July 17th, 2014

Labour Mass Mail Fail

Guido has seen some terrible party fundraising emails in his time, but this one takes the biscuit. Most people on these mass marketing lists probably won’t open this email – purporting to be from Labour’s General Secretary – but it is highly likely that they will read the subject line. Rule one: never, ever repeat the charge. 

From: Iain McNicol 
Date: 17 July 2014 10:19:10 BST
Subject: FW: CONFIRMED: Labour want to raise your taxes

Guido —

I don’t usually forward emails from Grant Shapps but this has made me so incredibly angry that I had to share it with you. It’s simply packed full of lies.

Have a read of it. If it makes you as angry as it made me, here’s something you can do — donate to our campaign fund so we can fight back.

As the election approaches, we face a choice: either we let our politics descend into smears and lies, or we give voters the fair, honest campaigns our country and our democracy deserve. The Tories have made it clear which side they are on.​


Iain McNicol
General Secretary of the Labour Party

While dismissing a “Grant Shapps” email about the Harman tax row – sent yesterday to Tory members – as a pack of lies, Labour’s response offers absolutely no rebuttal and instead forwards the charges to tens of thousands of potentially wavering voters.

Axelrod wouldn’t put up with this shi..


  1. 1
    Stefan Dennis says:

    Where the fuck is everyone today?


  2. 2
    FrankFisher says:

    Lol. Muppets.

    And Labour’s ranting about Hattie’s out-of-context quote is a bit bloody rich, considering they, LibCon, the meeja and union thugs did *exactly* the same, day after day, week after week, to UKIP throughout the Euro campaigns and I assume wil do the same in the GE.

    Liked by 1 person

    • 8

      Blatant Labour revisionism.

      Labour introduced the politics of lies and smear into the UK in the first place, and executed those politics 1997 through 2010 shamelessly.

      As the election approaches the country faces a choice:

      Lame duck LibLabCon poison, or a tasty UKIP fish supper.

      Fish ‘n’ Chips is a British choice.

      Vote UKIP :-D


  3. 3
    Stating the bleedin obvious says:

    How comes he’s a Grant Shapps follower anyway ?


  4. 4
  5. 5
    Carol says:

    Labour’s mask is slipping.


  6. 6
    Nick Robinson says:

    Wonderful payback for all those Labour smears down the years on the NHS. And Hattie so richly deserves it!


  7. 7
    Battie Hattie Birdbrain Hatesmen says:

    Ed! Ed! Why aren’t you answering my calls?

    Was it something i said?


  8. 9
    Glyn H says:

    Sheer magic.


    • 11
      Owen Jones says:

      There’s a tendency for those who have been muzzled or stifled to suffer from verbal diarrhoea (I’m a sufferer myself).


  9. 12
    Wendy Bendy says:

    Has the art of letter writing sunk so low among the working classes that “Best” is now their closing salutation of choice?


  10. 17
    Michael Gove live from Lords Cricket Ground where England are hosying India says:

    After nine matches without a win, this green pitch is hopefully a bhuna for England, and they can finally turn the korma, win the match, and we’ll be dhansaking in the streets of NW8 by Monday. Failing that, and if Matt Prior keeps dropping catches, we’ll have to call up Rogan Josh Buttler.


  11. 18
    Ockham's Razor says:



  12. 21
    Mornington Crescent says:

    As recommended by our host: “My secret lust for right-wing women”:


  13. 24
    Old Codger says:

    Maggie’s ‘ there’s no such thing as Society’ comes to mind when taking quotes out of context. Labour have been living off that for 30 years.


    • 48
      Hugh Janus says:

      Not to mention “hug a hoodie,” which not only was taken out of context but was never actually said in the first place.


  14. 26
    Tax and Spend says:


    • 34
      visibly shaken says:

      and that will pay for a whole 3bn in interest payments a year – wheres the rest coming from?


    • 37
      Ockham's Razor says:

      That’s right, Éoin.

      Just put your arm through this sleeve now…


    • 41
      The Establishment is infested with Nonces says:

      The tories have closed tax loopholes of 10 billion. Loopholes which Gordon Brown created in the first place.
      The 50p rate for the richest raised no new revenue at all, and only put off overseas investors. The bankers bonus tax will raise bugger all, yet labour have already pledged to spend it 11 times over.

      You forgot to add that labour will force a few million of the poorest workers who currently pay no income tax whatsoever, and take 10% off them. Then no doubt they will double that to 20%…. AGAIN!!!


  15. 27
    Not in my name says:

    Deputy Leader crapping on endlessly and out of control whilst ineffectual Leader faffs around.

    Then somebody within the party reminds the members and asks for funding on the back of it?

    What a bunch of pillocks


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  17. 30

    How dare they call me, I mean Grant, a liar.


  18. 42
    Ippikin says:

    Juat another example of Labour’s complete inability to manage their communications team.
    Reminds us yet again of the ‘Whelk Stall’ ability of the Official Opposition.


  19. 44
    Vote UKIP says:

    Labour always raise taxes.

    And so do the tories.


  20. 47
    Hugh Janus says:

    I was listening to LBC at the time and Hattie Harmzkids definitely said the words the Tories claim she said in the order they claim she said them. So, it’s hardly “packed full of lies.” Packed full of slightly different context, yes; lies, no.

    It’s fairly obvious Labour will drive taxes through the roof. They always do.

    Meanwhile, are you feeling a bit peckish, Hattie? Would you like a nice slice of warm PIE…?


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Westbourne-Change-Opinion Guido-hot-button (1)

Damian McBride writes in the epilogue to his memoir…

“At the time of writing, nine months from the election, I’ve concluded that Labour currently has no positive messages to communicate to anyone about why they should vote for the party, no policies which will persuade them, and is being run in a totally dysfunctional way.”

Rob Wilson says:

Without Predujice


What time will dinner be ready this evening?


Rob Wilson MP

In the interests of me I am placing a copy of this email in the public domain.

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