March 20th, 2014

Tories Play Hardball

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A CCHQ spokesman told Guido this morning that they stand by the poster and will not be apologising for cutting taxes. The Speccie quotes a revisionist Tory source’s attempts to rewrite last night’s Twitter infographic clusterf**k though:

“there never was a poster or digital campaign, it was only intended as an infographic… the idea that it’s been pulled is ridiculous.”

Though Grant Shapps ain’t tweeting it this morning, there is no comment on who it was that came up with the poster or who signed it off. Shapps is getting the flack right now, but it has not gone unnoticed in CCHQ that the poster was also pushed last night by the Chancellor’s PPS.

Labour are cock-a-hoop that they finally have an angle on the budget, that said, the Tories are counter attacking with this from Labour’s John McTernan:

They’re all in it together…


304 Comments

  1. 1
    Mitch says:

    F*ck them both.

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    • 18
      Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Peedos, Green Nazis & other Wasters says:

      Bankers bonus blah blah, eton blah blah, rich blah blah, toffs blah blah, tories blah blah, freeze energy blah blah. what a vile, vacuous scumbag this Red Miliband is.

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    • 81
      BUNGELR says:

      “you can’t trust people to sped their own money”

      YOU NAZI PIECE OF SHIT

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      • 200
        Cinna says:

        He’s a tw@t. One of the biggest ripoffs ever are annuities. I finally got that message 20 years ago. Seems that Socialists and bankers/financial service companies are at one with that…people can’t be trusted with their own money. For the one it’s their profit they are concerned about and for the other it’s the fact that they would rather spend it on the feckless, work shy and immigrant population.

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      • 267
        SIZE 14 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

        If that arsehole ever said to me he knows better than I do about how to spend my own money, his life expectancy would shrink to about three seconds from the moment he said it .

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    • 93
      Táxpáyér says:

      How does making land more expensive let people do more of the things they enjoy?

      It just makes banks get more interest payments.

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    • 182
      Our taxes are working class crap says:

      Grant Shapps is the Gerald Ratner of the Tory party

      We also do cut-glass sherry decanters complete with six glasses on a silver-plated tray that your butler can serve you drinks on, all for £4.95. People say, “How can you sell this for such a low price?”, I say, “because it’s total crap

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    • 290
      millipede his panzer-gain says:

      ..and whilst you were still probably wetting your bed at night, some of us now just 65-ers had already paid in best part of 10 years of hard graft into the state system and were saving hard for our first properties, in addition to paying in additional pension contributions, rather than P*ss them against a wall, to provide for a better long term for ourselves and future families. But now, according to you, we cannot be thought of as being responsible enough to look after all that money now, after all those years of saving?
      Well yeah! Blair, Brown, Balls & Co knew all about financial responsibility, didnt they??
      Hence the 13 yr mess that they created yet, but to this day ever accept ANY responsibilty for. It ever there was an admission of the spendthrift Britain that Liebor created, it came from your lips today Sir!

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    • 292
      They nicked my idea says:

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    • 293
      Tom Catesby. says:

      What the f*ck as it got to do with all of these bastards what i choose to spend my money on? That is what little is left after I have paid through taxation, direct or indirect to support these superannuated crooks and wasters, cheeky arrogant bastards.

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  2. 2
    Stephen Hawking says:

    It was Labour lobbyists who started this campaign back in 2010.

    http://www.backbingo.com/

    Charles Napier – 0207 618 9132
    Amelia Bullock-Muir – 0207 618 9166
    Oli Winton – 0207 618 9156

    Check their twitter accounts – All Labour “Lobbyists” / Media Consultants.

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    • 71
      Eti says:

      Why spend Billions trying to find intelligent life in outer space when you can’t find a plane on Planet Earth?

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      • 112
        Village Idiot says:

        …Yes,but we know all about “The Big Bang” that no one can prove and look here,we have a “Higgs Bosun ” that should keep us in funds for years!..Oh…forgot to mention, “Climate change”,which by any other name is just as lucrative!…Did you know “Mercury” is getting smaller?…All useful stuff for living on this Globe!
        ….What plane?

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  3. 3
    I hate Labour says:

    Labour should all go fuck themselves.

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  4. 4
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    Well you certainly can’t trust Labour to spend my taxes sensibly. Milenum Dome anyone!

