Monday, September 22, 2014

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.

Labour Accidentally Replace Douglas Alexander

An unfortunate typo, or a taste of things to come?

Douglas Alexander has already been replaced by Vernon Coaker as Labour’s Election Strategy chief on the official conference app. Perfect timing when the knives are already out for the serial election loser, fighting to save his job.

As one Labour source laments to Guido post-Better Together; “If that is what Dougie manages to do to a 20 point lead, what’s he going to do to our 3 point one?’

WATCH: Chuka Can’t Name Three Members of Scottish Labour

Were you still up for Chuka? In the wake of the Scotland vote on Friday, Brillo took the Shadow Business Secretary to task, asking him on Newsnight if he could name three members of Labour’s shadow cabinet in Scotland:

CU: “Of our shadow cabinet? You’ve got Joanna – Johann Lamont, you’ve got Kezia Dugdale…”

AN: “What does she do?”

CU: “I’m not totally sure of the exact portfolio…”

AN: “She’s education. Could you name any more?”

CU: “Er, not off the top of my head, no. And your point… I’m not a Scottish MP and I’m not a member of a Scottish shadow cabinet.”

What was that about One Nation Labour?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ed’s “Dynamic Settlement” Fails to Inspire Dynamic Response

Fair to say poor Ed Miliband is not having a very good day. In response to Dave throwing down the gauntlet to Labour over English votes for English laws, Labour have announced “A Constitutional Convention for the UK; a dynamic new political settlement for England and for Britain”. It has received a mixed reception, putting it politely:

Sticking to his old mantra of if in doubt, call for an inquiry…

Denham Sticks Boot Into Miliband Over Devolution Fudge

Miliband mentioned the word “change” over a dozen times in his referendum result response this morning, but said nothing about English votes for English laws. Writing on his personal blog today, John Denham has some strong words for the Labour leader:

“English Labour needs its own voice in this process, unrestrained by Labour from other parts of the union. I’d argue that devolution with England has been held back by a UK Labour Party not convinced that England needs change as much as Wales and Scotland. Now we need a voice of our own… As the powers of the Scottish Parliament increase, the role of Scottish MPs in determining English laws will inevitably diminish. If the aim is to ensure that laws affecting England alone have the consent of elected English representatives, there are many ways of doing so.”

Delicious irony if Gordon Brown’s last ditch attempt to save the union means Labour MPs in Scottish constituencies will no longer be able to vote on English laws…

Labour Cynically Attack English Votes as “Politically Driven”

“We have heard the voice of Scotland and now the millions of voices of England must also be heard,” said David Cameron this morning, strongly suggesting that he will press for English votes for English laws and finally answer the West Lothian question. Within five minutes Labour had come out against the idea:

Very amusing of Wee Dougie to attack the plan as being “driven by politics”. Of course Labour’s opposition to English votes for English laws definitely isn’t driven by their cynical, anti-democratic need for Scottish MPs to pass legislation in England. Normal politics resumes…

Vid via @liarpoliticians.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lammy Accidentally Plugs London Mayor Rival’s Campaign

Poor old David Lammy. Tottenham’s political mastermind is busy drumming up support for his London mayoral run, having been the first Labour candidate to formally declare. Lammy tried to tweet a link to his snazzy new website on how he would tackle housing problems in London: LondonHousingReport.com. Instead, he tweeted a link to the similarly-named LondonHousingCrisis.com, a campaign website which features prominently his rival for the mayoralty, Sadiq Khan. Doh!


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Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann on Cameron’s refusal to pay the £1.7 billion EU bill by December 1st:

“Well, then he’s gonna pay on December 2nd”



Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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