Tuesday, September 16, 2014

No Campaign’s Lidl Lies

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The No Campaign have found a few unionist supermarket bosses to make supportive outlandish claims; Andy Clarke, president and CEO of Asda said “If we were no longer to operate in one state with one market and – broadly – one set of rules, our business model would inevitably become more complex. We would have to reflect our cost to operate here.” Asda is the UK brand name of Walmart, the US giant is the world’s biggest supermarket so presumably it has mastered the logistics complexity of operating in multiple markets. Trucks do bring Asda’s products from all over the world already…

If Asda or the other supermarkets were to raise their prices they would be killed and they know it. Lidl, headquartered in Germany, would take even more of their market share… 

EXCLUSIVE:
Minister Funnels Expenses Cash to Firm Run By Former Agent

Energy minister Amber Rudd has channelled thousands of pounds of taxpayer cash to a Tory-linked company run by her former agent. Over the last two years Rudd has claimed £6,000 on expenses for “professional services” to organise several local jobs fairs in her constituency. The jobs fairs were organised by Events Office, a company run by Terri Lock, who is a Rudd’s former agent and a Tory council candidate in Hastings. Terri is married to Matthew Lock, former leader of Hastings Conservative group. Events Office seem to get a lot of business from the Tories, having organised a number of jobs fairs in the constituencies of other Tory MPs including Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and Charities minister Brooks Newmark.

Guido’s favourite Labour MP Karl Turner says:

“Amber Rudd has serious questions to answer about whether the rules have been upheld. There can be no question of funnelling taxpayers’ cash to cronies against the rules. I hope David Cameron will investigate the behaviour of his new Minister.”

Fishy…

Posh People Politely Tell Scotland to Stay

Speccie readers really do need somewhere to go stag hunting…

TORY WARS: May / Oliver Airwaves Briefing Spat

As you read in last week’s Sun on Sunday or this morning’s Times, Theresa May is on the war path with the Number 10 operation, again. Rachel Sylvester reports:

‘Theresa May got into an argument with No 10 over the timing of a policy announcement. She wanted to reveal the government’s plans in the House of Commons, observing parliamentary propriety, but the prime minister’s office pressed her to give an interview to Radio 4’s Today programme instead. If she did not do so, she was told: “We will lose the next three hours.’

Now which expert spinner could that have been? 

As Guido reported ten days ago, “tension boiled over recently with Oliver going shouty-crackers and demanding the Home Secretary show him some respect.” It seems May’s idea of showing him some respect was briefing Rachel Sylvester.

Labour Selects Younger Woman Over Ageism Campaigner

Unite’s Political Director was among the first to toast the news that Liz McInnes had won Labour’s selection for the Heywood and Middleton by-election last night:

McInnes is being billed by her party as an “NHS worker” and “healthcare scientist”. She is the secretary of her local Unite branch and the chair of Unite’s Health Sector National Committee. Bizarrely her Twitter account disappeared as soon as she was announced as Labour’s candidate, as did her profile page on her local Labour website. Her publicly available Facebook page however still carries dozens of photos of her waving Unite flags at union marches, attending Unite conferences and wearing a “never kissed a Tory” t-shirt. As well as some, ahem, less safe for work snaps.

Already Liz is in robot candidate mode: “Only Labour can make Britain better off, putting hardworking families first with a plan to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.” She didn’t always stick to the party line however, condemning Miliband and Balls in a letter to the Guardian during the 2010 leadership contest: “If only one of the Eds were an Edwina, then we might have a real choice”. 55-year old Liz beat 56-year old age discrimination campaigner Miriam O’Reilly – ageism at the heart of the Labour Party…

Banking on Mum & Dad?

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Having loaned £2bn to help customers secure a first home last year, the Bank of Mum & Dad is on the brink of collapse. The beleaguered bank yesterday announced high house prices are making it harder and harder to keep up.

A spokeswoman for the bank said, ‘We apologise for any embarrassment caused to customers forced to continue living with us into their thirties. But rest assured, we love you very much.’

The spokeswoman went on to state “Alex – if you are reading this, dinner is in the oven. Text us if you’re going to be home late tonight, love”.

Worried customers can find out more from the Bank of Mum & Dad here.

Commentators are increasingly concerned about the situation, with parents across the country increasingly struggling to keep up. A spokesperson from Shelter stated: “The Bank of Mum & Dad is under real pressure because of out of control house prices. 64% of parents have raided their own savings to help their child get on the ladder or with rent costs. And the Bank of Mum & Dad is having to give £23,000 on average to its customers for a deposit”.

