December 6th, 2012

Halfon to Campaign for ‘Great Gordon Brown Repeal Bill’

gordonToday’s Indy reports on rumours that fuel duty campaigner Rob Halfon will turn to the 10p tax rate for his next trick. Guido can confirm that Halfon will push George Osborne to repeal Gordon Brown’s abolition of the 10p rate, bringing it back for everyone earning under £15,000. The move is inspired by work done by the ASI to produce a living wage through tax cuts rather than wage fixing. Halfon will lobby the treasury to make the move by the 2013 budget, 2014 failing that. A friend of Halfon tells Guido that Gordon’s 10p rate abolition was a “reckless, lunatic thing to do, Robert wants to put that right”. They’re calling it the Great Gordon Brown Repeal Bill…


  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    Good move, never let labour forget that they scrapped 10p rate ( that screwed the workers)

    O/T what ever happened to the coalitions *great repeal bill* ?

  2. 2
    Peter Grimes says:

    Makes sense!

  3. 3
    tommy5dollar says:

    Errm… you could create a living wage by taxing 0% until £13k. Seems better than 10% until £15k.

  4. 4
    Albert Hall says:

    Gordon was is a reckless lunatic. He should be sectioned, but then his constituents won’t have anyone to represent their interests. Shame that.

  5. 5
    A. P. Schrader says:

    Mr Halfon’s star is rising. One to watch, I think.

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    Labour MPs today moaning that Osborne stole the pension from Royal Mail adding it to the current ‘reduced borrowing’ pile neglecting to mention the forever onwards off balance sheet debt this will add.

    Its a bit rich by the labour MPs.. We said at the time in 2009 that Brown was trying this very same trick and this was precisely the unusual reason why a Labour prime minister ordered the privatisation of a client, labour union, industry.
    He wanted to get the £24bn of assets into the plus column of his books.

    Gordon only failed because his own MPs wouldn’t support it. He could never openly explain the real reason for the cash grab sell off, that he needed the money, and had to pretend instead it was ‘for investment’.

    Labour MPs either didn’t understand or didn’t believe him. So the sell off failed, only to fall into the coalition’s lap when they took over. An industry labour didn’t really ever want to privatise, except to get the sweet, sweet, cash in the billions in debt pension pot, fell into Osborne’s grateful hands.

    Another Gordon own goal from beyond the grave.

  7. 7
    A. P. Schrader says:

    One has to question whether the good people of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath really currently have someone to represent them as it is. When was the last time Dr Brown set foot in the Commons chamber?

  8. 8
    Gordon Brown says:


  9. 9
    john hill. says:

    Doubt Gordon will even be in the house debate it.

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Just wait till he’s Fullon!

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    Brent Fraser says:

    I think it’s very unlikely to happen – the main aim of the coalition will be to get the personal allowance up to £10k

  12. 12
    Brass neck Labour says:

    Ah, the 10p tax rate. Don’t forget the 75p rise for pensioners. Not bad for a so called socialist government ! The announcement yesterday that the tax threshold is now just under £10k, you wouldn’t have bet that it would have been a tory led government that introduced this to help those on low incomes. You would have thought the caring sharing socialist Labour party would have come up with this one during their 13 years in power !!!!! …..and of course if Miliband and Balls were currently in charge of the nations coffers the uk economy would not be affected AT ALL by the crisis is Europe or world events. It’s like that money tree in Miliband’s back garden. (I assume he has a back garden !!!!!)

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    Dave"The One Term Prime Minister" Cameron says:

    George Osborne’s raid on middle class: 400,000 forced on to 40p income tax rate

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    Gordon the Medicated says:

    I am making a little Christmas present for Nigel Farage. I haven’t forgiven him for being so disrespectful to me and insulting me at the EU. Luckily everyone else has forgotten.But I shall never forget.

    So a little bit more ‘internal brewing’ and i’ll have his gift ready to post.

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    Gordon Brown says:

    He has a big bush

  17. 17
    Gordon Brown says:

    It’s true, I am great.

  18. 18
    Stuart Hall says:

    That 9 year old was a knockout!