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  5. 5
    Richard Webbfoot says:

    Lovin’ it. Labour are excited about a twitter message because they’ve got nothing to say on the budget and the economy.

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    • 125
      Anonymous says:

      This demonstrates beautifully the extent of the joined up thinking within the Liebore
      Party. ” We’ve no answers to the Budget, but we’re cock a hoop that halving the tax on Bingo, and taking a penny off a pint of beer is being condescending to our core voters, and we can make a song and dance about it, meanwhile telling all the rich, conservative voting pensioners, that although they had the brains to save their money over the years, they are not to be trusted to spend it wisely.” Condescending ??

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  6. 6
    Michael Parkinson says:

    I’ve met hundreds of interesting people.

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  7. 7
    Twitterite says:

    I assumed it was from one of my favourite twitter trolls. I retweeted it to see if anyone bit.

    You really couldn’t make it up.

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  8. 8
    An Elderly Person says:

    Grant Shapps is doing for the Tory party what David Moyes is doing for Manchester United…

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  9. 9
    Gobs says:

    Two showers of shite

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  10. 11
    Steve Miliband says:

    The best Labour can come up with is with a critique of a childish twitter post?

    Was it Paul Whitehouse replying to Budget for Labour? The Bankers the bonuses, the bonuses The Bankers, Bullingdon, Ashcroft, Nasty, Tax cut for Millionaires, The Bankers the Bonuses etc etc

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  11. 12
    Ed Balls says:

    If we win next year, we’ll increase the public sector by 550% and tax everyone 90p in the pound except union bosses and ourselves. Sieg heil!

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  12. 15
    Ric Holden CCHQ says:

    How long until we see Grant Shapps pictured at the bingo, eating a ‘growler’ and drinking a pint of northern ale?

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  13. 19
    Tinkering Watch says:

    The tax cut on beer was pathetic. They need to take at least 50p a pint off the price of a beer in a pub. As gor encouraging bingo, I think they should focus on something mroe important, like the real damage being caused by the gambling industry to our High Streets, with their addictive gambling machines spreading theough our towns like Japanese Knotweed.

    Personally, I would ban such machines altogether apart from in, say, half a dozen casinos in seaside town and restrict High Street gambling to bets on genuine events, like horse races, football matches and whether or not David Cameron’s Conservatives will come third in the European elections.

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    • 24
      Mitch says:

      You can easily buy decent beer from the supermarket at around £1 a pint. I love pubs but they are just too expensive, whoever is to blame.

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      • 294
        Tom Catesby. says:

        So do I, unfortunately the death of the English pub is coming due to the expense of the pint these days, it’s a pity.

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    • 33
      Got a new pound not for the guy says:

      Why did Liebour allow the machines in the first place, good job that massive casino planned for Manchester wasn’t built, 2015 is going to be great, it’s a good bet who will be third, Camorons Conservatives or red Ed’s Liebour, the Libcraps will come 5th after the Elvis guy.

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    • 61
      Mr Nobody says:

      Labour’s 2005 Gambling Act did huge damage, and the smoking ban compounded it. Tax on FOBTs went up to 25% which is a step in the right direction, but the maximum stake needs reducing to £2. £100 per game on red or black is simply not acceptable.

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    • 199
      Táxpáyér says:

      Just walk past the bookies.

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      • 216
        Londoner says:

        There are so many. There must be 20+ bookies within a mile of my place, when there were only about half a dozen befoer the 2005 Gambling Act

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        • 295
          Keep buying those fags. says:

          Good on em! the tax has got to come from somewhere, If we all stopped betting, smoking and boozing, the bastard government would have next to f^ck all left to tax, christ knows what the tax on petrol and incomes would have to be

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  14. 23
    Sweetie PIE says:

    Tony Benn’s daughter, Melissa, worked as assistant to Patricia Hewitt at NCCL.

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  15. 27
    Michael Parkinson says:

    I’ve met hundreds of fascinating people. Phone now and you get a free biro just for asking.

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  16. 28
    was it something I said? says:

    I assume that video clip is entirely out of context. I assume the Labour guy is actually saying that the status quo says that ‘You can’t trust people to spend their own money…’

    If a Labour mouthpiece has actually said ”You can’t trust people to spend their own money…’ then they (Labour) are fucked.

