Odd that in the same press release from Labour today where they have a go at the £3-a-week tax break for married couples proposed by the Tories, Yvette Cooper* boasts about the £4-a-week tax credit for working parents. Labour is spinning “as if anyone would get married for a £3-a-week allowance”.
Those of you who are unmarried and/or without kids may have to trust Guido on the following point; having a child is a far bigger commitment and cost than getting married. As if anyone would have a child for a £4-a-week tax credit…
*The taxpayers pay a marriage credit to Mrs Ball’s household of £300,000 a year – for now.
Reuters reports that much of the Polish political class from the president down has been killed in an air crash near Smolensk on a visit to commemorate the Katyn massacre of polish patriots by Soviet forces.
We haven’t had a bit of evidence-based blogging for a while so Guido has fired up the chart to to bring you this comparison of the Tory and Labour spending plans.
Alistair Darling said in the budget he was taking action to cut the deficit by £57 billion, the Tories say they will go £6 billion further, faster. This £6 billion is what they are boring on about when Gordon disingenuously claims Tories will cut core services and undermine the recovery. £6 billion is less than 1% of government spending and is equal to a mere two weeks of this government’s unfunded over-spending.
Spot the difference? £6 billion is a mere rounding error that still leaves both parties with plans for unfunded over-spending of more than £150 billion. Not much difference is there really?
Guido thought his traffic was doing well, but currently UK Polling Report is Britain’s most popular blog by a long chalk.
Anyway if you were not one of the 64,823 visitors viewing 419,525 pages over the last seven days, here are the seven most popular stories (in order of popularity) that you missed:
You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…
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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:
“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.
Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).
Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.
I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”