What do you think are the crucial areas to focus on to exploit Remainer weakness?My opinion on this is worthless. Leave should be focusing on opinion surveys, and for other evidence what better place to start than Jeremy Vine's run of Radio 2 programmes on the referendum?
- Jeremy Vine gets a hugely bigger audience than Newsnight, yet which programme is more discussed among writers and analysts on the referendum?
Who should Leave's lead speaker be on each campaign issue?Some examples (I'm assuming that sectors such as farming and fishing are well catered for). On the economy, the easy answer is Andrea Leadsom, who crisply skewers each new fantastical projection from Remain, and gives good interviews too. She is also the person to take on vainglorious big business when it presumes to instruct us how to vote. (Big business is no expert on democracy.)
On immigration I would like to see more of Priti Patel, who can appeal beyond the core anti-immigration vote. The Left ignore the issue of numbers (which is the main point) because the numbers cause them a problem, and focus on a stark Yes or No to any immigration at all. They claim immigration is good for the economy because (legal) immigrants pay more in taxes than they receive in benefits - which of course ignores the 'overheads' such as schools, hospitals and housing. Someone writing consistently well on this is Alison Pearson, making the case in moderate yet clear tones to a female audience.
The case for democracy (as it happens, my key issue) is the realm of Michael Gove, while for general media discussions Jacob Rees Mogg is master of the brisk (and sometimes amusing) soundbite. Suzanne Evans is also a crisp media performer, and my goodness doesn't she get plenty of practice.
And Boris? Boris is the man for the sweeping optimistic post-Brexit overview, painting the picture where sunshine wins the day, a technicolour contrast to the monochrome gloom of Cameron and Osbrown. Boris is not your detail man, but he is the man to enthuse voters about the future.
Of course there are other issues. In an ideal world the Leave campaign would have a grid, and major on each issue in turn while providing general discussion and rebuttals. But the prima donnas wouldn't like that.
Did you see what I did there? I said follow the evidence on the issues, and get the Leave campaign organised.
That's the right answer. But as a footsoldier in the Leave campaign, of course I have my own prejudices.
First, many voters run small businesses or work for them. Most of these businesses don't export to the rest of the EU, so the possibility of deregulation could have a strong appeal for them. This is hardly ever mentioned, but it should be. Where are the campaigning materials addressing the concerns of small businesses? (Business for Britain did produce some leaflets, but I am told they are so old that they list Sajid Javid as a supporter.)
The keepers of the Flexcit flame point out that there would be no bonfire of controls on day one, and that immigration would continue. But these are still legitimate campaign issues. If we Leave, we will be able at some point in the future to get greater control of our borders, and at some point we can if we wish slash regulation for most small businesses. If we Remain, we permanently close off those avenues, we permanently barricade those roads. We surrender control.
Of course I would like to talk about the corrupt, corporate lobbyist impenetrable oligarchical state and the huge waste of money. I feel indignation about the Strasbourg parliament. But these are my prejudices
Highlighting my personal issues would be the wrong answer.