Vince’s VAT Vacillation

Fraser Nelson is scathing about the LibDem’s VAT poster, calling it “the most dishonest poster of the campaign”.

Jon Sopel asked Vince today “Would you rule out raising VAT?” to which Vince replied No, I don’t.”

So we could see an unquantified VAT bomb from a LibDem coalition government. Or pehaps not. Vince won’t say clearly one way or the other…

If It Is Good Enough for the Troops,
It Is Good Enough for Politicians

Denis MacShane is an odious man, some of the stuff he has written in recent months smearing eurosceptics as basically neo-nazis really crossed over the line. He has been comprehensively debunked time and time again by Britain’s former ambassador to Poland, Charles Crawford. Nevertheless the media still give the professional Pole a platform, the Guardian gave him space on the Polish air crash tragedy yesterday.

What struck Guido reading his eulogy to the Polish president, Lech Kaczynski, wasn’t the shameless shift in gear by MacShane.  He called him a “Polish patriot” who “reached out Poland’s Jewish community” so soon after accusing Kaczynski together with his party of racism and homophobia when they allied with the Tories in the new eurosceptic ECRG grouping in the EU parliament.

No, what really stunned Guido was this line on the air crash once again revealing the sense of self-entitlement of our political class:

There is a meanness about the treatment of government representatives who, in the name of finance ministry parsimony, are expected to fly travel in outdated, low-tech, uncomfortable planes.

You mean like the ones your government sends our troops and Nimrod pilots to die in?

State of the Campaigns

Tories Should Have Called it a ‘Marriage Credit’

Odd that in the same press release from Labour today where they have a go at the £3-a-week tax break for married couples proposed by the Tories, Yvette Cooper* boasts about the £4-a-week tax credit for working parents. Labour is spinning “as if anyone would get married for a £3-a-week allowance”.

Those of you who are unmarried and/or without kids may have to trust Guido on the following point; having a child is a far bigger commitment and cost than getting married.  As if anyone would have a child for a £4-a-week tax credit…

*The taxpayers pay a marriage credit to Mrs Ball’s household of £300,000 a year – for now.

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Reuters reports that much of the Polish political class from the president down has been killed in an air crash near Smolensk on a visit to commemorate the Katyn massacre of polish patriots by Soviet forces.

Those Massive Tory Cuts in Full

We haven’t had a bit of evidence-based blogging for a while so Guido has fired up the chart to to bring you this comparison of the Tory and Labour spending plans.

Alistair Darling said in the budget he was taking action to cut the deficit by £57 billion, the Tories say they will go £6 billion further, faster. This £6 billion is what they are boring on about when Gordon disingenuously claims Tories will cut core services and undermine the recovery. £6 billion is less than 1% of government spending and is equal to a mere two weeks of this government’s unfunded over-spending.

Spot the difference? £6 billion is a mere rounding error that still leaves both parties with plans for unfunded over-spending of more than £150 billion. Not much difference is there really?

Saturday Seven Up

7upGuido thought his traffic was doing well, but currently UK Polling Report is Britain’s most popular blog by a long chalk.

Anyway if you were not one of the 64,823 visitors viewing 419,525 pages over the last seven days, here are the seven most popular stories (in order of popularity) that you missed:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…

Liam Fox’s Non-Partisan Charity Endorses Tories

Liam Fox’s Atlantic Bridge got into hot water with the Charity Commission for being a pro-Tory front.  Obviously they should be on their guard to prevent any suggestion that it is just a partisan cheering operation for neo-cons on both sides of the Atlantic.

So this press release from them seems a tad unwise:

Anglo-American Think tank Endorses Cameron’s Conservatives

A leading non-partisan Anglo-American think tank dedicated to the development and preservation of the Special Relationship between the U.S.A. and the U.K. has endorsed David Cameron and the British Conservative Party as the best bet for taking U.S.-U.K. relations to the next level.  You can read Amanda Bowman’s Washington Examiner article here, in it the CEO of the Atlantic Bridge says:

“Americans should look forward to May 6, after which Cameron and his government will likely assume power.   He will be good for America and better for the Special Relationship.”

How non-partisan is that?

UPDATE : Liam Fox’s office has been in touch to say that it is the American pillar of the Atlantic Bridge not the British pillar,“Liam knows nothing about this…”.  Odd since it gives a London contact phone number which appears to be Liam Fox’s office fax number (020 7219 2617).  Have sent a few faxes and it appears to be working. They’ll no doubt get back to Guido soon…

UPDATE II : It is a bit strange.  Have yet to confirm the authenticity of the email.  The article is genuine. The emailed press release is suspicious, why does it use a fax number as the contact number?  Guido is filing this in the dirty tricks file – unless ‘Shaila Cooper’ the contact name gets back to him and it proves otherwise.

Twitter Twerp Only ‘Sacked’ After Telling Party He Was Resigning

Stuart MacLennan was initially supported by his friend the Scotland Secretary Jim Murphy, as the evidence came out and the chorus calling for his sacking grew louder he confided to friends that he was going to resign. When the Labour […]

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Friday Caption Competition

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Wannabee Twerp Labour MP Twitters Taunts

The Sun has another Twitter political casualty:

For months Labour spin has been extolling Twitter as a vote winning political tool whilst the Tories have been more wary – Dave famously saying “too many tweets make a twat”. In […]

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State of the Campaigns

Above is the Guy News rolling poll of polls from the last seven days. Tories and Others up tick 1%. Lab / Lib unchanged.

Elsewhere YouGov reveal that 35% or 15 million voters don’t know / haven’t made up their […]

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