  19. 19
    Anonymous says:

    Personal tax allowance should be increased to £17,500. As personal tax allowance is increase benefits should be reduced. If this happens then only this country can come out of benefits dependency.

    What about National Insurance, no one is talking about it? This is another tax with different name.

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    contravariant says:

    Another income tax rate! Including 0, that makes, let’s see, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and then there’s NI. Complexity is the refuge of the ???

  21. 21
    Ed Balls(Chancellor Of The Exchequer Designate) says:

    Monetary policy shouldn’t be worried about a temporary rise in inflation in the next few months,” said Guido Fawkes, a right wing political blogger and resident of “The Westminster Arms”“They’re going to do at least another 50 billion pounds of QE next year, but it’s not clear if they’ll do it before or after Carney gets there.”

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    Hamish, You'll have had your tea! says:

    No repeal for Mc Broon the Loon say I!

  23. 23
    Anonymous says:

    Labour should use the opposition day to have a vote on mansion tax.

    Also when next budget comes to committee stage it should amend it to have mansion tax. Then we could see what will LD do, as without LD Conservatives cannot pass a single law.

  24. 24
    Butch Dave says:

    The Good news just keeps on coming! For us nonces, not the Plebs!

    ‘In the three months ending October 2012 total exports decreased by £1.9 billion (2.5%) to £73.8 billion and total imports rose by £1.3 billion (1.3%) to £101.9 billion. ONS

    More Good news! Gideon’s arse, like the economy, is now healing after the over endowed rent boy ripped it!

  25. 25
    Tom Catesby says:

    ‘National Insurance’. Probably the most invidious and devisive tax.

  26. 26
    somebody says:

    Labour’s main policy is to make the public dependent on state benefits. That’s why they prefer to take your money and then give it back to you. But it is your money that the government takes off you in tax – not their’s.

  27. 27
    Anonymous says:

    Britain could lose its AAA credit rating after George Osborne admitted he will miss his target to reduce Britain’s debts and have to borrow an extra £100 billion.

  28. 28
    Peter Grimes says:

    Softly, softly, tommy. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

  29. 29
    Peter Grimes says:

    ZaNuLieBor’s dumb supporters understand nothing because they are congenitally stupid! They have to be to have believed their bullshit of the last 15 years.

  30. 30
    Incapable Vince says:

    Punish thrift ! Demonise success ! Eschew hard work ! Spread envy and jealousy !

  31. 31
    Peter Grimes says:


  32. 32
    V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

    Just do the exact opposite of everything Labour did then we might get this Country back on its feet. Labour couldn’t run a whelk stall.

  33. 33
    Joss Taskin says:

    Isn’t the LibDem MP for Portsmouth called Halfcock ?

  34. 34
    Andy says:

    Someone ought to have repealed Gordon Brown years ago

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    Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( Member in absentia ) says:

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    Mornington Crescent says:

    Precisely; we have 4 Income Tax bands as it is – that’s enough. They’re supposed to be simplifying the tax system, not making it even more complicated.

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    Gays are Narcissists says:

    Alsoan we repeal the sale of the gold reserves, at the same low price the malevolent cnutBrown achieved. Ha fucking ha – zero chance.

    Rot in hell Brown together with your thieving incompetent socialist cohorts

  38. 38
    Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( Member in absentia ) says:

  39. 39
    Alasdair Sweetheart says:

    Quite. According to They Work For You, Mr Brown has spoken in 0 debates this session and voted in just 14% of parliamentary votes. He’s making himself redundant.

  40. 40
    Thomas says:

    Get rid of the Chancellor.
    Get rid of the shadow Chancellor too.

    We are never going to get out of recession when all they can do is play Punch and Judy games.

    Someone who can count would a good choice.

  41. 41
    Sir William W says:

    With National Insurance at a combined rate of 25.8% you would still have a combined confiscation rate of 35.8% on low earners, which would remain viciously high.

  42. 42
    GQ magasine says:



    I see your friends at Popbitch are getting so powerful that they are even appointing Ambassadors now…

    Let’s have a party

  43. 43
    Captain Janeway says:

    I am going back in time to prevent Gordon’s parents ever meeting.

