Nineteen days to Independence Day!
Farage: “We’ll have bodies on the beach”
Nigel Farage expresses his concerns about the migration risks in the English Channel. “Unless we take action, we’ll find we have bodies on the beach”. If we offer asylum to the Albanians who have claimed it, Nigel fears we’ll have large numbers of migrants attempting the hazardous Channel crossing, with consequent fatalities. This story became the front page lead in the Express. In a TV interview in the Express TV debate, Nigel engaged in a furious row with Chukka Umunna over the immigration issue.
In an interesting sidelight on the immigration issue, the Express reminds us that the 2005 Conservative manifesto included a pledge to introduce an Australian-style points system for immigration, precisely the idea currently proposed by UKIP and the Leave Campaign. So it was also Cameron’s policy previously. Now he says it would “trash the economy”. And let’s not forget that only months ago Cameron was insisting that the UK could thrive outside the EU. Today he says Brexit will lead to a global recession.
Tory row rolls on
Prominent Conservatives including IDS and Jacob Rees-Mogg have continued to attack the Prime Minister over his Brexit scaremongering. This continues the theme from the audience attacks on Cameron on the Sky TV debate. There are clear indications that even Remain supporters are starting to be embarrassed by the preposterous claims made by leading Remain figures. Several leading figures insisted that Cameron would have to resign after the EU vote.
“Cameron will work with Trump”?
The Indy reports David Cameron’s statement that he would be prepared to work with President Trump. But I wouldn’t give Cameron very good odds of still being Prime Minister if and when Trump is elected to the US Presidency.
Gove: “EU destroys jobs”
In an interview last night, Michael Gove described the EU as “a job-destroying machine”. This is a point which I, and UKIP, have been making for years, particularly with reference to energy policy and the impact on energy-intensive industries. It’s not just Port Talbot and steel – it’s the whole gamut of energy-intensive industries, in the UK and across the EU. Gove also makes the point (again, as UKIP has been saying for a long time) that Brexit would allow us to adopt a “non-racist” immigration policy (in contrast to what we have now, which discriminates in favour of unskilled Europeans and against highly skilled non-Europeans). Gove claimed that the Prime Minister thinks the British people are “too small, too poor and too stupid to contemplate life outside the EU”. Fighting talk, Michael.
Gove was subjected to robust questioning by Faisal Islam, and rightly so. But he came through more or less unscathed – in stark contrast to Cameron’s drubbing the previous evening. Commenting on Cameron’s performance, Nigel Farage said “He’s made my job a lot easier”.
Meantime the Guardian’s comment piece by Deborah Orr on Gove’s interview was wonderfully snide and sarcastic – without throwing any new light on the debate. Exactly the kind of élitist conceit disdain that Gove was rightly criticising.
Stock Market “won’t even notice Brexit”
Not everyone shares the conventional view that Brexit will lead to economic Armageddon. The Telegraph’s James Bartholomew argues that “the Stock Market won’t even notice Brexit”. He makes a strong case. Worth a read.
Wetherspoon Founder “on pub crawl for Brexit”
City AM and the FT report that Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin plans “a pub crawl for Brexit”, visiting a hundred of his pubs to persuade clients to vote for independence. I have already reported that he has printed up 200,000 Brexit beer-mats (will they become collectors’ items?). He has now reportedly also printed 280,000 copies of a special edition of the Weatherspoon’s newsletter, in which he says: “David Cameron told us that the EU needed “fundamental reform”, and many agreed. However, he achieved only token changes, but misleadingly said his renegotiations were successful. It was at this point that many open-minded people chose the ‘Leave’ option”.
EU “entices migrants to their death”
I mentioned this story briefly yesterday. Libya says that the EU programme to rescue migrants in the Med and bring them to Europe is attracting more and more to make the dangerous attempt. The Mail has more on it today.
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Rational Passion: the single
Rational Passion single – With your support, the LEAVE Campaign can top the Music Charts in the week leading up to Referendum Day with a song released on iTunes yesterday. “Rational Passion” is a stirring rock song about the importance of getting out of the EU and recovering our Nation’s sovereignty. All proceeds are going to UKIP. The track is on sale at only 79p, so click on the link and buy a copy of ‘Rational Passion’ by Rob Wilson from iTunes and help take UKIP to Number 1.