It was fun.
It was lapped up in the hall, it was solid and substantial. No flashy gimmicks, traditional Conservative themes like sound money, the Union and strong defence. He stuck to his guns on tax breaks for marriage. He explicitly rejected libertarianism saying the Tories were not just ideologically concerned with freedom. He identified a good ideological attack line against Miliband, turning the charge against Thatcher against Labour, that Miliband did not believe in society, only the individual and the state.
Sam came on at the end wearing incredibly high red heels that were almost fetish shoes. Bet the tabloids spot that. Theresa Villiers was dressed as Sarah Palin.
“Gordon Brown’s response to the economic crisis has been too little, too late.”
“Conservatives don’t have a clue on the banking crisis”
This afternoon’s willingness to avoid point-scoring contrasts with the press release that arrived in Guido’s inbox from Cable at 10.23, just half an hour before Cameron’s hastily arranged emergency statement on the economy. In that press release Cable claimed only the LibDem’s plan would put money back in consumers pockets, cut energy bills, and stop home repossessions:
David Cameron and the Conservatives won’t offer it. At a time when those on the breadline are struggling more than for a generation, their top priority is tax cuts for millionaires.
…There is only one party in Britain today with a serious and credible plan ….
Still it is not all bad news,* Gordon’s favourite financier Paul Myners and appointee as chairman of the Low Pay Commission, is doing well. The massive hedge fund of which he is a director, GLG, had the biggest short in the market in Bradford and Bingley. Peter Oborne points out that Ronnie Cohen, “Gordon’s private banker” and a huge Labour Party donor, has just set up a new hedge fund to take advantage of the market situation. Good to see some people doing well out of the misery and mayhem…
*You won’t read this news in the Guardian. Paul Myners is the chairman of Guardian Media Group.
Spotted: Tim Montgomerie and Nadine Dorries sharing a lap-top.
Bell Pottiinger party: we-left-Labour-for-the-Tories to pour champagne down their throats. Not a shadow cabinet member to be seen…
Guido looking gutted, despite being bearish, decides to take time out from the market. Market collapses.
Derek Tullet has also given huge amounts of money to the Labour Party. Tullet’s broking firm specialises in servicing hedge funds who want to go short stocks and derivatives.
Gilad Hayeem of the Lehman Brothers backed $2 billion hedge fund, Marble Bar Asset Management (Cayman), contributed to Hilary Benn’s deputy leadership campaign.
There are plenty more “evil speculators” who have backed the Labour Party. Just in case you are wondering why Labour is silent…
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Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann on Cameron’s refusal to pay the £1.7 billion EU bill by December 1st:
“Well, then he’s gonna pay on December 2nd”