  44. 44
    Decline and Fall says:

    Blair, Brown, Prescott and Hain….

    Says it all really….

    PS Only the Evil Mandelson is missing from the Rogues Gallery…

  45. 45
    Observer says:

    10p Labour think is Brown’s biggest mistake. His destruction of the UK economy was by a country mile his biggest fuck up.

  46. 46
    Rasta Bob, your friendly supplier says:

    There will now be an endless supply of the white stuff at the US Embassy

    Partners in total decadence

    Bring it on….

  47. 47
    Robert Maxwell, Bob Bob Bobbing says:

    I really showed you all how to rob a pension fund

    As a sitting Labour MP at the time…

  48. 48
    Anonymous says:

    If Labour has any sense it should do the following things when next budget comes to committee stage.

    1) Include mansion tax in some form.
    2) Increase bank balance-sheet tax to 1%
    3) Increase tax / fee non-dom pays to £200,000
    4) Stop high rate tax paying pensioners getting winter fuel allowance.

    Then we all will be able to see how LD votes. If LD votes for these, these has to be implemented and if Osborne fails to change his budget we will have a general election.

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    Robert Halfon of Harlow: UK's finest MP says:

    Most hard working people who are low paid would be delighted with restoration of the 10% tax band.

    What a brilliant idea of Robert Halfon’s. Go, Rob, fight for this, please!

    It’s no good wishing Rob was your MP. He belongs to us in Harlow & Old Harlow and we’re keeping him.

  51. 51
    The Count says: says:

    One… mwhahaha
    Two… mwhahaha
    Three… mwhahaha

  52. 52
    Anonymous says:

    Back to basics. Not manufacturing the basic needs within a country means that the “busts” are worse.

    We need a balanced economy and that does not mean house building and turbines. We have to produce what we actually need, or can directly trade for our needs. It is not the manufacture employment that counts, it is the actual end products. Either they are essential or they are exported.

    Why build houses that only consume imports, provide no export possibility, and further enhance the import of occupants.

  53. 53

    And Labour should also introduce a tax break of 150% for all of their famous money tree growers.

    Mansion tax? What a complete load of bollocks that is, born of envy and spite. When inheritance tax was brought in, hundreds of beautiful country houses throughout the UK increasingly had the roof ripped off to make them uninhabitable, so that a crushing, punitive tax wasn’t applied. Lost now forever.How many times do you have to pay tax on the same money, ffs?

    Socialists – I’ve shit better ideas, and all of them were better looking than the LieBore front bench.

  54. 54
    Robert Halfon of Harlow is UK's finest MP says:

    Woops, I missed out the ‘is’.

  55. 55
    Johnny says says:

    “A friend of Halfon tells Guido that Gordon’s 10p rate abolition was a “reckless, lunatic thing to do, Robert wants to put that right”.”

    The *introduction* of the 10p rate was a reckless, lunatic thing to do. It was a wholly political measure introduced so Brown could crow about having the lowest rate of income tax and a canny move of introducing something he thought the Conservatives would never want to abolish. He was trying to salt the earth in case Labour lost the next election and eventually it bit him on the arse. It also needlessly complicated taxation when just putting up personal allowances and fiddling with the tax bands would have had a similar effect.

  56. 56
    Gordon McProzac says:

    I am proud to say that we are now the most highly taxed nation in the world
    Its! Fair”

    Im off, I cant stand staying in this shithole

  57. 57
    Robert Halfon of Harlow is UK's finest MP says:

    Guido, you forgot to state that Robert Halfon is Harlow’s MP. Though, to be fair to you, I suppose that’s unecessary, given that Rob is famous for referring to and fighting for his constituents in the HOC far more than any other MP does.

    Other MPs eat your heart out, Rob Halfon is the greatest!

  58. 58
    Everyone loves Rob Halfon MP! says:

    “A friend of Halfon tells Guido that Gordon’s 10p rate abolition was a “reckless, lunatic thing to do, Robert wants to put that right”.”

    Rob Halfon only fights to win. Broon’s vile tax on working people will soon be dust.

