Gordon’s Unshaken Hand

The Prime Mentalist arrived in Afghanistan with hands outstretched to greet the troops. Gordon obviously doesn’t know that while standing to attention a soldier can’t play along with his photo op:

The man is a walking PR disaster…

Ask The PM Live at 11

If you head over to the Number 10 website right now you can ask Gordon anything you want about the war in Afghanistan:

Something tells Guido his questions won’t be getting through the bunker staff.

How to Erase that Brown/Balls Dividing Line

Tim Montgomerie is asking for ideas to counter the deliberately drawn Brown/Balls 20% VAT political dividing line.  He makes five suggestions: admit VAT will rise to 20%, time limit it, ameliorate the regressiveness, promise a focus on spending cuts and launch a growth manifesto.

Guido has an alternative policy – rule a VAT hike completely out of the question.  It is regressive, it hits the poorest hardest, it punishes the many.  Labour can’t counter – they can hardly claim it is necessary if they themselves won’t do it.  Keep on the Balls/Brown side of that dividing line, then mercilessly whack them for raising taxes on jobs, taxes on small businesses and implementing anti-poor regressive taxes.

Promise to do what Obama is doing – cut payroll taxes, cut taxes on small business and get more money flowing in the economy to get it growing again.   Boosting the supply side to drive economic growth will increase government revenue from a faster growing economy and, in fact, cause overall revenue to increase.  The dynamic effects were proven during the Reagan years:

  • Real economic growth averaged 3.2% during the Reagan years versus 2.8% under Ford-Carter years and 2.1% during the Bush-Clinton years.
  • Real median family income grew when supply-side policies were implemented under Reagan
  • Interest rates, inflation, and unemployment fell faster under Reagan than they did immediately before or after his presidency.

Either the Tories believe in the merits of a low tax, high growth economy or they don’t.  You don’t grow the economy by taxing it more.

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

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Boris Smirks at Marr

Andy Marr interviewed Boris this morning:

Marr : “We seem to be going into a period in politics marked by a bit of class war. Do you think there are enough old Etonians at the top of the Conservative Party at the moment?”
Boris :
This is a brilliantly contrived question. I don’t think … I think the classic answer to this … I can’t remember which school you went to, Andrew.
Marr :
[mumbles] “Lorretto.”
Boris : “Jolly good school..”

Boris smirked at the mention of the poshest school in Scotland, with boarding fees approaching £30,000 a year.  Wonder where he got the idea for that counter-jibe…

Tiger Woods / Nigel Griffiths, Naked Abuse of the Law

After the Trafigura injunction crumbled Guido canvassed the idea to interested parties that we should individually write to the major London libel law firms and say that we would not voluntarily submit to these “Whom it May Concern” injunctions thus:

Am intending to write to all the firms that send me them [super injunctions] advising that in future I will exercise my own judgement when I receive them.

If I judge it to be in the public interest I’ll forward the injunction to Wikileaks and take my chances in the Courts.

If more people told them this it would bugger up the blanket ban system. Spartacus system. They won’t know who gave it to Wikileaks…

People were genuinely positive towards the idea.  The Tiger Woods media gagging injunction which we are not even allowed to mention is now uploaded by person(s) unknown on to Wikileaks.

For good measure Schillings should note that there is also a picture of Tiger Woods partly naked and looking a complete w****r on the blog – a further breach of the “Confidential Schedule”.  Tiger Woods is not really the issue here, freedom of the press is the issue.

For example, Nigel Griffiths, an MP caught on camera with his trousers down in his office with a woman in only her stockings and suspenders, also apparently has a super injunction preventing the media from fully informing voters as to what he was up to, in the office taxpayers pay for him to work in. Enough. Guido will take his chances in the Courts.

‘Dickensian’ Dougie’s Invisible Magic Chimney Sweep

Dizzy highlights the strange oversight by left-wing blogs like LabourList and Left Foot Forward.   Whereas conservative-leaning Dizzy is happy to condemn both wee Dougie Alexander and George Osborne for charging taxpayers for their chimney sweeping, Labour’s Alex Smith and Will Straw only condemn Osborne for his Dickensian ways.  Labour’s election campaign strategist Dougie Alexander must have an invisible magical chimney sweep that they can’t see.  This example seems to Guido to show in a nutshell why the unpopular end of the blogosphere is unpopular, it is just too slavish to the official party line to be interesting.  It is a sign of weakness not strength.

Left-wing and Green bloggers have been banging on about how Iain Dale and other Tory bloggers don’t toe the official Conservative Party policy line on on the environment, as if they think the honest heterodoxy of the Tory blogosphere is a bug, not a feature.  If people want to read on-message press releases, they can go to the official party websites.  There is a lesson here.

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Ding Dong : Guido V Kevin Barron MP

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