Osborne Misled Today Show

On the Today programme this morning Osborne described claims that the Tories would increase road tax to pay for tax breaks for married couples as “bizarre”, saying “it bears no reality to our thinking in this area”.

Hold on, what is this from page 4 of the Tory “Plan for a Strong Economy”?

Looks like a green tax to reduce other taxes on families.  How bizarre…

Devilish Gordon Looks Down on Labour Candidates

Guido knows what you are thinking.  Here is yet another puerile, disrespectful image of the Prime Minister which reflects more on the producer of the poster than our great leader.

Perhaps.  However the poster is not hanging on the wall of Guido’s office.  It is not hanging on the wall in CCHQ.  It is  hanging on the wall of Gisela Stuart’s Birmingham Edgbaston constituency office.  She is a Labour MP.  For now…

Credit : from an amusing video report by John Harris in the Guardian.

Friday Caption Contest (UKIP Burka Banning Edition)

Gordon’s “Fund With No Name”

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards is taking longer than usual to indicate whether or not he intends to investigate allegations about a second secret slush fund used by Gordon Brown to pay his personal pollster and speech writer Bob Shrum, as revealed in former Labour general-secretary Peter Watt’s book Inside Out.

Usually John Lyon rejects complaints in 48 hours or so if he is not inclined to investigate. Why is the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards taking longer than normal in this case?

  1. It could be that John  Lyon is snowed in with complaints about our troughing political class.*
  2. John  Lyon could be referring to the scathing Charity Commission report into Bob Shrum’s involvement with Gordon’s other slush fund – the Smith Institute – before proceeding.
  3. The Commissioner could be looking for an excuse to not investigate a secret slush fund controlled by the Prime Minister in the sensitive run-up to a general election.

Nevertheless there is prima facie a case to answer, Peter Watt is not some insignificant peripheral figure. The allegation that Gordon Brown kept track of donor’s funds for his own use in an exercise book is not transparent and above board, keeping the details hidden from the person responsible for compliance with the law is just not acceptable and possibly illegal.   Gordon really needs to explain himself, during the last investigation he point-blank refused to answer any questions put to him by the Charity Commission. Where are the records? What is Gordon hiding about the Shrum slush fund? Something smells.

*Harry Cohen is to be fined £65,000 for his fiddles, the socialist fraudster claims it “smacks of class discrimination”.  He should really face criminal charges.

Tories Want Drivers to Subsidise Marriage

The Tories are scrabbling a bit to justify their marriage tax allowance plans, they will always be scrabbling to justify themselves on tax during this campaign unless they start making a more optimistic case for tax revenue growth based on policies that kick start the economy rather than just putting taxes up.  They are playing a zero-sum game devised by Brown and Balls, so they have to go through a charade of finding some way of funding the plan.

They have fallen back on green taxes on motorists, yet again.  How many times have they reached for green taxes to fund a spending commitment?

1.8 million voters signed a petition against more green taxes on car users.  Drivers already pay huge amounts of tax, more taxes would be extremely unpopular – when you go green, you lose votes. Think again.

UPDATE : Osborne just denied they were going to put up car taxes on the Today programme. Good. Time for a coffee.

Quote of the Day

Gordon Brown told the Observer…

“We do not envisage, as some have advocated, a rigid divide in future between “narrow banking” – retail and corporate deposit taking – and investment banking and trading conducted at an international level.”



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Liz Kendall is asked by Tom Newton Dunn if she would ever ban the Sun from one of her press conferences:

“If you stripped naked and ran in front of me, Tom, I might have second thoughts about it, but apart from that, no.”

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