The spokesperson went on to comment “A pay-out from the Bank of Mum & Dad can’t be the next generation’s only chance of affording a home of their own. Politicians need to give back hope to the thousands of people desperate for a stable home by building the affordable homes they are crying out for”.

With housing now a top-five voter issue, politicians are under increasing pressure to provide answers as to how they will tackle the housing shortage. And it an area that’s up for grabs. 1 in 4 voters don’t know which party is strongest on housing – suggesting huge opportunities for whichever party makes a pitch for this area.

See if the Bank of Mum & Dad can help get you on the ladder in your area.

Follow the Bank of Mum & Dad on Twitter.

VICTORY: Shaun Wright Resigns

“My role as South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner has clearly become prominent in terms of public opinion and media coverage following the publication of Professor Alexis Jay’s report. This is detracting from the important issue, which should be everybody’s focus – the 1400 victims outlined in the report – and in providing support to victims and bringing to justice the criminals responsible for the atrocious crimes committed against them.

“With this in mind, I feel that it is now right, to step down from the position of Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, for the sake of those victims, for the sake of the public of South Yorkshire and to ensure that the important issues outlined in the report about tackling child sexual exploitation can be discussed and considered in full and without distraction.

“As I’ve previously stated, I entered into public service to make a positive difference in South Yorkshire. Protecting vulnerable people and particularly victims of child sexual exploitation has been my number one priority as Commissioner and much progress has been made over the last two years.

“My intention had always been to continue my work with South Yorkshire Police and partners in making all the necessary changes and improvements required to safeguard and support the victims of these horrific crimes, and indeed to protect further potential victims through preventative actions.

“On resigning, I therefore truly wish the force, all the very best in continuing the journey of positive transformational change of those essential services which protect and support our most vulnerable people.”

Gone and good riddance.

Yes Campaign Winning On Search Terms and Facebook Likes

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More people are searching online for Yes than No in relation to the Scottish referendum according to Google’s data, Facebook have also released data showing the level of interaction around the Scottish independence referendum favours the Yes campaign. Over 2.05 million interactions directly related to the Yes campaign and Yes Scotland, compared to the No campaign 1.96 million over the same period. If Facebook “likes” were votes, the Yes campaign has won, with 258,000 likes to the 182,000 of the No campaign…

Leaders of The Parties That Promised An EU Referendum Vow:
“We’re Politicians, Trust Us This Time…”

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Guido thinks that wavering Scottish voters may be more than a little sceptical about a last minute vague offer from the three establishment party leaders. Clegg’s history on signed pledges is not encouraging. Cameron gave a cast iron guarantee of an EU referendum that turned out to have small print that let him off the hook. Labour has gone back on their pledge as well. So why should anyone trust them to deliver on this pledge?

There is also the small problem of English MPs being up in arms at the prospect of their constituents paying more taxes to buy off Scottish voters. If the parties were really serious about this and have the cross party support they claim, why didn’t they actually put it to a vote last week? Because English MPs are livid…

Monday, September 15, 2014

Venezuela Goes From Boob to Bust

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It is not just the economy which is sagging in socialist Venezuela, the country has been hit by a shortage of breast implants, a foretaste of what Britain can expect under a Miliband government. Despite attempts by former leader Hugo Chavez to nip the craze in the bud, boob jobs have become a key cultural asset of the Latin American nation, with the country racking up a whopping 85,000 procedures last year. Recently however the enhanced price of implants has meant a reduction in the numbers having the surgery. “The women are complaining. Venezuelan women are very concerned with their self-esteem” says Ramon Zapata of the Venezuelan Society of Plastic Surgeons. President Maduro, who has seen his government rapidly lose support, is being kept abreast of the issue…


Seen Elsewhere

What Happens Now | James Kirkup
Cairo of the North | Quentin Letts
Labour are the Biggest Losers | Phil Collins
Westminster Will Never Allow Referendum Again | Daily Mash
Yes Scotland’s Geo-Targeting Advertising Fail | MessageSpace
#IndyRef Twitter Map | Trendsmap
Westminster Has Patronised Scots | Scottish Sun
What Happens in the Event of a Recount? | Breitbart
Yes Side Emphatically Won Campaign | Speccie
Joyce Thacker on Sick Leave | Doncaster Free Press
Claire Perry Slams ‘Goodies’ for Scots | Sun


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