February 22nd, 2012

The Former Coalition Ministers Club

What becomes of disgraced coalition cabinet members after they are forced to resign? Well if this morning is anything to go by it seems they perform a pincer movement on George Osborne, calling for tax cuts.

If Huhne weighed in it would be a full house…

While there is an irony about Fox complaining it is too hard to sack people, he makes some good points in the FT:

The budget must confidently assert that capitalism works. But it doesn’t work if failure is rewarded as if it was success. …individual risk and effort is not rewarded when the UK government share of GDP has risen from 38 per cent in 1999 to 51 per cent in 2011, the effective top rate of tax is over 50 per cent, and CPI inflation for the last five years has averaged 3.5 per cent.To restore Britain’s competitiveness we must begin by deregulating the labour market. Political objections must be overridden.

In the GuardianDavid Laws follows up Monday’s Newsnight outing with a welcome call to speed up taking the poorest out of tax. He wants to put up taxes though to fund it. Hmm…

A cynical person might think this must be coordinated, but Guido isn’t so sure. There’s no doubt that Laws’ interventions are sanctioned by his leader, though Guido doubts the same can be said be said for Fox. Steve Hilton will like it, but No.11 sources seem rather relaxed about the whole affair this morning…


69 Comments

  1. 1
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    They all join a Gay club ?

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  2. 2
    Raving Loon says:

    How about abolishing foreign aid, withdrawing from the middle-east and foreign entanglements, and leaving the EU, UN, NATO, WTO, IMF, World Bank and BIS.

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    • 7

      Then when Balls gets in under the ensuing total collapse, he could set himself up as a latter day Enver Hoxha and we could become another Albania with an anti-revisionist Marxism–Leninism approach.

      I think you started off well but …

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      • 22
        Raving Loon says:

        EU – Takes our money and gives it to fat French farmers
        UN – Takes our money and gives it to foreign dictators
        NATO – Takes our money, and puts our service personnel in danger in the service of foreign countries
        WTO – Takes our money and pretends to be a free-trade promotion, but actually uses it to stuff the pockets of a few well connected companies
        IMF – Takes our money and gives it to basket case economies like Greece
        World Bank – Takes our money and gives it to basket case continents like Africa
        BIS – Takes our money and no-one know what they do with it

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        • 26
          What's Left? says:

          +10

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        • 36

          But how could we go out on our own in the world without proper armed forces.

          We have:

          * not one aircraft carrier
          * hardly any other capital ships
          * an army smaller than our police force
          * a denuded RAF
          * recruitment policy that is LGBT friendly ffs
          * not even the proper boots!
          * a useless procurement process

          The length of time we would last could be measured in minutes.

          We used to have wooden ships and iron men.
          Now we have iron ships and wooden men.

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          • pinnochio says:

            And most of the wooden men are raving irons!

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          • Raving Loon says:

            In other words we can’t go on invading other countries that don’t pose a threat to us anyway, not really a problem.

            But yes, you’re right, our armed forces have been treated badly, however spending money on foreign engagements doesn’t help that. Let’s equip our armed forces properly, but have them defend our own borders instead of the borders of other nations. Apart from the Falklands, what the last war we took part in that was actually in defence of the realm? Certainly not anything in the 21st century. Before that Bosnia/Kosovo (not our problem). The Gulf War (not our problem). The list goes on.

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          • The context in which I raised my above point was that of defence.

            We are an island nation that depends upon trade and have been for centuries. We have had to stand up to Spanish, Dutch, French, Germans and the Soviet monster. There is nothing to say that these threats will not occur again. That likelihood would increase in the case of breakup of some of those organisations you originally mention should a dog-eat-dog situation then come about. I am not defending those institutions BTW. Just being realistic.

            As a nation, we have a recent dire history of complacency. The re-armament of Germany and the Falklands crisis build-up are prime cases in point. I don’t know your age but many in my family saw active service in both World Wars and I remember the Falklands vividly. Don’t think it can’t happen again. It will.

            I too question the validity of overseas wars but one cannot dismiss the consideration that at least they put our forces to the test. A necessary evil, if you will or an unintended but fortuitous consequence.

            There is a danger in this blog (I include myself at times) that we only take things to one level.

