From the ridiculous to the sublime – a week after Cameron’s announcement:
A ban by Brussels on high-powered kettles and toasters has been shelved amid fears they could drive the British public towards the EU exit door.The European Commission, which triggered an outcry by banning powerful vacuum cleaners two years ago, has delayed a second wave of restrictions on kettles, toasters and hairdryers, it emerged last night.Sources said the move was ‘linked to Brexit’ and that senior EU figures were concerned that a ban on the appliances could spark fury because of the British love for tea and toast.
Cameron’s ‘climate of fear’ seems to work both ways! Meanwhile, Chancellor Osborne was busy at the G20 meeting in Shanghai, where he aimed to get an endorsement for the IN vote.
has a leaked communique:
Britain’s possible exit from the European Union could pose a risk to the world economy, according to a leaked draft communique from the G20 finance ministers summit in China.
It begins to look as if the rest of the world is scared of BREXIT … and there are more bad news for Cameron. The findings of the latest poll are interesting:
The campaign for Britain to leave the EU enjoys an eight-point lead when people’s likelihood to vote is taken into account, according to a poll for The Independent. ORB’s findings are a blow to David Cameron, and confirm his allies’ fears that people who want to withdraw from the EU are more likely to vote in the June referendum – a factor that could prove decisive. They suggest that opinion has hardened against EU membership since the Prime Minister agreed a “new settlement” with fellow EU leaders a week ago. Some 52 per cent of people said they would vote to leave, with 48 per cent saying they would back remaining, the exact opposite of last month’s findings. People were also asked how likely they were to vote in the June referendum on a scale of one to 10. When the figures were weighted, with a 10/10 score given a full percentage point and 9/10 given 0.9 of a point, the Leave total went up to 54 per cent and Remain fell to 46 per cent.
Meanwhile the leader of the LibDems uses the other ingredient to the ‘climate of fear’, namely that BREXIT means Scotland would leave the UK, with a fortuitous attack on Nigel Farage, reports
In a speech in Edinburgh, the ardent Europhile [Tim Farron] is expected to claim Britain will be less “prosperous” and “secure” outside the European Union. Mr Farron will also blast Mr Farage for appearing at an anti-EU rally last week alongside former Labour and Respect MP George Galloway. He will say: “I turned on my telly the other day to see Nigel Farage and George Galloway sharing a platform, sharing a joke and sharing prejudices.” He is also expected to make a jibe at prominent Tories in favour of cutting ties with meddling Brussels bureaucrats. He will say they are “only one lurid blazer away” from being part of Eurosceptic backbencher John Redwood’s fantasy cabinet.
Boris Johnson has issued an appeal to Cabinet ministers backing the campaign to stay in the European Union to “think again” and reconsider their positions. In an interview with The Telegraph, Mr Johnson warned that David Cameron’s “emergency brake” on migrant benefits will do nothing to reduce the numbers of foreigners coming to the UK. In his first detailed comments since announcing that he was backing a “Brexit”, the Mayor of London hailed the “extraordinary” response of eurosceptic MPs and said he will try to encourage ministers to change their mind and back the out campaign. Asked whether Cabinet ministers should now reconsider their decision to support the “Remain” campaign, Mr Johnson said: “What have we got? About 150 MPs now? That’s extraordinary. “I would [encourage ministers to think again]. People should look at the arguments. I have huge respect for what the Prime Minister is saying. But people I think should think about the arguments.” “There is only one way to get the change we need, and that is to vote to go, because all EU history shows that they only really listen to a population when it says No.”
There are two comment writers who exemplify the attitude of the MSM towards BREXIT.
has Dan Hodges on the one hand, who must smear UKIP, Nigel Farage, even Michael Gove, and thus all BREXIT voters at all costs:
Those saying we should leave Europe are infected with madness. The out campaign is stark raving mad – come June, the majority of rational Britons will vote to stay in Europe. […] The reason why the Out campaign are going to lose the 2016 Euro referendum is simple. The Out campaign is stark, raving mad. Let me clarify this. There are many campaigners for Out who are good, decent, principled, intelligent, well-balanced, people. Some of my best friends are Out. But they are infected by madness. A mania. They have contracted the fever. Euro-fever. […] I was an eight year old boy agonising over Melchester Rovers’ shock 3-2 European Cup final defeat to Aikhoven. At the same time a nine year old Michael Gove was having feverish nightmares over creeping Euro-federalism. The virus had already claimed him. You can see it the sickly green “Go” ties. The pop videos wailing: “They want prisoners to vote…they’ve taken all our fish.” The cold embrace of George Galloway. The warm endorsement from David Icke. Each one further evidence of the contagion. Insanity is not a by-product of the Out campaign. It is at the core of its offer.
Compelling, isn’t it: vote to stay IN or you’re mad …
In the same paper, Andrew Lilico takes a look at four different scenarios, and concludes:
The EU is often described as being like a bicycle — if you stop pedalling you’ll fall off. It has never, in its 60 year history, loosened the partnership in any sustained way over any sustained period. Even recent threats by its third-largest member (the UK) to leave did not persuade EU heads of government to agree the return of a single veto to the UK or the removal of any aspect of the “acquis” (the set of matters over which the EU has decision- and law-making competence).
And finally – there’s a new biography of Tony Blair published, which finally throws a light on his immigration policy, reports the
Tony Blair presided over a silent conspiracy to change the face of Britain for ever with mass immigration, an explosive book reveals.He ordered his Labour government never to discuss in public the supposed ‘advantages’ of the unprecedented influx. But behind the scenes ministers were instructed to wave tens of thousands of asylum seekers into the UK under cover of their being ‘economic migrants’. Astonishingly, the minister Mr Blair put in charge of borders ruled against deporting failed claimants because it would be too ‘emotional’. […] Based on interviews with more than 200 senior civil servants, ex-ministers and other insiders, the book shows Mr Blair did not want the public to know his true plans on immigration. He is said to have told ministers and officials: ‘Don’t mention the advantages of immigration in public because they won’t even want that.’
It’s good to know that we weren’t ‘mad’ when we said that mass immigration was a Labour policy, not a happenstance …