Welcome to our final Briefing. We have some really interesting stories that you will not have seen on the Bremain site. To whet your appetite “Confessions of a Canvasser” is a MUST read!
Jeremy Corbyn breaks post-attack truce Labour leader says Theresa May trying to ‘protect public on the cheap.’
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused Prime Minister Theresa May of attempting to “protect the public on the cheap” by cutting police budgets and promised more police officers and a pay rise for those already serving, in his first speech since Saturday’s London terror attack. Speaking Sunday evening, less than 24 hours after three attackers killed seven and injured dozens in central London,…….” (Charlie Cooper Politico 4 June)
Theresa May, you need personality to play personality politics.
The Tories tried to make this General Election about personalities rather than policies. And it’s starting to backfire. On what planet did anyone at Conservative Party HQ think that would be a good idea when their leader has the emotional intelligence of the Terminator? (Kae Kurd iNews 5 June)
Invisible election: The online battle for General Election votes.
Hundreds of people tell Sky the three main parties are using “dark ads” and the internet to secretly target voters. The parties are using data and targeted digital ads as never before as we enter the home straight in this General Election. Hundreds of voters across the country have participated in Sky News’ Invisible Election Project seeking to understand how – and by who – “dark ads” that are not normally visible elsewhere are being used. (Faisal Islam Political Editor Sky News 6 June)
Confessions of a canvasser: Facing down dogs, nudity and Oliver Cromwell.
To the ordinary citizen, especially in a marginal constituency, the ritual of door-knocking before an election can be tiring. They never seem to knock when you’re at a loss for something to do. It’s always as we’re chopping carrots, about to walk the dog, watching a movie. But spare a thought for those who are doing the canvassing, walking the streets of this nation and braving every driveway, no matter how many protective dogs may lie in wait, all in the name of democracy. (Karl McDonald iNews 7 June)
How do you beat a rival 70 times richer than you? Inside Labour’s cash-strapped campaign
For every pound donated to Labour, someone handed the Tories £70. In the first two weeks of the general election campaign, the Conservatives raised £4,388,000 in individual donations. The Lib Dems raised £340,000, and Labour raised £61,300. In other words, for every pound donated to Labour, someone handed the Tories £70. (Julia Rampen New Statesman 7 June)
Britain goes to the polls 104 years to the day since suffragette Emily Davison died for the right to vote.
Organisers of the Women’s March London, which led thousands in the UK capital on a demonstration on Donald Trump’s inauguration day, wrote on Twitter: “104 years ago today. Emily Wilding Davison dies in the struggle to win women the vote. Use it.” Emily Davison died after blocking the path of King George V’s horse at the Epsom Derby on June 4, 1913. (Eleanor Rose Evening Standard 8 June)
Both parties are glad we’re not grilling them on economic policy.
The shadow of the financial crisis still hangs over us. We have had the lowest earnings growth and lowest interest rates in, very nearly, recorded history. We have suffered a long-term squeeze on public spending and still face a national debt which has more than doubled since 2008. And with Brexit on the way, we are layering a big dose of economic uncertainty on top. (Paul Johnson Evening Standard 8 June)
The result is objectively hilarious – but we should still be angry at the Tories for screwing things up, again.
Whatever happened to the national interest? I’m not sure, if I’m honest, which was my favourite moment of last night. The exit poll: that was good, obviously, and a much needed corrective to the trauma of 2015, when at least one member of the NS politics team literally screamed. Last night, by contrast, there was singing. (John Elledge New Statesman 9 June)
The Conservatives will pay a steep price for relying on the DUP The much-maligned Northern Irish party’s positions defy stereotype, and could incur the wrath of Tory backbenchers – derailing May’s Brexit plans….The DUP were among the most enthusiastic advocates for Brexit, but that is not to say they share the priorities of the hard leave wing of the parliamentary Tory party. (Patrick Maguire New Statesman 9 June)