Tory Stunt: Mayoral Candidate’s Whistle-Stop Thanet Tour

At 12:20 this afternoon Tory mayoral wannabe Ivan Massow declared that he was on his way to Thanet South to campaign, “to show Thanet that we care”:

At 13:49 Massow posted this photograph of him outside the campaign HQ on the ground:

At 13:59 a co-conspirator reports that Ivan Massow boarded the train back to London.

Although he didn’t manage to Tweet a snap of that.

Looks like he doesn’t care about Thanet, beyond a flying visit for the photo…

UPDATE: Massow responds:

Hmmmm…

A Sign From Gob

UKIP got through their women’s policy launch without anyone being called a slut or told to clean behind their fridge. The only hitch was the big sign at the back falling on their comms chief Paul “Gobby” Lambert, who continues to look as if he is having the time of his life since moving over to the dark side. Is he going to resign?

Dear Labour, Here is Something to Actually Moan About

George Galloway last night attacked his Labour opponent Naz Shah over whether she was 15 or 16 when she was raped. Somewhat makes Michael Fallon’s comments pale into insignificance…

Smear Test: Labour Trident Wriggle Room

Outraged! They are outraged! It’s all a smear! Someone mentioned the fact that Ed Miliband knifed his brother and broke his mother’s heart and Labour are feigning outrage – you hear far worse from Blairites. Leaving the hysteria aside, Labour have actually left themselves some considerable wriggle room on Trident. In between their cries of anguish…

This morning the soon-to-be peer Douglas Alexander denied that Trident was on the table for any future SNP negotiation, but then left the door open to just that:

‘Now the experts say that requires 4 submarines, we’ll review that’

Presumably they will be able to find some more “independent experts” to support their chosen view, just as they did during yesterday’s NonDominishambles, where they managed to produce just one name. A Labour member who admitted he wasn’t an economist, and then borked his own numbers. 

Of course there is a compelling post-Cold War case for scrapping Trident.

But Guido would not recommend Labour citing this particular expert

No Natalie, Capitalism Has Delivered an 80% Decline in World Poverty

As newsrooms across the land stop what they are doing to read the Green Party’s response to Labour’s non-dom announcement, it is worth picking Natalie Bennett up on this:

“The last four decades have seen wealth accumulate at the top of society while those at the bottom struggle to get by.”

Now hold on just a darn prosperity-spreading cotton-picking second. Over the last four decades the world poverty rate – people living on a dollar a day or less – has plummetted. As this graph from CarpeDiem shows, in 1970 almost 30% of the globe was impoverished. 40 years later that number is as low as 5%:

Rather than more of “those at the bottom struggling to get by” over the last four decades, the world poverty rate has fallen 80%. For all the ideological socialist rhetoric, the cold hard facts show that capitalism has freed hundreds of millions from the clutches of poverty.

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 not abolishing and there will be temporary status for some.

So which is it?

Balls in Jan: Non Dom Reform “Will End Up Costing Britain Money”

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Having spent the last four months bringing a spoon to a knife fight, it seems Labour’s press operation has finally woken up to the fact there is war on. Yesterday’s flurry of activity over Labour’s NHS letter leaking out was a nice distraction technique from the much bigger bomb dropped on the front page of this morning’s Guardian. But are Labour really as united on the policy as today’s coordinated TV and Tweetathon would suggest?

Here is what Ed Balls told the BBC just a couple of months ago about tinkering with non dom status:

‘If you abolish the whole status it will end up costing Britain money because some people will leave the country.’

Yet in a political stunt – that makes no sense economically and will raise little more than the reforms to shotgun licencing – three months later, Ed Balls is out pushing the line…

Labour’s “Counter Business Letter” Flop Leaks

Here’s how not to organise a super secret letter campaign amongst Miliband supporting medics:

From: clare gerada
Date: 3 April 2015 16:38:55 BST
Subject: Fwd: Urgent NHS Letter

This letter this to counter the business letter to the Telegraph and show the depth of feelings that many of us have about the risk to the NHS
It is going to be from Doctors and other health leaders

Some of you receiving this email are doctors or health leaders – but have links to some – so please pass on to those who you think might be happy to sign.

We are aiming for Wednesday

If you agree to sign can you please email clare gerada

Please distribute amongst your colleagues

Thanks

Nobody expects the NHS inquisition!

Tony Blair: Public Too Thick For EU Vote

Well reading between the lines:

“Remember the relief we felt when Scotland voted no. Why was that? Because towards the end, having paid only intermittent attention to the enormity of the decision, we awoke to it and realised –

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Patrick O’Flynn is Watching You

UKIP are the party of straight-talking and free-thinking, so much so that this morning Patrick O’Flynn sent a stinging missive to the party’s candidates warning them not to step out of line. “Unity is Strength” says Paddy, lifting the charming […]

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More Fantasy Election Numbers

It’s Labour’s big health day, so Guido was amused to find this leaflet in his inbox over the weekend. Under the Representation of the People Act 1983 it is illegal to knowingly provide false statements on election literature. Just ask […]

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How Much Did Ed Pay For This Training?

Ed reportedly blew £10,000 a day on Obama’s debate coach before last night. Value for money? […]

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