July 16th, 2014

The Death of the ‘Squeezed Middle’
Miliband Ambushed By More Harman Comments

The last PMQs before the summer break is one of the most important of the year, as it leaves a lasting impression about the leaders before MPs disappear off for the summer to stew. Poor Ed.

Miliband was just ambushed by Cameron on Harriet Harman’s comments to LBC that she thinks middle income earners should pay more tax. She’s having a great week…

Unsurprisingly, the audio is now being pushed out:

‘Yes I think people on middle incomes should contribute more through their taxes’

According to Ed, pointing this out the death of the ‘squeeze middle’ line is ‘desperate’. Expect to hear this line a lot more. Nightmare last outing before the long, hot summer…

UPDATE: The in-house journal of the Labour Party are not impressed:

Nor is the Tory press:


  1. 1
    daddy mcdan says:

    Esther McVey knows where my body is buried.

  2. 2
    Harriet Harman says:

    To be clear, the only people I want to pay more tax are those who earn more than £1 a year.

  3. 3
    Jack the Ripper says:

    Just love the word “contribute.” Has a kind of voluntary feel to it.

  4. 4
    Hadley "Screaming Banshee" Freemann says:

    What about feminist women who are overtaxed?

    It’s wrong that women don’t get some sort of special treatment in the tax system to reflect the gender divide in wages.

    White males should pay more. Everyone agrees with that.

  5. 5
    táxpáyér says:

    No-one pays tax, tax is extorted from people.

  6. 6
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    Vote Labour “Poverty for All”

  7. 7
    Play this in every University says:

  8. 8
    ed martin says:

    1 and so we coin the expression THE MIDDLEBAND

    2 harman may be right – but it may be fatal to tell the middleband about the need for them to pay more tax

    the tax base is shrinking – it is the privilege of the mittelband to compensate for this

  9. 9
    Llareggub says:

    Notice she only wants people on middle incomes to pay more. Not people earning in the top ten percent of earners. Like MP’s.

  10. 10
    táxpáyér says:

    Men and women should have separate pay and benefits systems.
    Women can have a 99.99999999999999999999999999% tax system on earnings, sales, investments over 1p to pay for all their shite.
    Men can have a 1% tax on sales to pay for defence.

  11. 11
    FFS yet more Labour shite says:

    Harmen pays for nothing living off the taxpayer yet feel the squeeze middle should pay more. How about the state costing less!
    The squeezed middle cannot afford for themselves much of what the state takes off them and gives to “The Poor” Free housing, travel, schooling, child care, health dentists, glasses, prescriptions, holidays…for votes.
    Harman get a proper job and not one where you are paid for your connections.

  12. 12
    a dentist says:

    i’d like you to contribute a few teeth

  13. 13
    táxpáyér says:

    Why should we punish people for working AT ALL?

  14. 14
    táxpáyér says:

    “harman may be right”

    No, she’s not. The state should shrink.

  15. 15
    lolathebeautiful says:

    Factoid. MP’s do not pay tax. As neither do any state employees. They are all tax consumers making zero contribution to the national treasury.

  16. 16
    Judean People's Front says:

    Delicious! well done Harperson!

    I expect the BBC, or Guardian TV as we know it, will play this over and over again. Not!

  17. 17
    Same old Labour shite says:

    Labour:- Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander) Tax & Spend (squander)

  18. 18
    Dihanne Habbot says:

    Anyone want to squeeze my middle?

  19. 19
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    Harman takes dumb to a new level.

  20. 20
    der mittenstand says:

    Verpiss Dich

  21. 21
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Labour’s Tax Bombshell!

  22. 22

    More tax gives more money for the politicians to waste on immigrants and waste

  23. 23
    Llareggub says:

    Of course it’s voluntary. Nobody has to pay more, but they don’t have to take a little sojourn pending Her Majesty’s pleasure either.

