Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Clegg: Do as I Say, Not as I Do

“We had half an hour’s notice of Cameron announcement on energy – not the way to do coalition” bleats a LibDem source to 5 News. Odd then that Guido didn’t hear them whining over the weekend when Clegg threw his teacher training grenade. Tory government sources claim there was “zero warning” about the intervention with one claiming “I have a reason to believe, even at the very centre, it came totally out of the blue.” Well totally out of the yellow if we are being pedantic, yet the point still stands. Are we really going to have to sit through another 19 months of this crap?

VICTORY: Cameron Promises to “Roll Back” Green Taxes

Guido has spent the last few weeks arguing for green energy tax cuts. This is Green Ed’s cost of living crisis, so it makes sense for the Tories to bin their commitment to these taxes now, and let Miliband be the one who pledges to increase energy prices at the next election should he want to bring them back. Green taxes bump up gas and electricity bills by up to 9%. 

At PMQs Cameron promised he would act:

“Where John Major is absolutely right is that the bills have reached a completely unacceptable level and need to take action on that and we need to help people pay their bills and help to get bills down. We also need to roll back the green charges that he put in place.”

The Prime Minister’s Official Spokesperson confirms: “One way or another, the PM is determined to roll back green levies”.

Just this month Cameron said that green taxes were “necessary”, and of course he was all for them in opposition: “We think the share taken by green taxes should go up. My policy of green energy first is absolutely right”. This is a significant u-turn, but it has potential. Until now the Tories have largely failed to respond to Ed’s energy bill freeze policy. A point driven home in the chamber today. Let’s see what comes of Dave’s promise…

Friday, October 18, 2013

Dave’s Jumper Stance Unravels

Number 10 are doing their best to unpick the jumper argument. A strong clarification from them this lunchtime:

“It is entirely false to suggest the PM would advise people they should wear jumpers to stay warm. Any suggestion to the contrary is mischief making.”

They now seem to be saying jumpers don’t keep you warm, so are they now recommending we wear less clothes and turn the heating up? What happened to green Dave?

Miliband Needles Dave
Biggest Jumper Gaffe Since President Carter

Miliband manages a tight-knit response to Downing Street’s woolly thinking:

“David Cameron yesterday described the rise in prices at British Gas as “disappointing”. Today Downing Street tells people to consider wearing jumpers to keep warm. Their crime policy used to be ‘hug a hoodie’. Now their energy policy appears to be ‘wear a hoodie’. These responses to the energy price rises show how little Mr Cameron and his government stand up for the interests of hard working people.”

He’s not spinning a yarn with this one. Stealing “hardworking people” will really needle Dave.

Guido is reminded of Jimmy Carter’s address to the nation on energy, in which the then President infamously wore a jumper.

It was the end of his limited credibility…

Let Them Wear Jumpers

New Deputy PMOS Scot Marchbank’s first lobby briefing went well then. His Marie Antoinette-esque answer to a question about whether families struggling to deal with rising energy bills should wear jumpers at home: “If people are giving that advice it is something they may wish to consider”. Quite a gaffe to begin with. You can see the Mirror splash already…

Friday, October 11, 2013

Green Ed’s Taxes are Officially Under Review

The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson has confirmed this morning that green subsidies on energy bills are now under review. Just yesterday Cameron said that those very same green subsidies were “necessary”A quick and welcome u-turn, even by Dave’s standards…

These taxes bump up gas and electricity bills by up to 9%. Without nationalisation government cannot dictate how energy companies are run, any more than it can dictate the price of oil. What it can do is ease the pressure for bill-payers right now by suspending Ed Miliband’s levy. This isn’t some notional freeze in the future, you don’t have to wait until 2015 to do this. The Tories should bin their commitment to these taxes right now, and let Ed be the one who pledges to increase energy prices at the next election should he want to bring them back. If Green Ed thinks there is a cost of living crisis, he should be big enough to admit the part he has played in it.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Farage Parks Tank On Cam’s Lawn

Talk about tanks on Cameron’s lawn…

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Dave Mentioned Labour 26 Times
(Compared to 17 Times in 2012 Speech)



Despite spending the last three years calling Ed Miliband a weak leader, Dave spent vast swathes of his speech addressing the Eds directly and doing a line by line take down of Labour’s Brighton announcements. While Labour are jeering that the PM is rattled, they are less quiet about the fact the Tories have finally managed to get some decent, simple explanations to why Miliband’s new policies are crackers. The official pre-briefed version of the speech had Labour mentioned 14 times and Balls twice. The version actually delivered has plenty more digs (26) and references to “what we heard last week.” Last year he said the word “Labour” just twice.

It was Cameron down the camera, looking directly into the eyes of the viewers, helped by giant autocue screens placed in his line of sight in the middle of the audience. Guido’s favourite bit was when the PM claimed that he did not lead a party of shoddy compromise, apart of course from when they made a shoddy compromise to get into power rather than attempting to rule as a minority government. But who cares for details eh?

Graphic and counting courtesy of Political Scrapbook.

Cost of Living Crisis Sam Cam


As ever Guido is first with the most important aspect of the PM’s speech. Sam Cam was wearing a dress from Asos, shoes from Topshop and a belt from Fenwick. Guido would wager the belt probably cost more than the rest of it put together. No word on Dave’s suit yet…

Introducing Dave’s Latest Inspirational Slogan

Following on from the resounding success of the Big Society, We’re All In It Together, Aspiration Nation, the Global Race and For Hardworking People, Dave’s latest inspirational slogan is Land of Opportunity. Clearly itself inspired by his Land of Hope and Glory Love Actually moment. Today Cameron will say he wants:

“To make this country, at long last and for the first time ever, a land of opportunity for all. For all. So it makes no difference whether you live in the North or in the South, whether you’re black or you’re white, a man or a woman, the school you went to, the background you have, who your parents were. What matters is the effort you put in, and if you put the effort in you’ll have the chance to make it. That’s what the land of opportunity means.”

Right. It’s basically just Aspiration Nation without the rhyme…

Seen Elsewhere

Fraser Nelson: Put Your Money on Ed Miliband to Win | Guardian
Guido Fawkes is Too Aggressive | The Times
Ditch Tobacco Plain Packaging | Grassroots Conservatives
What Farage, Boris and Rob Ford Have in Common | William Walter
Labour Spell New Adviser’s Name Wrong | ITV
Dave Stung by Jellyfish | Sun
City Minister’s Inheritance Tax Dodging Trusts | Indy
What I Would Have Done if I was Sarah Wollaston | Iain Dale
Boris is an Epic Europhile | Louise Mensch
Warsi Got PM to Confront “Secular Fundamentalism” | Fraser Nelson
Guardian April Fools Apology | Press Gazette

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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”

orkneylad says:

What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?

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