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Gordon is Emotionally Retarded

For all his many failings Tony Blair had a brilliant sense for the public mood, he was able to articulate on emotional subjects sensitively. The most talked about issue this morning in offices and workplaces across the country is not the unemployment figures, it is how could this happen again in the same borough again?

Gordon has just demonstrated that he is completely incapable of sensing the popular mood. Asked a straight forward question about the death of Baby P he went into a prepared answer full of bureaucratic jargon. His tone was really off key and made worse when he made a cheap partisan allegation. Clearly something is wrong in the Haringey Children’s Services department despite the Victoria Climbié inquiry.

The Children’s Services director should not investigate her own department. Sharon Shoesmith should resign.

PMQs : You Love to Hate

I’m No Longer a Candidate, Get Me Out of Here!

The Guidoisation of politics continues: Brian Paddick is going into the jungle with I’m a Celebrity. He claims
“This is about doing something for fun and showing people that I’m not just a serious politician and a serious former police officer… I think the public when they see me in the jungle are going to see that I’m not some camp, that I’m not some sort of liberal guy who’s got really crazy ideas about everything on the planet including drugs. I think they’re going to see somebody who actually is fairly normal, whatever normal is.”

Nothing to do with him missing the limelight and not having a proper job. Yeah, right.

Baby P : Justice for Prisoners

The verdict is in in the Baby P case. Two men and the mother have been found guilty of allowing or causing the death of a child.

Baby P had head injuries, a broken back, nine fractured ribs, fingernails and a toenail missing, a severe mouth injury, a ripped ear and extensive bruising on his body. He was found dead in his blood spattered cot.

Two men have been convicted of using the 17 month old as a punch bag over an eight month period. The pathologist said the wounds were of the intensity of a car crash.

You know in all truth, if ordinary decent criminals used these two as punch bags and they were to be found dead in a blood spattered cell, Guido would cheer. You can’t take the law into your own hands, but when the law fails to protect innocent children, many people including Guido, will say: justice can be a long time coming.

Blair Bodyguard Fired Gun in Israeli Airport

Haaretz reports that

Tony Blair’s body guard caused a fright on Tuesday when he accidentally fired his handgun at Ben-Gurion International Airport. No one was injured in the incident, which occurred outside the terminal building at around 3:00 P.M. Blair, a former British prime minister, was preparing leave Israel at the time.

Israel Airport Authority security guards and police rushed to the scene after the shot. An initial probe revealed that the incident was due to an error by the bodyguard, a foreign national.

In May, Israeli fighter jets scrambled to intercept an unidentified aircraft suspected to be hostile, only to find out that it carried none other than Blair, a top military official said.

Some might say he always brings trouble to the Middle East…

BBC Reefer Madness

Tax Credit for Breakfast

Dave’s newly announced policy is another welcome help for small businesses, it is not a business subsidy so much as a tax credit, a temporary (only for the duration of the recession) £2,500 tax credit for new created jobs. It will however be restricted to companies that are thinking of expanding, not those thinking of making redundancies. Therein is an example of the trouble with this type of Brown-style micro-tinkering, it is complicated, has loads of qualifications and caveats, requiring small businesses to call their accountant to understand.

This policy idea is, Cameron admitted, more of a think-tank style Pre-Budget Report submission. The Tories like to boast that their policy ideas get nicked by Brown and they get to implement policy by proxy. Gordon has already rejected this one.

So no income tax cut for breakfast, but the Tories were dishing out bacon sarnies as a consolation prize.

Tax Cuts for Breakfast

Tomorrow both Gordon and Dave have scheduled press conferences. Dave is having his at 8.30 in the morning to make sure he gets his announcement out first. Clegg has been jumping up and down all day in broadcast studios saying

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Clegg : “I Like Being a Punk Tax Cutter”

The Fink has generously given space to Clegg on his blog to argue the LibDem case for tax cuts. Which seems fair enough given the argument we have been having has featured Clegg’s proposals quite centrally. Danny has mocked

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Committee on Standards in Public Life : Public Has Even Lower Opinion of Politicians

Ms Blears will no doubt somehow attempt to blame Guido, but it is clear that the trend in public opinion is negative towards politicians. Interesting how the figures break down:

Party affiliation: Labour and Liberal Democrat supporters (51% and 49%

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Tax Cuts are the New Black

Cable and Clegg are already calling for ’em, Brown and Darling are dumping dogma to talk about helping Britain through the recession with tax cuts, Osborne and Cameron are going to announce their tax relief plan tomorrow. Tax cuts are

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