Tuesday, November 11, 2014

WATCH: Tories Troll Sadiq Khan at Justice Questions

One topic kept cropping up at Justice Questions today. Chris Grayling took the opportunity to condemn the scourge of using a mobile at the wheel:

“The offence of using a mobile phone while driving is a very serious one. It should be dealt with effectively by the courts, and it is an area where the government is giving active consideration as part of our driving sentences review to strengthen the penalties. It is something that is wholly unacceptable and the courts should deal with it appropriately.” 

While Justice minister Mike Penning shared his own personal experience:

“As an ex-firefighter I used to go to so many of these incidents and the distraction of using a mobile phone is not only illegal it actually kills people, the people using the phone and others, and we should all decry anybody for using a mobile phone while driving.”

For some reason the Shadow Justice Secretary had nothing to add…

Lucy Powell’s Election Expertise

Lucy Powell’s first day in charge of Labour’s election campaign did not do much to quell colleagues’ fears she is not up to the job. At the prime time of 11pm last night Powell sent out her first mass email to Labour supporters, with the subject line “The deep end”. Waving?

In a section titled “How we’re going to win the election”, Powell raises concerns the Tories will “[use] their funding advantage to overwhelm voters with their message via every medium possible — TV, post, billboards, public transport”. Of course, as any vice-chairman of an election campaign would know, in this country outspending your opponent by splashing cash on TV adverts is explicitly prohibited by electoral law.  So was that a mistruth or mis-hire?

Labour Candidate Up Half a Million After Expenses Scandal
Shamed Ex-MP Creams Off Huge Taxpayer-Subsidised Windfall

Labour’s candidate in Enfield North is in line for a taxpayer-subsidised windfall of more than half a million pounds, after ‘doing a Maria Miller’. Joan Ryan, who held the seat until she was booted out in disgrace in 2010, claimed tens of thousands of pounds in mortgage interest payments on her Enfield second home between 2004 and 2008 under her Additional Cost Allowance. She also famously claimed £4,500 doing up the property, including redecorating the living room. The semi-detached Enfield house was bought in 1999 for £249,000. Properties on the same road now typically go for over £750,000, some half-a-million more. The taxpayer subsidised Ryan’s mortgage payments while the price of her home was sky-rocketing, leaving the shamed ex-MP in line to cream the profit.

That’s not all. In 2008, Ryan then flipped her first and second home, designating a flat in Kennington as her new second home. Expenses records show that Ryan went on to claim for second home mortgage interest payments well into 2009. The palatial apartment at Imperial Court was bought for £192,000 in 2004. It is now estimated to be worth over £400,000. Generously subsidised by the people she now hopes will re-elect her…

Monday, November 10, 2014

Miliband at the CBI:
Another Grand Day Out, Wallace…

Surfacing for the first time since his latest leadership wobble, Ed Miliband popped up at the CBI earlier. And it didn’t exactly go to plan…

First up was the member of the audience who asked him if he “ever wished the other guy had won”:

Then ITV’s Chris Ship seized the mic:

Which gave Ed the perfect chance to crush all those worries about his leadership…

Minutes later the CBI slammed Miliband’s whole speech:

“Labour’s tendency to market intervention could deter investment. We believe open markets are the best way to deliver growth for all.”

Another grand day out, Wallace..

Miliband Downgrades PM Chances From “When” to “If”

In his crap conference speech Ed forgot the lectern and the deficit.

At the CBI, he’s remembered the lectern but still doesn’t quite nail the PM in waiting  image.

Also Guido notices  he has downgraded his chances of being in Number 10.

In Manchester back in September it was all “when I am Prime Minister”:

“When I am Prime Minister the question of human rights for gay and lesbian people will never be ignored”

Yet at the CBI he’s adopted a  more cautious “if”:

“If I am Prime Minister I will never risk British businesses…”

The doubt has set in. 

Red Prince Vows “End to Tory Privatisation of NHS”…
…But Takes Donation From Boss of Top Private Contractor

“We have a chance to stop the Tory privatisation in its tracks,” Will Straw told voters in Rossendale as he launched a petition calling for “an end” to private firms making profit in the NHS. Labour’s Red Prince even invited Tessa Jowell along for the photo-op where he vowed to “remember, remember the NHS this November”. One thing Straw didn’t remember was a £5,000 donation he trousered from his dad’s best mate via his local CLP. The donor, Patrick Carter, just happens to have made his millions as the £799,000-a-year boss of McKesson UK, which is one of the primary NHS contractors. Labour’s star candidate in Rossendale is against private businessmen making money from the NHS, except when he’s taking cash from them…

That Sh*t Creagh!

Fifty-four minutes. That’s how long you last in the Labour Party if you break the line.

Like fellow right-winger Jim Murphy before her, Mary Creagh is said to be absolutely seething about her brutal demotion to the political wilderness of shadow International Development. ‘Fuming’ was how one shadow ministerial ally put it to Guido at the weekend.

Cynical sources point to Creagh’s claim in the transport debate on Wednesday that: “I have nothing against privatisation”.

Fifty-four minutes after saying those words in the Commons, she was sacked.

Welcome to Miliband’s “new politics”.

Chuka Backs David Miliband

Speaking for much of the ShadCab…

Friday, November 7, 2014

Labour’s #EMforPM Hashtag Has Mixed Results

Earlier today Miliband’s new senior adviser implored Labour supporters to back their leader using the hashtag “EMforPM”. The plan did not go so well:

Slow clap.

Question Time Goes Well For Ed
Voter Calls Labour Leader “A Turd”

Wee Dougie’s face was a picture:

Then Ed was impersonated by a Labour-supporting panellist:

Went well then.

UPDATE: Kristian Hall, who turns out to be a co-conspirator, is the lad who compared Ed Miliband to a turd.


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