Daily Debrief May 26th

Only 28 days – four weeks – to Independence Day!

Shock revelation: Steve Hilton says Cameron is a closet Brexiteer

Steve Hilton is one of Cameron’s closest political friends, and has worked with him for years.  In a shock announcement (and following on from Hilton’s recent declaration for Brexit), he’s now saying that in his heart, Cameron supports Brexit.  Maybe that’s why Dave has come up with such farcically over-the-top warnings – 800,000 job losses, the Third World War, plagues of locusts, skies raining blood.  Perhaps it’s all a coded message that Cameron really thinks Remain is nonsense too.

Hilton adds that Cameron’s renegotiation agenda was very modest, but even so it was treated with contempt by the arrogant apparatchiks of Brussels.  Of course we all knew that, but it’s good to see Hilton confirm and reiterate it.

“Cameron losing public trust over EU referendum”: The Indy reports that the Prime Minister is losing public trust over the referendum. No big surprise there.  Just 18% trust him on the issue (down from 35% last November).  That compares to 22% for Nigel Farage, and 31% for Boris Johnson.  Very positive news for Leave.

“Navy rescues 6000 migrants in 48 hours”

The Sun reports that the navy rescued 6000 migrants in the Med in a 48 hour period.  http://suttonnick.tumblr.com/image/144924354781. It also shows graphic pictures of one boat capsizing, saying 550 were rescued from that boat alone, while five drowned.

It’s clear that despite the EU’s best efforts, the  great migration is back in full swing.

EU/Turkey migrant deal “unravelling”


Several papers including the Washington Post report that the EU/Turkey migrant deal is coming apart. The EU won’t confirm visa-free access for Turks until various conditions have been met, while President Erdogan is insisting he’ll open the floodgates unless the visa-free access is granted at the end of June.  With just four weeks to go to the referendum, the migrant crisis is not about to go away.

Population of England “to rise by four million in ten years”

The Telegraph highlights an ONS report claiming that the population of England could rise by four million in ten years, that the population of many communities will increase by a quarter, and that London will become a “megacity”.   It reports Chris Grayling saying that “This will change the face of England forever”.  No one ever voted for this.  But on June 23rd we have the opportunity to vote against it.  The only way is Brexit.

Osborne “humiliated” over the Tampon Tax

Just a few weeks ago George Osborne was telling us that Brussels had agreed to scrap the hated “Tampon Tax”, and he claimed that this was evidence of our influence in the EU, and our ability to achieve reform.  But now John Redwood in the House of Commons has pointed out that Brussels’ new proposal for VAT reform completely ignores the issue.  So the tables are turned.  This sorry story in fact demonstrates our inability to influence events, and the EU’s inability to deliver meaningful reform.

David Davis: “Staying in the EU will destroy British Jobs”

We’ve been making this case for months, but well done David Davis for getting it into the headlines (and see the Tata Steel story below).

Gordon Brown claims that only the EU can control British immigration (!)

I heard Gordon Brown speak in Brussels yesterday, where he made wild claims for the benefits of EU membership.  But this is surely the wildest – that the EU can help us control immigration.  What planet is he on?

S&P claim that Brexit could affect the Pound’s reserve currency status

It’s difficult to see why.  As I have argued before, we are the world’s fifth largest economy, and performing if not well, then at least better than our neighbours, whereas the €uro is facing existential threats.  It seems to me that Brexit is a greater threat to the credibility of the EU – and therefore to the €uro – than it is to the Pound

WTO: “Britain would face difficult trade talks after Brexit”.

The WTO warns that the UK will face difficult trade negotiations after Brexit. They have clearly been drawn in to the establishment group-think on the issue (and expect more of the same from the Prime Minister’s current G7 talks in Japan .  There is an overwhelming economic imperative for the EU to reach a trade deal with an independent UK, whereas for the existing trade deals via the EU with third countries, it is realistic to expect that those deals will simply be “grandfathered” in their entirety into bilateral deals. That’s the win-win solution, and I anticipate that most trading partners will agree.

Allister Heath: “Brexit will make us richer”

We shall be Better Off Out, in terms of jobs, wages and growth.  This is a must-read for Leave campaigners.

Tata rescue under threat

The Times reports that the proposed Tata sale of Port Talbot is under threat.  (See above – the EU is destroying UK jobs).  EU membership has contributed mightily to the demise of Port Talbot in at least three ways: high energy prices; the EU’s utter failure to put in place anti-dumping measures (in contrast to the USA’s robust and timely reaction to Chinese dumping); and the prohibition on State Aid, which could at least have helped Port Talbot through a transition.

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11 Responses to Daily Debrief May 26th

  1. foxbarn says:

    I’ve still had no response to my point that the referendum campaign should peak NOW as the postal vote forms go out to millions of people. All these online blogs of ‘exiters’ talking amongst themselves are fairly pointless. Right now in Surrey, we’re pushing out a punchy Brexit newspaper, while UKIP MEPs and supporters sit on their backsides blogging to the same audience they always have…instead of getting the message out to the unwashed and unaware. Delivery of the newspaper starts at 10am but I haven’t seen a single piece of printed output from UKIP/Vote Leave that isn’t just weak rubbish.

  2. foxbarn says:

    And whoever produced that appalling taxpayer funded ‘Bulletin from Brussels’ should be shot, slowly. I’ve never seen such a stupid publication. 1) It’s directed at people who are already ‘outters’. 2) It’s 90% turgid text. 3) What dismal photos there are, are unknown politicians, photos are meant to convey messages, such as vast Brussels buildings, unemployment queues and border chaos.

