Post-Paxo Poll of Polls

As of this morning there have been 5 polls since Paxo interviewed the two leaders. Averaging them all out it appears there has been no ‘Miliband bounce’ post-Paxo as Labour have hoping, the two main parties are still neck and neck. Both the Tories and Labour are squeezing up towards that 35% mark, while UKIP are feeling it down on an average 12%. The Green surge has fallen away slightly down on 5 points.

Not like the Sunday Times to have an errant poll throwing everyone off guard

Dave Feels the Heat

Forget Paxo, Dave is grilled by Heat magazine in a video interview worth looking out for later in the week. Has Miliband even given a print interview this month?

Voters Don’t Trust ‘Em, Say Sod ‘Em

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If you want an illustration of just how low trust in politicians is nowadays, Anthony Wells’ UK Polling Report has a classic example from last week:

I mentioned some YouGov polling about which taxes would rise under a Labour or Conservative government, conducted before Prime Minister’s Question time, Cameron ruling out a VAT rise and Ed Balls ruling out an NI rise. YouGov repeated those questions in this poll to see if they had changed. At the start of the week, 31% of people thought VAT would rise if the Conservatives won.

Following David Cameron ruling out a rise in VAT, this is now… 32%. At the start of the week 39% of people expected national insurance to rise if Labour won, but since Ed Balls ruled it out, that has changed to… 40%. A lovely illustration of how much of the politicians’ arguments, exchanges and pledges make not the slightest difference to public opinion.

Savour that. After the Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury, the Right Honourable David Cameron and the Right Honourable Ed Balls both solemnly promised not to raise specific taxes, the public now believes they are actually more likely to do it. This is why, in Guido’s opinion, Nigel Farage is on to something with the vote winning campaign slogan: “Sod the lot. Vote UKIP”

Labour Give ‘Hated’ Atos Special Access to Plans For Government

“Atos are a disgrace” said Liam Byrne in 2013 in a row about the French firm used by the DWP to assess who should get disability benefits.

Baldamort added that the government should “sack them and sack them now.”

Labour keep it quiet that they originally hired the frog firm in 2003, though eventually Atos walked away from their DWP contract after an intense negative campaign against them.

So imagine Guido’s surprise to hear that Labour grandee Alan Johnson has been despatched to brief Atos’ “public sector leadership team” about the plans of any future Labour government: special treatment that few other companies receive.

A disgrace! 

Tax Dodge Shame of Labour Election Star

Labour have wheeled out Tim from The Office, aka Martin Freeman, as their latest celebrity endorsement. Freeman, who is worth £10 million, told the Guardian in 2005 that he supported “Socialist Labour” but would not be voting for Labour under Blair again. Guess Miliband meets that criteria.

Back in 2013 it was widely reported that Freeman allowed his long-term partner and fellow luvvie Amanda Abbington to go bankrupt after she was whacked with a £120,000 tax bill. At the time the Mirror described the arrangement under the headline “Morally Bankrupt” as:

“an absolute disgrace… Amanda has been with Martin for 10 years and they have two kids – even if she really is skint why on earth can’t he chip in and help out with the bill?.. because she and her multi-millionaire partner can afford a fancy accountant, she doesn’t have to either, because he’s found her a way out of it”

Did Labour know about their star celeb’s past before they lined up his endorsement today?

Labour’s Shadow Justice Minister Struggles With the Law

It seems Labour’s slippery Andy Slaughter is struggling with even the most basic of instructions:

1.1 During the period when Parliament is dissolved before a General Election there are no Members of Parliament. Consequently you may not use that title during this period.

Here is what he is distributing today in Hammersmith:

Awkward for any MP, let alone a Shadow Justice Minister…

Via Peter Graham

 

Miliband in the Middle, Cameron on the Far Right

Thursday night’s mass-debate will see Miliband in the centre, with Cameron on the far right.

The full line up will be: Natalie Bennett, Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage, Ed Miliband, Leanne Wood, Nicola Sturgeon, David Cameron.

While the PM has got his wish of being far from Farage and Ed, the Labour leader has lucked out in terms of aesthetics.

“Clowns to the left of him” says a Tory source.

Siemens Slam Miliband for Labour FT Advert… Kellogg’s Also Frosty

A spokesman for Siemens UK is not a happy bunny about Labour’s full page advert in the FT this morning, which quoted their CEO Juergen Maier:

“…we were not told it would be used in an advert.

We were not given any warning.

We are apolitical, we don’t endorse political parties, we wouldn’t have agreed to be in an advert for the Labour Party.

The feeling is that they have overstepped the line.”

Guido hears Kellogg’s are pretty frosty about it all too…

 

Labour Campaign Chief Breaks Social Media Election Law

The parliamentary rules for MPs’ social media use during the election campaign could not be clearer:

“If your website, Twitter account, Facebook page etc. refer to you as an MP (on their pages or in the address or in the

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Gordon Promises Scots £800,000,000… From a Tax on Bankers’ Bonuses!

You could not make it up. Despite no longer being an MP, Gordon is back and making outlandish spending claims in Scotland.

The former Prime Mentalist has told a Glasgow audience that Labour will spend £800 million more in Scotland […]

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Politics: It’s a Mug’s Game

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After Labour’s “UkipCup” was roundly condemned by the party’s own supporters – Diane Abbott described it as “shameful” and an “embarrassment” – the Greens have hit back. ‘Stoup’-ing to a new low…[…]

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Labour: “The Party That Help People on Benefits”

Meet Alyessa. Vox-popped in Birmingham by the BBC this morning, she revealed why she’s voting Labour:

“Because Labour are the party that help people on benefits.”

Despite some vague tough talk from Rachel Reeves, Labour opposed every single one of […]

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