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    • 37
      Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Peedos, Green Nazis & other Wasters says:

      But this is what Labour believe and why they always spend our money for us?

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    • 40
      Ah! no he meant it says:

      Nope, the context was giving access to people deciding how much they could / would take out of THEIR pension pots. He feared that many would spend THEIR money too soon and would have to rely on the State, just like those who have never bothered to save anything.

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      • 48
        Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Peedos, Green Nazis & other Wasters says:

        Vote Labour and we’ll spend your money for you.

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      • 56
        was it something I said? says:

        Well in that case Labour are fucked.

        If I were CCHQ I would hound the fuckers to the grave with that quote.

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        • 73
          don't forget says:

          Labour only belatedly managed to come up with this
          angle because it was fed them by their mates at the
          BBC.
          Their total incompetence has been underlined by this
          Tory budget success.

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        • 91
          Theresa May's nice party says:

          What always astonishes me is how the Tories let Labour off the hook time and time again.

          They should be able to bury the fuckers, but the Tories are so fucking wet. They need to get angry and go on the attack.

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    • 287
      geordieboy says:

      You can trust Labour to spend your money on freebies, benefits, pet projects, expenses, jolly junkets to warm climates and party coffers,

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  17. 29
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    YES closes the gap to 5% in new Panelbase IndyRef poll for Scottish Independence vote:

    YES 40%
    NO 45%
    DK 15%

    Good news for the Tories as the only chance they have now of stopping Miliband serving a full 5 year term is if the Scots vote YES to independence and Miliband only wins with a small majority in May next year.

    He will then lose that majority in 2016 as Scottish MPs will no longer sit at Westminster.

    Labour could try to struggle on as a minority government but the markets will call time on them pretty quickly, forcing a vote of no confidence and an early general election in late 2016 or Spring 2017.

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    • 34
      Ah! question says:

      but would a yes vote immediately trigger this scenario. I suspect not. It would take years to arrange a split surely?

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      • 39
        Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

        Scotland will be officially become independent on March 24th 2016 and therefore Scottish MPs will no longer have any right to sit at Westminster.

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        • 47
          was it something I said? says:

          I SPY STRANGERS!!!!

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          • Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Peedos, Green Nazis & other Wasters says:

            Vote Labour and we’ll spend your money before you get it.

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        • 50
          One Man One Vote says:

          And good riddance. The malign influence of the gerrymandered and unfairly small Scottish constituencies has been felt in this country for far too long.

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        • 144
          A right old Eton Mess says:

          Not just them standing down in March 2016 but they may not even be allowed to stand in May 2015 if Scotland becomes Independent . The Government/Parliament have received constitutional advice that in the event of Scotland voting for independence on 18 September 2015 that there will have to be emergency legislation introduced to disbar the 59 MPs representing Scottish constituencies in standing for the General Election in May 2015 and that included in the legislation will be the immediate transfer of powers to the Scottish Government .

          The view is that it would constitutionally unsafe to allow such MPs to stand as it could cause a constitutional crisis as by them standing there could be a legal challenge to the validity of any election result

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        • 185
          Scotch Broff says:

          Does that also mean Scottish person who represent English constituencies? If so some bye-elections will also be needed

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          • Jack Ketch says:

            Why not just do a Putin? Just move some handy lads with automatic weapons into the appropriate constituencies and have a snap election the following day?

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          • Tom Catesby. says:

            If Scotland votes yes in the referendum and subsequently gets the boot from the EUSSR, so it will no longer be a member state. Will that mean any Scottish person living in England will not be allowed to vote and will not be allowed to stand as a candidate in and English election (in so far as anybody will take any notice of the law, as in the case of unlawful postal voting applications for example)?

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    • 36
      Get Rid of Scotland says:

      England needs to tell the Scots to stop whining. The tartan spongers claim the Pound “belongs to Scotland as much as England” but then say they’ll be wealthy as an independent nation because they want all the North Sea oil.

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      • 44
        Londoner says:

        Whether Scotland stays or goes is a matter of complete indifference to me. I will not be the one queuing up for hours on the A1 waiting to have my passport checked, my goods searched and the pressure on my tyres inspected.

