Bad Al Attacked Farage’s “Elitist Party”… Where Was He That Night?

When Alastair Campbell attacked Nigel Farage for attending an “elitist party” at the Ritz on Wednesday night it was tempting fate. Guido wondered aloud, where was Bad Al that night?

Turns out that Campbell was dining at the Michelin starred River Cafe restaurant in Hammersmith, attending an elitist establishment party of his own with fellow Remain campaign losers Peter Mandelson and Sir John Sawyers, the former boss of MI6, BSE chairman and tycoon Sir Stuart Rose as well as billionaire Remain donor Sir Charles Dunstone.

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The River Cafe menu offers slow-roasted veal shin for £37, wood-roasted grouse for £40 and wines at over £2,000 a bottle. The very next day Campbell had the gall to call out Farage for attending an “elitist party” – hypocrisy at its most delicious…

Remainers Split Over Freedom of Movement

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The remnants of the Remain campaign have descended into an almighty squabble over their future direction. Britain Stronger In Europe has rebranded as Open Britain, a new lobbying group which has ditched the commitment to freedom of movement, a pillar of Europhile principle. On Sunday, Open Britain’s founders wrote:

“The strength of feeling is clear. Free movement of people cannot continue as it has done. It has to be reformed.”

This has caused other prominent Remainers to kick off. Guido hears a letter is being circulated among pro-EU groups condemning BSE and Open Britain. Signatories include the man in charge of Scientists for EU, previously one of BSE’s main backers. Meanwhile the CEO of the European Movement, Matthew Fulton, says “our red lines are protecting freedom of movement”. When asked whether BSE and the European Movement were still on the same side, Fulton responded:

“At the time we were, but now with their lack of commitment to freedom of movement – I know it’s not popular thing in the country at the moment – but there needs to be people making that argument.”

Soft Remain versus hard Remain…

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Will Straw Ordered Remain to Attack Leave Over Jo Cox Death

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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”. Straw says they should respond to Cox’s death – “the new context that we’re in” – by claiming only they represent “a decent, tolerant” Britain.

“We need to recognise that people have been pulled up short by Jo Cox’s death and it is now time to make a very positive case for why we want to be in the European Union… to call out the other side for what they have done to stir division and resentment in the UK. That is something we must all do… This is what we think is the closing argument of the campaign, reflecting all the arguments that we have been setting out for many months but also the new context that we’re in. What we want to say is people should vote Remain on Thursday for more jobs, lower prices, workers’ rights, stronger public services and a decent, tolerant United Kingdom.”

Fair to say campaigning is well and truly back under way…

SPANISH FLEE: Remain’s Messina Off to Madrid

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Remain’s “senior strategic advisor” Jim Messina has learned from David Axelrod how to fly in for a couple of days, shake a few hands, send a couple of tweets and then jet off having trousered a thick wedge. With ten days to go Messina is forgetting about the referendum – he has just been hired by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to help with his election strategy. According to the Spanish press Messina begins work immediately:

“He will combine working for Rajoy with other work such as assisting Cameron in the campaign against Brexit, though his involvement will be higher in Spain. Messina is responsible for online communication.”

The last sighting of Messina in London was at a crisis meeting with BSE on May 31 as the polls started to turn. How much are they paying him to jump from the sinking ship?

Bennett Battle Bus’ Giant Carbon Footprint

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Natalie Bennett told Britain to vote Remain to save the planet this morning. Standing in front of a 12.4 tonne BSE battle bus…

Guido’s data bods have been crunching the numbers. A very conservative estimate tracks the bus as having covered some 900 miles since April. With the six-cylinder Mercedes-Benz Tourino boasting just 14.1 miles per gallon, it has used at least 63.8 gallons of fuel – 290 litres – on its journey round the country. That’s roughly equivalent to two entire barrels of oil, or a carbon footprint of one tonne of carbon dioxide. Sure Nat’s bike saved a few litres, though…

Sexists For Remain

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Uh oh! GMB union chief and leading Remainer Tim Roache tells his annual conference:

“Priti Patel, surely a contradiction in her name”

Think Tim should have gone to Specsavers…

BSE’s Will Straw said Tim Roache “speaks for over 600,000 working people” when he endorsed Remain back in February. Now Straw is silent. Meanwhile Harriet Harman is the big gun wheeled out for the Remain campaign today. She would be touring the studios if a Leaver had said this...

UPDATE II: Roache doubles down:

UPDATE III: BSE statement on the man they described as “fantastic” three months ago:

“Comments like this have no place in this debate.”

UPDATE IV: Tory MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan: “This abuse is a new low for the remain campaign.”

