Looks Like a Zero Hours Contract, Sounds Like a Zero Hours Contract…

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Much squirming over semantics as Ed’s pledge to end the “epidemic” of zero-hours contracts becomes embarrassing following revelations that over a quarter of Labour MPs as well as their biggest funder, the Unite union, employ workers on essentially “zero hours” contracts.

Labour’s line that staff employed without guaranteed hours by 68 of their MPs were on “casual contracts” not “zero hours contracts” is looking increasingly ridiculous following the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority’s clarification that they while they don’t use the term “zero hours”, they interpret requests for the number of parliamentary staff working on “zero hours” as “the number of MP’s staff who are contracted on an hourly rate.” In other words casual contracts..

As if things couldn’t get any worse for Labour, Unite, who just last year were calling on those MPs to stop using in their words “zero-hours” contracts, have been rumbled by an Industrial Tribunal for employing a man on “a series of short-term contracts. Or as some might say a series of  “effectively zero-hour contracts.”

If it looks like a zero hours contract and sounds like a zero hours contract…

Freeman At the Point Of Use

Ed Miliband reassured a concerned member of the public in Huddersfield this morning that he doesn’t use private healthcare. Indeed, apparently he doesn’t know anyone who does:

“Not me and not anyone I know.”

Unfortunately not everyone got the memo. Here is Labour’s star new endorser Martin Freeman speaking to the Sunday Times in 2012:

“I live in a big house and I clearly have more money than anybody in the history of my family and that’s afforded me more choice. Do I use the private sector? Yes. I do because I can and I realise that the difference between the people who do and don’t is the wherewithal to do it. Do I support the NHS? Of course I f****** do. I still use it, but would I use private healthcare? Yes. I’ve got a map on my wall of Victorian London that cost 6½ grand, so why, if someone from my family needed something that was life or death, would I not spend my money on that?”

More joined up campaigning from Labour…

Urine Trouble! Another P*ssed Off Voter

Nathan Crossman is a very cross man indeed. In the latest in a steady stream of campaign leaks, Mr Crossman, from Milton Keynes, has accused a Labour activist canvassing for candidate Andrew Pakes of relieving himself in his front garden:

Labour’s 4 million conversations on the doorstep are going well then…

Andy Slaughter is Having a Mayor

Yesterday Shadow Justice Minister Andy Slaughter’s cack-handed campaign for re-election suffered the embarrassment of distributing illegal leaflets in Hammersmith. Today the Labour MP faces more questions after he was photographed canvassing alongside the Mayor of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. Mercy Umeh was foolishly snapped by neighbouring Labour candidate in Chelsea Alexandra Sanderson, clutching leaflets backing Slaughter alongside Labour party activists. The rules are very clear: there is a strict requirement for the Mayor to be non-party political. It’s not the first time she’s been caught helping out Labour either. Will the powers that be show Mercy?

Labour’s Martin “Fairness” Freeman Sends Son to Private School

“I don’t know about you, but my values are about community”, says Martin Freeman in Labour’s election broadcast. “The bottom line is what values are we choosing, because in the end this choice we make really does matter,” adds the multimillionaire. Freeman declares that Labour “start from the right place – community, compassion, fairness – I think all the best things about this country”.

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That “fairness” in the “community” does not stretch to his own family though. The “values” that Freeman chooses encompass sending his young son to the elite Lochinver House School in Potters Bar for the compassionate sum of £12,669 per year. Onwards, to socialism comrades…

Tax Dodge Shame of Labour Election Star

Labour have wheeled out Tim from The Office, aka Martin Freeman, as their latest celebrity endorsement. Freeman, who is worth £10 million, told the Guardian in 2005 that he supported “Socialist Labour” but would not be voting for Labour under Blair again. Guess Miliband meets that criteria.

Back in 2013 it was widely reported that Freeman allowed his long-term partner and fellow luvvie Amanda Abbington to go bankrupt after she was whacked with a £120,000 tax bill. At the time the Mirror described the arrangement under the headline “Morally Bankrupt” as:

“an absolute disgrace… Amanda has been with Martin for 10 years and they have two kids – even if she really is skint why on earth can’t he chip in and help out with the bill?.. because she and her multi-millionaire partner can afford a fancy accountant, she doesn’t have to either, because he’s found her a way out of it”

Did Labour know about their star celeb’s past before they lined up his endorsement today?

Labour Campaign Chief Breaks Social Media Election Law

The parliamentary rules for MPs’ social media use during the election campaign could not be clearer:

“If your website, Twitter account, Facebook page etc. refer to you as an MP (on their pages or in the address or in the handle) make sure you have either set up alternatives to use from Monday 30th March at 00:01 until polling day, or frozen the account, or published the necessary disclaimer making it clear you are not an MP during the Dissolution period.”

Yet as of 10:35am this morning, the Twitter bio of Labour campaign chief Lucy Powell still referred to her as an MP:

Within minutes of Guido politely pointing this out, “MP” had been quietly changed to “candidate”. 

Yet, in a display of Powell’s winning judgement, she summoned all of her famous deflection skills to spin that Guido was talking about her handle, @LucyMPowell, which refers to her middle name Maria, and not her bio:

You would have thought, after yesterday, she would have learnt when to put down the spade…

Politics: It’s a Mug’s Game

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After Labour’s “UkipCup” was roundly condemned by the party’s own supporters – Diane Abbott described it as “shameful” and an “embarrassment” – the Greens have hit back. ‘Stoup’-ing to a new low…

Angry Local Residents Demand Miliband Apology

Rather than do a reccy of the Sky studios yesterday morning, Ed Miliband was in Rotherhithe in South London for a campaign event with a local Labour councillor. The meeting was held in a community hall on deprived Silverlock council […]

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Two-Faced Chuka Refuses to Rule Out Toxic ‘Jobs Tax’

That sound you can hear is Labour pulping thousands of their Tory VAT leaflets. They won’t be using yesterday’s attack ad again either, which bashed current and former Tory chancellors for saying they had “no plans” to raise VAT, then […]

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Salmond Orders Pink, Causes Stink

The former First Minister sat down to be interviewed by the Staggers‘ Jason Cowley and ordered a bottle of pink champagne, which reminded Guido of this picture. Meanwhile, Salmond also appears to have shot down any hope the Tories […]

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Boneheaded: Labour Poster Backfiring

“Labour rules out negative election campaign posters” reported the Observer in January, claiming the party had vowed to “occupy the moral high ground” and “raise the tone of debate”Will Ed Balls and Andy Burnham come to regret this […]

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