Cross-Department Voter Registration Drive

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Civil service sources point out another way that every cog of the Whitehall machine is being used to help Remain. Voter registration adverts are being pushed by a wide range of government departments and public bodies completely irrelevant to the referendum, from the Department of Health to the DVLA. DCMS are even targeting football fans attending the Euros. The theory being that higher turnout helps Remain…

Following allegations that the CBI has been pushing employers into backing Remain, a co-conspirator reports that Whitehall departments have even been asking the companies they deal with to put up voter registration posters in their workplaces. They must be worried, they’re trying everything possible…

Cameron Weaponises ISIS

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Peak Remain campaign over the top nonsense: Cameron now says ISIS want us to leave the EU.

“Putin might be happy, Al Baghdadi might be happy.”

Leave are ahead with TNS today for the first time in months. You know how it is, you’re worried about the polls, you weaponise a genocidal death cult…

BBC Admits Running Remain Adverts In “Error”

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Yesterday, Guido reported that the BBC was running official Remain campaign adverts on its website abroad – targeting expat voters. This is despite the fact it has consistently denied taking pro-EU cash…

A Beeb spokesman gets in touch to confirm they did indeed run the adverts, in “error”:

“This advert appeared outside the UK as the result of a third party error and was blocked as soon as we were alerted to it. We are investigating how this happened and we are taking steps to prevent this happening in the future.”

“Third party” adverts can be filtered to avoid marketing content that is inappropriate for your organisation. Something the BBC clearly didn’t do…

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%.

Proof: Remain Campaign is Paying BBC

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This is what British ex-pats overseas are seeing when they go online at the UK politics page of the BBC News websiteThe BBC website is – in clear breach of internal guidelines – pushing adverts from the official Remain campaign. The BBC has previously denied being in receipt of pro-EU funds. Here is the evidence in plain digital colour…

Graphic via Peter Thompson/Heat.St

EU’s Taxpayer-Funded Referendum Intervention

This slick pro-Remain video offers “10 good reasons” to stay in the EU, featuring actors with English accents, some pricey graphics and a hefty dose of spin on top. It has had a massive 100,000 views on YouTube since it was published on May 3…

So who made the video? Was it the BSE campaign? Perhaps Downing Street? Nope, it was actually made in Brussels, by the Wilfred Martens Centre for European Studies. They are a think tank for the European People’s Party, both organisations have no UK representatives. And here’s the kicker: the Centre receives 100% of its funding from the European Parliament, some €4.2 million in 2014 alone. How much taxpayer cash did they spend on this high production value video? And how much did they spend on promotion for it to achieve 100,000 views in just ten days? This is the EU directly interfering in a British referendum using British voters’ money…

UPDATE: UKIP’s Gerard Batten comments:

“This is a group of taxpayer politicians – with no links to the UK, using our cash to tell us how to vote in the Referendum. Its a disgrace but will be counter productive, British people don’t like to be told what to do by collections of foreign technocrats.” 

Farage Plays Hardball With BBC

On Friday Guido revealed the BBC had offered Nigel Farage a panel debate with Nicola Sturgeon in front of an under-30 audience in Glasgow. The development this morning is that Nige has rejected this initial proposal and is holding out for a place at the box office Wembley debate on 21 June. Sources familiar with the UKIP leader’s thinking believe he deserves to take part in the main debate and plans to play hardball, refusing to accept anything less than that. They have cheekily offered Diane James for the Glasgow debate instead. It’s understandable why Nige wants Wembley, he will feel his rightful place is at the biggest debate of them all. Though if he doesn’t get it and he refuses the Sturgeon clash he could be left with just a Q&A on ITV. Surely one prime-time BBC One national debate is better than none… 

Rich’s Monday Morning View

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Peak #ProjectFear

Remainers really ladling it on with Osborne calling in favour from Lagarde, will voters believe this nonsense?

Campaign Report: Day 29

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Leave message: IMF bullying British voters and cheating purdah rules.

Remain message: “Independent” institutions back Remain.

Cut through: Christine Lagarde.

Leave social media count: 361,731 likes, 41,072 followers.

Remain social media count: 394,153 likes, 27,631 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%.

Tory MEP Storms Out of BBC Interview

It all got too much for Remainer Ashley Fox…

Bum-ga, Bum-ga! Italian Politician’s Peachy Message to Voters

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Sex scandals and corruption rarely hold Italian politicians back. In the North Italian city of Bologna, known as “il rosso” (the red) due to it’s large lefty student population (it has a street named after Stalingrad), one candidate is using an age old tactic to stand out. An independent who supports the Lega Nord, Mario Turrini’s poster claims the photo “serves to get your attention” to vote for the candidate on June 5. After the image sparked outrage among locals, Turrini captioned the posters with an apology -and promised that if he wins he’ll “publish the other side”….

