Manifesto Mob v Free Press

Labour’s utterly bizarre manifesto launch video was quite revealing as to how Gordon’s government views the voting public. In a section on how “your opinion really matters” an animated potato in pants – presumably representing the electorate – yells demands such as “CHEESE HAS FEELINGS TOO” and “ABOLISH THE PERIODIC TABLE“. Like a second-rate insurance ad without the pithy script, the whole three minutes, presumably directed by a lobotomy patient and executed by an arts college reject, stunned the assembled hacks, prompting Sky‘s Glen Oglaza to tweet, “What WAS that video? My 12 year old daughter would feel her intelligence being insulted!

In a refreshingly aggressive style the travelling press pack smelt blood. Robinson demanding why the public should trust anything Labour says when the manifesto barely touched the deficit – but that didn’t stop the hand picked audience heckling. Boulton and The Sun were given an equally hostile treatment. Gordon leered as he claimed “it’s not a fair press. It’s a fair audience.” Was it really the best idea for Gordon to accuse the host of one of the upcoming debates of being a Tory stooge?

Alan Johnson drew nausea as he oiled to his feet to chip in: “I’m not sure I can give a more perfect answer than that, Prime Minister.”  The gun to his head was just out of shot. It was a fatal mistake to try to blend a presser and a rally. So this is the “future fair for all” – weasel words to a loyalist audiences stacked with posh window-licking “socialists” bussed in to shout down a free press.

Gordon’s Cheerleader

As the Prime Mentalist took to the stage at his Pyongyang  style manifesto launch he was introduced by his chief cheerleader the famous-for-Twitter Ellie Gellard. Some might know her better as the self-titled “BevaniteEllie“, Labour’s 24/7 twittering foghorn. While she may tweet her way through the ups and downs of Brown’s last days, some might consider the choice less than appropriate. Given that Labour last week sacked a candidate for inappropriate jokes on Twitter, there seems to be some double standard for poster girls. Making jokes about Thatcher breaking her neck is fine apparently, and gets you a spot on the top platform.  But who is this dyed in the wool Labour activist?

Reading between the lines you can see why Labour wouldn’t want this well spoken, rich-girl socialite on television before. She’s hardly your average Labour voter. Growing up on the mean streets of Holland Park and attending one of the most selective schools in the country, Bevan must be turning in his grave. How many “average students” Labour are trying to reach out to can quaff champagne when flitting between London and Paris to go clubbing whenever she chooses? Does Gellard really relate to working people whilst sipping cocktails on a yacht?  She is more Mandelsonian New Labour than anything Old Labour’s Nye Bevan would recognise…

UPDATE: Seems Sky News are a little grumpy that reams of press officers wouldn’t let them get anywhere near Gellard for an interview. The whole painfully stage managed affair is unravelling. She was only trusted to read from a script and perhaps that plummy accent wouldn’t have gone down so well on the lunchtime news…

One Hundred Years Late to the Party

Rather than looking to the future, be it fair for all or not, Labour have simply lifted the concept and style of old Tory posters for the cover of their manifesto. How far back did they go? Back all the way to 1910 and 1931 for their poster ideas:

Who said this government hadn’t run out of ideas?

School of Piglets

Just as the curtain is brought down on this rotten parliament, it seems the next generation of wannabes have taken a leaf out of their book. When the UK Youth Parliament were allowed to use the Commons for a debate, Bercow told them “This is an historic moment and one which I hope will show young people that the House of Commons, and the work that goes on here, is relevant to their lives.Clearly they were paying attention as the kids have now been embroiled in their very own expenses crisis.

Replace duck houses and phantom mortgages with “pizzas, chicken wings and fizzy drinks“.  A whistle-blower claims taxpayers money was being re-directed from deprived kids and spent on taxis and Blackberries,”“I said it was nothing short of corruption.” The former head of the Scottish Youth Parliament branded the organisation as nothing more than a booze fuelled “knocking shop“. Seems the kids have taken to the lifestyle like ducks to water.

Over-Spending Socialists Crushed in Elections

This situation maybe familiar: an over-spending left-of-centre government faces election, the centre-right opposition offers a promise of tax cuts and free market reforms to bring economic growth to a country which is on the verge of bankruptcy.

In Hungary overnight Fidesz have swept the socialists out of office winning 52% of the vote to the ruling party’s 19%.

The Fidesz party logo is an orange smiley face and this morning the smile is very broad…

Guido fact: Back in 1988 Fidesz were a little known rag-tag bunch of idealistic libertarian students under threat of arrest from the communists. The great David Hart, fresh from smashing Scargill’s thugs, channeled support to them from the West. Within a year Hungarian communism fell and Fidesz were in government. Another reason to recognise David Hart with an honour.

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

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

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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 […]

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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.[…]

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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 […]

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