Balls Backs Eagle on SNP Drafting Labour Queen Speech

Yesterday it was assumed that Angela Eagle had badly gaffed with her suggestion that Sturgeon’s SNP could help draft a Labour Queen’s Speech.

This morning Balls has backed her:

So the second most powerful voice in the Labour Party is open to the SNP writing Labour’s plans for government. From the horse’s mouth

#LabourDoorStep #GameOn #Fail

Twitter is unbearable on weekends at the best of times, but in election season it becomes a soul-destroying sphere of horse sh*t, with thousands of activists sharing grinning pictures and vague platitudes about the reaction ‘on the doorstep’.

Here’s one such interaction Labour won’t be sharing this side of the election, but should probably use in a’ how not to do it’ guide for the next time:

So far it’s had almost half a million views on Facebook. Well Labour did promise millions of conversations on the doorstep…

1.3 Million Facebook Views For Savage Miliband Take Down

Labour have managed to get Jo Brand to do their latest election broadcast. Last time she endorsed the party, they went on to suffer their worst ever defeat…

Meanwhile, over on Facebook, this video has spread like the clap:

Robot Ed’s monotone repetitive “these strikes are wrong” hit from 2011 is having something of a renaissance. So far 1.3 million voters have watched and shared it with their voting friends. The classics are always the best…

Lord Janner Called for Nursing Home Resident to be Prosecuted

Back in 1999, the BBC reported on the discovery that Konrad Kalejs, an alleged Nazi war criminal, was living in a nursing home in Leicestershire:

“Former Labour MP Lord Janner, chairman of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said he would ask Home Secretary Jack Straw to investigate the allegations against Mr Kalejs. And he said that if there was sufficient evidence, Mr Kalejs should be prosecuted under war crimes legislation. If there was not enough evidence for a prosecution, the government should follow the example of the United States and Canada and deport him, he said.  “They only do that if they are sufficiently satisfied that a person is guilty of war crimes. They don’t want him in their country. If that is correct, we don’t want him in our country either,” Lord Janner told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.”

So Janner says you can prosecute of deport elderly wrong ‘uns, but not investigate the claims of his paedophilia because his memory is a bit hazy…

Put Her Down as a Maybe

Good to see Labour targeting their resources well…

Labour Candidate Struggles with the Manifesto Message

Watching Ruth Cadbury, Labour parliamentary candidate for Brentford and Isleworth, explain what is in her party’s manifesto is very painful…

Mandarins Given New Labour Holiday Reading List

Bored civil servants have been handed a helpful memo on how to fill up their time until a new government has been selected by those pesky voters:

The bit that really caught Guido’s eye was the pen pushers’ idea of “a range” of recommended reading on governmental matters:

· Michael Barber, ‘How to run a Government’
· Tony Blair, ‘A journey’
· Alastair Campbell, ‘The Blair years: extracts from the Alastair Campbell diaries’
· Anthony King and Ivor Crewe, ‘The blunders of our governments’
· Damian McBride, ‘Power Trip: a decade of policy, plots and spin’
· Chris Mullin, ‘A view from the foothills: the Chris Mullin diaries’

Hardly an impartial list…

Red in the Fed: Housing Critic is Paid Up Labour Member

For immediate release

In response to the Conservative manifesto announcement that Right to Buy will be extended to include housing association homes.

Ruth Davison, Director of Policy and External Affairs at the National Housing Federation said,

“We fully support the aspiration of homeownership but extending Right to Buy to housing associations is the wrong solution to our housing crisis…”

Blah blah blah, etcetera.

That would be Ruth Davison who is a member of Islington North constituency Labour Party.

It is on days like this that the hidden red sleepers in the third sector come to the surface. Organisations like Shelter are stuffed to the gills with former Labour apparatchiks, sitting out opposition in the comfort of quangos and charities. The last Labour government – particularly the Prime Mentalist – stuffed these supposedly neutral groups with sympathetic lefties. Many of whom have direct links to the party, having worked for him.

This Gramsci inspired march through the institutions was one of the more pernicious elements of the Labour years. Should Miliband get the keys to No 10, he would unleash a new wave of this patronage. You thought Brown was a leftie? Just think who a Miliband administration would court, promote, and place…

The Graph That Ruins Miliband’s Argument

Even after Labour’s manifesto mea culpa about fiscal responsibility, Ed would still not say he thought Labour spent too much before the crisis. He had his audience cheering as he yelled “absolutely we were right to invest in those things”:[…]

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Joined Up Thinking In Labour Manifesto

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In a piece of spectacular cognitive dissonance, today’s Labour manifesto managed to both hail the City of London as a world beating model for devolved industrial regions and to then malign the City for taking advantage of an “economy […]

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WATCH: Allegra Stratton V Ed Miliband

Turns out Ed’s not tough enuss to stand up to Newsnight’s Allegra Stratton.[…]

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Dugher Defeated: Labour’s War on Motorists Back On

“Labour car war is over- New transport chief’s vow to help road users” screamed the Mirror late last year. The then new Shadow Transport Secretary Michael Dugher promised: “to stop demonising motorists and start championing them as it declared its […]

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