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      • 165
        The only Country in Europe not to have a Parliament is England says:

        Let them have all the old pound coins in 2017

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    • 43
      Each action etc. says:

      I do hope the Scots win their referendum vote, after so many years of being under the heel of us nasty English, they must be so relieved they can rule their own country under king Alex the snake oil salesman and be part of the EU, supplying soldiers to fight the bear in the EU’s “expansion” programme.

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  18. 31
    Ah! here we go again says:

    Now that Spring has arrived in Portugal a plethora of ‘new leads’ in the search for ‘new leads’ will be followed up by hard-working British police searching for ‘new leads’

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    • 35
      Sherlock Holmes says:

      Apparently, the suspects are partial to long stays in 5 star resorts and are suspected of dining in a number of exclusive restaurants before rounding off their evenings in nightclubs.

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  19. 38
    Tony Blair is a war criminal says:

    Actually lots of lefties were opposing the changes to pensions. They all stated people can’t be trusted to spend their money.

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  20. 41
    Dave and his Fags says:

    Calm down dears. This all part of our plan for a Labour landslide in 2015.

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  21. 42
    Ukrainian Oligarch in Laundry London says:

    Guido

    Thanks for diverting public attention

    Our Spoonface Cameron is currently vetoing any sanctions on us in Brussels

    We have pillaged billionns from Ukraine and bought Tony Blair and Bill Clinton for a few million dollars

    So we are safe and happy in London while our thugs run amok in Ukraine beating up the police, takinng over factories and beating up TV producers who we don’t like

    I’m just waiting to telephone Victoria Nuland and the neocon criminals in Washington and London

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  22. 45
    Prime Minister"Money's no object" Cameron says:

    Now we are relying on the Australians to find that plane!

    They can’t even find a decent beer

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  23. 48
    BBC News says:

    NEWSFLASH: Air crash investigators say the missing Malaysian Airlines 777 could have flown in to Labour’s black hole. “This is vast uncharted area of wasteland” said an expert familiar with the search

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  24. 51
    I hate Labour says:

    What’s happened to Jimmy? His absence is worrying. Has he been sent to a Tony Blair re-education education education camp for failing in his trolling activities?

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    • 64
      Green Idiot says:

      He was on that plane.

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    • 83
      M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

      Maybe he got a job at last.

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    • 100
      gotta larf says:

      Jimmy’s waiting for orders from Labour HQ, but they’re too busy lookin at bingo tweets.

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      • 128
        Bill Quango MP says:

        They don’t know what orders to send.

        Ed Miliband thought his Labour panzer’s had reached Moscow and he was home safe. But he’s been held at the gates by a Tory counterattack

        And as he looks at the weather he sees its starting to snow….

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        • 206
          Oz First XV Rugby League Thugs says:

          Your Millliipeed is a blizzarding idiot who should be confined to the attic.

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  25. 60
    Rationality is not one of their traits says:

    Why are women so fucking irrational? I’m not a misogynist, this is just a fact. They’re incapable of being rational and consistent. I feel sorry for anyone who made the mistake of getting married. What may start out as nice and happy just ends up in years of misery, ending in a divorce that costs you dearly. That’s one mistake I’ll never make. Last thing I want is an irrational nagging harridan making my life a misery and then fleecing me.

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  26. 63
    Steve Miliband says:

    Why aren’t Footballers on £300k a week castigated like Bankers are?

    Most Footballers are probably Ltd co’s paying themselves dividends.

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    • 69
      The public says:

      All quoted football salaries of £300k a week etc are the actual cash received numbers.
      Salaries are quoted AFTER TAX.

      So Rooney is actually on £500k a week.

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    • 72
      Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

      Because footballers haven’t been bailed out by the taxpayer?

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      • 74
        Glasgow Rangers says:

        Erm…

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      • 107
        hard of thinking lefty says:

        Because footballsers are good salt of the earth working class lads
        from good working class areas
        such as Manchester, and Liverpool

        (don’t mention Barcelona!)

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        • 223
          Fitba loonasy says:

          .. and it is the fucking brain dead idiots who infest these places that are stupid enough to pay those silly prices for their tickets. Time to increase the dole money or they won’t be able to afford the tickets any more.

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    • 104
      M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

      No they are typically employees of the clubs and salaried. As far as sponsorship deals are concerned then I’m sure that those few have Ltd Cos of the sort that serve Ken Livingstone and Gordon Brown so well.

