ITV Debate Vote Leave Highlights

Vote Leave’s best bits from last night. Particularly strong closing statement from Boris…

Friday Caption Contest (Leadership Contest Begins Edition)

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Voting Leave Does Make Food Cheaper

Boris has proved the Remain spin on food prices is bull – by selling a cow. The neo-Whig MP (only bovine experts will get that one) tried to get the best price he cud for the “beautiful milker”. As the specimen was a dairy Frisian heifer, the owner will be udderly disappointed BoJo only got £960, £110 less than the market price. Proof Leave lowers food prices…

Campaign Report: 22 Days to Go

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Leave message: £50,000,000 gamification from Vote Leave.

Remain message: EU will create 100,000 future jobs.

Cut through: Australian points based immigration system if we Leave.

Leave social media count: 439,356 likes, 48,785 followers.

Remain social media count: 444,703 likes, 32,285 followers.

Odds: Remain 1/3, Leave between 14/5 & 3/1

Latest poll: Remain 41%, Leave 41% (YouGov, phone). Poll of Polls is now Remain 51% (-1), Leave 49%.

Gove Leads With ConHome Readers

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Another boost for those who want to see Gove as Deputy PM – once again he is the firm leadership frontrunner among ConHome readers, eight points ahead of Boris. Gove has led the field for three consecutive months. That said BoJo has had a good month, rising 8 points. May is the highest scoring Remainer, Osborne and Saj are languishing again…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

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Campaign Report: 27 Days to Go

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Leave message: Take back control over immigration.

Remain message: Sadiq Khan says Europe means jobs.

Cut through: Immigration figures show a huge rise in EU migration – particularly from Romania and Bulgaria.

Leave social media count: 416,091 likes, 46,121 followers.

Remain social media count: 422,498 likes, 30,420 followers.

Odds: Remain 2/9, Leave 4/1

Latest poll: Remain 44%, Leave 38% (Survation, phone). Poll of Polls is now Remain 53% (-2), Leave 47% (+2).

2% Think Osborne “Natural Leader”

George Osborne Boom and Bust

Osborne’s meteoric fall continues, with a YouGov poll for the Times reporting that just 2% of voters think he’s a “natural leader”. Only 11% say he would be up to the PM’s job, with that number plunging to just 7% among Brexit supporters. Sajistic Tories who backed Remain as a career move must be kicking themselves…

Campaign Report: 30 Days to Go

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Leave message: Turkey joining the EU will strain the NHS.

Remain message: Treasury report warns of recession upon Brexit.

Cut through: Brexit recession figures bashed by Sturgeon and Boris.

Leave social media count: 400,404 likes, 44,595 followers.

Remain social media count: 413,164 likes, 29,611 followers.

Odds: Remain 1/6 Leave 7/2

Latest poll: Remain 44% (-8), Leave 40% (-1) (Opinium, online). Poll of Polls is now Remain 54% (-1), Leave 46% (+1).

Campaign Report: 35 Days to Go

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Leave message: New members will cripple the NHS.

Remain message: Independent academics back Remain.

Cut through: None.

Leave social media count: 377,961 likes, 42,637 followers.

Remain social media count: 403,226 likes, 28,614 followers.

Odds: Remain 1/4 Leave 11/4

Latest poll: Remain 44% (+6), Leave 40% (-1) (YouGov, online). Poll of Polls is now Remain 53% (+3), Leave 47% (-3).

Campaign Report: 37 Days to Go

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Leave message: Single Market has failed British exporters.

Remain message: PM thinks leaving would be a “national error”.

Cut through: Osborne, Cable and Balls team up to back Remain.

Leave social media count: 370,883 likes, 42,004 followers.

Remain social media count: 398,784 likes, 28,175 followers.

Odds: Remain 2/7 Leave 13/5

Latest poll: Remain 43% (-1), Leave 47% (+1) (ICM, online); Remain 47% (-1), Leave 39% (-2) (ICM, Phone). Poll of Polls is now Remain 50%, Leave 50%.

Campaign Report: Day 27

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Leave message: Boris’ Brexit bus tour begins, and the nasty banks back Remain.

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Remain message: Boris’ bus is foreign and would be more expensive if we leave.

