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”:

Miliband told the Labour manifesto launch:

“It was the financial crisis that caused the deficit…”

Really, Ed?

The financial crisis caused the deficit that Labour ran in 2002/3?

And grew in 2003/4?

And in 2004/5?

And in 2005/6?

“It was the financial crisis that caused the deficit…” in 2006/7?

And in 2007/8?

Really, Ed?

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 that might work for some.”

Page 62 –From the City of London to Silicon Valley the world’s best industries tend to be clustered geographically….So a Labour government will unleash the potential of our city and county regions to drive economic growth and prosperity. “

Page 83 –Either we can carry on as we are, with an economy that might work for some in the City of London but shuts out millions of people in the rest of the country.”

Hipster cluster good… Banker cluster (that actually generates money) bad…

WATCH: Allegra Stratton V Ed Miliband

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

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 war on drivers was over… he admitted drivers have for too long been seen as a “cash cow” for governments who cream cash off them with fuel taxes and penalties.”

Fast forward four months and Labour’s manifesto promises to scrap two of the most vital road upgrades in the country, to freeze rail fares for just one year:

“The cost, of just over £200 million, will be fully funded by switching spending within the existing transport budget from delaying road projects on the A27 and A358 for which the economic case is still uncertain.”

The A27 is one of the busiest trunk roads in the UK, a vital connection to Portsmouth. Anyone heading toward the West-Country will know the A303/A358 corridor is a mess. It seems Labour have all but given up on the South…

Farage: “Labour Hate England”

Responding to the news that a Labour candidate called for cars flying the England flag to be vandalised, Nigel Farage has come out guns blazing:

“It is clear Ed and his party have learnt nothing from Emily Thornberry and that Labour hate England.”

Punchy…

Labour Candidate Attacks ‘Simpletons and Racists’ Who Fly England Flags

A Labour Party candidate has called anyone who flies an England flag “a simpleton” or “a casual racist”. Huw Thomas who is standing Ceredigion wrote online that cars flying the England flag should be vandalised during the 2006 World Cup. He even attacked shops for selling flags:

“The retail sector is also responsible for making the situation worse I think, and all across Britain not only in Wales. The World Cup, to a large extent, is just an opportunity for high street shops to ‘cash in’, using special offers and social pressure to create a fake group mentality – Nationalism Asda style!

“Having said this, I had the opportunity, when I had the opportunity to buy an England flag for half price in WH Smith, Oxford, to answer with the phrase: ‘Since I am neither a simpleton nor a casual racist I must decline your offer’. Poor ‘Stacey’ didn’t know where to look!”

Guido would like to say that he has never seen anything like it, but sadly he has before.

Wales Online has the scoop...

UPDATE: Tory MP Bob Neill calls on Miliband to sack Thomas as a candidate:

“These disgusting remarks have no place in Parliament and are utterly out of touch with the British people. Britain’s flags are emblems of our shared history and our common values – they should be flown with pride not treated with contempt.Ed Miliband rightly sacked Emily Thornberry for her disdainful remarks last year. He must show some backbone and block Huw Thomas from standing as a Labour candidate.”

Greenslade Takes the Mick

“Tory press ignores, or underplays, polls putting Labour ahead” screams Roy Greenslade over at Media Guardian today:

“Labour’s positive poll ratings get precious little coverage in the Tory press. It must have been a day for the blue newspapers to

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Who Was Ed’s Secret Girlfriend in 2005?

“I first met Ed when I went to a friend’s house for dinner,” Justine Miliband tells the Mirror today:

“I was interested in him, I thought he was good looking and clever and seemed to be unattached. But we just

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Labour Losing the PPC/Oxbridge Social Mobility Battle

Well this is awkward for The People’s Party. Should Labour be the largest party in parliament, 25.51% of MPs are likely to be Oxbridge graduates. However, that number drops to 20.86% in a Conservative-led Parliament. According to research and analysis […]

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LISTEN: Ed Balls Says He Will Abolish Non Dom Status

Ed Balls told Radio 5 this morning that he would abolish Non Dom status:

He was backed up in a car crash outing by his deputy Shabana Mahmood on the Daily Politics.

Yet Labour are briefing that they are […]

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