  59. 59
    Got a new crayon says:

    He’s my local MP and a jolly nice chap too!
    I’ll still be voting UKIP unless he can convince his boss to have an in/out referendum before the next GE.

  60. 60
    The Countess of Wythenshawe says:

    The poor will always be with us .

  61. 61
    Mornin' all says:

    hat’s what George was trying to get through to the thickheads opposite. He wants people to keep more of THEIR OWN money rather than have it stolen for sending to fund the Indian space programme.

  62. 62
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    Don’t forget the millions of immigrants coming in to sign on. Where are they going to live?

  63. 63
    Mornin' all says:

    Well, he certainly repelled most of us.

  64. 64
    lojolondon says:

    4 Really stupid ideas –

    1) Include mansion tax in some form – so people destroy the houses they have
    2) Increase bank balance-sheet tax to 1% – so people move money abroad
    3) Increase tax / fee non-dom pays to £200,000 – so they leave
    4) Stop high rate tax paying pensioners getting winter fuel allowance – minute savings, very expensive to police

    Are you Gordon Brown?

  65. 65
    restore the monasteries says:

    In principle,N.I, is a good,contributary system.But,we have lost our way a bit.
    If you pay your contributions,for years,then,should you fall on difficult times,you would be entitled,such as,accident at work etc,but for some unknown to me,reason,anyone can access it,whether or not they have contributed.This surely,is wrong,but has been allowed to happen,and adds to the nations woes.

  66. 66
    Living in 98 percent white Merseyside says:

    Send them all to the South Coast resorts. They’re used to it. It started in the 1980’s with Scousers. On benefits by the sea and plenty of jobs in the black economy during the summer.

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    Bonjour tout le monde says:

    Now now Limeys, no need to get yourselves into a state. It is very common in the American diplomatic service for their Heads of Mission (ie ambassadors) to be ‘celebrities’ or presidential cronies of some sort who are simply being rewarded for their support and huge contributions to the election campaign. Figureheads if you like, on a two year all expenses paid sabbatical with all the trimmings and bells and whistles somewhere nice.

    The vast majority of the diplomatic work is carried out by the regular dip service personnel who have had years of training, speak local languages etc and really do know what they are doing. The figurehead, who wouldn’t know a Diplomatic Note if it is was placed in front of them at dinner, goes to the parties and attracts all the photographers while the real work of diplomacy goes on in the background.

    This is a sore point among senior career US diplomats, but they have to learn to accept it – and if they are very lucky may eventually get an embassy of their own in some dim and distant backwater.

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    Living in 98 percent white Merseyside says:

    Or go back in time to Grantham circa early 1920’s.

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    The Best Whelk Stall in the UK. says:

    Your comment is a slur as it takes great business acumen to run a whelk stall – have you tried sourcing good whelks lately?
    As for the “Great Gordon Brown Repeal Bill” I believe the word Great should be removed as he who saved the world will only see Great Gordon Brown Bill.

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    Balls Up - Brown's Apprentice says:

    No it is me.

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    Living in 98 percent white Merseyside says:

    THE RICH ARE ALWAYS WITH US. It was the title of a Warner Bros 1932 film and that was during the depth of The Depression.

  72. 72
    Pundit Too says:

    France has already lost theirs. Strange nothing on this in the BBC.
    What you say is correct. However truth is better than spin so the rating agencies better understand this fact than either Hollande and Obama.
    Listening to the Toady Programme the added borrowing went from £50billion to £250,000 over 5 years depending on who was speaking.
    No one of course questioned Balls on any of his mantras’ today.

  73. 73
    BBC, Guardian and Independent - our truth is the only truth says:

    Hypocrisy is an art form for us and we practice it every day.

  74. 74
    DWWolds says:

    Can’t we have a Bill proposing that Brown should be expelled from the Commons? He’s never there so why should the taxpayer be paying his salary?

  75. 75
    its bleak in sunderland says:

    Simple solution personal allowance to be 17400PA then 20 per cent thereafter

  76. 76
    its bleak in sunderland says:

    And we always will be!

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