April 15th, 2014

Labour Make Up “Shadow Cost of Living Minister”

As inflation falls and wages rise, Labour are hilariously trying to keep their tired meme going:

“Angela Smith has been appointed as Shadow Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (water and the cost of living)”

Whatever the hell that even means? Presumably her job will be to go around the country pointing at things that have gone up in price.


76 Comments

  1. 1
    Mike Hunt says:

    But not things that would have gone up had Liebour stayed in power:
    Beer
    Petrol and Diesel
    Council Tax
    Etc

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    • 10
      An Economist says:

      “The recovery” is entirely the artifact of the understated measure of inflation used to deflate nominal GDP. By under-measuring inflation, the government can show low, but positive, rates of real GDP growth. No other indicator supports the claim of economic recovery.

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      • 13
        PCR says:

        Consumer inflation, if properly measured, is running around 9%, far above the 2% figure that is the BoE’s target and more in line with what consumers are actually experiencing. We have just had a 6.5% annual increase in energy bills.

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        • 35
          Arse says:

          What is the “proper measure”?

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        • 55
          carlo gambino says:

          My next reset (at the end of this month – Npower April 2014 fix) will see my monthly bill FALL. Just cos you get sucked into a silly tariff don’t blame everyone else.

          Interested to see how *you* ‘properly measure’ consumer price inflation other than by reference to the consumer price inflation index.

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          • Arse says:

            Yes. I halved my bill by turning all of my shit off. I mean I literally halved it by being bothered to switch things I wasn’t using off, switching them on when I wanted to use them.

            Really.

            HALVED IT!

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      • 17
        Labour is the nasty party. says:

        You could not make this up. Thank you Ed ,you just keep on giving .

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      • 29
        Edonomics says:

        That’s besides the point – Labour would also be using the most convenient figures to try and conceal their economic illiteracy and incompetence, so let’s see how well they equivocate on this one

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      • 44
        M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

        The Government doesn’t measure inflation so that’s fucked your theory.

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        • 51
          jgm2 says:

          The government uses the ‘independent’ ONS.

          During The Imbecility the ONS director quit because The Maximum Imbecile and his minions were bringing so much pressure to bear to rig the inflation stats that he wanted no part of such rigged figures. LKikewise the ‘independent’ MPC was stuffed with ‘independent’ members who would see things the Imbecile’s way.

          My point is that clearly the Labour govt was in the habit of ‘leaning’ on the ‘independent’ ONS and I fully expect the expectation to have endured.

          I wouldn’t trust any official statistics. All state employees are there at the whim of the government of the day. And they know it. It’s how Blair could get a multiple re-write of ‘justification’ for the Iraq war without anybody standing up to him. And the one man who did stand up to him lost his job and his life.

          Lessons learned all round.

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      • 57
        carlo gambino says:

        “No other indicator supports the claim of economic recovery.”

        Really?

        I’m guessing by ‘Proper Economist’ you mean ‘Labour Supporter With GCSE Economics’.

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      • 63
        Sungei Patani says:

        Don’t you think that the falling unemployment rate and the rising employment rate indicate economic recovery?

        Virtually every economic indicator suggests recovery and no economic institute suggests anything but growth in the next two years.

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        • 73

          The Ethnic minority in the woodpile is the reliance on house price inflation to fuel the economy. Post 2015, Something Will Have To Be Done _ which is why I’m hanging on to my pension pot to cash in on all those but-to-let hopefuls who will have to sell in a hurry. If you’ve got the cash, make the killing.

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    • 20
      Ed Balls says:

      we are all in it together , wankers all.

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      • 74
        Eels says:

        I am so bored with the “cost of living crisis.” Every time he says it, I want to poke his eye because he sounds like he is glad of it. Sad, the only idea they have is such a negative one.
        Don’t vote, the government gets in…..

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    • 25
      The NEF Blog says:

      What official inflation figures aren’t telling us

      http://www.neweconomics.org/blog/entry/what-official-inflation-figures-arent-telling-us

      The table below shows real earnings calculated with the CPI inflation forecasts, and with the RPI inflation forecasts…

      See table in link.

      ….On the CPI measures, real earnings pick up again from this year. But on the RPI measure, this does not happen. Average real earnings fall, pretty much consistently, until the end of the decade. In other words, on the earlier measure of inflation, including housing costs (and excluding the top earners), the government’s own forecasters expect no improvement in real living standards for most people before the end of the decade – if at all.

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      • 52
        jgm2 says:

        The change from RPI to CPI was made by the Maximum Imbecile as justification to keep interest rates artificially low back in around 2003. The purpose of keeping interest rates artificially low was to keep pumping up the UK housing bubble and concomitant ‘feel good’ borrowing that under-pinned the Imbecile’s ‘miracle economy’.

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    • 59
      Tony Baloney - off saving the Middle-East or summink. says:

      Prices may be going up (on all my houses) but at least life’s still cheap!

