Smoke and Mirrors on Tory ‘Treasury’ Doc Cover

It looks like a Treasury document, it’s laid out like a Treasury document and it reads like a Treasury document. That doesn’t make it a Treasury document…

Ironically, Osborne won’t actually let Labour’s figures be analysed officially (by the OBR), stalling until the next parliament citing a lack of resources.

From the red cover, to the green and black text inside the Tories really, really want you to think this is an official document. Still brave of Labour to use the expression “dodgy dossier”…

UPDATE:

Another happy reader…

Amateur Hour: New Scot Dep Leader Blows Labour Negotiation

Labour’s newbie Deputy Leader in Scotland is clearly not a poker player. “I have no qualms whatsoever about working with the SNP,” says Kezia Dugdale. What a great bargaining position she is building for her party’s real leadership there.

Such a blunder should come as no surprise. After staying at university to work for her student union, Dugdale progressed to the dizzy heights of the NUS before becoming office manager to piss artiste peer and MSP Lord Foulkes. She replaced him in the Scottish Parliament in 2011. What was it about her CV that qualified her for this sensitive job?

Joined Up Campaigning From Labour

“A choice of hope with us or falsehood with Conservatives” says Ed Miliband this morning. Labour are briefing their key election principles will be to fight for victory on streets and doorsteps – not speaking over heads with posters – and secondly offering people hope, not falsehood.

This weekend they launched their campaign with a poster with a proven falsehood on it.

Makes you wonder about the rest of Ed’s ‘cast-iron commitments’…

Labour’s Shadow Rail Minister Privatises Christmas

Shadow Transport Secretary Michael Dugher seems to be the last person left in Westminster, press releasing this morning about Tory transport hypocrisy: “Yet again, this Tory-led government has been shown to be all talk and no action.” When it comes to hypocrisy he might want to have a word with his own team though…

Shadow Rail Minister Lilian Greenwood has spent the year banging on about privatisation and slagging off the private rail operators, telling the Commons she wants to renationalise:

“I would accept that we were perhaps too accepting of the overall franchising model…With all the inter-city franchises expiring in the next Parliament, we are right to look again at the best way to structure the railways to deliver real value for passengers and taxpayers. My message to the Government is clear: “Call off the privatisation, get the Department in order, and make sure that essential investments in our inter-city lines are kept on track.”

That didn’t stop Comrade Lilian accepting a nice healthy bung from privatised rail this festive season though. She’s got East Midland Trains to sponsor her Christmas cards:

“All talk and no action…”

Citizens Advice Bureau Tries to Keep “Perception of Neutrality”

How do left-wing charities stuffed full of Labour apparatchiks try to mask their political allegiances? Leaked emails from the Citizens Advice Bureau reveal former Miliband aide and Labour candidate Polly ‘parachute’ Billington has been moved from the front line so “she can focus on her personal political activities“, and so that the “perception of our political neutrality” is “maintained”.

Meanwhile, the charity has just hired the Resolution Foundation’s James Plunkett as its new head of campaigns. That would be the same James Plunkett who used to work for Gordon Brown and who has written a string of articles for the Guardian laying into the Tories and “the cuts”. Wonder how they will maintain his “perception of political neutrality”…

Lucy Lips Sink Ships

Ed’s understatement that there were bits of the leaked Labour immigration document that “obviously weren’t well-drafted” is nowt compared to the kicking the toxic memo gets in this morning’s papers. “Disastrous”, “cack-handed” and “bollocks” are some of the milder sentiments from Labour figures. Election strategist Lucy Powell will be trying to “move the conversation on” from just what she thought she was doing by telling MPs to stop talking about immigration. Ed’s pet is under fire, with her incompetence becoming a really salient issue on the PLP doorstep this morning. A Labour spokesman quips: “Everyone is in total agreement that we should be — and are — campaigning on immigration.” Seriously though, everyone seems to be in total agreement that Powell is a walking disaster. Guido hates to say he told you so…



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