Labour’s Taxing Line

Hardly a week ever goes by without Labour failing to label a reform to welfare handouts as “a tax”. This week everyone has fallen in line behind the phrase “bedroom tax”:

With Andrew Dilnot clearing up the debt and deficit confusion earlier, in the interests of accuracy and Guido’s sanity, he’s sending these confused souls back to school. Here is the dictionary definition of a ‘tax':

“a compulsory contribution to state revenue, levied by the government on workers’ income and business profits, or added to the cost of some goods, services, and transactions.”

The so-called “bedroom tax” will see tenants in social housing who are deemed to be under-occupying their homes lose part of their housing benefit. See the difference?

The “bedroom tax” is not a tax at all, but actually a welfare transfer. If you are under-occupying your social housing you do not have to pay the state any money, you will simply receive a smaller handout from the taxpayer. But then Owen, and Kevin and Ian and Ed and Rachel all knew this already. 

The same applies to the nanny ‘tax’, the mummy ‘tax’, and all the other fake ‘taxes’ Labour types are inventing, a long with that imaginary “cheque” Cameron “wrote” to all those millionaires. This sort of misinformation is exactly why people hate politicians. They know what they are doing: being deliberately stupid to scare voters…

Dilnot Explains Debt/Deficit Difference to Dave

Guido said last week that Dave Denies Debt Truth, the boss of the Office for National Statistics, Andrew Dilnot, agrees. He has given Downing Street a slap, though Osborne will be pleased with the confirmation that the deficit is down by a quarter…

Friday Caption Contest: Going Underground Edition

UKIP Members Are Bar Fighting Hooligans, Says Dave Ally

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Every year swathes of boozed-up Brits cross the channel and wreak havoc on the continent. According to one of David Cameron’s allies in the European Conservatives and Reformists group, UKIP are the prime culprits. Derk-Jan Eppink isn’t happy:

“If they get drunk they get very dangerous. They present themselves as white knights but they are not. They are sort of hooligans, bar fighters…apart from Nigel Farage.”

In Guido’s experience they have been able to hold their drink. Well, most of them…

H/T @poljourno

Galloway Hits Back With Dave Killing Rant

Dear Prime Minister, 

I’m sure on reflection you will realise that your answer to me today was beneath you and unbecoming for a British Prime Minister. I will deal with the complete absence of a substantive reply in a moment. But let me deal first with the vulgar abuse. 

I do not support any Arab dictatorship, unlike you. It is you who is selling weapons to the dictatorship in Saudi Arabia and providing military training there. It is you who is supporting the Bahraini dictatorship. It is you who supported the Mubarak dictatorship until its last hours. Ditto the late dictatorship in Tunisia, Yemen etc. It is you who has the warmest possible relations with the dictatorships in the Gulf. I could go on, believe me. I, on the other hand, have spoken, written and broadcast against all Arab dictatorships. Perhaps your staff, in preparing your reply, will provide you with the evidence of this. I also read Frankenstein until the end. 

I told one of your predecessors, Lady Thatcher, on the eve of the triumph of those whom your party routinely described as ‘Afghan freedom fighters’ that she “had opened the gates to the barbarians…. And that a long dark night would now descend upon the people of Afghanistan”. I warned repeatedly against the folly of the creation of the Arab-Afghan force which became Al Qaida. Immediately after 9/11 I said in the House that “I despise Osama Bin Laden, the medieval obscurantist savage. The difference is that I have always despised him. I despised him when you (pointing at the Tory benches) were giving him guns and money”. 

I find it genuinely inexplicable that you are doing it all over again. This is a tragedy which begins to look farcical when one considers the issue which I raised today with you. We are now killing Al Qaida in Mali and helping Al Qaida kill in Syria – killing Christians, killing Shiites, killing Kurds, killing Druze, killing Sunnis who won’t join their jihad, and soon, trust me, they will be killing each other. 

There may be “key differences” between Al Qaida in Mali and their counterparts in Syria. I asked you to explain these to the House today. You refused. But it is a question which will not go away before a puff of vulgar abuse. 

I look forward to your reply. I am seeking to publish this letter. 

Yours sincerely, 

George Galloway MP

He didn’t take Dave’s smackdown well then

Dave Backed From Poland to India, Just Not Backbenches

daveSome pretty unpleasant reading for Dave this morning: the plotters are hard at work and Lord Ashcroft says his big Europe speech has done little to boost his poll ratings. All is not lost though. The PM’s renegotiation, then referendum pledge has won the support of governments across the world. Poland’s ambassador sees no problem with Britain changing its relationship with the continent telling Ned Simons:

“We see a lot of room for manoeuvre. We all want a better functioning EU, respecting subsidiarity, and reducing its bureaucratic burden…I believe we can accommodate some British proposals.”

While the Indian finance minister goes further telling the FT:

“We have had historical relationships with the UK and I don’t think that will be affected whether you are in the European Union or not in the European Union…our relationship with the UK will only get stronger whether you are in the European Union or not.”

If only Dave’s own MPs were as friendly as foreigners…

Dave’s 2014 Deadline

20130201-083412.jpgAnother twist in the Adam Afriyie stalking horse plot this morning. Today’s headlines report that the PM has been set a deadline of summer 2014 to improve the party’s poll ratings or face a vote of confidence. Not only that but the Chancellor is now in the plotters’ sights as well. Guido knows of at least two Tory MPs who have received dinner invites from Afriyie as part of a concerted effort to woo potential backers. It’s on…



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