Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Labour Scrap Crap Energy Price Freeze

Labour have quietly ditched their flagship energy price freeze policy after falling prices mean their genius master plan would actually leave consumers paying more. A truth-stretching Labour spokesman tells the Sun: “it has always been a cap”, rather than a freeze. Which is presumably why this page titled “Freeze That Bill” still exists on the Labour Party website, vowing “we’ll freeze your bills”.

Who would have thought Labour’s Chavista attempt to dictate prices would end up costing consumers more?

Via Rob Oxley

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

WATCH: Ed Balls Struggles to Count to Three

By his own admission the man who wants to be the next Chancellor of the Exchequer found it “totally baffling” to work out what year it will be three years from now. Helpfully Osborne advised him to “use his piano fingers. One, two, three”. Don’t say you weren’t warned…

UPDATE: In Vine form:

Monday, January 12, 2015

Rotherham Labour MPs Sue UKIP’s Jane Collins For Libel

The loudest cheer at UKIP conference was for the party’s candidate in Rotherham, Jane Collins, who made a series of explosive allegations about several Labour MPs’ alleged involvement in the town’s child abuse scandal. Now Labour’s Rotherham MPs Sarah Champion, John Healey and Kevin Barron are suing her for libel and slander. Her speech had the journalists in the room choking on their coffees…

Friday, January 9, 2015

Another Top Labour Figure Rebels Against Ed’s Mansion Tax

McPangloss Makes It Official

Hinchingbrooke Hospital Was Privatised By Burnham

What of Labour’s response to this morning’s news that Circle in Hinchingbrooke, the first privatised NHS hospital, wants to exit their contract. Despite Andy Burnham’s repeated attempts to distance himself from the hospital, he made the decision to put the contract out to tender to private companies when he became Health Secretary in 2009. Circle themselves sayit was clear by the end of 2009 that Hinchingbrooke would be run by a private company”. Hinchingbrooke hospital was privatised by Labour…

That said, Circle’s record at delivering value for taxpayer money has not been bad:

“Since Circle took on Hinchingbrooke in early 2012, the hospital has been transformed. Hinchingbrooke faced closure. It was described as a ‘basket case’.  We invested in the quality of care, in staff and in facilities. Now, it has won a number of awards. It consistently hits the most important outcome measures, including low mortality rates, excellent patient feedback, and meeting all major waiting time targets. In the first two years of the franchise, Circle made financial savings significantly above the NHS average. We have saved the taxpayer approximately £23 million.”

Circle were losing money, that is unsustainable for an enterprise mutual or otherwise. Companies will always fail in free markets, the difference is they foot the bill rather than the taxpayer…

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Familiar Ring to Labour Spin

Labour were very quick to get a quote out about the 4Children charity childcare survey this morning, swiftly claiming the report showed “under David Cameron, childcare costs have rocketed by 30 per cent since 2010. Wages are down by £1,600 and the availability of childcare has plummeted”. Ed Balls’ spinmeister Alex Belardinelli had a particular interest in plugging the story, too:

By some strange coincidence, who is 4Children’s spin queen? Regular readers will remember Ellie Gellard, ex-Labour adviser and fiancée of one Alex Belardinelli, now Head of Communications for the charity. Surely not another case for the increasingly attentive Charity Commission to investigate…

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

PMQs SKETCH: Holy Warrior of the NHS

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If the NHS is Labour’s religion, the immanent, unknowable reality that nurtures its people, Ed Miliband is its holy warrior. It’s an old-fashioned, unreformed religion based on medieval inspiration and badly in need of a reformation but it still has a mystical grip on the people.

It is a bit of a sect, and its jumping jihadist is described – even by his supporters – as something of a cult, but the current crusade is to honour the teachings of the donkey-jacketed prophet Michael Foot.

Like any jihadist, he doesn’t quite match up to the inspiration.

As an ideological warrior, he’s driven by power rather than holiness. He’ll do any damage to his beliefs, as long as it damages his enemies more. He talks in such sectarian language there’s no conversation possible. He’s totalitarian in his edicts. He surrounds himself with a palace guard or he’d be torn to pieces by the wider following. And he lacks a beard. No beard! With teeth like his you need a beard.

The transcendental nitwit stood up at the despatch box and accused the Tories of manifold wickedness. They must have been blind. Are they still blind? Maybe that can be arranged. Branded and blinded for their filthy blasphemies against the holy of holies.

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Envy of the World Update

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36 hours after the Tories launched their election campaign, these are the headlines in the popular press. It could hardly come at a worse time for the Sun to inform its 2 million readers that under Cameron:

  • A&E waiting times at worst since records began
  • Record low Christmas performance for major A&E units
  • 21,000 patients waited 12 hours on trolleys in two weeks up to Christmas
  • Number of people using A&E over Christmas period up 70,000 on last year

Andy Burnham is gleefully touring the TV studios this morning demanding a summit where he can tell Jeremy Hunt how he “repeatedly warned throughout this Parliament that severe cuts” would cause an A&E crisis. Forget the actual long-term structural causes, this is a political gold mine for Labour…

Pic via @DavidPrescott

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Labservatives

Matt Hancock and Chris Leslie spoke as one on Channel 4 News last night:

Frei: “The only way I can really tell you apart is by the colour of your ties.”

Hancock and Leslie: [In unison] “That’s not fair!”

Do they all look the same to him?


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UKIP’s Youth Challenge | BBC
ISIS Operative: This Is How We Send Jihadis To Europe | BuzzFeed
Shapps Defends Bashir Defection | Seb Payne
Tory Leadership Contenders Jostle Over Europe | Alex Wickham
Cutting Taxes is Good For You | Art Laffer
Suspects Will Now Have to Prove Innocence | Laura Perrins
Labour Cllr: Cops Shouldn’t Stop Petrol Thieves | HandF Forum
Creeping Cultural Acceptance of Anti-Semitism | Eric Pickles
Time For Greece to Leave Eurozone | Allister Heath


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Boris on British Jihadis. Apparently based on MI5 intel:

“If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally w***ers. Severe onanists. They are tortured. They will be very badly adjusted in their relations with women, and that is a symptom of their feeling of being failures and that the world is against them. They are not making it with girls, and so they turn to other forms of spiritual comfort — which of course is no comfort.”


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