Carswell Quips He Would Have Liked to Write UKIP Manifesto

Douglas Carswell let slip more than he probably should have last night when asked if Nigel Farage had no input into his party’s manifesto. “If only,” Carswell quipped back.

QT audience member “I’d like to know how much input Nigel Farage actually had into the UKIP manifesto…

DimblebyYou think he just accepted what others have written for him? Douglas Carswell?”

CarswellIf only.

In fact it was put together by a team under the hugely impressive Suzanne Evans, the UKIP deputy chairwoman who was the primary author:

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Tim Aker stood down from producing the manifesto – he was too busy getting elected as a councillor in Thurrock and an MEP, with a good chance of also becoming an MP – all within an astonishing year. In the past UKIP’s policies have been fairly mocked as made up on the back of a fag packet and disowned as drivel by Nigel Farage himself, this time they have been stress tested by a team of economists. It shows in that days later the manifesto has not unraveled…

At Last! A Manifesto Commitment You Can Really Trust

The Tory manifesto promises “upgrade the A11”.

As the Eastern Daily Press reports:

“The final dualled stretch of the route was opened less than five months ago, by Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary – while the Prime Minister himself wrote an article for this newspaper celebrating the achievement.”

Finally, a manifesto promise you can believe.

UPDATE: A terse Conservative spokesman gets in touch to say: “We are committed to delivering a multi-million pound improvement to the A11 / A47 interchange, on top of the major upgrade to the A11 that has already taken place in this parliament.”

UKIP’s Manifesto For Guido Readers

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UKIP made a direct overture to below the line internet commenters with a manifesto aimed at winning the votes of Guido readers today. The party pledged a series of reforms based on campaigns run by this blog over the last five years, including ending the booze subsidy for Commons bars and cutting the cost of SpAds:

UKIP even went as far as proposing referenda on the most popular internet petitions: a Clarkson Bill.

Yet there were still many policies which Guido readers will oppose, including Labour-lite proposals on tax avoiders, the NHS, welfare, zero hours contracts and the bedroom ‘tax’ from the Red UKIP wing of the party.

UKIP are lefty when they talk to Labour voters, and sound in the south…

Inside the Bizarre Lib Dem Manifesto Launch

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Guido headed across the river to the Lib Dem Manifesto launch held in a Battersea warehouse that has been turned into a “creative space.” It was so creative that to accuses the venue, you had to wander down a graffiti strewn brick passageway that opened up into bizarre neon nightclub. At the front was a garishly lit cage where the main event would take place, while strewn around  the edges were Maoist canvases of the dear leader himself in a number of ideological poses. Nick Clegg painting a wall, Nick Clegg watering vegtables, Nick Clegg holding a hammer…

All the press big wigs were there. Quentin Letts had positioned himself nonchalantly leaning against a rusty pillar at the front, sceptically surveying the sandal clad crowd, while Faisal Islam stood agitated at the back, pleading with his producer to stop patronising him. “Just speak clearly and I’ll be fine, I’m just going to do a show and tell”…

Clegg walked into the neon lit ring stage and with casual abandon began addressing the party faithful. “We made Britain better,” clap clap. “The Lib Dems would add heart to a Conservative government and a brain to a Labour one,” clap clap. “Most people want a a stronger economy and a fairer society,” clap clap. Farage bad. Salmond bad. Nick Clegg good, clap clap. The words were coming out with the rhythmic determination of a seppuku death poem. 

With a final ripple of applause and the finishing line in sight, a relieved Clegg settled into taking questions with a rambling self-assuredness. But the venue gremlins weren’t going to be so kind. The sound system went haywire, someone kicked over a fancy LED uplight and the broadcasters gave up on waiting for the thing to finish and started broadcasting from the back in defiance of the hushing from the Lib Dem supporters. They should have spend less on fancy lights and more on a PA system…

UKIP Manifesto in Full

It’s basically all the things Guido wants.

READ: Tory Manifesto in Full

Read: Green Party Manifesto in Full

Please think before printing this out…

‘Union Thug’ Proud of Riot and the Labour Manifesto

Here is a hard-hatted Labour supporter captioned “Andy, docker” in the party’s manifesto:

Ordinary “Andy” looks remarkably similar to Andy Green, the Unite convenor at Tilbury Docks and a member of the union’s executive council.

Green proudly boasts that he attended the infamous 2006 dockers’ protest in Strasbourg, which descended into widespread violence.

The BBC reported that “protesters threw firecrackers, stones and metal missiles, smashing windows and causing considerable damage”. 13 dockers were arrested and 12 policemen were injured. But this is how Labour’s poster boy described the day, alongside a picture he posted of the chaos:

“It made me proud to be a docker, to be there fighting for my fellow dockers, fantastic solidarity.”

Green also gave a 5-star review to the ‘Union Thugs‘ Facebook page.

Surely they cannot be the same docker named Andy?

Labour are investigating…

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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Boris Lets Slip That Jo Johnson is Still Writing Tory Manifesto Today

Boris has gone violently off message in a speech in the West Country, calling for the government to: “Bring back hunting to Exmoor, whilst always respecting the feelings and indeed the wishes of the animals.” The Western Morning News[…]

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Government of the Etonians, by the Etonians for the Etonians

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The FT has a great spot this morning:

“There are six people writing the manifesto and five of them went to Eton; the other went to St Paul’s,” one Conservative MP in a marginal constituency told the Financial Times. A

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