Thursday, October 30, 2014

Scottish Shadow Minister: “We are in a Dreadful Position”

Shadow Deputy Leader of the House and Scottish Labour MP Thomas Docherty couldn’t have timed these comments on Wato any better to help out his leader:

“The state that the Labour party is in right now is we are in a dreadful position. And we’ve got to be honest about ourselves. We have very low esteem with the electorate. The electorate looks at us and has no idea what our polices are. We have a moribund party in Scotland that seems to think that infighting is more important than campaigning. And we have a membership that is ageing and inactive. We can return to be the grown-up party that wants to be in government or we can self-indulge like a throwback to the 1980s and watch our party implode, the SNP win again, the Tories win again, and have another referendum.”

Hope Ed enjoys his fundraising dinner with Scottish Labour in Glasgow tonight…

Talking Heads Should Go on Russia Today UK

The Kremlin-funded news network Russia Today has launched a UK channel this morning, promising to “focus on the issues that matter most to Britons”. Which presumably means anything other than Ukraine and the shooting down of flight MH17. RT’s own staff have previously accused the channel of being a Putin propaganda mouthpiece, so the move has sparked much debate among media talking heads:

Channels like Russia Today will still be there whether or not British talking heads appear on it, so Guido encourages commentators to go on and then subvert it. When Guido went on PressTV he named Iran’s jailed dissident bloggers then asked for his fee to be paid to Conservative Friends of Israel. If you’re looking for inspiration look no further than James Kirchick:

удачи!

Bill Gets Ed’s Axelrod Treatment for Free

Ed Miliband’s very expensive, but very silent, election strategist David Axelrod has been to see Mayor Bill de Blasio’s team in New York, and he isn’t even getting paid for the service. Ed’s £300,000 fee for a one off visit seems like a bit of a rip off now…

Ipsos Mori Poll: Labour Face Wipeout in Scotland

Remarkable Ipsos Mori poll out this afternoon putting Scottish Labour on just 23%, a massive fall from the 42% they won in 2010 and miles behind the SNP, who rocket to 52%.

STV reports:

“Those who would lose their seat include Jim Murphy, who is standing to be the next leader of Scottish Labour, Douglas Alexander and Margaret Curran… The only Scottish Labour MPs who would survive would be Willie Bain in Glasgow North East, Tom Clarke in Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, Gordon Brown in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath and Ian Davidson in Glasgow South West.”

No wonder Jim Murphy is planning his next career move…

UPDATE:

10 Illiberal Policies of the LibDems

Nick Clegg, that bastion of liberalism, is going around blaming David Cameron’s illiberal policies for the deaths of drug users this morning. Even a LibDem voter on an acid trip could see through Clegg’s conversion to a fearless crusader for the cause of freedom. This is the same Nick Clegg whose party wants to tax fizzy drinks more, tax booze more, change the definition of cider so they can tax it more, ban branding on fag packets, ban houses that are not zero carbon, ban smoking in cars, ban smoking in pubs and restaurants, ban petrol and diesel cars, implement state regulation of the press and regulate goldfish. What would Gladstone say?

Who Are These Immoral Tax Raisers?

moral-taxes

“The government has a moral duty to think of these people [taxpayers] in any decisions made on tax and spending” says the Prime Minister. “But what is morally wrong is government spending money as if it grows on trees. Every single pound of public money started as private earning” he continues in The Times.

So who immorally raised VAT to an eye-watering 20%? Who has maintained high combined national insurance and tax rates on everyone earning above minimum wage at Gordon Brown levels? Who allowed inflation to push some million more of the middle classes into the higher rate bracket?

Who introduced 509 tax rises since being elected in May 2010? Who is planning to increase the share of GDP that is taken in taxation by the state to higher levels than under Gordon Brown?

£513 billion in 2009-10, representing 36.5% of GDP
£648 billion in 2014-15, representing 37.0% of GDP
£778 billion in 2018-19, representing 38.1% of GDP

Who would be so immoral?