Cut through: Gordon’s intervention.

Leave social media count: 353,842 likes, 40,301 followers.

Remain social media count: 392,261 likes, 27,263 followers.

Odds: Remain 1/3 Leave 9/4

Latest poll: Remain 44%, Leave 46% (ICM, online). Poll of Polls is now Remain 50%, Leave 50%.

Campaign Report: Day 25

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Leave message: Don’t listen to remain snobs – there is a cosmopolitan case for Leave.

Remain message: World War Two Veterans support remain, World War Three might happen with Brexit.

Cut through: Boris vs Dave.

Leave social media count: 348,137 likes, 39,608 followers.

Remain social media count: 389,707 likes, 26,805 followers.

Odds: Remain 1/3 Leave 9/4

Latest poll: Remain 44% (+1), Leave 46% (+1) (ICM, online). Poll of Polls is now Remain 50%, Leave 50%.

Boris: “We Are Fighting For Freedom!”

Boris shreds the snobbery of the Remainers:

“I can read novels in French and I can sing the Ode to joy in German, and if they keep accusing me of being a Little Englander, I will… So I find if offensive, insulting, irrelevant and positively cretinous to be told – sometimes by people who can barely speak a foreign language – that I belong to a group of small-minded xenophobes; because the truth is it is Brexit that is now the great project of European liberalism, and I am afraid that it is the European Union – for all the high ideals with which it began, that now represents the ancien regime.

It is we who are speaking up for the people, and it is they who are defending an obscurantist and universalist system of government that is now well past its sell by date and which is ever more remote from ordinary voters.

 It is we in the Leave Camp – not they – who stand in the tradition of the liberal cosmopolitan European enlightenment – not just of Locke and Wilkes, but of Rousseau and Voltaire; and though they are many, and though they are well-funded, and though we know that they can call on unlimited taxpayer funds for their leaflets, it is we few, we happy few who have the inestimable advantage of believing strongly in our cause, and that we will be vindicated by history; and we will win for exactly the same reason that the Greeks beat the Persians at Marathon – because they are fighting for an outdated absolutist ideology, and we are fighting for freedom.”

Such a rousing finale that Guido had to put it to music.

Watch BoJo’s speech in full here.

Live: Boris EU Speech

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?

Rich’s Monday Morning View

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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…

Friday Caption Contest (Look Over There Edition)

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Boozy ‘Boris For PM’ Parties

Last month Boris wooed 40 or so Tory MPs at a boozy drinks party hosted by his unofficial campaign manager Nigel Adams at his luxury riverside apartment. Those in attendance say the bash was an attempt to wine and dine those backbenchers with whom he does not have a particularly strong relationship.[…] Read the rest

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Jeremy Corbyn in the Evening Standard

“… we must also face the uncomfortable fact that a small number of our members and supporters hold anti-Semitic views and attitudes, which need to be confronted and dealt with more rapidly and effectively.

The evidence is clear enough. Labour staff have seen examples of Holocaust denial, crude stereotypes of Jewish bankers, conspiracy theories blaming 9/11 on Israel, and even one member who appeared to believe that Hitler had been misunderstood.

So let me be clear. People holding those views have no place in the Labour Party.

… we have not done enough to get to grips with the problem, and the Jewish community and our Jewish members deserve an apology. My party and I are sorry for the hurt and distress caused. … We must strive to understand why anti-Semitism has surfaced in our party…

… when criticism of or opposition to the Israeli government uses anti-Semitic ideas — attributing its injustices to Jewish identity, demanding that Jews in Britain or elsewhere answer for its conduct, or comparing Israel to the Nazis — then a line must be drawn.  Anti-Zionism is not in itself anti-Semitic and many Jews themselves are not Zionists. But there are also a very few who are drawn to the Palestinian question precisely because it affords an opportunity to express hostility to Jewish people in a “respectable” setting. Our movement must not be a home for such individuals.

Second, there are people who have come to see capitalism and imperialism as the product of conspiracy by a small shadowy elite rather than a political, economic, legal and social system. That is only a step from hoary myths about “Jewish bankers” and “sinister global forces”.

These views do no service to the struggle for a just society.”

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