Brown’s Bogies Beat Labour’s Election Broadcast

Labour are crowing that with 1,157,834 combined online views, their election broadcast fronted by Tim from The Office actor Martin Freeman is “the most-seen party political broadcast ever online.” That may be so, however Guido would like to point out that as of right now – with combined views of 1,174,959 – the 8 years-old classic videos of Gordon Brown eating his bogies still have them beat. Tasty…

Miliband Fakes Local Support on Own Leaflet

At last it’s here! Ed Miliband’s election address has hit the doormats of Doncaster this week. It’s a riveting read, though it seems the errant local MP has not managed to find any ‘real’ people to endorse him, instead picking Labour Party organisers to masquerade as ordinary local people:

That would be local party member Cynthia Bunting who helps organise and promote fundraisers for Ed in the constituency.

That would Tony Sockett who just happened to be a Labour councillor in Doncaster.

That would be local party supporter Adam Davey. Incidentally Davey works for private sector outsourcing giants Serco, who Ed has directly attacked in the past, claiming last year: “too often large public-sector bureaucracies have been replaced with a large private-sector bureaucracy. A Serco-G4S state can be just as flawed as the centralised state”.

This must be what Labour meant when they promised “less fear and more honesty” in this campaign…

On Camera: Rachel Reeves Confuses Debt and Deficit

Footage has emerged from 2010, that shows a newbie MP failing to tell the difference between the debt and the deficit.

Despite boasting of her background in financial services, asked very clearly what the current national debt was, newly elected Rachel Reeves replied: “£156 billion” – the size of the UK budget deficit when the Tories came to power in 2010. She was speaking to Martin Durkin, for his documentary ‘Britain’s Trillion Pound Horror Story’:



For the record the UK’s debt at the time was around £0.76 trillion, so not like she was too far out!

Reeves would be rapidly promoted through a series of Labour financial briefs…

Labour Give ‘Hated’ Atos Special Access to Plans For Government

“Atos are a disgrace” said Liam Byrne in 2013 in a row about the French firm used by the DWP to assess who should get disability benefits.

Baldamort added that the government should “sack them and sack them now.”

Labour keep it quiet that they originally hired the frog firm in 2003, though eventually Atos walked away from their DWP contract after an intense negative campaign against them.

So imagine Guido’s surprise to hear that Labour grandee Alan Johnson has been despatched to brief Atos’ “public sector leadership team” about the plans of any future Labour government: special treatment that few other companies receive.

A disgrace! 

Labour’s Shadow Justice Minister Struggles With the Law

It seems Labour’s slippery Andy Slaughter is struggling with even the most basic of instructions:

1.1 During the period when Parliament is dissolved before a General Election there are no Members of Parliament. Consequently you may not use that title during this period.

Here is what he is distributing today in Hammersmith:

Awkward for any MP, let alone a Shadow Justice Minister…

Via Peter Graham

 

Siemens Slam Miliband for Labour FT Advert… Kellogg’s Also Frosty

A spokesman for Siemens UK is not a happy bunny about Labour’s full page advert in the FT this morning, which quoted their CEO Juergen Maier:

“…we were not told it would be used in an advert.

We were not given any warning.

We are apolitical, we don’t endorse political parties, we wouldn’t have agreed to be in an advert for the Labour Party.

The feeling is that they have overstepped the line.”

Guido hears Kellogg’s are pretty frosty about it all too…

 

Labour: “The Party That Help People on Benefits”

Meet Alyessa. Vox-popped in Birmingham by the BBC this morning, she revealed why she’s voting Labour:

“Because Labour are the party that help people on benefits.”

Despite some vague tough talk from Rachel Reeves, Labour opposed every single one of IDS’s reforms and their client supporters are grateful. It’s the dirty little secret that the Labour Party refuse to accept: Benefit reform is hugely popular.

Polling by Ipsos Mori found that:

  • 84% either agree or tend to agree with stricter work-capability tests.
  • 78% agree with the idea that benefits should be docked if people turn down work
  • 62% support benefits being capped “if people choose to have more children”.
  • 57% back capping housing benefits
  • There is also more support than opposition for the Spare Room Subsidy reform.

Being the ‘party that help people on benefits’ may soothe your base, but the public don’t like it…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

LISTEN: What Did Balls Say to Brown?

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Labour are the Response Team

Guido has had some fun with centralised attempts from Labour HQ to win the online battle in the past, so imagine his joy to be invited to join their latest wheeze. This season’s Derek Draper / Damian McBride / Kerry […]

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Labour Park “Working Class Wagon” on Double Yellow

VAN

Labour’s latest van is another roaring success…

Guido has been wondering why exactly this van is even parked on the parliamentary estate, given that is clearly party political. It spent the night in the Norman Shaw car park. MPs are […]

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Respect: Labour Launch “White Van” Campaign

Look away now if your name is Emily Thornberry, but Labour are to launch a special “White Van” election campaign bus. Guido had never seen anything like it, until he got this exclusive picture:

After the disaster of the pink […]

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