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    • 65
      broderick crawford says:

      Yes. Things that have gone up in price because affected by flooding ( hence the water job description ).

      Come summer of course she ll be shadow PUSSY for standpipes
      in the streets .

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  2. 2
    Mr Woy says:

    Doesn’t matter what it means, just do as you’re told. Understand.

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  3. 3
    Tony Blair says:

    I shredded by expenses records.

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  4. 4
    pissed over taxpayer says:

    The gov’t inflation figures are pure fantasy.

    Have been for years.

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    • 11
      Arse says:

      Well clearly you have an idea of a basket of goods and services you’d like to select and a statistical technique for processing them that would give a more accurate inflation figure.

      Just be aware that if you do you really should publish it because it’s quite likely you’ll win a Nobel Prize.

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      • 61
        Carlo Gambino says:

        To have the main measure of inflation in an economy, and from which the central bank sets its interest rate policy, and for this rate to exclude house price inflation, is a nonsense.

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  5. 5
    Ed Miliband says:

    My father became a millionaire with no obvious income to explain that. So have I.

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    • 9
      Vlad says:

      Your father was a commie, but by birth always eager for a groat?

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      • 68
        broderick crawford says:

        Yes I say !!

        Let s all Wikipedia Ralph Milliband and find out how a lecturer and sometime author really did make all his money !

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  6. 6
    Ed says:

    We are not just shadows but ghosts.

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  7. 7
    Arse says:

    Just curious to know whether or not Angela Smith’s remit extends to my biggest monthly expense by far, 6 times larger than my electricity bill: Tax and National Insurance.

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    • 27
      Parliament is a Gay Disco says says:

      Just shut up and keep paying pleb – we’ve got disco biscuits and orgies to fund

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  8. 8
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Job title inflation.

    Labour are looking daft, they’re playing yesterday’s tune. Worse their policy of debt, waste and high taxes would only make life more expensive for us all.

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    • 62
      Graham says:

      Didn’t know that Militwat and Liebour actually had a policy. I thought it was still a blank piece of paper.

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  9. 12
    Never go full retard says:

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  10. 14
    Gordon Brown says:

    I sold the gold

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  11. 15
    Sunny Jim says:

    But still the sheeple will vote for them…

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  12. 16
    marke09 says:

    Just an excuse to promote another woman so they can bang on about how many women ministers they got compared to the gov

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    • 22
      cheche says:

      I think you’ll find that she is the token “typical woman” i.e not married or related to another cabinet member or Labour Party/ big wig.

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  13. 18
    C.O.Jones says:

    Yes, my council tax went up by 250% under Labour.

    250%

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  14. 19
    Cost of Taxes Crisis says:

    I presume this non job help is one way of getting a “gender balance” without giving some ditzy young girl anything valuable to break, but what are the costs to the taxpayer of this new position and her office?
    And if she’s a shadow, whom does she shadow?

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  15. 28
    The Labour Party says:

    We hate people to enjoy their own British way of life. We prefer to impose multi-culturalism by criminalising everyone who disagrees with us by driving them out of the public and ‘voluntary sector’ and forcing businesses to promote this .

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  16. 30
    The Conservative Party says:

    We hate people to enjoy their own British way of life. We prefer to impose multi-culturalism by criminalising everyone who disagrees with us by driving them out of the public and ‘voluntary sector’ and forcing businesses to promote this .

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  17. 32
    The Liberal Democrat Party says:

    We hate people to enjoy their own British way of life. We prefer to impose multi-culturalism by criminalising everyone who disagrees with us by driving them out of the public and ‘voluntary sector’ and forcing businesses to promote this .

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  18. 34
    The Green Party says:

    We hate people to enjoy their own British way of life. We prefer to impose multi-culturalism by criminalising everyone who disagrees with us by driving them out of the public and ‘voluntary sector’ and forcing businesses to promote this .

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  19. 37
    Common Purpose says:

    We hate people to enjoy their own British way of life. We prefer to impose multi-culturalism by criminalising everyone who disagrees with us by driving them out of the public and ‘voluntary sector’ and forcing businesses to promote this .

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  20. 38
    The Socialist Workers' Party says:

    We hate people to enjoy their own British way of life. We prefer to impose multi-culturalism by criminalising everyone who disagrees with us by driving them out of the public and ‘voluntary sector’ and forcing businesses to promote this .

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  21. 39

    1. Who is the Shadow Minister for Rent Boys and Recreational Drugs?

    2. To what extent do his briefs run?

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    • 47
      Mornington Crescent says:

      A:
      1. Too many to mention.
      2. Down to their ankles.

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      • 53
        Dangerous Brian says:

        There is neither minister or shadow for rent boys and recreational drugs.
        Availability of the one and usage of the other being now so commonplace in the old Wetminster bubble they’ve done away with the brief in favour of a simple, expenses funded, free for all.

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  22. 40
    The Scottish National Party says:

    We hate people to enjoy their own British way of life. We prefer to impose multi-culturalism by criminalising everyone who disagrees with us by driving them out of the public and ‘voluntary sector’ and forcing businesses to promote this .

