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%.

Scargill “Disgusted” With Corbyn

Arthur Scargill tells the BBC that Jezza has sold out on the EU and Trident:

“The message he should be putting forward is the one that we stood on the platform for and argued over what, 20 or 30 years, alongside Tony Benn and myself, and that is we should be coming out of the European Union; we should be calling upon people to vote ‘no.’ Secondly, he should be very clear and say the party’s policy is now clearly to scrap Trident… quite frankly, he’s done a u-turn, and I’m sorry to say I’m saddened and disgusted with the way that he’s behaved with these u-turns on fundamental policy.”

Watch what Corbyn really thinks about Brussels here

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!

EU Referendum is Neck and Neck

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This is why the fear factor was being ramped up by Cameron this morning. Nothing is working. The script had it that by this stage every official authority, foreign government, non-governmental organisation and international organisation backing the status quo would convince a fearful British public that poor old Blighty could not cope in the big bad world on her own. The Great British public seem to think “sod ’em all”…

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.

Crispin Blunt Comes Out For Brexit Live on Daily Politics

Crispin Blunt, chair of the Foreign Affairs select committee, comes out for Brexit live on the Daily Politics:

“My conclusion is I want a positive story and a positive role for the United Kingdom, and I think Brexit offers that option.”

By Guido’s count there are now 143 Tory MPs backing Brexit…

Cameron Willing to Risk World War 3 Over Migrant Benefit Changes

In February, Dave told the Commons that Britain would be just fine post-Brexit. He said if he didn’t get minor changes to migrant benefits he would consider leaving:

“I will never argue that Britain couldn’t survive outside the European Union… Let me say again, if we can’t secure these changes, I rule nothing out.”

Today he tells us Brexit could mean World War 3:

“The serried rows of white headstones in lovingly tended Commonwealth war cemeteries stand as silent testament to the price this country has paid to help restore peace and order in Europe. Can we be so sure that peace and stability on our continent are assured beyond any shadow of doubt? Is that a risk worth taking? I would never be so rash as to make that assumption.”

If Cameron genuinely believes leaving risks war, why would he consider backing Brexit over some tiny changes to the benefit system? If the PM is telling the truth today, why would he have even offered this referendum? You can’t fool anyone with this tosh.

Rich’s Monday Morning View

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Campaign Report: Day 22

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Leave message: EU is cruel to animals through blocking bans on live animal exports.

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Remain message: World elite supports Remain.

Cut through: Nil.

Leave social media count: 343,399 likes, 39,002 followers.

Remain social media count: 384,718 likes, 26,385 followers.

Odds: Remain 1/3 Leave 9/4

Latest poll: Remain 43% (-1), Leave 45% (BMG, online). […] Read the rest

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Taxpayer Funding More Pro-EU Adverts

Last week Guido noted that Downing Street was running adverts with a value of £135,000-a-week promoting Remain on gov.uk. Co-conspirators also report that if you Google “European referendum”, as many voters looking to make up their minds will do in the coming weeks, the government has bought the top result, sending users to their pro-Remain site. […] Read the rest

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Istanbulsh*t: Dave Says Turkey EU Membership “Not Remotely on the Cards”

Yesterday Cameron told the House of Commons Liaison Committee:

“I don’t think that the accession of Turkey to the European Union is remotely on the cards. I don’t think it will happen for decades. The facts are it requires unanimity of all European Union members… so I’d say very clearly to people, if your vote in this referendum is being influenced by considerations about Turkish membership of the EU, don’t think about it.

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Media Minister Monitor: Leave Winning Air War

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Ambitious ministers with an eye on the leadership provided seven new entries for our Media Minister Monitor this month. Top of the charts is Dominic Raab, a sound-as-a-pound Eurosceptic who has been attracting admirers in recent weeks. Mooted candidates Andrea Leadsom, Stephen Crabb and Penny Mordaunt have all received their first leaderboard position since MMM started in February.[…] Read the rest

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Campaign Report: Day 19

Leave message: Brexit is a message of hope.

Remain message: Experts support Remain. For example, Peter Mandelson.[…] Read the rest

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Uber, But For Brexit

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Isabel Oakeshott’s write up of working the room with Arron Banks at the White House Correspondents Dinner is filled with nuggets. She reveals the Uber app comms chief Rachel Whetstone is backing Brexit:

“Hovering at entrance to the 30,000-square-foot ballroom, we are surprised to bump into David Cameron’s former policy chief Steve Hilton, now US-based.

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Campaign Report: Day 15

Leave message: 100 leading City names back leave.

Remain message: John Major says Remain will benefit future generations.

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Cut through: Survey reveals 58% of farmers back Brexit, while NFU still backs remain.

Leave social media count: 334,649 likes, 38,090 followers.

Remain social media count: 373,913 likes, 25,750 followers.[…] Read the rest

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£500,000 Expenses Fraudster MEP Jailed

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Remember Peter Skinner, the Labour MEP who clocked up £500,000 on “expenses” while enjoying a lifestyle of lavish Hawaiian scuba diving holidays, expensive jewellery, and stays in top class hotels? The crook was jailed today for four years. He claimed he had simply been confused about the EU’s generous expenses rules.[…] Read the rest

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