      When Labour talk about taxing bankers bonuses don’t they already realise they are taxed at 47% plus whatever the employer’s NIC contribution is and then when they spend the remainder 20% VAT is taken off.

      Doesn’t leave a lot to buy jobs for the feckless.

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      • 148
        The Critic says:

        Having warned the bansk what he will do, I am sure bonus payments will cease and a new way to pay them will be invented. Genius move Ed.

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    • 214
      Táxpáyér says:

      I’d have thought a firm were the workers earn most of the turnover was to be celebrated not castigated.

      Anything else just looks like envy.

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    • 285
      Jack Ketch says:

      I was thinking the same the other day after some Laborious Twat appeared on TV spouting the usual nonsense–I then pondered on BBC paycheques too, “Newsnight” alone has a front-man/woman talent bill of about 2.5 million per annum and only attracts some 100,000 viewers–tops. Their head of commissioning gets 250k per annum, yet apparently does no commissioning. We could add in council bosses and ex-cabinet ministers and civil servants who get “consultancy” jobs related to their earlier employment.

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  27. 67
    Anonymous says:

    When are they going to fire the useless idiot Grant Shapps

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  28. 76
    Rachel Reeves says:

    Ed told me to stand by for deployment round the BBC.

    Honk…Honk honk honk. Hoooooonnnnnkkkk!

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  29. 79
    nell says:

    labour ‘ you can’t trust people to spend their own money sensibly’

    ++++Laugh++++

    this from the last labour government that frittered everything away on nothing!!

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  30. 85
    Dan Hodges says:

    I don’t want to say I told you so … but I told you so.

    Ed Miliband is a spaz

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  31. 88
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    Labour have no answers. Miliband’s embarassing rant yesterday proved that.

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  32. 89
    neitherdeadnoralive says:

    My God !! What a choice; chinless, Eaton educated millionaires who think “they” only need bingo and beer to keep them happy; or millionaire Marxists who are about as in touch with the “working class” as their Tory counterparts……..

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  33. 90
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    I LOVE A DECENT PINT……

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  34. 92
    Rationality is not one of their traits says:

    As the old saying goes:

    Women. Can’t live with them. Pass the beer nuts.

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  35. 96
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    Ed Balls has been on the BBC News channel this morning. He speaks but there is nothing behind the words, his eyes show that he is highly stressed. I believe his world is crumbling around him.

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    • 102
      was it something I said? says:

      I think the Tories have finally cleared all the Labour moles out of the Treasury. Miliband and Balls hadn’t a fucking clue what hit them yesterday.

      They still haven’t a clue what hit them. They don’t have any answers or objections or stance on the long-term implications of allowing pensioners access to their cash. Or any of the other measures announced.

      Totally fucking pwned.

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    • 121
      Bill Quango MP says:

      Remember the Mayor in ‘Jaws’ ?
      The Chief confronts him as he’s mumbling “We can still save August…If we…”

      “Larry, the summer is over. You’re the mayor of “shark city.”

      That’s poor Ed Balls wandering around the shadow cabinet..”if .. if the Eurozone fails…if ..if maybe we can start a war in Ukraine it will destabilise the west and bring back the recession.. or get the unions to hold a general strike for a month..or ..or maybe there will be a drought..or..a recession..?”

      “Recession? Ed, recession is over! You’re the Mayor of triple dip city. The people think you want the economy to fail”

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      • 134
        LOL says:

        Love your posts, Mr Quango. That sums up Blinky perfectly.

        I’m always impressed how you manage to make appropriate film references. Here’s a challenge. Draw an analogy between Labour and a character from Aliens or Terminator.

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        • 174
          Bill Quango MP says:

          LOL, thanks for that.

          : Too easy – Others have done good ones before.

          My two favourites from Aliens was someone describing Brown rushing around when Purnell resigned as Bill Paxton. “Game over man..game over”

          And the one applicable to New Labour in general.

          ” I say we take off and nuke their entire HQ from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

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  36. 105
    Rob says:

    “Is that all you’ve got?” Should be the only answer to the stuck up temperance and tax fanatics sneering at this poster.

    God help us that a tax should be reduced, especially on something popular in areas without a N1/N5 postcode.

    Fuck off back to your artisan bakery.