  3. Shieldsman says:

    The Spectator
    Brexit, and the return of political lying In their EU campaign, the Chancellor and Prime Minister have put dirty tricks back at the heart of government
    Peter Oborne
    I have added the following comment – Cameron’s second name should be Mugabe. He is using all the tactics of that dictator to coerce and frighten the Public into voting to remain in the EU.
    He and Osbourne have the no.10 Propaganda machine at full output, using the full panoply of government to manufacture unsubstantiated dire scenarios of the effect of leaving the EU.
    Dictator Cameron with the cooperation of Managements with interests in the EU is corralling the workforce and lecturing them on the fates that could befall them if they vote to leave.

    This morning I was advised – Government response to the petition. :
    The Prime Minister has secured a new settlement for the UK, which delivers on the Government’s commitment to fix the problems that have frustrated people in Britain.
    The Government believes Britain is stronger, safer and better off within a reformed European Union. The Prime Minister has secured a new settlement for the UK, which delivers on the Government’s commitment to fix the problems that have frustrated people in Britain.

    ‘Within a reformed European Union’, the confidence trick of the 21st Century!!! All based on three unfulfilled promises and no Treaty change – clever stuff Mr Cameron. Probably a bigger con than WMD.

    Those three little words ‘ever closer union’ remain in the Lisbon Treaty to which we are still signed up, the Brussels agreement made no changes there. It has taken eight German professors to set the facts right.

    • Jane Davies says:

      Can I ask that you use quotation marks when you post quotes? Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish your comments from theirs. I’m easily confused!

      • catweazle666 says:

        I always italicise quotes so as to remove ambiguity.

        If you don’t know how, you start with a “”. Close the italics by using “/i” between the angle brackets. It works with ‘b” and “u” too.

      • catweazle666 says:

        Heh, failure! the angle brackets are obtained with shift-comma and shift-full stop.

  4. Dung says:


    If this blog is so useless, why do you waste your time reading it and posting on it?
    I am not well enough to pound the streets but I give what I can to UKIP and I have converted my wife and friends to the cause

  5. Anyoldiron says:


    Before I die, I need to know WHY
    You each gave our country away?
    Why you signed that treacherous Treaty
    Without giving the people a say?
    Before I die, I need to know HOW
    You managed to deceive us so?
    All those who placed in YOU their trust
    How was it even THEY didn’t know?

    Before I die I need to know WHERE
    We will be able to trust again
    Our fellow man-all on the same side,
    Oh, how I need to know when?
    Before I die I need to know WHO
    Can look me straight in the eye?
    Yet betray once more with that manicured hand
    And for their own ends tell lie after lie?

    Before I die I need to know IF
    Our Country will once more be free?
    So many millions died for that end
    How could you ignore their plea?
    Before I die I would like to KNOW
    How you can sleep at night?
    For heavy the weight will lie on you
    That you didn’t learn wrong from right.

    Before YOU die I want YOU to know
    I’d rather have fought and lost.
    For to do what YOU between you have done
    You WILL come to know the true dreadful cost.
    Before you die I want you to know THAT
    Britannia will once again rule the waves,
    Never again will foreigners rule
    For the English and St George was saved.

  6. Shieldsman says:

    I agree Roger, Cameron does not have a REFORMED EU to stay in.
    What is wrong with those idiots at vote.leave, why can’t they see that destroying Cameron’s con trick and myth – the best of both worlds only really needs a legal opinion that without a treaty change it never happened. The Brussels agreement if you take it apart clearly shows that no changes to the terms and conditions to which Gordon Brown (of Mrs Duffy fame) signed us up took place, the statis quo continues for the time being.

    Then in the e-mail came:
    The Prime Minister has secured a new settlement for the UK, which delivers on the Government’s commitment to fix the problems that have frustrated people in Britain. The Prime Minister has secured a new settlement for the UK, which delivers on the Government’s commitment to fix the problems that have frustrated people in Britain.

    What were those problems he promised to fix?
    Are there any positive reason for remaining in the EU. David Cameron set out all the reasons why we should leave – a whole list of what he found wrong with the EU. The main points being amongst others – immigration, stress on infrastructure, Medical services (NHS and Doctor appointments) Schools. Housing and too much interference from Brussels. His claimed reformed EU fixed non of this.
    On15 Mar 2014 – David Cameron wrote in the Telegraph : the EU is not working and we will change it
    In the 2015 Election manifesto Cameron said: Conservatives believe in controlled immigration, not mass immigration. When immigration is out of control, it puts pressure on schools, hospitals and transport; and it can cause social pressures if communities find it hard to integrate.
    We have seen many more people from the EU coming to Britain than originally anticipated, principally because our economy has been growing so much more rapidly and creating more jobs than other EU countries. As a result, our action has not been enough to cut annual net migration to the tens of thousands. That ambition remains the right one. But there is much more to do. The EU is too bureaucratic and too undemocratic. It interferes too much in our daily lives, and the scale of migration triggered by new members joining in recent years has had a real impact on local communities.
    Cameron is a disaster, a complete and utter failure.

  7. Nigel Greaves says:

    Has austerity ended?
    I’ve heard that if we leave the EU then it will be two years before it ends. As that is obviously overblown by a factor of 10 or more, and judging by the cuts in local council services austerity is still going strong, then their two year figure looks quite attractive. If we stay in the EU who knows when it’s going to end?

    • Jane Davies says:

      It won’t end if the EU keep taking on board the poor countries who will need financial bolstering for decades and of course the passengers on the gravy train will still fleece the taxpayers to maintain their lifestyles.

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