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        • 45
          The Great Globalist Swindle says:

          You should feel proud that we are taking seriously our international committments and funding such invaluable initiatives as the Indian space exploration program, third world gay marriage, windfarms in Africa and sustainable development initiatives in the worlds poorest countries, that ensure they will stay the worlds poorest countries, propped up with international aid, eternally.

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    • 33
      Gonk says:

      What’s BIS ?

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  3. 4
    Steve Miliband says:

    Kite flying surely? Can’t have a Cabinet member going native, so send out the next best thing to plant the seeds and see what the reaction is.

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  4. 6
    Steve Miliband says:

    Rejoice: It is

    652 days since Gordon Brown was PM

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    • 12
      Anonymous says:

      Can’t rejoice ’til he is deprived of the ex pm’s pension & the mp’s monies that he can claim. The former in his case is a reward for failure & the latter is payment for work not done.

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      • 24
        What's Left? says:

        Any Member of Parliament who does not attend the Commons at least 85% of the time (less Constituency duties, official trips & visits, sickness or ministerial responsibilities) must be placed before a parliamentary Board and asked to account for their lack of attendance. If the Board is not satisfied with the answers/response they to be suspended from the House for a determined time.

        If no valid reason is put forward to satisfy the Board following suspension and a second chance, the said MP should be deselected as a Member of Parliament, salary frozen & pension rights affected.

        Two initial candidates for the Board: D Miliband & G Brown come to mind. I am sure there are other such paid employees of the State from all Parties who regularly take the p*ss?

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    • 28

      It is good news but please don’t tell him.
      He’s so much calmer and happier when he thinks he’s still PM.
      He’s got his little desk in the corner. Peppa pig crayon set and plenty of ‘white papers’ for him to draw on. There’s even an iggle piggle laptop.
      “I’m terrible with technology. Can you upload me my Interweb C-mails” he asks the nurse. So sweet. Somedays we even let him turn it on.

      Today we’re taking all the patients to monkey world. But we have to tell Gordon its the G20 or he won’t get on the coach.

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      • 39
        Steve Miliband says:

        Perhaps he sits and reflects
        ”Perhaps I shouldn’t have been so nasty to Tony – Ed could be really vile. I hope they don’t find out about all my ‘accounting'; maybe we didn’t need to spend so much on the Public Sector.
        It would be nice to live with my wife Sally, but one things for sure, Campbell is still an utter cock”

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  5. 8
    Sir William Waad says:

    That David is an awfully pretty boy with a profile that just begs to be painted. I wonder if he would sit for me?

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  6. 9
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Oh dear four ex employees of A4E run by Emma Harrison being questioned for fraud !

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  7. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Foxy wants to get back in his hole, Call Me Dave goes fox hunting, Foxy wants to mind he does not have his tail cut off. Seriously though where is his “friend” Werritty and who is he lobbying for now being an expert in everything, the pair always seem to appear together a bit like Marina & Howard in Last of the Summer Wine acting as they don’t know each other.

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  8. 11
    James Corden says:

    ….sorry we’re going to have to finish this blog, we’ve got three shit performances from Blur to fit in

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  9. 14
    albacore says:

    “it doesn’t work if failure is rewarded as if it was success. …”
    Fear not, Foxy. Dave is well up to his accustomed speed there.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2104546/The-rise-rise-Ms-Incompetence-Border-Agency-boss-rewarded-failure-promoted–run-tax-office.html

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  10. 19
    wotson says:

    so the solution for all our problems is to return to victorian slavery and sending little kids up chimbleez. Like democracy, capitalism is crap but the best crap we have. That’s why I shop at Waitrose and the Coop

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  11. 21
    Buffery Pork says:

    I would like to see David Laws play the 2p slots in Blackpool

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  12. 23
    a non says:

    The green eyed monster strikes again.
    George , for all his failings would appe-ar to have got the majority of his balancing sums correct- allowing for some forthcoming budget flexibility.
    Little surprise that primadonnas from all walks of parliament will now emerge from the woodwork [ or in the case of Balls, from under a stone] to attempt to rain on his parade. Only the Union voice is missing at the moment but should any further minor good news on the deficit occur, I await it imminently.
    Miliband must be having kittens.