#InOrOut Debate: Audience Turns on Cameron

Cameron should have had an easy ride with the audience, having been softened by 30 minutes of project fear. If anything, they were tougher…

Soraya Bouazzaoui, an English Literature student waiting to study her Masters, gave Cameron a broadside over Turkey joining the EU:

“They are under such heavy accusation by the entire Middle East for funding ISIS. How can you reassure us of staying in the EU and saying there are no risks, when there are clear risks? Especially when it comes to ISIS.”

The PM was clearly not expecting such a fierce line of questioning over something he has so far strived to dodge as quickly and efficiently as possible. Soraya demolished Cameron’s “waffling” over security. She should expect a call from Vote Leave tomorrow…

James Dexter leant the defining voice of the public’s rection of project fear: “Do you regret the personal damage that your scare mongering campaign has done to your reputational legacy. Personal damage.” Ouch…

#InOrOut Debate: Cameron’s Façade Cracks

Faisal Islam did an admirable job destroying the PM’s arguments for Remain. First Dave was seen as empty on immigration, protesting “I’m not going to put a date” on immigration controls.

Next up, Islam humiliated Cameron in front of the audience over his WW3 Brexit claims, before laying into the failure of project fear in general:

Bring on the audience…

Remain Takes Project Fear to Church

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The Remain campaign are coordinating another letter to be published in a newspaper over the weekend, this time from religious leaders. BSE sent the text of the letter to Faiths Forum, asking them to get the signatures. Faiths Forum’s email to religious leaders openly admits disguising that it is part of the official Remain campaign. The subject line rather gives it away…

Subject: Britain Strong In Europe Campaign

I received this email yesterday, and have been requested to circulate to faith leaders.

They are coordinating a letter from religious and belief leaders pressing people to think very carefully before voting to leave the European Union. It reiterates the point so eloquently made in a different context by Pope Francis that faith should be about building bridges not erecting barriers.  

It says that so many of the issues about which people of faith care so passionately – from alleviating poverty to tackling climate change – depend on strong international institutions.  It stops short of formally endorsing the remain campaign so as to avoid being overtly political. However, it would be seen as support from the signatories for Britain to remain in the EU, which is how we would present it.

They should listen to Justin Welby: “You can’t say ‘God says you must vote this way or that way’”…

Celebrity Consumer Champion Hits Back at BSE

Celebrity consumer champion Martin Lewis is the expert who, according to the polling, is one of the most trusted among the public when it comes to finances. So you can understand why Britain Stronger in Europe wanted to put his face on a leaflet. Well, Lewis is not happy with BSE this morning:

“I see a quote from me is being used by the Stronger in Europe leaflet. The quote is accurate, but to clarify I do not back either side. As so many have asked me questions on this, and wanting to know facts for EU debate. Im going to carefully write my (hopefully balanced views) should publish in a week or two.”

So BSE are suggesting on their leaflets that Britain’s most recognisable consumer champion backs Remain, when he doesn’t. Naughty…

Taxpayer-Funded Lloyds Loan to Remain

The new Electoral Commission release shows that Lloyds Bank, which is still in part state-owned, has given a £20,000 loan to the Remain campaign at a rate of 1%. Awkward…

Vote Leave are all over it, and David Owen notes BSE have also taken cash from Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley and Citi as well. The Lloyds loan however is just a charge card with no interest incurred if they settle up on time. After all, Lloyds Bank chairman Lord Blackwell is a Brexiteer who says our relationship with the EU is “unsustainable“…

Miliband’s Museum Speech Swerved Spending Rules

LBC made a good point this morning – does David Miliband’s speech at the British Museum yesterday mean Britain Stronger in Europe flouted campaign spending rules? This is what the Museum, a public body, says:

“The British Museum has followed the guidance issued by Cabinet Office. The event on Monday 9 May was organised by the Government not the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign. The event involved the Prime Minister coming to explain government policy. The guidance stipulates that as a public body the Museum should continue to support Ministers in the conduct of visits (or parts of visits) to carry out government business in the normal way. The government estate should not be used for visits and events that are organised by the designated campaign groups.”

But Miliband is obviously nothing to do with the government. He is a representative of the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign. They even press released it:

So the event wasn’t simply “government business” to “explain government policy”, as the Museum claim. Indeed, it is in breach of the Museum’s own rules that the venue “should not be used” for campaign group events. The cost of Britain Stronger in Europe renting the venue would be well into five figures, possibly as much as £20,000. Instead the taxpayer is funding yet more set piece Remain campaigning…

Liz Truss’ Scotch Botch

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Liz Truss is not happy with the impact Brexit will allegedly have on the Scotch whisky industry. That. Is. A. Disgrace, she almost said today:

“There’s a huge risk to the whisky industry. If we were to leave the single market it would mean lots more cost for their business.”

