Referendum – 10 days to go
The latest YouGov poll has Remain at 42%, Leave at 43% and Don’t Knows at 15%. Opinium has Remain at 44% and Leave at 42% with Don’t Knows at 13%. Telephone polling seems to give different answers. ORB telephone poll on 5th June gave Remain a 12 point lead but on 9th June ORB reports that it is Leave which has a 10 point lead.
William Hill: UK Remain 4/9, UK Leave 7/4, Scotland Leave 10/1
According to the Financial Times (£): “Pound and gilts at epicentre as Brexit fears shake markets”. The article states that the cost of insuring Sterling against the US Dollar and the Euro is now very near the level reached during the financial crisis in October 2008.
A good read
Do you remember the 1986 BBC2 “Yes, Prime Minister” series? In one memorable episode the PM (Jim Hacker) explained the readership of newspapers to Sir Humphrey:
Hacker: Don’t tell me about the press. I know exactly who reads the papers. The Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country; The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country; The Times is read by the people who actually do run the country; the Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country; the Financial Times is read by people who own the country; the Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country, and the Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it is.
Sir Humphrey: Prime Minister, what about the people who read The Sun?
Bernard: Sun readers don’t care who runs the country, as long as she’s got big tits.
Well, the wives of the people who run the country might have well have drawn the attention of their spouses to a piece by Dan Hodges in the Mail on Sunday:
Today, the same spouses will find another good read in today’s Mail:
It is good to hear that Andrew Tyrie MP has declared for Remain. He chairs the Treasury Select Committee and knows what he is talking about. The ever helpful BBC has started broadcasting fact checks on claims made in the referendum campaign. These are broadcast on Radio 4 and are available as podcasts.
Here is the link to today’s offering which deals with the bogus Brexiteer £350 million claim already debunked in the unanimous Report of the Treasury Select Committee impeccably chaired by Andrew Tyrie.
“The Committee found that Vote Leave’s core campaign number – the idea that leaving the EU would give the country a £350m a week fiscal windfall to spend on hospitals and schools – is “highly misleading” £350m a week, and the suggestion that this money can and should be spent on the NHS, decorates Vote Leave’s “battle bus”. The Committee found that Vote Leave’s persistence with this claim is “deeply troubling“.
In a typically inane comment, Ian Duncan Smith (hardly the besr spokesman for Brexit) said: “No-one’s ever heard of him (Tyrie) outside of Parliament”. One suspects that many people will have seen Mr Tyrie on television recently. Perhaps poor IDS is kept away from the box by his carers in case the facts bring on another attack. One wonders who let him out of the padded cell this time.