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    • 32
      Distraught master & commander says:

      A small portion of the £10B could be used to fund the eu referendum-go osborne you know you want to and the nation will love you; just see how much it will piss off yellow mellow clegg.
      Then george you will be £50m per day better of and we can all live happily ever after in full employment unshackled from the brussels idiocy.

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  13. 25
    Handycock (Immigrant Trafficker) says:

    Thank goodness for incompetent public servants. As a result of their incompetence, me and my ‘boys’ have made millions housing asylum seekers, and the incompetents have paid us millions for it. Portsmouth City Council, under my directions, has taken 26.1% of all the immigrants allocated to the southeast of England by the Border Agency. This means fortunes to be made from building new flats (I make sure the planning permissions are granted) for my ‘boys,’ and they can launder their ill gotten gains through this development. It also means an army of public servants to look after them all, and all of them voting for me. I have turned Portsmouth into an immigrant city in less than ten years. Boaz.

    http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/asylum_seekers_allocated_to_port#incoming-245892

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    let's all ride the exiting train of european integration says:

    The story about public sector workers paying themselves through companies has been out for about a week but I just really realised it this morning.

    I am a fucking mug paying 40% + NI + other when I could have set up a company and paid 26% + taxlosses on travel, work clothes etc.! Where are the unions demanding an end to this practise? I thought IR35 banned a person contracting to only one company ! I realised in the shower this morning that as a law abiding tax payer I am basically an idiot.

    How can NHS, BBC, HMRC and other employees get away with blatent tax evasion when in the private sector we would be prosecuted ? Fucking joke!

    Made all the worse by the HMRC telegraph article saying we are basically criminals if we pay in cash !

    Where are the left demanding the “very highest paid” (I am looking at John Humphries here..) pay their “fair share” ? I use no services at all and pay a huge amount in tax yet I am ripe for more taxes but where is UKUncut or the like demanding civil servants stop committing fraud ? What a fucking joke this country is !

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    • 59
      Handycock (Immigrant Trafficker) says:

      You want to get in to politics sunshine. Get rich and have it all paid offshore with no taxes whatsoever, off to my villa in Spain now.

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      Leftie with weird, fixed, stunted smile says:

      Brilliant! Celebrate!

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    • 61
      Handycock (Immigrant Trafficker) says:

      I have explained the scam at 25 above. Immigration is making a few politicians, property developers and public servants very very rich.

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      • 67
        Business Cat (Specializing in yarns, Cdn owned & op) says:

        Not to mention importing people who will vote for you. Diversity is a scam. Vote whoring.

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  16. 37
    Sally Bercow 'true'brit' says:

    I’m soo soo praawd to be Sluttish yeah, and i’m so so pleeeeased to have won all these grannie awards..I can’t believe it..Now here comes James (“Jim”) Naughtie to cut me orf..

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  17. 38
    Cameron's a lying huhne says:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/8075563/Every-email-and-website-to-be-stored.html

    Please remind me, someone, who exactly are the terrorists here ?

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  18. 41
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    ‘The budget must confidently assert that capitalism works,’ says a snivelling little creep. Something it’s necessary to assert when it quite obviously doesn’t. Similarly, Grayling on the news shouting that ‘anti-capitalists’ were the only people complaining about the unpaid labour scheme. No, Grayling, it’s the unpaid labour scheme that turns people into anti-capitalists.

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  19. 44
    Excuse me. says:

    Should they not be investigated for alleged wrong doing?

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  20. 47
    Gordon Brown says:

    I have the answers for a strong economy.

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  21. 55
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Can we please have the thumbs up / thumbs down thingy back ?
    as there are a couple of amusing posts on here which warrant a big thumbs up

    James Corden = Useless Twat

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    • 68
      Archie says:

      +several!

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  22. 64
    Alf Garnett says:

    Must we be inflicted with photographs of a brace of bum-bandits?

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  23. 69
    Totnes Monster says:

    Yeah, Yeah! blah blah blah! So Fox has kept his head down for the required length of time. Some of us are still waiting to find out wtf he and Wherrity were up to.

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Can anyone help me? I went on holiday a week ago and returned to find someone has pulled out the stake and Gordon Brown is back and acting as Prime Minister. What did I miss? Has there been a snap election?


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