Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tory Uproar as Labour’s Toby Perkins “Flipped Osborne Finger”

Watch closely for the reaction of the PM and the Tory benches as Osborne asks Labour about their spending plans. Cameron’s face turns to shock as he and a number of other Tories point towards Labour MP Toby Perkins, sitting on the third row. From the video it is not clear why. Tory MPs are adamant this afternoon that it was because Perkins “flipped Osborne the finger”.

As Bercow intervenes you can hear a Tory MP shout “it’s Perkins!”. Guido is told that a Tory MP then passed a note to the Speaker making the allegation against Perkins, Bercow then ripped the note up and put it in his pocket. Perkins’ office are currently refusing to comment. All very parliamentary…

GRAPH: Cuts By Department

Pickles shows himself as the “model of lean government” with a 10% cut, alongside Grayling and Maude, while the Chancellor leads by example. Hammond and May get off lightly…

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

WATCH: Jeffrey Joke Falls Flat

Labour’s Anas Sarwar becomes the first to make a Jeffrey joke in the House, no doubt to the annoyance of many a bookie. He could have at least made it funny…

Friday, June 21, 2013

WATCH: Treasury Playdays

Learn with George as he explains how he will “help people who work hard and want to get on” at next Wednesday’s spending round. A helpful piece of taxpayer-funded Tory propaganda. Osborne spells it out very slowly for Ed Balls…

Osborne Borrowed More Last Year

Turns out government borrowing actually rose last year. Revised ONS figures show public sector borrowing for 2012-13 was £118.8 billion, up from £118.5 billion the year before. This week’s Speccie cover article gets to the point:

“When the Chancellor stands up to present his spending review next Wednesday it will be with the reputation of a crazed axeman. Much of the country, whether it thinks it a good thing or not, subscribes to the belief that George Osborne is shrinking the state year-on-year, slicing here, chopping there. In a recent poll 58 per cent of respondents agreed with the proposition that Osborne’s ‘austerity drive’ is ‘harming the economy’… Osborne is no mad axeman but a bodger blundering around with a blunt chisel.”

Osborne wants to portray himself as a responsible, sound money Chancellor making tough choices, streamlining an overbearing state and making government more efficient. The truth is borrowing, and as the graph below shows, spending is still going up:

The Treasury is pushing the fact that borrowing fell last month year-on-year, which is encouraging. But to say they are not doing enough is an understatement…

See also: Tale of Two Austerities

Thursday, June 20, 2013

LISTEN: The Osbornes, George and Jeffrey Duet


Courtesy of the World at One, together for one performance only, take it away….

Jeffrey Osborne

Story of the week from the Sun: Obama called Osborne Jeffrey three times at the G8 summit, confusing him with the soul singer:

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Come back Mitt, all is forgiven…

UPDATE:

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Via @FelicityMorse

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Stranger Things Have Happened…

… Though not many. The baronetcy heir apparent tests the effects on the working man of his 1p cut to the price of beer, pulling a pint for Tom Watson in parliament’s Strangers bar last night. Sampling the latest from his local brewery, called Pennies from Eleven apparently. Must not make eye contact…

Via @michaeldughermp

Monday, June 10, 2013

Safe Hands Harrison

As Guido reported in his Sun column yesterday, congratulations are due to the man known as the Chancellor’s “brain”, Rupert Harrison, on the birth of his son. Returning to work following 3 weeks paternity leave, the Treasury whizz kid has been christened by his boss George Osborne as “safe hands Harrison”. After the midwife was delayed on the way to the home-birth, Harrison delivered the baby himself.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Osborne Rattled? Chancellor Goes on Tax Attack Mid Mili-Speech

As Ed took to the stage the Tories thought they would have some fun with this morning’s Telegraph splash involving John Mills donating in shares rather than cash in order to, allegedly, minimise his tax bill. Osborne has written to the Miliband:

“The Labour Party registered a donation of shares in JML worth £1.65 million in January 2013, from Mr John Mills. By making a donation in shares rather than as a single cash dividend, it has been reported that Mr Mills managed to avoid a potential tax charge of £724,710. Alternatively, it is estimated that to make a donation of £1.65 million in cash Mr Mills would have had to earn £3.1 million, and pay £1.46 million to HM Revenue and Customs.

The tax affairs of individuals are a matter for them and HMRC. My questions are for you and the Labour Party rather than Mr Mills. Can you confirm that the Labour Party advised Mr Mills on how to avoid tax on his donation? As leader of the Labour Party, and given your previous statements on tax avoidance, such actions by your party appear to be directly at odds with your public statements. Most importantly, will you now pass the amount of tax that has been avoided to the Exchequer?”

You can expect the reply to be along the lines of sod off.

And you have to wonder how rattled the Tories are by this welfare shifting speech when they put the Chancellor up to be the attack dog, mid flow…


Seen Elsewhere

Polling Averages Trend | PoliticalBetting.com
Speaker Faces Questions Over Pass for Donor | Sun
Tory MPs’ Visit to Israel Condemned | Guardian
Labour Was Too Slow for the Squeezed Middle | FT
Papers Pan Cam’s Immigration Pledge | ConHome
Deane of St Edmundsbury? | Times
Pay Volunteers and They Become Cheap Labour | Jill Kirby
UKIP Fundraiser Was Jailed for Running Brothels | Times
Bercow Faces Probe Over Pass Mystery | Mirror
Harman Breaks Rules on Paying Staff | Express
Labour Whinge About Sandi Toksvig Joke | Mail


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