Farage and Sturgeon Set For Head-to-Head BBC Debate

Guido understands the BBC has invited Nicola Sturgeon and Nigel Farage to take part in a head-to-head referendum debate in Glasgow. The hour-long face-off is due to take place on May 26 on BBC1 at 8pm. Audience members will be under 30 and representative of the whole of the UK rather than just Scotland. So Nige won’t have to barricade himself in a pub this time…

When Vote Leave secured the designation Farage worried his telly time would be reduced. This is a chance for the UKIP leader to take part in a prime-time head-to-head debate on the BBC, one he will want to seize given his hugely effective performance against Clegg two years ago. He then has his ITV Q&A session on June 7 to follow. He will be box office…

UPDATE: UKIP sources say Farage is still “considering options” on the TV debates. The SNP stress “At the moment no invitations to any EU debates have been accepted”.

Lagarde Thanks Treasury for Help on “Independent” EU Report

Osborne says the IMF’s Brexit-bashing report is totally impartial: “Today the independent IMF reinforced the conclusions of the independent bank of England.” So it’s unfortunate that Christine Lagarde began by thanking the Treasury for their help:

“Let me by the same token thank all UK authorities who have been helping us in preparing the article for work in the last few weeks. There’s always been good cooperation between the Treasury, the Bank of England and any other authorities that we consult with”

She was then forced to deny the Treasury wrote any of the report. Ooooops!

EU Paid €160 Million to Pro-Remain Groups

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Christine Lagarde is making yet another doom-mongering ‘major intervention’ at 10am, with that €400 million fraud trial still looming over her. The IMF chief will again warn against Brexit during a meeting with Osborne at the Treasury, a geo-political courtesy return favour to the Chancellor, who campaigned hard for her to get the job. Like pretty much every group Remain have wheeled out, the IMF has received funding from the European Commission. Pro-Remain groups which have made referendum interventions have received €160 million from the Commission in the last nine years:

PwC warned leaving would cause a “serious shock” – no kidding, they’re bankrolled by the Commission to the tune of €16 million. LSE say we’re better off Remaining – they certainly are having received €18 million. The WWF says EU membership “benefits our environment” – it benefits theirs by €46 million.

Remain have barely named a group supporting them which hasn’t received huge amounts from the Commission. He who pays the piper…

UPDATE: RSPB get in touch to stress they do not have a position on the referendum because neither side is campaigning on the environment.

How the EU Over-Regulates Us

Campaign Report: Day 28

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Leave message: Immigration stats confirm UK can’t control borders.

Remain message: Small businesses think Brexit will damage them.

Cut through: Cummings loses the plot (again).

Leave social media count: 358,767 likes, 40,825 followers.

Remain social media count: 393,225 likes, 27,464 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%.

True EU Immigration Figure 250,000-a-Year Higher

As Guido predicted yesterday Downing Street has tried to bury the ONS report on migration statistics this morning. You can see why…

In 2014 ONS immigration figures said there were 223,000 “long-term” EU migrants to Britain. Yet that year 421,000 National Insurance numbers were given to EU nationals. Why the discrepancy? Today’s report admits that if the official statistics had included EU migrants working in Britain for under 12 months then the real immigration figure for 2014 would have been 474,000. The ONS figures widely reported at the time missed a quarter of a million people. Remain are spinning that short-term migrants somehow don’t count – yet they still use the NHS, they are still a burden on public services, still claim benefits. The churn of short term migrants also means that the demand is a constant.

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Meanwhile the number of EU nationals claiming benefits in Britain has risen by almost 42% in four years, from 92,000 to 130,000. The number of Eastern Europeans claiming out-of-work benefits has risen almost 177% from 22,000 to 61,540.

So the number of EU migrants is a quarter of million higher than the official statistics had suggested, and many tens of thousands more are claiming benefits. This is huge ammunition for the Leave campaign…

Corbyn’s Brother Hopes He Votes Leave

One man stole the show at the after-party for the premiere of Brexit: The Movie, Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers. Guido shared a beer and a laugh with the Labour leader’s climate change sceptic, Brexit-backing sibling, who explained that Jezza is a “long-term Eurosceptic” who “has been voting with Graham Stringer [the Labour Outer] for years”, but is now in “party management mode“. Piers insisted “I don’t know how he’s going to vote”. But he expressed a hope that his brother “does the right thing and votes out”…

The sponsors for Martin Durkin’s must-watch documentary put £30,000 behind the bar at the W London in Leicester Square, which went by midnight. Piers then went all meteorological on us, warning guests that major thunderstorms are coming our way around mid-August, approximately the 13th or 14th, including the possibility of hailstones. He advises holidaymakers best avoid Britain, France and most of western and northern Europe for the period. It’s his brother who will be experiencing real turbulence…

TV Referendum Debate Dates For Your Diary

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On 2 June Cameron and Gove will take part in an hour-long programme on Sky News, a face-to-face live interview with Faisal Islam followed by a question-and-answer session with Kay Burley and a live studio audience.

On 7 June, Farage and then Cameron will answer questions from a studio audience on ITV, moderated by Julie Etchingham.[…] Read the rest

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