George Osborne v George Osborne

Labour have helpfully dug out this video of Osborne critcising unfunded spending commitments just 12 weeks ago:

“making spending committments is the easiest thing in the world. Spending commitments are superficially attractive. They get ready applause from lobby groups. They get you headlines. But unfunded spending commitments are made with borrowed money and the price is paid by future taxpayers”.

A few weeks later and Osborne pledged £8 billion in unfunded NHS spending commitments…

Inheritance Tax Highlights Millionaire Miliband’s Hypocrisy

The Tories are going to make it a manifesto commitment (again) to raise the inheritance tax threshold so that only millionaires pay it. David Cameron is giving a speech today highlighting the issue. This morning Harman was less than convincing on Marr about the Milibands’ own efforts to avoid the inheritance tax threshold. Why would the Milibands – as Harman claims – pay expensive lawyers to produce a Deed of Variation to not avoid tax?*

CCHQ’s promotion for their manifesto commitment looks like this:

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Guido’s version would look like this:

IHT-MILIBAND

Not positive enough?

*Guido’s informed guess is that they entirely avoided paying inheritance tax at the time. Later Ed Miliband and David Miliband probably had to pay some lesser amount of capital gains tax when they realised their profits on the difference in the value they had inherited tax free and the price they received for their shares of what was the family home when it was eventually sold.

New LibDem Attack Ad: “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” For Ed

The LibDems try to outdo the Greens with a musical attack ad of their own. Guido preferred “I’m sorry”…

Miliband v Murdoch

The Tories have hit back with a fresh attack ad from last night:

To have been a fly on the wall…

Two-Faced Chuka Refuses to Rule Out Toxic ‘Jobs Tax’

That sound you can hear is Labour pulping thousands of their Tory VAT leaflets. They won’t be using yesterday’s attack ad again either, which bashed current and former Tory chancellors for saying they had “no plans” to raise VAT, then going back on their word. “No plans” was the key sound-bite. 

24 hours later, on the pre-PMQs Daily Politics, when asked to rule out a rise in National Insurance, two-faced Chuka Umunna used the exact same choice of words:

“We’ve got absolutely no plans to do so.”

Will Labour rule out the the toxic branded ‘tax on jobs’ or do they just have “no plans” to do so?

Boneheaded: Labour Poster Backfiring

“Labour rules out negative election campaign posters” reported the Observer in January, claiming the party had vowed to “occupy the moral high ground” and “raise the tone of debate”Will Ed Balls and Andy Burnham come to regret this poster launch in Harlow at the weekend?

Not only is that a broken leg being used to represent “Tory cuts”, experts say it belongs to a child. Even worse, the x-ray suggests they may have been a “victim of child abuse”. Prof Christopher Colton tells the Telegraph:

“There are absolutely clear two episodes of violence and possibly the bone bruise is a third… I have run it past a couple of paediatric colleagues are they both recognised this to be very likely non-accidental injury.”

Classy.

Anti-Recycling Green Party Poster

BLAIR-RECYCLING-GREEN-PARTY Gaia Guido has come up with an idea for a Green Party campaign poster which he is happy to share for free. Following Tony Blair’s generous recycling of £106,000 he got from various dictators to various Labour candidates in marginal constituencies, here is a poster idea for their Green Party opponents. If you like the idea and want a higher-resolution Photoshop version, do email in…  

New UKIP Video Teases Dan Hodges

 

New figures show 187,370 Romanians and Bulgarians were given National Insurance numbers last year, a rise of 576%. This video from UKIP today gently reminds one commentator of his prediction to the contrary… 

CCHQ Milking Issue of Farage’s Breastfeeding Comments

CCHQ were quick to stoke the breastfeeding story by making it look like Farage had boobed again:

milking the issue

Many a slip twixt, errr, D-cup and lip…

UPDATE:

Nigel Farage took to Twitter to rebut his misrepresentation

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Tories Attack UKIP Plans “To Privatise the NHS”

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The latest video attack ad of the Rochester and Strood campaign is playing out in the local media…[…]

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WATCH: UKIP Hit Back at Labour NHS Attack

UKIP’s outbreak of civil war has not stopped them from producing this quick rapid rebuttal on Labour’s NHS attack. Not bad…[…]

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EU Were Wrong Then, Wrong Now

Establishment politicians and big businessmen say that the EU is vital to our prosperity. Sound familiar? As we wait for John Major to drop his pearls of wisdom let’s remind ourselves what they said about the euro.

Video courtesy of […]

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