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…
IDS V Maude Tension Boils Over | Times
Guardian Begins Annual Ruining of Christmas | Daily Mash
What Would Maggie Do? | Kathy Gyngell
Can Cameron Win Back UKIP Voters? | Iain Martin
Arab World Needs a Mandela and De Klerk | Richard Spencer
Boris Not Running in Richmond | Mail
Warring Ideologies Return | Janan Ganesh
Cameron’s Weakness Paving Way For Brexit | Douglas Carswell
PM Tweets About Ant & Dec While Giving Mandela Tribute | Express
George Osborne: Action Chancellor | Speccie
DfE Taking Children for Poodles | Laura Perrins
The Belgravia Gallery reports:
“Having been asked by Nelson Mandela’s art publisher to represent his work,drawings mainly of Robben Island, we had the privilege of spending a morning with Mandela when he was signing the lithographs at his home in Johannesburg in December 2002. He delighted us with stories about a number of well known British personalities over the years when he was president. Perhaps the most surprising was his description of Margaret Thatcher as “Motherly” and he remembered how she had poured him tea and they had discussed various ailments and how after he returned home, she had sent him herbal remedies.”