A neat line, but what does the industry itself think?

David Frost, the pro-Remain chief executive of the Scotch Whiskey Association, has previously argued on his website that:

“The existence of the industry does not depend on the EU. It depends on our ability to make a great product, at acceptable cost, and to beat the competition. Over the last hundred years we have always done that and I am confident we will carry on doing so in the future.”

Surely a better measure…

Privately, Frost is even more frank. In the leaked email below he complains that Cameron’s renegotiation was a “massive missed opportunity”:

“I guess we are all digesting the PM’s deal, recognising that it may evolve a little yet.  The whole thing feels to me like a massive missed opportunity.  What he has got probably is something like the best that could be achieved given the way the Govt went about the negotiation, ie the unwillingness to launch a significant campaign to convince broader European opinion about the need for a more open two-systems Europe”

And he then goes on to suggest that leading pro-Brexit economist Patrick Minford has a point. That’s the spirit!

BSE Rehash Debunked Football Flop

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In January the Remain campaign tried and failed to convince us that Brexit would prevent Premier League clubs from signing the best talent from the continent. Three months on and they’re still pushing this rot:

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“A Brexit could lead to the most talented players in Europe not being able to come to the Premier League, threatening its status as one of the world’s most exciting leagues.” 

As Guido previously noted, hundreds of non-EU players have been easily signed by Premier League clubs with no fuss at all. With only a handful of exceptions, non-EU players have been granted fast-track work permits by the Home Office. For example: Arsenal signed Kolo Touré from Ivorian club ASEC Mimosas, West Ham signed Carlos Tevez from Brazilian side Corinthians, and Dwight Yorke signed for Aston Villa having previously only played in his native Trinidad and Tobago. None of these players came from Europe or were even playing for sides in Europe when they joined the Premier League.

What if BSE were telling the truth? Well, young English players would get more of a chance at the highest level, strengthening the national team. By BSE’s logic Brexit boosts the chances of an England World Cup win…

BSE Weaponise Brussels Attacks

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Twitter jumped on the outrage bus yesterday when Telegraph columnist Allison Pearson and UKIP’s Mike Hookem suggested the Brussels attacks were another reason to vote Leave. Yet the lefty social media echo chamber declined to lose it over Britain Stronger in Europe’s email this morning, which quoted Theresa May as saying the attacks showed why we should Remain:

“The Home Secretary and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police both say today, in the aftermath of the tragic attacks in Brussels, that Britain is safer in Europe, and leaving would put us at risk. Theresa May said the EU is “of benefit” to British security, because “we work with others to ensure we can respond” to terrorist attacks.”

May’s team were keen to stress yesterday that her comments on security were made prior to the attacks, and that she wouldn’t use a tragedy to make a political point. So BSE misquoted the Home Secretary to weaponise Brussels…

BSE Co-Ordinator: “Just Leave Leaflets on the Tube”

Standing in front of a rolling ITN camera, a BSE gap yah lackey reveals his top leafleting strategy to Remain campaign colleagues:

“Just leave them on the tube, that’s what I’ve been doing.”

Their hearts aren’t in it.

Rose: Wages Will Rise if Britain Leaves EU

Expect Stuart Rose‘s stunning admission to the Europhile MP Wes Streeting that wages would rise after Brexit to feature in video attack ads over and over again:

Wes Streeting: “If free movement were to end following Brexit, is it not reasonable to suppose that we could see increase in wages of low skilled workers in the UK?”

Stuart Rose: “If you are short of labour the price will go up, so yes. That’s not necessarily a good thing.”

There’s a new attack line for the Leave campaign every time Rose opens his mouth…

Select Committee Accuses Stuart Rose of “Intellectual Dishonesty”

Remain campaigners Stuart Rose and Will Straw were hauled in front of the Treasury Select Committee today. The Britain Stronger In chairman received quite the lashing from committee chair Andrew Tyrie, who accused Rose of “intellectual dishonesty” and a “scandalous misuse of data”, in reference to BSE’s discredited claim that EU membership is worth £3,000 to every household in this countryGuido expects more of the Remain camp’s misrepresentations will be exposed over the next few months…

Spinwatch: BSE’s Boris Brexit Baloney

This morning BSE spinners for the EU claimed a new report by Boris’ economics advisor says Brexit could wipe £210 billion off London’s economy. Yet if you actually read Dr Gerard Lyons’ report, that isn’t what he says at all.[…] Read the rest

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