Jenny Jones Further Humiliates Natalie Bennett

 

A party leader who has to be protected from questioning?

Farage Flops in Washington

 

Yesterday the immigration figures were out and they were a disaster for the government. After promising to reduce them to “tens of thousands” they overshot by hundreds of thousands, with 187,000 Bulgarians and Romanians alone applying for National Insurance numbers in 2014, entitling them to work and claim welfare. This is UKIP’s signature issue, EU immigration. After the LibLabCon parties mocked the idea of a flood of Bulgarians and Romanians coming it was an open goal for Nigel to show he had been proved right again on the issue that really moves the dial for UKIP. Where was he?

Speaking to an empty room in Washington D.C. to a handful of political nerds before flying back for UKIP’s spring conference this weekend. The media priorities are crazy, the press operation is amateurish, Paul “Gobby” Lambert was brought in to get a grip on the party’s media handling. Gobby knows that forward planning is key to setting the media agenda. Nigel himself may be on his way from Thanet to Westminster, however there is still a long way to go for UKIP HQ…

Top 100 Charity Fat Cats on £145,000 Median Pay

According to research by Third Sector magazine the median salary for each top earner among general charities such as Save the Children, Cancer Research UK and the British Red Cross was £145,000 – more than the British Prime Minister gets paid. Given that many of these charities have the taxpayer as their biggest source of funds the pay rates are still too high in an age of deficit financing. The taxpayer is funding borrowing to pay high pay to charity fat cats…

Oborne on Ill Mannered MPs

Grandstanding on Fleet Street’s moral high ground has not always paid off for Peter Oborne, the Daily Telegraph hack who resigned claiming his paper corruptly buried the HSBC bank scandal. In his days with The Spectator, Oborne once named and shamed ‘ill mannered’ MPs who had not penned him a thank you note for taking them out to one of his liquid lunches in Pall Mall. The following week the Speccie was inundated with letters from MPs who had taken ‘ill mannered’ Oborne out to lunch and were still waiting for a thank you note…

Green Party Surge is Cashless

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According to the Electoral Commission the parties received donations totaling:

  • Conservative Party – £8,345,687
  • Labour Party – £7,163,988
  • Liberal Democrats – £3,038,500
  • UK Independence Party (UKIP) – £1,505,055
  • Green Party – £248,520

Which means the Green surge is cashless, Labour having almost 30 times as their more left-wing rivals whereas the Tories have less than 5 times as much as UKIP. LibDem finances are doing considerably better than their polling would suggest…

Spot the Change in Telegraph Editorial Policy

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Something to Get You in the Valentine’s Mood

Oh, baby…

Quote of the Day

Marina Hyde on why UK tax is so untaxing

“The Hong Kong tax code, widely held by tax lawyers to be the most admirably efficient in the world, is 276 pages long. The British tax code, rapidly beginning to look like the most disingenuous in the world, is currently in excess of 17,000 pages.  It has more than trebled in size since 1997.”

Friday Caption Contest

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Our friends at Arena Flowers are offering to send a bunch of flowers to the loved one of the competition winner this week. You need to enter sharpish as we will need to get the details over quick as today’s […]

State Schools Should Not Be Party Platforms

Last week David Cameron had a policy launch at  Kingsmead school in Enfield, where he set out the Conservative party’s education policy. Yesterday Ed Miliband did the same at his alma mater, “the socialist’s Eton”, Haverstock School. Clearly the […]

Quote of the Day

Grant Shapps on the case for a free trade in Haggis…

“President Obama – whose family tree is said to go all the way back to a 12th-century king of Scotland – has never in his life been able to […]

Miliband Thinks Fink Tax Issue “Milly Dowler Moment”

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Nick Robinson is reporting that over Lord Fink’s taxes “The Labour leader’s aides say that he sees this as another Milly Dowler moment”. That would be the apocryphal Milly Dowler moment for which the Guardian apologised and of which […]



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Adam Spiegel, producer of Nazi themed “The Producers” musical says…

“Margate seemed a perfect place to start the promotion. I’m disappointed but not entirely surprised to see that UKIP are trying to hitch a publicity ride on the back of the show.”

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