A pint-sized is­sue for PM at brew­ery

Po­lit­i­cal edi­tor Paul Fran­cis

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements -

IT is a brave politi­cian who stages a PR event in a brew­ery – with the pos­si­ble ex­cep­tion of Nigel Farage. So hats off to David Cameron, whose first EU ref­er­en­dum fo­ray into Kent was held at the Faver­sham HQ of Shep­herd Neame. He was given a tour of the brew­ery but the big ques­tion is whether he en­joyed a pint as part of it. It seems it may have been a lit­tle early in the morn­ing as the PM con­fessed to ac­com­pa­ny­ing me­dia that he had only supped a small sam­ple “and very nice it was, too.”

Looks like Nigel Farage’s crown as the pub politi­cian won’t be taken from him any time soon.

Still, con­fi­dence is some­thing Nigel Farage has plenty of. He has bet £1,000 on a Brexit win at odds of 5-2 mean­ing he could win £3,500. Or 4,493 eu­ros.

Ex­actly when will we know the EU ref­er­en­dum re­sult? The best guess of the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion is that it will be “about break­fast time.” The ob­vi­ous ques­tion? Do they mean full English time or con­ti­nen­tal time?

One of the fea­tures of the EU ref­er­en­dum is the some­what bizarre po­lit­i­cal coali­tions it is pro­duc­ing. Our favourite press con­fer­ence so far is the one fea­tur­ing the Con­ser­va­tive leader along­side Labour veteran Har­riet Har­man, Lib Dem leader Tim Far­ron and Green MP Caro­line Lu­cas. That’s what is called a rain­bow al­liance. Fol­low Paul on Twit­ter @PaulOnPol­i­tics.

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