Truth in Advertising : Gordon’s New Advert

What Did Gordon Learn Today from Thatcher?

The sheer audacity of Team Brown is breathtaking. Are they really trying to portray him as the heir to Thatcher? It is all very well claiming to be a conviction politician, but what if they are the wrong convictions?

Remind yourself of just two examples of when Gordon was on the wrong side of a big battle born of conviction.

Facing down Soviet Communism – Brown was opposed to installing the Cruise and Pershing missiles that the Soviets feared most and could not afford to match. This brought them to the negotiating table.

Miners Strike – the crucial and decisive battle for the economic well being of the country – at the time he opposed Thatcher’s determination to end once and for all Scargill’s blackmail. He never supported the rights of working miners who faced harassment and violence. When David Wilkie was killed by striking NUM miners there was no condemnation from Gordon Brown.

The list is long. Team Brown is doing this not out of conviction, but for pure spin…

Saatchi & Saatchi Win Labour Advertising Deal

Further evidence to support the view that the political parties are becoming indistinguishable marketing brands comes with the news that the firm whose reputation was made by campaigning for the Tories, will now handle the advertising for the Labour party.

The Times reports Populus research which shows that Brown is perceived by voters to have moved to the right and Cameron’s Conservatives are perceived to have moved to the left.

So with increasingly little difference between the brands, it may all come down to marketing…

Brown’s Vanity Publishing

Pandora confirms what we already knew, Brown’s Courage book was vanity publishing. Brown backing billionaire Lord Paul has bought six thousand copies to distribute to schools. That is twice as many as have sold nationally.

What did the kids do to deserve this treatment?

Inheritance Tax : Clear Water Between Tories and LibDems

Have just read an article on LibDemVoice by Dick Newby, the Chairman of the LibDems Tax Policy Working Group. The Tories are promising “lower and greener taxes” and the LibDems are promising “fairer, simpler and greener” taxes. So far, so Tweedledum and Tweedledee. However one policy struck Guido as sharply different, the Tories are proposing to abolish death taxes on the reasonable grounds that they are unfair taxes on funds which have already been taxed. The LibDems are proposing to tinker with the threshold and toughen the rules on gifts.

If Guido understands the LibDem proposals correctly, the following example is correct:

His daughters finish university, by which time Guido is in his sixties, and he gives them each an (electric) car as a graduation present. He dies 14 years later (as expected by the actuaries), leaving his estate* to the girls. Under LibDem proposals they would be taxed on the cars and every birthday present given to them for the previous 15 years.

Does that strike you as fairer or mean-spirited?

*Assuming his estate is worth more than £500,000.

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Observer “Ban the standby button”, say Tories.

Green Groups Accuse OLR of PR Stitch-Up

According to the front page of the Guardian Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, WWF and the Green Alliance are claiming that the government is using Deborah Mattinson’s Opinion Leader Research to distort the evidence and get the required result on nuclear power from bogus public consultations.

Duh! Of course – that is why Gordon hires and re-hires his personal pollster’s firm to the tune of £3 million. She tells him what he wants to hear.

Greenpeace says that they along “with other NGOs, trade unions, renewable energy companies and representatives of the nuclear industry met with OLR and the government in July to discuss this stakeholder briefing pack. This document was full of pro-nuclear opinion masquerading as fact … This document is fundamentally flawed and cannot form the basis for a full public consultation.” So it is not just Guido who thinks OLR’s work is another form of push-polling.

Charity Commission Will Publish Sith Investigation Findings

Guido contacted the investigators at the Charity Commission recently to inquire as to how the eight-month long investigation into the wrong doings of the Sith was progressing. They won’t say as yet, but did promise they would publish their report online.

Gordon is pushing for a change in the laws the Smith Institute broke so that their actions are decriminalised. He told voluntary workers this week

“I do not personally believe that you can be an effective community and charity organisation… if you’re somehow limited in advocacy and your ability to speak and campaign on things you think are wrong. It should not be wrong for you to say `we urge you to support this cause.’ That’s a controversial thing as well.”

Ed Miliband, the ultra-Brownite Cabinet Office minister and frequent attendee of Smith Institute events at 11 Downing Street in the past, also reckons “Charities should be free to participate in appropriate ways in political activities. There are clear benefits to society from allowing charities to do so.” Clearly such a change would benefit the Smith Institute and that charity’s sole beneficiary – G. Brown.

Nevertheless this will be a change in the law that will allow tax rebates for political campaigning. Surprisingly enough Guido favours the change. Guido has never yet met a tax deduction he hasn’t liked…

Just so long as it is not retrospective and doesn’t get the sleazy Sith off the hook. Which is why a timely conclusion to the Charity Commission’s investigation is now overdue.

Friday Caption Contest

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Boom to Bust : Mortgage Pressures

“I will not allow house prices to get out of control and put at risk the sustainability of the recovery.”

Gordon Brown, 1997 Budget Statement.

The data for mortgage repayments as a proportion of post-tax income has just been published

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Citizen’s Consultants

Organising “Citizen’s Juries” has made Gordon’s pollster, Deborah Mattinson, a lot of money over the years. Amazingly they have now become a key Gordon Brown government policy. Who, Guido wonders, will get paid all those fat fees for organising what

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Prezza for Hire – Will Speak for Between "£10,000 to £25,000"

Fancy a comedy turn after dinner? Well Prezza has signed up with JLA, suppliers of motivational speakers, after dinner speakers and entertainers for corporate and industry events. £25,000 to listen to Prezza mangle the English language?

The JLA site[…]



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