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  37. 108
    Gorblimey says:

    flack != flak

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  38. 113
    Dot Cottons fag says:

    Brilliant spoof picture in the Mail http://tinyurl.com/l3o6jul Cabinet meeting where all are drinking beer and playing bingo. Sadly this is probably all people will remember of the budget now. Shapps really is a liability isn’t he?

    The McTienan thing is gold though, will keep a copy of that to be deployed at strategic intervals.

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  39. 118
    Seen it says:

    Labour will row back on the pension change, cannot have people only paying twenty per cent, it will be treated as a capital windfall worthy of heavy taxing say fifty per cent.

    Of course they don’t like personal responsibility, it flies counter to the dependency drug teat brought by Bliar and brun, they believe these people can’t be trusted to even get the kids to school and for a large part they are right, so schools employ knocker uppers in the heartlands.

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    • 127
      Harman, H. says:

      Command economy
      Planned economy
      Central control
      Committees for spending
      The State

      Central control is at the heart of all socialist thinking.

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      • 157
        Pres Pootn says:

        “Command economy
        Planned economy
        Central control”

        Some might say that is only way we will get ourselves out of the economic hole we are currently in.

        But then some soft hands don’t do industry.

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  40. 131
    Savvy person says:

    I love these pension changes. We’ll blow the lot, and then sign on for Income Support.

    Thanks George.

    PS: If you think you’ve bought our votes, you can fuck off.

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    • 135
      Benny Fitz-Clements says:

      Let me know how you get on claiming Income Support. Seems that the Tories have stopped chucking around Taxpayers’ free money like there’s no tomorrow.

      Bastards.

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      • 143
        Savvy person says:

        You’re right. It’s more Pension Credit that we can claim.

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        • 161
          Benny Fitz-Clements says:

          Huh ! Some might say you OAPs who have saved all your lives are simply getting your own money back.

          Labour promised me cradle to grave welfare and I mean to collect on that pledge.

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          • Eye Rate Hicewaif says:

            Yup, a neat trick to increase the tax take. Before, annuity withdrawal was taxed at 55% – so very few people withdrew cash, so ergo not much loot for the Treasury. Now, taxed at [only!] 20%, lots of people will rush off and withdraw some cash, so lots of lovely 20%s in place of hardly any 55%s.

            Geddit now?

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  41. 145
    M103 says:

    We are in the same position as Japan was in the 1990′s, stagflation nation, a decade of our economy bouncing along the bottom.

    However Japan could call in a substantial amount of foreign debt owed, we don’t have even that.

    Thatcherism has stripped this country bare, the vultures like wonga are feeding of the carcass and our carpet bagger of a chancellor is selling off the rest

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  42. 150
    Michael Parkinson says:

    I’ve met hundreds of interesting stairlifts.

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  43. 153
    P Issed says:

    Why is it always a penny off a pint?

    Can anybody here tell me how many decades you would have to go back for a penny off a pint to be greeted with anything approaching enthusiasm and gratitude, rather than indifference, or a rolling of the eyes and a muttered curse?
    1960?

    Because I don’t think I’m old enough and I’m not exactly a giddy youth

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    • 176
      It is better to stand and be patronized on your feet than be patronized on your knees says:

      +1.

      This ‘penny off a pint’ nonsense is pathetic. It would need at least 50p off a pint – actually taken off the price and not absorbed by the brewery shareholders – for me to raise my glass in the direction of any chancellor of any party. After all, they would still be taxing a basic pleasure to high heaven and wasting the money raised on foreign aid even if they did take 50p off a pint.

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      • 291
        Jim says:

        I don’t think they should be advocating/advancing the taking of any drugs, especially one as pernicious as alcohol.

        Why do politicians revel in being seen to be good, honest drug users, or supporting other drug users?

        When is he gonna knock a penny off smack and E’s?

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  44. 154
    Laundry City banker says:

    Damn

    Putin has just told the Oligarchs to bring their companies onshore and pay Russiann taxes

    Will our laundering business collapse?

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  45. 155
    Guy News Room says:

    Royal Navy sending Owen Jones in a rowing boat to search for missing MH370 plane, UK’s Ministry of Defence confirms

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  46. 160
    Anonymous says:

    “they stand by the poster”
    since it succinctly summates current political ideology. In that with referendums outlawed, any opportunity for the people to attain democratic majority to rule is similarly down to a chance gamble.