Labour Expenses Piggy’s Wikipedia Edited From Parliament

Back in 2012 the Bureau of Investigative Journalism exposed former Labour MP Joan Ryan for deleting references to her expenses scandal shame from her Wikipedia page. She was caught red-handed and ‘fessed up, and details of her flipping her second home were returned to her entry. This week they mysteriously went missing again. 

Wikipedia’s “revisions” analysis shows that yesterday the section “Involvement in the expenses scandal” was removed from Ryan’s page. Curiously, the changes were made anonymously from an IP address located within the Houses of Parliament. This is what the mystery deleter didn’t want you to see:

“In May 2009, it was reported that Ryan had claimed more than £4,500 under the Additional Costs Allowance for work on a house she had designated as her second home. In February 2010, based on an audit report looking into the United Kingdom parliamentary expenses scandal, Ryan was asked to repay £5,121 mortgage interest.”

Whoever they are, they certainly seem to have a strong opinion on the subject:

Could an old friend of Joan be trying to clean up her record ahead of her ambitious attempt to stand for parliament again?

H/T @parliamentedits

UPDATE: A parliamentary source gets in touch to report that none other than Joan Ryan visited the Commons yesterday, the day her page was edited from a parliament computer. Curiouser and curiouser…

Telegraph “Squared” By Downing Street Ahead of 2015

The dwindling readership of the Telegraph may have noticed a change in the mood of the paper following the sudden departure of Tony Gallagher as editor. A thorn in the side of the Tories for much of the last four years, the paper has seriously softened its stance toward Cameron’s government of late. It’s not even subtle:

A source familiar with the situation stresses to Guido “the deal has been done” ahead of the election, with the paper fully signed up to support the Tories to the hilt – especially in regard to the “purple menace”The terms of the deal – and the benefit to Sark’s famously reclusive billionaire brothers – remain a mystery.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

PMQs SKETCH: “An Absolute Shar”

“An absolute shower,” (pron. “shar “) Cameron called them, the Labour leadership.

Perhaps he thought any more detailed attention would be to kick Miliband when he was down.

You shouldn’t kick your opponent when he is down. When your opponent is down you should gently bind him, place a careful foot on his croaking throat and  dismember him. Harvest his organs. Mummify him and keep him in your cellar. Your friendly smile should never lose its freshness while you work.

“An absolute shar” hasn’t had the effect Cameron was counting on since 1956.

There has never been a more ridiculous duo leading a major party than Ed Balls and Miliband. Their polling is pitiful. Their strategy woeful. They couldn’t be more insulated from their voters than if they were wearing gimp suits, boxing gloves and a This Is What A Feminist Looks Like T-shirt.

They are following in the tradition of Michael Foot’s Labour, “there will be no compromise with the electorate.”

That is no reason for assuming they won’t win the election.

(more…)

64% of Women Say Cameron Was Right Not to Wear T-Shirt
Just 14% Say He Should Have Taken Part in Stunt

Well, it seems Harriet Harman’s PMQs protest has backfired massively. A YouGov poll this afternoon finds women overwhelmingly back the PM, with 64% saying he was right not to wear the “This is what a feminist looks like” t-shirt, compared with just 14% saying he should:

Not for the first time recently, the public has seen through Labour’s empty gesture politics…


Seen Elsewhere

Apple’s Tim Cook: iGay | Techno Guido
Insurgent Parties Plunge Labour Into Crisis | Alex Wickham
Mind-Bending Politics of Drugs | Mark Wallace
PC Worries Prevent Police Protecting Young Girls | Jill Kirby
Miliband Should Win Rochester | Martin Kettle
Thatcher Minister Sir John Nott ‘Voted for UKIP’ | Times
Time to Listen to Drugs Experts | Guardian
Drug Laws Don’t Work | Times
Our Moral Duty to Cut Taxes | David Cameron
Greens Ahead of LibDems | Guardian
Channel 4 to Spoof UKIP Election Win | Guardian


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