Monday, October 14, 2013

Too Many Tweets From Our Tax

David Cameron famously quipped that “too many tweets make a tw*t”, but that hasn’t stopped his government from spending over £100,000 of taxpayers’ money on learning how to use Twitter.

As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun column, the Foreign Office are the worst offenders, forking out £92,594 to send officials on social media courses.

Hashtag wtf?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

If Go Home Vans Send Home Just One Person…

The figures are in, and the Home Office ‘Go Home’ ad vans saw a grand total of one illegal immigrant come forward and voluntarily leave the country. And he didn’t even see the van himself, but actually read about them in the Guardian. Mark Harper is doing his best to spin the results:

“The first voluntary departure as a result of this pilot took place on 2 August. It was a Pakistani national who had been living in the UK illegally since December, and he interestingly … he didn’t see the ad van itself, but he saw a picture of the ad van in the Guardian newspaper and he texted the number and we arranged to support him for his flight home. So at least one individual has left the country as a result of this pilot, so from a cost perspective … the pilot has actually already paid for itself.”

All worth it then…

UPDATE: The Home Office would like to stress that at least one illegal immigrant has come forward. The pilot cost £10,000, while the arrest, detention and removal of one illegal immigrant would cost £15,000.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Ed Admitted Cost of Living Would Be Increased By His Policies
Willing to “Lose Six Months of Economic Growth”

Ed Miliband admitted in 2009 that his green taxes would have a direct negative effect on the cost of living.

When pushed by Andrew Marr about the impact of green measures “on the price of energy” and “the price of basic living necessities”, the then Energy Secretary replied: “there are upward pressures on prices, yes”:

Andrew Marr Show, July 13th 2009

AM: A very simple question  when it comes to the price of energy, when it comes to the price of basic living necessities, it may not be £230-a-year as the Sunday Mirror says, but are we or are we not going to have to pay more.

EM: There are upward pressures on prices, yes.

AM: Yes, the answer’s yes.

Later that year at a speech in Poland, Miliband called for the world to “lose three months or six months of economic growth” to act on climate change immediately:

Demos Europa talk at Warsaw School of Economics, October 7th 2009

“The costs of acting on climate change are something like 1% of national income, 1%-2% of national income, by 2050. So we can either lose three months or six months of economic growth, for the world, and act, or we face this huge risk in relation to the cost of adapting to climate change.”

The speech came at the height of the economic crisis, yet as a government minister Miliband was advocating hitting growth in order to pursue climate change policies. In government Ed was happy to raise the cost of living for ideological reasons. This is Green Ed’s cost of living crisis.

Old Banger’s Double Reshuffle Blow

Spare a thought for Greg Knight the former chair of the Procedure Committee who was lured away from the safe £80,000 job, perhaps by the £92,000 salary, to be No. 3 in the Tory Whips’ office. Now he’s a sacked whip. Reshuffled into the deck on a back bench salary (£66,000). But he has his network to fall back on. In 2007, Knight was named as one of the 50 most influential people worldwide in the Historic Vehicle Movement. Broom broom.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Ireland Voting to Abolish Second Chamber

ABOLISH-SEANADToday Ireland is voting in a referendum to abolish the Seanad – the second chamber of parliament which costs some €20 million a year to provide a sinecure for recycled politicians who have been kicked out of the properly elected chamber by the voters.  Ireland is weighed down with too many politicians. New Zealand got rid of their second chamber and they carried on just fine…

ABOLISH-SEANAD

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Watch Teenagers Declare Benefits Bill Should Be Slashed

Here is one that does not fit the usual narrative. Teenagers polled by Newsnight last night collectively agreed to slash the unsustainable benefits bill and use the money to pay down the national debt and increase spending on education and health. Maybe the Tories should not be so worried about votes for sixteen year olds…

Video via Liar Politicians

Monday, September 23, 2013

Tobacco and Arms Dealers Funding Labour Conference

Despite the noise Labour have made recently about the tobacco lobby, they had no qualms taking a wedge from Phillip Morris for a conference stall.

Perhaps Ed could pop down to see his old Political Relations Manager James Barge who left Team Miliband for the Marlboro men.

And don’t forget the arms dealers, for good measure:

Ker-ching.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

At Least Seven Millionaires in the Shadow Cabinet
Thirteen Other Miliband Millionaires Around the Labour Leader

The Sun this morning points out it’s not just the Cabinet that is stuffed with millionaires. Crunching their numbers, there are at least seven in the Shadow Cabinet, and Ed has surrounded himself with another thirteen millionaire advisers or supporters. And of course, as regular Guido readers will know, Ed and Justine are not doing too badly themselves…

The research is based on a comprehensive study by Neo-Guido in this month’s edition of Spectator Life, Guido’s favourite bit concerns Ed’s millionaire spinner:

“When Baldwin is up late plotting new attacks on Tory toffs, he can do so from his £4 million villa overlooking Highbury Fields. Cruel former colleagues in newspaperland still fondly remember Tom loudly declaring after his wedding, ‘I’m on the deeds, I’m on the deeds.’”

So that’s a blow to the Old Etonian attacks and the “cabinet of millionaires” line in one week…

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wonks Take Axe to Clegg’s Magic Money Tree

Nick Clegg’s big conference giveaway managed to last a few hours before it was comprehensively taken apart by policy wonks.

  • Centre for Policy Studies – free school meals for under 8s is yet another “universal benefit… a middle-class welfare gimmick”. Costing £600 million it is “not free at all. The money comes from somewhere. It comes from us.”
  • Taxpayers Alliance“This is a conference gimmick that is a misleading, but all too typical, attempt from politicians to wade in and pretend they are doing something about the pressure on the finances of struggling families by promising subsidies paid for with other people’s money.”
  • Institute of Economic Affairs - “This is an enormously bad use of public money. Not unreasonably, the government already ensures that those in need have access to free school meals, so it beggars belief that we are now going to see a policy instated which will subsidise the children of affluent families.
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  • Adam Smith Institute - “Like so many of the Lib Dems’ policies (for instance, their supposed commitment to free university tuition) this is middle class welfare dressed up as help for the poor. It stinks about as much as the school dinners we’re all about to start paying for.”

Labour of course love it, despite even Ed Balls ditching their commitment to universal benefits. No prizes for guessing how the LibDems are framing this:

Conveniently forgetting that Maggie successfully fought the Treasury to keep free milk for under 7s and that the LibDems have now ensured minimum wage shelf stackers are paying for the lunches of millionaires’ kids. The deal is the Tories can now offer a £500 million tax break for married couples. That is over a billion a year of extra spending. The deficit is targeted at £120 billion this year. What austerity?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Simon Hughes Duck Donor Not All They’re Quacked Up to Be

As Simon Hughes was swanning around the stage at LibDem conference, Guido was peking into the LibDem Deputy Leader’s latest donations. He can reveal that London Duck Tours have been footing the bill for Hughes’ office upkeep to the tune of £4,950. Incidentally the business requires access to the Thames, and Hughes’ seat is in Southwark. The Liverpool branch of the company hit the news earlier this year when one of their amphibious bus boats sank with 31 people on board. No fowl play, however. Owner John Bigos winged it at the time, claiming that the fact he had fired half of his staff was not to blame for the poultry service. One donor who’s not contributing to the LibDems’ Million Jobs campaign then…


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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”



Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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