Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ed Balls Gangnam Style

Disturbing new photos have emerged of Ed Balls at Labour’s annual diversity party last night. The Standard reports:

“Host Keith Vaz stole the show by donning sunglasses for last night’s dance marathon, where two belly-dancers tied their bright sashes around the MP as they gyrated either side of him… Chuka Umunna, Harriet Harman, Sadiq Khan, Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper were among those showing off their moves at the event, which saw confetti fall from the ceiling as Gangnam Style was repeated at the end.”

What kind of monster wears sunglasses inside? 

WATCH: Sons of Brown Blank Forgotten Gordon

Ed Miliband thanked just about every Labour member who knocked on a door for the Better Together campaign yesterday, everyone except one Gordon Brown. Surely Ed Balls would have a kind word for his old master? Speaking to Iain Dale on LBC, the Shadow Chancellor awkwardly admitted he hadn’t even picked up the phone to say ‘thanks’.

The poor old Prime Mentalist is nowhere to be seen in Manchester…

Labour’s ‘One Nation’ Battleground Map Not Very One Nation

Michael Dugher is doing his best to instil some signs of life into Labour’s spiritless conference hall this morning, delivering the closest they’re going to get to a rallying cry:

“From Cannock to Carlisle, Hastings to Harlow, Burnley to Broxtowe, Wolverhampton to Weaver Vale and Cambridge to Colne Valley. East, west, south and north – thanks to our brilliant PPCs, our councillors, trade unionists, members from across the country, Labour is winning again in key seats that will decide the next general election.”

A look at Labour’s battleground map of key target seats for next year gives a somewhat different picture, with whole swathes of the Midlands, South, East and West left ignored:

What was that about ‘One Nation Labour’?

Shadow Pensions Secretary Doesn’t Know Basic State Pension

An MP not knowing the price of milk is one thing, but the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary not knowing the value of the basic state pension is something else. Rachel Reeves did not know the answer when pressed several times by Nick Ferrari on LBC this morning:

NF: How much is a pension at the moment for an elderly person? What do they pull in a week now?

RR: It’s just under £100 a week, the basic state pension, of course.

NF: Is it?

RR: Yes.

NF: The basic state pension is just under £100?

RR: It’s around £100 a week. Of course…

NF: I thought it was £113.

RR: It’s around £100. If you…

NF: So you don’t actually know what the pension is?

RR: It depends how many years you’re contributed.

NF: Right.

NF: I’m told the pension figure is £113.10, do you recognise that figure?

RR: It does depend, Nick, on how many years…

NF: Well you’ve just said it’s under £100. It can’t be under £100.

RR: Well it depends on how many years you’ve contributed.

The basic state pension is now £113.10 per week

UPDATE: Reeves went on to say that poorer pensioners get a minimum income guarantee of “around £130-£140″. Quite a wide margin to give herself, the actual figure is just over £148 for a single person and £226 for a couple.

Labour Yesterday Pledged to Use Mansion Tax to Reduce Deficit
…Yet Today Miliband Says Money Raised Will Fund NHS

Both the BBC and Channel 4 News last night reported that Labour will pledge to pay for an increase in NHS funding with a ‘mansion tax’ on higher value homes. Last year Ed Miliband committed to spending the revenue raised from a mansion tax on the return of the 10p tax rate. And the 10p tax rate isn’t the only thing they have pledged to spend the mansion tax money on.

Just yesterday, Rachel Reeves told the Daily Politics that the money raised would go towards paying down the deficit. Fast forward to 1:30:

AN: “You’re inheriting a deficit of £75 billion.”

RR: “Child benefit is not the only thing that we’ve announced. The tax on properties worth more than two million pounds, repeating the bank bonus tax, increasing the top rate of tax back up to 50p, the winter fuel allowance not going to the richest pensioners, you add all those up, that adds up to several billion.”

Labour have now pledged to spend the mansion tax cash three times already. It’s the bankers’ bonus tax all over again…

Monday, September 22, 2014

Miliband Speaks Alongside Stalin at Labour Conference

WATCH: Balls Benefit Backtrack Leaves Reeves Baffled

If you want to see how well-costed and prepared Labour were for Ed Balls’ child benefit announcement earlier, watch Rachel Reeves try to explain the numbers on the Daily Politics. Labour says it will save £400 million, the Treasury say £120 million. Reeves on the other hand reckons it will save ‘several million’. That new found Labour economic competence in full…

 Via @liarpoliticians

David Lammy Pays for Brightness

David Lammy, the only candidate to officially declare he is a Labour candidate in the race to be the next Mayor of London, has hired Martin Bright to spin for him. “I’m on the payroll,” Bright tells Guido. A tough job to Mastermind a media strategy for the ambitious bid.

#EverydaySexism Rife at Labour Conference

Everyday sexism is rife at Labour conference. Tom Watson waddled off yesterday after describing a bacon butty bearing babe as a “Sun model”:

A rather patronising assumption to make about Cherry Wilson, who is a journalist at the paper specialising in features:

Meanwhile, Sky News political correspondent Sophy Ridge has had her own encounter with a dinosaur:

What would Harriet say?

Balls Can Spin, But Labour Numbers Don’t Lie

As Ed Balls takes to the stage to try and pretend that his party has an economic credibility, the facts just do not fit the rhetoric.

Only four per cent of candidates standing for Labour at the next election think Gordon Brown’s government spent too much money.

Even after he left the country in the worst possible position to weather a global economic crisis, 85% of the next generation of Labour MPs believe Gordon’s spending was “about right”.

Only one in 25 believes Labour was spending too much, despite claims by Miliband and Balls that they had learned their economic lessons.

The survey by ComRes for the Sunday Politics, and revealed in Guido’s Sun column yesterday, also finds that 7% think that Britain is too generous to immigrants. A stunning 89% think our current system of unrestricted immigration from inside the EU is “a good thing”.

So much for Ed Miliband’s admission that Labour had “got it wrong” on immigration.

UPDATE: There was nothing but silence on the fact that Labour were running a boom-time deficit from 2002, but some faux contrition from Balls in his speech.

“The truth is we should have regulated those banks in a tougher way. It was a mistake. We should apologise for it.”

“We should have had tougher rules on immigration from Eastern Europe – it was a mistake not to”

Shame the next generation of Labour MPs do not agree.


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Whoever Wins is Cursed | Janan Ganesh
Dave Will Never Be Forgiven if Ed Becomes PM | Trevor Kavanagh
What is Dave’s Big Message? | Tim Montgomerie
Voting UKIP Only Helps Ed | Boris


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cynic says:

Can anyone help me? I went on holiday a week ago and returned to find someone has pulled out the stake and Gordon Brown is back and acting as Prime Minister. What did I miss? Has there been a snap election?


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