February 14th, 2013

Miliband Bounced Into Speech Policy U-Turn
“We would put right a mistake made by Gordon Brown”

The PM pulled the win back at a yesterday’s PMQs by running with Guido’s leaked email from Labour insiders who had been told there would be no policy announcement in today’s speech. Fast forward 24 hours and they’ve pulled one out of the hat. After the PM hinted that the 10p tax band would return, Miliband will shortly announce that Labour will reintroduce the rate scrapped by Gordon, funded by the LibDem policy of  a mansion tax on houses over £2 million. Funny that…

What we do know is as of Tuesday the Labour line was that there was no policy:

“Ed Miliband is going to make a ‘major’ speech on the economy on Thursday. It won’t have any new policies in it, but the plan is for Labour to release two or three big economic policies over the next couple of months.”

That was briefed out to supporters attending the speech, and now magically there is one. One that was suggested by a backbench Tory MP and does not look very well costed:


Did the Eds work this one out on the back of their Valentine’s Day card envelopes?

UPDATE: Quoting a “key advisor” as late as yesterday evening, the line to Labour supporting sites was still that there would be no major policy announcement in today’s speech:

“But I fear most people will ignore it. This is partly because it will not contain major policy announcements to fight an election on. Their reasoning for this is simple: the election is still two years away and no one can predict the state of the economy then. Without knowing that, it is difficult to set budgets and make spending plans.”

With language like “we are taking a shot at the paradigm of the past”, there is no prize for guessing who that “key advisor” was…


  1. 1
    What a slimebag says:

    Ali Dizaei’s appeal over his misconduct sacking has been rejected. Ha ha! Sweet.

  2. 2
    Misternedderry says:

    So they wait 18 months for a policy and then suddenly knee-jerk into stealing one from a fucking Liberal Democrat?


    And that fuckwit will become Prime Minister in 2015!

  3. 3
    Steve Miliband says:

    Maybe it was a double bluff?

  4. 4
    Lady Britain says:

    shame the Eddie boys aren’t stars in a valentine’s day massacre

  5. 5
    What a slimebag says:

    Actually, it was an appeal over his convictions that was rejected. Even better! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-21455888

  6. 6
    SFG says:

    Is there a single person in the Labour party who can do basic maths

  7. 7
    CarryHole is a Dismal Hunt says:

    Mansion Tax is the least worst kind of tax. Pity it was promoted by that LibDem who used to star in “Off the buses”.

  8. 8
    Steve Miliband says:

    Wunashun, wunashun, wunashun!!

  9. 9
    Labour...menadacious expedient sociopaths all of 'em says:

    they love doing the huff and the puff so bluff is definitely in the dna

  10. 10
    Steve Miliband says:

    It’s a spiteful socialist tax

  11. 11
    John Prescott says:

    Yes. Yesterday I ate 9,526 Big Macs. That made me 3% less hungry.

  12. 12
    Broadsword callng Danny Boy says:

    Could you please be more specific in using the term fuckwit? It doesn’t narrow the field down very much.

  13. 13
    Broadsword callng Danny Boy says:

    It used to Saint Valentines Day. Have we got rid of the saint to keep the politically correct fuckwits happy?

  14. 14
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Taxing success and successfully taxing are both Labour traits.

  15. 15
    Broadsword callng Danny Boy says:

    From the state of thier expenses claims is there a single politician who can do basic maths?

  16. 16
    Owin Jones says:

    Off to bed now night everyone ❤

  17. 17
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    Have you heard the good news? Wunashun.

  18. 18
    fujigmo says:

    Why not stop misleading the readers, Fawkes?

    The Labour line was never that there was no policy in this speech.

    That was the Fawkes reading of the New Statesman blog.

  19. 19
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    Have you put your boxing gloves on after your jammies?

  20. 20
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    Tax and spend, Tax and spend ! It’s in our D-N-A :)

  21. 21
    Johnny says says:

    The 10p rate was stupid in that it made taxation more complicated but was done for Gordon’s political gain.
    Getting rid of the 10p rate was also stupid because it was done for the same political reasons, didn’t get completely removed and further complicated taxation.
    David Cameron is suggesting the government will bring it back and is doing so for political gain but it will no doubt further complicate taxation.
    Ed Milliband is saying it might come back in part so is definitely doing it for political purposes and his proposal would definitely complicate taxation.

