Yesterday saw Boris Johnson speaking at a Leave campaign event in Manchester. As always, he was ready with the memorable phrase, comparing the Remain Campaign to the notorious remarks of jeweller Gerald Ratner, which wiped half a billion from the value of his company. Like Ratner (says Boris) the Remain Campaign has a dodgy product which they don’t really believe in themselves (as evident in Jeremy Corbyn’s EU speech), and of which they are secretly ashamed. Yet they still try to pass it off on the unsuspecting public.
Never short of hard-hitting similes, Boris also likened voting Remain to “being locked in a mini-cab with a dodgy sat-nav and a driver who speaks no English”. The Mirror describes Boris as “a joke that has ceased to be funny”. Personally I find him hilarious – and also rather effective.
Michael Gove in Nottingham: Michael Gove spoke at a rally in Nottingham, saying Britain would be “stronger, safer and more prosperous” outside the EU.
George Osborne’s broken record: Osborne repeated his warning that Brexit could cause market volatility (a small price to pay for freedom and democracy) and could also lead to a lower Pound (exporters will be grateful) and possibly higher interest rates (savers will be glad of that). Yes George. Brexit could also lead to lower prices, cheaper energy, faster growth, more jobs. And freedom and self-determination.
“Brexit pressure mounts on Cameron”
The FT headlines “Brexit pressure mounts on Cameron”, reporting that Ken Clarke, that old stalwart of the pro-Brussels movement, said “Cameron will not last 30 seconds after an OUT vote”. For once I’m inclined to agree with Ken. Meantime Tory Eurosceptics like Bernard Jenkin were issuing dire warnings of the consequences for the Conservative Party if Britain votes to remain in the EU.
The Express nails its colours to the mast
Under a massive headline “STICK IT TO THE EU”, theExpress offers a free window poster for Brexit. http://www.express.co.
The Blair Rich Project
After the Panama Papers, the innuendo about Cameron’s off-shore bonds, and the farce of Corbyn’s failure to tell HMRC about his three pensions, The Times now takes aim at Tony Blair, devoting its whole front page to “The Blair Rich Project”. If Cameron has recently been choking over his Weetabix, this could well have our Tony phoning his lawyers over the Œufs Bénédict.
Greeks shop for guns as migrant concerns rise
The Telegraph reports that Greeks are buying hunting rifles amid concerns over unrest among the many thousands of migrants building up in the country. Let’s hope this is not a sign of things to come.
from Roger Helmer’s Daily Briefing