Understatement of the day…
+ Labour’s Pink Van Paid For By Taxpayer
+ Made in Turkey at Cost of 500 British Jobs
+ Funded By €190 Million EU Loan Raised By UK Taxpayer
Is there anything British about Labour’s sexist pink van? 500 jobs were lost when the Ford Transit factory in Southampton was closed down in 2012 and relocated to Turkey. In a further slap in the face for British workers, the EU’s European Investment Bank then approved a €190 million loan for the new Turkish site, raised on the back of UK taxpayer funding for the bank. So Labour’s pink van was made in Turkey thanks to the loss of UK jobs, funded by an EU loan paid for by us. The only thing British about it is that it was paid for by the British taxpayer…
As Harriet Harman’s plans to spend her election riding around in a pink bus campaigning on female equality are revealed, ironically it is 40 years to the day that Margaret Thatcher became leader of the Tory party. Labour have still never elected a female leader, though at least Hattie is fighting for the sisterhood in this interview with Mehdi Hasan today:
HH: “Unite has provided us with a driver and blow me down they’ve managed to find a woman with one of these licenses. We’ve had lots of doctrinal discussions, such as: should we be alright with a male driver?”
MH: “Has there been any discussion of the colour of her vehicle? Isn’t driving around in a pink van a bit patronizing? A bit clichéd?”
HH: “Well it doesn’t have big eyelashes on the front.”
A union official driving Labour’s sexist bus on the 40 year anniversary of Maggie becoming Tory leader. PMQs gold for Cameron…
UPDATE: The Times say the eyelashes were actually mooted by a Labour frontbencher and genuinely considered.
Harriet Harman responds:
And the line is:
No word yet from Jack Dromey on whether he will be riding in the pink van…
Jim Murphy portrays himself as the “Irn Bru street fighter“, campaigning on crates with a bottle in his hand. A man of the people…
Now Guido can reveal that not only is Murphy so out of touch that he drinks his Bru from a glass, the Scottish Labour leader gets the taxpayer to pay for his supply on expenses. FoI revelations show Murphy has made two expenses claims for Irn Bru, amounting to £1.30.
This is certain to cause a Bru-haha north of the border…
Ed has upset the Gibraltarians by labelling them a tax haven and threatening to blacklist one of Britain’s proudest Overseas Territories if they do not comply with his demands. The Chief Minister of Gibraltar replies:
Well done Ed. Who do you think you are, Spain?
Worth listening to the end of Margaret Hodge’s interview on the World at One as she is politely reminded of her massive hypocrisy when it comes to Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Hodge began by slamming Labour’s Shadow Cabinet – including Ed Ball, Chuka Umunna and Rachel Reeves- for employing PWC staffers, before being told that her company Stemcor also uses PWC, that she used be a senior consultant for the firm herself and still receives a pension from them:
By the end even she was laughing at her own hypocrisy…
Nigel Farage’s trip to Rotherham to talk about the town’s child abuse scandal ended up with him being barricaded inside an office as police protected him from loony SWP protesters outside. Given the sensitive subject and the fact the cops had to be called perhaps Labour’s Rotherham MP Sarah Champion could have used a better choice of words:
She didn’t back down on the Daily Politics either:
UKIP are a close second behind Champion in the polls…
UPDATE: Champion has deleted the tweet.
This incendiary comment from Tristram Hunt to Catholic journalist Cristina Odone on Question Time is going to run and run:
CO: The most inspiring teachers I’ve ever encountered were not out of teacher training college. You know what, they taught
Miliband’s Q&A in Plymouth this afternoon descended into chaos as he was accosted by a Labour-supporting heckler:
Heckler: “We shouldn’t be in Europe because we’re not getting a fair crack of the whip because we’ve got MPs like you who
After a disgruntled Labour aide branded Ed Miliband a “hapless Chuckle Brother”, Paul and Barry Chuckle went on the Daily Politics to defend themselves against the cruel and unfair comparison:
“Obviously he wouldn’t like to be called a Chuckle