    What a bunch of idiots.

    Joey Jones said: “full reversal would mean putting the 20p rate back to 22p. don’t think anyone fancies that!”

    Or the shits could just spend less of our money.

  22. 22
    Ed Megashambles says:

    You must understand – I remain resolute on my no policy policy except when I’m not!

  23. 23
    Steve Miliband says:

    This is Labour, it will unwind by Newsnigtht

  24. 24

    What time is the Vikki Pryce verdict expected, and will Huhne be spending tonight at HM’s pleasure?

  25. 25
    Fire up the Quattro says:


  26. 26
    Anonymous says:

    It looks like another Whistle-blower has emerged now it is secure in the public mind that UK institutions silence them with threats.

    I guess it might be time for all UK closed and secretive entities to look back at the deaths and injuries they have covered up. They all know what they have done.

    Secretive deals and threats of ruin should be a criminal offense. Further, the judiciary need also to be open to their part in these cover-ups.

  27. 27
    paddybriggs says:

    A Mansion Tax is a very bad idea. Here’s why:


  28. 28
    Anonymous says:

    I smell a kebab

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:

    Even Labour wants to cur tax ordinary people pay but Cameron conservative wants to increase tax ordinary people pay (NI, VAT, etc) and cut taxes supper rich pay.

    Cutting tax for ordinary people is self financing as benefits will fall as well as increase in economic activity will increase tax intake. Most of the tax cuts given to super rich will end up in tax heaven.

  30. 30
    John O'Farrell says:

    This makes me a shoo in at Eastleigh now.

    Writing for “Order Order”,Ed Balls admits scrapping the 10p tax was ‘a mistake’, and says Labour will restore it.


  31. 31
    Labour...mendacious expedient sociopaths all of 'em says:

    10p tax…mansion tax…temporary reduction in vat…and yards of yesterday’s one nation rhetoric .. birdhit boy’s curtain opener… the back of an envelope unoriginal rehash plops onto the public’s doormat ..banal stuff from a worn script. The libdem carrot so obvious as to be risible.

  32. 32
    Hobo humping Solbo babe says:

    Well that’s what you get from sharing dodgy texts with Vince Cable.

  33. 33
    James Purnell says:

    The interview process for the bbc job was very simple. I said I was a minister in the last Labour government, and they said “Welcome to the bbc”.

  34. 34
    Margaret Moran says:

    I can’t believe that she did not run my line

  35. 35
    Steve Miliband says:

    1st question from a journo to Balls and it’s unwinding

  36. 36
    John O'Farrell says:

    Guido Fawkes: We need a tax cut now paid for by rich non-doms.

    Hear! Hear! Guido,well said.

  37. 37
    blood on his hands says:

    Anyone asked Peter Hain for comment as Shankill Bomber Sean Kelly, who he released early from prison to ‘help the peace process’, was arrested last night in Belfast in connection with the shooting of an 18 year old.

  38. 38
    BBC says:

    We will be reported the end of boom and bust at the 2015 election now

  39. 39
    chancer says:

    3/4 nashun. We refuse to include Northern Ireland

  40. 40
    Union crony and a fuckwit says:

    Any one of the left or affiliated to Labour or the union movement.

    Yeah ok I see that’s a very wide field

  41. 41
    Ed Millibland says:

    To show that we are not the party for shirkers, we will announce a policy,
    namely that all benefit claimants will be in the 40% tax threshold.

    And this will not be by dropping the threshold either.

  42. 42
    Ed Balls (getting ready for a leadership contest) says:

    I Disagree

  43. 43
    Read my lips no new policies says:

    Gosh Another leftie fuckwit who has difficulty reading an email

  44. 44
    The hungry horse says:

    Did someone call?

  45. 45
    chancer says:

    I admire the restraint of those in the audience watching that buffoon making his silly little speech. How no-one shouted bollocks, I’ll never know.

  46. 46
  47. 47
    Joss Taskin says:

    Any chance we could have that in English, please ?

  48. 48
    Cut-me-own-throat Dibbler says:

    Cutting tax is great as long as it is paid for by REAL public spending cuts. Otherwise we end up in the same mess as Greece, Spain,etc.

