Andrea’s “Journey” From Remainer to Brexiteer

Andrea Leadsom’s first test in a major one-on-one interview was bumpy – she admitted she used to be a Remainer, wouldn’t rule out giving Farage a job and was unprepared for questions about her taxes. In 2013 she said “I’m going to nail my colours to the mast here. I don’t think the UK should leave the EU. I think it would be a disaster for the economy”. If Stronger In had been half competent this would have come out during a referendum TV debate…

Gove was then beaten up by Marr for betraying Boris. Marr told him he should have driven across London and told his friend in person rather than “humiliating him publicly”Box office but not much in the way of questions about his pitch to voters.

Theresa May gave a very scripted set of answers to Peston. She optimistically said Tory members are not looking for a “Brexit Prime Minister”. The Remain Home Secretary who oversaw the failure to meet immigration targets then claimed there was no “silver bullet” to control numbers. Stephen Crabb is probably giving an interview somewhere later.

Via via @liarpoliticians



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John Curtice on fiscal policy:

“Attitudes to taxation and spending are basically counter-cyclical. If a government comes in and tries to reduce spending and taxation, after a while people will get worried about the state of public services. If a government increases taxation and public spending, after a while they’ll get concerned about increasing taxation…. In as much as there are lots of ideologues out there who think the state should be this proportion of GDP, they’re all wrong. Because the public’s view is counter-cyclical to the recent experience. It’s basically impossible to satisfy the public.”

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