year was $282 billion. Over a million Americans work for British companies and over a million Britons are employed by American companies. We are already at the front of the queue doing $56 billion of transatlantic trade last year…

BBC Critique of Osborne’s Dodgy Dossier Mysteriously Toned Down

Before After BBC Reality Check

The BBC’s Reality Check service tore into Osborne’s dodgy dossier on Monday, dismissing his £4,300 figure as “questionable and probably not particularly helpful”. Yet for some mysterious reason the version appearing on the site today has been toned down. The words “it’s not true”, referring to the Chancellor’s top line figure, havevanished with no explanation. The rest of the criticism remains, but that killer line is gone. Curiouser and curiouser…

Boris is Right: White House Did Return Churchill Bust

Boris is coming in for heavy criticism for writing that a bust of Winston Churchill was removed from the White House and returned to the British embassy when Obama took office. Sky News’ Faisal Islam reports that Boris’ claim is “not true”, the Guardian say it has been “debunked”. They point to this White House statement and photo from 2012 showing Obama and Cameron inspecting a Churchill bust in the private residence of the White House, outside the Treaty room:

Yet that statement was pure spin…

As the Telegraph revealed four years ago, there were originally two matching busts of Churchill by Jacob Epstein in the White House. The one referred to in the White House statement does indeed remain in place. Yet when Obama took over from Bush, the second bust was moved to the residence of Sir Peter Westmacott, who was then Britain’s ambassador to the US. The White House were forced to admit that they had indeed returned the bust. Boris is proven right…

UPDATE: The British Embassy claim it was Obama’s decision:

“It was lent for the first term of office of President Bush. When the President was elected for his second and final term, the loan was extended until January 2009. The new President has decided not to continue this loan.”

UPDATE II: Obama just confirmed at the joint press conference with Camaeron that it was his decision to remove the Oval Office Churchill bust and replace it with one of Martin Luther King. Yet in 2012 White House comms director Dan Pfieffer insisted:

“The bust that was returned as a matter of course with all the other artwork that had been loaned to President Bush for display in his Oval Office and not something that President Obama or his Administration chose to do”

Obama has just exposed his spinner telling a straight lie…

Obama: Nope

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Boris leads the counter-charge against Obama this morning

“For the United States to tell us in the UK that we must surrender control of so much of our democracy – it is a breathtaking example of the principle of do-as-I-say-but-not-as-I-do. It is incoherent. It is inconsistent, and yes it is downright hypocritical.”

The leader of a country that was founded after fighting for independence from a foreign empire is seeking to convince the British that they don’t need their own “Independence Day”. Cameron solicited this endorsement and hopes it will be the turning point in the referendum campaign.

The challenge for Brexiteers is to turn Obama into a negative for the Remainers. The Remainers are making their argumentum ad verecundiam, that all these important people and organisations say “Remain”. The Brexiteers need to show that it is in voters’ interests to leave the EU, that the likes of big business, the IMF and the White House do not have their individual best interests at heart. That taking back control of the country from the hands of the Davos-attending elite, with priorities counter to our own national interests, is in the best interests of ordinary people…

Campaign Report: Day 7

Leave message: Spend the £350 million we send to the EU every week on the NHS.

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Remain message: Yanks say Remain.

Cut through: Obama visiting.

Leave social media count: 327,513 likes, 36,293 followers.

Remain social media count: 358,005 likes, 24,303[…]

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Campaign Report: Day 6

Leave message: Build hospitals with money meant for EU.

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Remain message: Lingerie shops and gap-yah outfitters back remain.

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Cut through: Vote Leave’s Dominic Cummings at the Treasury Select Committee.

Leave social media count: 327,325 likes, 36,116 followers.

Remain social media […]

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Goldman Alumni Back Remain

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Remainers have been trumpeting the letter from eight former U.S. Treasury secretaries arguing that Brexit would leave the UK poorer, more inward looking and threaten the City. But Guido couldn’t help but find some of the signatories’ names familiar, so […]

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IPSA: MPs Can Use Expenses to Campaign on Referendum

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Cameron has imposed strict rules on the campaign activities of ministers and SpAds during the referendum, and CCHQ have banned Tory associations from using party resources to campaign for Leave. So Eurosceptic MPs are delighted with a ruling by IPSA […]

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