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  47. 162
    Sir Rodney Trotter says:

    The criminally useless Gideon stared into the abyss for which his reputation is destined, and… he cut taxes on bingo.

    There never was an individual so patently incapable of doing their job

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    • 168
      Heil Cameron says:

      He spends an unduly large amount of time ‘setting political traps for Labour’, he is just playing games, when what we really need is a chancellor that puts the interests of the people of this country first and not their petty politicking.

      Their laughter across the parliamentary floor is as vacuous as Gidiots dodgy accounting (and haircut)

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      • 257
        nell says:

        Indeed they should bring back gordon who, according to bullyballs at the time, had two brains both of them economically superior to anyone else in the world.

        And look what economic utopia he left us in!!

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    • 169
      Pres Pootn says:

      But that IS his job… i.e. to do nothing.

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    • 274
      Leading Trombonist says:

      Sir Wodney, Your gran would have been fucking livid if he had doubled the tax on her weekly winnings!

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  48. 173
    The 'low tax' Tory Party says:

    The 24 Tory Tax Rises

    1. VAT increased – to 20 per cent from 2011
    2. Income Tax age-related allowances frozen and eligibility restricted (“Granny Tax”) from 2013-14
    3. Income Tax higher rate threshold cut to £42,475 in 2011-12
    4. Higher Income Child Benefit Charge introduced 2013
    5. National Insurance Contributions rates, limits and thresholds increased in line with CPI rather than RPI from 2012-13
    6. Income Tax higher rate threshold frozen at £42,475 in 2012-13
    7. Insurance premium tax increased – from 2011
    8. Capital Gains Tax increased – to 28 per cent for higher rate taxpayers from June 2010
    9. New Beer Duty introduced on high strength beers from 2011
    10. Duty on hand-rolling tobacco increased by an additional 10 per cent from 2011-12
    11. ISA subscription limit uprated in line with CPI rather than RPI from 2012-13
    12. National Insurance Contributions changes to contracting-out rebates from 2012-13
    13. Capital Gains Tax annual exempt amount frozen, 2012-13
    14. Stamp Duty Land Tax increase to 7 per cent on properties over £2 million from 2012-13
    15. VAT increases on a range of items, including caravans, sports drinks, and listed buildings from 2012
    16. Duty on tobacco increased by RPI + 5 per cent in 2012
    17. Income Tax higher rate threshold cut to £41,450 in 2013-14
    18. Capital Gains Tax annual exempt amount increased in line with CPI rather than RPI from 2013-14
    19. Income Tax cap on reliefs introduced from 2013-14
    20. Pension tax relief restricted from 2014-15 21.
    21. Income Tax higher rate threshold Increase capped at 1 per cent in 2014-15 and 2015-16
    22. Capital Gains Tax annual exempt amount increase capped at 1 per cent, 2014-15 and 2015-16
    23. Inheritance Tax threshold frozen in 2015-16
    24. National Insurance Contributions ending of contracting-out rebates from 2016-17

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    • 198
      too late mate says:

      Isn’t this what Miliband should have been
      claiming yesterday?

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      • 255
        nell says:

        militwit reverted into a class warfare rant yesterday caused by the shock that all his dire economic predictions about the coalition’s handling of the economy had just been disproved in one fell swoop.

        He was the epitomy of a headless chicken.

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    • 215
      Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( Member in absentia ) says:

      He did but no-one pays any attention after our Stealth Taxes.

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  49. 179
    Viscount Biscuits says:

    I respect Tony Benn for his principles and I give my condolences to his family on his passing, but I just wonder if he ever personally donated any of his wealth to the people he proclaimed to be concerned about? It’s all well and good to portray yourself as a champion of the powerless from your pad in Holland Park, but did he actually do anything? As far as I can tell, he just spent the last 35 years making speeches, writing diaries and making speeches. Speeches are great but they don’t amount to anything. Meanwhile, his children and grandchildren lead very affluent, privileged lives. Do they help the poor and powerless from their upper middle class homes?

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    • 187
      Bill Quango MP says:

      Well..he did pledge to strip the Queen of her lands.

      He never mentioned if he would be stripping himself of his lands, that came from the source of ancient, titled, royal patronage.

      Why not ask Hillary Benn to check the will? See if the estates have been handed over to the local council for use as a social housing development.