    Incidentally, have you noticed how Rolf Harris was jailed for five years, the same amount as this man who evaded £600,000. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-18352528

    David Laws, who trousered £30,000 of our money in illegal expense claims, got a slap on the wrist and promoted to the cabinet a year later. Maria Miller was defenestrated by the arrogance of her apology, not for the original sin of illegally claiming £45,000 of our money.

    So failing to cough up for the government’s coffers is as bad as shagging kids, but abuse of the government’s coffers by a member of the government is a mere infraction, although it would unquestionably result in a lengthy prison sentence for anybody outside the government.

    There really is two legal systems in this country, isn’t there? One for the political elite, and another, altogether more draconian one, for the plebs who fail to cosset the political elite to its satisfaction.

  24. 24
    ed martin says:

    i quite agree – but these clowns still haven’t worked it out – if harman pursues her course – with over half of families already depending on the bennies – the financial hit on the middleband would be catastrophic

    perhaps this is the election in which the withdrawal-of-labour party finds that out – again

  25. 25
    The British media are cunts says:

    They do. Most taxes are paid by men and most benefits are collected by women.

  26. 26
    Llareggub says:

    “White males should pay more. Everyone agrees with that”

    I don’t. Maybe that’s because I’m a white male, but I think we can all agree that there is at least one person who disagrees with that.

    The general idea of a tax-free allowance, followed by a percentage on earnings above that, is to ensure that people who earn less will pay less. Maths isn’t your strong point, is it?

  27. 27
    Llareggub says:

    Except MP’s.

  28. 28
    Harriet Harman says:

    Don’t be daft, we can just print more money with a bit more of laissez-faire capitalism, just like the Americans do!

  29. 29
    Yankee Broke-Axelrod says:

    Time for a re-shuffle, Ed.

  30. 30
  31. 31
    Luis Suárez says:

    Me too!

  32. 32
    The Politicians says:

    Have you got any money? I want to spend your money at the Gay bar! Gay bar !

  33. 33
    Dead End Ed says:

    Harriet is totally wrong on this. I have always believed that everyone should pay more tax under the next labour government.It’s only fair and the right thing to do.
    Tory tax cuts will only lead to boom and bust.Gordon taught me that , I’m not making it up.

  34. 34
    Sperm Bank Employee-Working With W**kers All Day says:

    People like ‘Contributing’ around here!

  35. 35
    BBC economics correspondent says:

    Most tax is paid by pale stale males anyway.

  36. 36
    Vinse Kabal says:

    Seems sensible to me.
    Have you seen my latest list of new taxes?

  37. 37
    Black Jack of Cock says:

    We need the money for more PIE activity.

  38. 38
    The Growler says:

    A lot depends on what you would call middle income and which part of the country you live. In London within the confines of the M25 £40K you struggle a bit but in most of the rest of the country, certainly in some places £40K is a good income. What Harwoman should have said is, we will tighten up on all the loopholes that we and previous governments have weaved into tax legislation aided by the very people that benefit from their clients paying them to keep their taxes down.

  39. 39
    Labour Nutjob says:

    Look, it’s quite simple. If rich people on £35,000 a year paid more tax then not only could we pay for India’s Space Program but also one for Botswana and South Yemen.

  40. 40

    Edward Balls has acquired a look of permanent surprise and confusion during the utterances of Cameron at PMQ S .

    I daresay Yvette has to paint it on with creisote every Wednesday morning .

    Mind you he gave the game away when hus expression turned to one of knowing smug self satisfaction when Cammo said the Shadiw Chancer looked happy with “his team”

    It s all in the eyes …they never lie.

  41. 41

    Yes indeed why should we punish the people who work

    After all we PAY the ones who don t !!

  42. 42

    Fich dich …dumnkopf !!

  43. 43
    Rabid dribbler says:

    Didn’t know that was possible in her case.

  44. 44
    Matthew Perry says:

    Who wants to restart their life (age 17)?
    Would time like to go back to 1917 and change.

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