“Under-employment is a huge problem in David Cameron’s economy,” declared Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves in September, warning “millions of people [are] stuck in part-time jobs unable to get the hours of work they want”. According to Reeves the scourge of under-employment “has deepened the cost-of-living crisis and pushed up the social security bill”, but, she promised, “Labour will make work pay”.
Today Reeves is advertising for an “exciting opportunity” to be her new Political Adviser. Naturally the job is part-time, with the successful candidate only required to work “2.5 days per week”. One more added to the “millions of people stuck in part-time jobs unable to get the hours of work they want”…
Ed’s understatement that there were bits of the leaked Labour immigration document that “obviously weren’t well-drafted” is nowt compared to the kicking the toxic memo gets in this morning’s papers. “Disastrous”, “cack-handed” and “bollocks” are some of the milder sentiments from Labour figures. Election strategist Lucy Powell will be trying to “move the conversation on” from just what she thought she was doing by telling MPs to stop talking about immigration. Ed’s pet is under fire, with her incompetence becoming a really salient issue on the PLP doorstep this morning. A Labour spokesman quips: “Everyone is in total agreement that we should be — and are — campaigning on immigration.” Seriously though, everyone seems to be in total agreement that Powell is a walking disaster. Guido hates to say he told you so…
It’s going to be a late sitting tonight on tedious end of term legislation – which means a bumper night for parliament’s bars:
From: Government Whips Admin Unit (HOC)
Sent: 15 December 2014 13:19
Subject: Todays Business
Given 2 UQs and the 90 minute statutory instrument as the first business, there is now a very good chance of sitting beyond midnight tonight, although unlikely later than 1am.
And given the late hour of the sitting MPs will get a free taxi home on the taxpayer after a night of solid subsidised drinking… Happy Christmas!
Is UKIP really full of loonies? Arron Banks, the former Tory donor who announced he was giving UKIP a cool million at the end of conference season, has confirmed to the Staggers that he’s financing the militant-wing of the party to stand against Boris Johnson in Uxbridge. The multi-millionaire Bristol businessman has stumped the deposit the Monster Raving Loonies to mount a challenge. Apparently this is not against UKIP’s rules as the other Loonies are not a “proscribed organisation”. Leaving the door open to a an interesting electoral pact one day…
At last some government good news:
“Hospitals and fire services will be run “outside the public sector” as the Conservatives dramatically shrink the state and cut costs, a senior minister has disclosed. Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, told The Telegraph that services could be handed over to mutual companies owned by employers and other non-state bodies. Mr Maude, who is drawing up plans for £20 billion of Whitehall savings by 2020, said that with the exception of defence and policing, every function of the state could potentially be done outside the public sector.”
Don’t Vote For David Cameron | Tim Montgomerie
Ho, Ho, Ho, I Was Right, Cameron and Clegg Wrong | John Rentoul
May is Gordon Brown in Kitten Heels | Damian McBride
Chris Bryant Threatened to Resign Over Immigration Policy | Mail
2000 Year Study Shows European Summer Temp Decline | WUWT
Ed Miliband is the Basil Fawlty of Politics | Jason Cowley
Cameron and Miliband: Villains of the Year | Sun
Guardian Looks Outside North London For New Editor | Media Guido
Oxfam Rapped For Political Bias | Telegraph
Twitter Should Not Ban Racist Words | Alex Wickham
Term-Time Holidays Were State Encouraged | Liberal England
Mandy Rice-Davies (R.I.P.) on Lord Astor’s denial of their affair….
“Well he would, wouldn’t he?”