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5 things we learned about the EU referendum today
5 May 2016
Here are five things we have learned about the EU referendum today...
1. It was a tale of two Premierships - David Cameron praising the triumph of Leicester City while desperately trying to avoid his own relegation to the ranks of ex-premiers.
Mr Cameron even introduced an expensive foreign-signing to try and pump some spine into Team Remain in the shape of Japanese PM Shinzo Abe whose goodwill helps keep the UK economy sweet to the tune of £38 billion a year.
Dave was at his cringey, dad joke-tastic best when announcing he was going to "kick-off" a press conference with Mr Abe by praising Leicester City's Japanese striker Shinji Okazaki.
The not so fancy footwork seemed to leave Mr Abe unimpressed, maybe because he knows that while Leicester City are assured of picking up the Premiership Trophy at the weekend, Mr Cameron will be picking up his cards - whatever he says to the contrary - if Team Brexit score at the polls on June 23.
2. Despite complaining that the Tories had slipped into "gutter politics" with their attacks on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, shadow leader of the Commons, Chris Bryant, could not stop himself, throwing out a few vicious barbs of his own at the Brexiteers gathered in the chamber, notably Cabinet Leave backer Chris Grayling.
"The only international figure that wants us to leave is Donald Trump - Grayling with a hairpiece," Mr Bryant rather unkindly said referencing the openly bald Leader of the Commons.
3. Say what you like about George Orwell's Animal Farm but at least the ruling elite all spouted the same slogans: "Four Legs Good: Two Legs Bad." and so on.
How very different from our own Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, which has been blown all over the place by the ill winds of war raging from the Brexit battle.
At Commons questions, anti-EU animal welfare minister George Eustice, unenthusiastically trotted out the pro-Brussels Government line, before adding: "From a personal perspective, I simply say that the vast majority of problems farmers complain to me about are the consequence of dysfunctional EU legislation."
This is completely at odds with his boss, Defra Secretary Liz Truss , who told MPs: "If we were to leave, exporters would face crippling tariffs when selling their goods to Europe, such as up to 70% for beef products, which would cost £240 million per year."
While, Mr Eustice noted Ministers were allowed to express Brexit views, it is unusual to hear them in their official capacity at the despatch box, rather than the rough and tumble of the hustings.
No doubt the Downing St view is "One (Government) view good: Two (opposing) views bad."
4. Visiting Japanese PM Mr Abe began his statement in Downing St by insisting he was our friend, before warning that Brexit would be bad for investment from his country - and the 140,000 UK jobs that hinge on it.
Then, after insisting it was a purely British matter, he noted, in slightly dark sounding tones, that Tokyo "would be watching your decision with very close attention".
Perhaps the Leave camp were left thinking: "With friends like these...."
5. As Adele and the Rolling Stones turn on Donald Trump for using their music at his gigs, with another 48 days of referendum auto-rage from both sides ahead of us, it would appear the song voters would really like to hear dominate the campaign is Australia's Eurovision entry: "The Sound of Silence".