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  50. 188
    Twattered Budget says:

    Amazing how just one little Tweet can fuck up a whole budget.

    Dave was wrong, just one Tweet can Twat the lot.

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  51. 192
    Gerald Ratner. says:

    Tell me about it.

    It’s total crap.

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  52. 205
    George Osborne says:

    62. Turn on the Screw

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  53. 213
    Diane, Research Cause & Effect says:

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    • 225
      #harrietharmanresign says:

      4,000 x £1000 a pop = £4m in total

      Just feel the enrichment.

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      • 276
        Chop chop snip snip says:

        .. and according to her that is just LONDON’s hospitals. What about all the rest in mozzie, and, for the 4x2s the east London, heartlands? Must be approaching 7 figures by now given their rate of multiplication. Perhaps the Hippo can ask Mr Burn’em as he might know something. No wonder it is rumoured that surgeons always get the biggest tips…

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    • 226
      Fishy says:

      So why did your lot turn a blind eye to it all?

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      • 243
        nell says:

        Quite!!! If it was 4000 since 2009 how many were there during the 13 years of labour terror? and why didn’t they do something to stop it?

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      • 263
        Human Rights Don't Apply To Some People says:

        Because they believe in it. More of a scandal are the vastly greater numbers of young boys who are also subjected to genital mutilation.

        Like

    • 245
      Moollah Omah says:

      You can’t treat it

      Once the button has gone, there is no going back

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      • 278
        Positive thinker says:

        Maybe this explains what all these mozzie wimmin are such a pain in the backside.

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        • 279
          Positive thinker says:

          *why, not what

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        • 286
          SIZE 14 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

          Apart from the cost to the taxpayer why should any one in ‘authority ‘ give a rats arse how the muzzies treat their own girls, because sure as hell they didn’t give a shit how they treated ours in places like Rochdale , Oxford and Rotherham.

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  54. 246
    nell says:

    Heard bullyballs on radio this morning muttering something about ‘cost of living crisis’ and ‘ its hurting but not working’

    He sounded rather unconvincing and depressed – what happened to his flat lining and triple dip ??

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    • 277
      Would you like a flake with that, Sir? says:

      The only ‘triple dip’ he knows anything about is to be found at the ice cream counter of Bert O’Reilly’s emporium.

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  55. 248
    Moley says:

    Labour are absolutely right to be concerned about people squandering their money and leaving themselves penniless; however the group of people who cannot be trusted is a small one, consisting only of members of the last Labour Government.

    We know this is a concern for Labour MPs, because they have said so.

    Maybe Ed Balls should ask the Citizens Advice bureau to set up a special unit to help Labour MPs and leave the grown ups to act responsibly as they always have?

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    • 265
      All at sea says:

      Let’s just round the last load of Labour MPs all up, put them on an old ferry, tug them out to the middle of the Atlantic and leave them there

      Like

  56. 251
    Beer Monster says:

    After drinking 300 pints, you get one free. What’s not to like

    Like

    • 259
      eye watering says:

      errr…390 at my watering hole

      Like

    • 273
      SIZE 14 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

      Get it right all of you it’s one penny off the TAX, not a penny off the price of a pint , the real importance is the end of the duty escalator put on alcohol by LABOUR in order to appease the miserablist temperance arseholes .[for health reasons ]

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  57. 254
    UN Observer says:

    US Ambassador to the UN says Russians are “thieves”

    Surely the same applies to Ysrael?

    Is the US blind?

    Like

    • 258
      nell says:

      Well at least it wasn’t barrosso of the EU lecturing the russians on democracy!

      Like

    • 264
      Everyone in Mexico says:

      That’s what we think about the USA.

      Like

    • 283
      Not many will understand this comment says:

      Did the US Ambassador also happen to mention that the regime now in power in Kiev are there because they forcibly deposed the properly elected ex-President?

      No, thought not.

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  58. 299
    Sir Roger de Senseless says:

    Of course you can’t trust the buggers to spend it wisely. Just get ‘em to save it and then we can spend it for ‘em.

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  59. 302
    People are sheeple & TV, media and the internet are the Shepherds says:

    http://www.adsavvy.org/understanding-the-human-herd-mentality/

    Baaaaah! Baaaaaah!

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  60. 303
    Trotsky's Ice Pick says:

    GO in UKIP colours = another ballsup….

    Like


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