  49. 49
    Gordon McFuckwit Brown says:

    Why did he not do away with the 10p tax rate 42 days before the election?
    After all he increased the 40% rate to 50% at that point after 13 years

  50. 50
    Osbrownian Economics Foundation (Green Crayons Division). says:

    And only a 0% increase in circumference.

  51. 51
    Ladyboy says:

    Blinky, Blinky, Blinky. Calm down dear.

  52. 52
    Lost in Clacton says:

    Tax all benefits .

    An excellent idea .

    With all these computers these days we can make it PAYE .

  53. 53
  54. 54
    Osbrownian Economics Foundation (Blankety Blank Division). says:

    Labour line? Still useless at catching a whopper. Good to see the red ed gang is still trawling up blank pieces of paper and filleting unionista stuffed envelopes.

  55. 55
  56. 56
    Pryce Watch says:

    Jury now deliberating, at long last.

    Judge directed them not to feel pressure of time, wonder when they will be done by.

  57. 57
    Casual Observer says:

    Were they a real audience, or BBC room meat ?

  58. 58
    City Spiv says:

    Taxing benefits: That would be the public sector equivalent of a derivative trade of sorts.

    Let me know if you need such taxation streams collateralized. Know a good way of doing this offshore to lower the corporation tax.

  59. 59
    FAO: Guido Fawkes says:

    The link above gave me a malware warning in Chrome.

    It was complaining about a site which was likely linked via their ad service. fxbites is clean.

    Just a heads up that you may need to keep an eye on your ad sources as this blog may be hit by similar problems at some point in the future. At present they are largely false flags, but there will be some genuine cases in there which will hit users to augment the effect.

    Your blog will be clean, but the brand may get tainted.

    This style of attack is new and has been documented:


  60. 60
    voice of reason says:

    Isn’t that PAYS = Pay as you skive?

  61. 61
    8illy 8owden is the gre@test ump1re ever ! says:

    Welcome back – presumably you have been away with friends in town

  62. 62
    8illy 8owden is the gre@test ump1re ever ! says:

    Is Huhne there with his toothbrush

  63. 63
    EdButLookBalls says:

    Hey retardED, why do you have to create another tax to replace another. Don’t you ever think of cutting the draconian costs of government FFS!

  64. 64
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    Plus – an important plus – he wants to bring back apprenticeships and technical training, so that by the age of 14 a youngster will know whether to pursue a technical or academic education.

    I thought we used to have exactly that until the early 1960s when it was scrapped by……… the then Labour Govt which included Crossman and Williams, arch-wreckers par excellence of our very good eduction system from whose idiocies all our kids have subsequently suffered.

  65. 65
    widescreen2010 says:

    I think the portmantau word ‘fucktard’ is appropriate here.
    It combines both ‘fuckwit’ and ‘retard’.
    As in ‘Do you hear that Milliband today? What a fucktard.’

  66. 66
    CarryHole is a Dismal Hunt says:

    No it’s not. Taxing unearned income is a benefit. Those who benefit from Land speculation are collecting the incomes generated nearby, not by their own actions.

    See Adam Smith or David Ricardo (both not noted for promoting Marxism).

  67. 67
    Anonymous says:

    Yet more cutting-edge comments from this site?

  68. 68
    David B says:

    Don’t forget Gordon Brown raised taxes on the lowest earners!

  69. 69
    Anonymous says:

    Fawkes longer misleading its’ reader – whatever next?

  70. 70
    Anonymous says:

    One way to become a Starbuck Mansion Owner is to avoid tax or (as with Poundland) have State hand-outs paying some of your wage bill.

  71. 71
    fitz fitz says:

    … that’s wacist, that’s wacist .

  72. 72
    fitz fitz says:

    … heigh ho, Silver …

  73. 73
    gildedtumbril says:

    One may not believe in Bigfoot, but one cannot not believe in Bigtax. We are being robbed blind by the Whitehall bastards at every turn.Sod ‘em all. Perhaps I should rephrase that…

  74. 74
    John C says:

    This is simply a ruse to attract the LibDems to a coalition after the 2015 GE.

    The LibDems love the mansion tax idea so will go for Labour if there is a two way choice.

  75. 75
    Anonymous says:

    How the fuck can taxing unearned income become a benefit you twat? The tax gained off unearned income gets paid to the lazy bastards who draw benefit. Fuck me sideways..

  76. 76

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