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  23. 41
    The European Union says:

    We hate people to enjoy their own British way of life. We prefer to impose multi-culturalism by criminalising everyone who disagrees with us by driving them out of the public and ‘voluntary sector’ and forcing businesses to promote this .

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  24. 42
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Do you remember the last-time-but-one that Labour fucked up the economy (the 70s) when they printed roadsign-style red warning triangles with “PRICE CHECK goods here” to be displayed in shop windows?

    It was some stunt to persuade the dullard public that “the guv’men’ is doin’ summink abaht inflation, innit”.

    The picture above reminds me of that.

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    • 49
      Rob says:

      They were doing something about inflation. Their union paymasters were getting 20% pay rises.

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    • 50
      Vaclav Havel says:

      “The manager of a fruit-and-vegetable shop places in his window, among the onions and carrots, the slogan: “Workers of the world, unite!” Why does he do it? What is he trying to communicate to the world? Is he genuinely enthusiastic about the idea of unity among the workers of the world? Is his enthusiasm so great that he feels an irrepressible impulse to acquaint the public with his ideals? Has he really given more than a moment’s thought to how such a unification might occur and what it would mean?

      I think it can safely be assumed that the overwhelming majority of shopkeepers never think about the slogans they put in their windows, nor do they use them to express their real opinions. That poster was delivered to our greengrocer from the enterprise headquarters along with the onions and carrots. He put them all into the window simply because it has been done that way for years, because everyone does it, and because that is the way it has to be. If he were to refuse, there could be trouble. He could be reproached for not having the proper decoration in his window; someone might even accuse him of disloyalty. He does it because these things must be done if one is to get along in life. It is one of the thousands of details that guarantee him a relatively tranquil life “in harmony with society,” as they say.

      Obviously the greengrocer is indifferent to the semantic content of the slogan on exhibit; he does not put the slogan in his window from any personal desire to acquaint the public with the ideal it expresses. This, of course, does not mean that his action has no motive or significance at all, or that the slogan communicates nothing to anyone. The slogan is really a sign, and as such it contains a subliminal but very definite message. Verbally, it might be expressed this way: “I, the greengrocer XY, live here and I know what I must do. I behave in ihe manner expected of me. I can be depended upon and am beyond reproach. I am obedient and therefore I have the right to be left in peace.” This message, of course, has an addressee: it is directed above, to the greengrocer’s superior, and at the same time it is a shield that protects the greengrocer from potential informers. The slogan’s. real meaning, therefore, is rooted firmly in the greengrocer’s existence. It reflects his vital interests. But what are those vital interests?

      Let us take note: if the greengrocer had been instructed to display the slogan “I am afraid and therefore unquestion~ ingly obedient;’ he would not be nearly as indifferent to its semantics, even though the statement would reflect the truth. The greengrocer would be embarrassed and ashamed to put such an unequivocal statement of his own degradation in the shop window, and quite naturally so, for he is a human being and thus has a sense of his own dignity. To overcome ihis complication, his expression of loyalty must take the form of a sign which, at least on its textual surface, indicates a level of disinterested conviction. It must allow the greengrocer to say, “What’s wrong with ihe workers of the world uniting?” Thus the sign helps the greengrocer to conceal from himself the low foundations of his obedience, at the same time concealing the low foundations of power. It hides them behind the facade of something high. And that something is ideology.”

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  25. 43
    The Trades Union Congress says:

    We hate people to enjoy their own British way of life. We prefer to impose multi-culturalism by criminalising everyone who disagrees with us by driving them out of the public and ‘voluntary sector’ and forcing businesses to promote this .

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    What a bloody idiot this twerp really is says:

    A recent attempt by Conservative MP Peter Bone to rename the August bank holiday “Margaret Thatcher Day” also failed after MPs rejected it at second reading.

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  27. 46
    The Confederation of British Industry says:

    We hate people to enjoy their own British way of life. We prefer to impose multi-culturalism by criminalising everyone who disagrees with us by driving them out of the public and ‘voluntary sector’ and forcing businesses to promote this .

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  28. 48
    Rob says:

    Scrap Ed’s Green taxes, that’s a huge boost right there.

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  29. 56
    All the world says:

    You will have to push that button a lot harder than that for any action from numpty labour – the lazy burgers

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  30. 58
    Anonymous says:

    What was her job before this weird appointment? Was she replaced in her previous job or just been given a new title?

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  31. 70
    Red Ed says:

    The most important question is… is she a mother?

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  32. 71
    Noddy says:

    She’s quite fit looking until you get to the hips.

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  33. 75
    SimpleSimon says:

    I was wondering if the Labour Party believe there is some kind of policy connection between water and the cost of living?

    I’m very confused by this job title.

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  34. 76
    Anonymous says:

    Are they really a “Shadow Minister” If they don’t actually have Minister to shadow. #QTWAIN

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