Thursday, March 6, 2008

"Frankenstein Bill" : No Free Vote, No Conscience Allowed

In 1990 when the Tories introduced the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act it was by a free vote. The Telegraph reports that Gordon has forced a three line whip on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill which will allow for the creation of animal-human embryos.

This is not a measure that orthodox Catholics can support. Nor will they want to merely abstain. They will want to vote against it. Is Gordon such a control freak that he will force cabinet ministers Ruth Kelly, Des Browne and Paul Murphy to choose between their careers and their faith? They, and many others, can’t in conscience vote for the Frankenstein Bill…

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

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+++ SKY Reporting Three LibDem Frontbench Resignations +++

Different names in their story, Sky reckon Alistair Carmichael will join Tim Farron and David Heath. Bring back Vince…

+++ Crick : First LibDem Has Resigned +++

According to Michael Crick, Clegg has accepted his first resignation. No details.

Paxo Gets Clegg to Shoot Himself in the Foot

Over on GuyNews is the whole Paxman Newsnight interview with Clegg. Guido’s favourite bit is 4 minutes and 50 seconds in, when Clegg accuses the Labour Party of reneging on their referendum commitment. Doh!

+++ Ken : "I Will Re-Hire Jasper" +++

Guido is trying to get confirmation that Ken told a meeting of supporters last night that when re-elected he would re-hire Lee Jasper.

Paxman Grills Clegg on Treaty Position

Up To Three Four LibDem Frontbenchers Could Go

Heath, Kramer and Farron are the most likely to resign.
Last night’s Paxman interview was excruciating, Clegg at one point attacked the Labour Party for “reneging on its commitment to a referendum”. The government uses exactly the same sophistry as the LibDems. So he was condemning himself by those words. The whole fiasco seems unnecessary. A three line-whip to not vote because Clegg’s preferred option is not on the order paper? Idiocy.

UPDATE : Sandra Gidley, who shadows health is likely to vote against the leadership.

The Myth of UK Economic Strength

With a week to go before the budget it is worth reflecting on where we are economically. Exactly ten years ago the FTSE 100 stood at 5,782. Last night the stock market closed at 5,767. Investors have seen the stock market and the value of their pensions decline during the ten years of New Labour’s economic management under Gordon Brown. A lower stock market after ten years of Labour government is an incredible indictment.

By comparison the Dow was at 8,569 on March 6, 1998 and last night it closed at 12,213. Up 42% over the same period.

Remember that next time Gordon or Alastair claim that “Britain is stronger placed to weather the coming global financial turbulence”. Complete fantasy.

UPDATE 09.05 :

Given some are suggesting it is currency related, broadening the comparison:


The Great British Economic Miracle: The Land of George Bush’s Tax Cuts: Workshy Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys: Merkel’s
Tax Cutting Social Market Economy:
Chinese “Communists” with 16% Income Tax:
FTSE 100 on 6 March 1998:
5782
Dow Jones on 6 March 1998:
8569
CAC 40 on 6 March 1998:
3875
DAX on 6 March 1998:
5097
Hang Seng on 6 March 1998:
11519
FTSE 100 on 5 March 2008:
5767
Dow Jones on 5 March 2008:
12213
CAC 40 on 5 March 2008:
4676
DAX on 5 March 2008:
6545
Hang Seng on 5 March 2008:
23120
Growth: -0.26% Growth: +42.53% Growth: +20.67% Growth: 28.41% Growth: 100.71%

Hat-tip : Free Britannia and table courtesy of Spokey in the comments

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Boris Now Punter’s Favourite

Guido managed to get a few extra quid on Boris before he went better than evens. Guido has felt ever since Mike Smithson drew attention to the second preference polling that Boris should be odds on. He is now.

The sheer ferocity of the attacks from Labour figures at their spring conference suggests they know it as well. Labour activists don’t like him and therefore don’t understand how he could win. Two months to go before they will find out…


Seen Elsewhere

From the IRA to Windsor Castle | WSJ
Coulson: Everything You Need to Know in 6 Seconds | MediaGuido
Mo Ansar’s Silence | Adrian Hilton
Gove Loses WWI Battle | Conservative Woman
5 Reasons Labour Likely to Win General Election | Sunny Hundal
Dave Surrounded By Topless Women | Sun
UN Loony says Britain Most Sexist Country | Sun
Farage is a Good Reason to Leave the EU | Dan Hannan
UKIP Blocked Expenses Questions | Times
NHS Showdown Coming | Paul Goodman
Sons of Brown | Telegraph


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Cathy Jamieson MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury minister, commenting on Treasury analysis of the economic impact of tax changes…

“If the Treasury is looking at the economic impact of tax changes, then surely it should examine the impact of the rise in VAT and cuts to tax credits? George Osborne’s £12 billion VAT rise knocked confidence, helped to choke off the recovery and has cost families £1,350 over the last three years.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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