Reeves Abandons Labour’s Price Freeze: “World Has Changed”

Brillo was another happy reader this morning, skewering Rachel Reeves on Labour’s energy price “freeze” spin. Reeves admits things were different “at the time“, and says that now “the world has changed”. She also confirmed the “cap” is a new policy:

AN: “I think honesty matters here… When you announced this policy the only fear was that prices were going up. It never crossed your mind that wholesale prices might come down… so you used the language ‘freeze’ and you never used the language ‘cap’. Now you’ve been forced to change. I think it would be honest if you admitted that… Did you use the word cap?”

RR: “We didn’t use the word cap.”

Ed’s flagship policy is in tatters…

Via @liarpoliticians

Dozens of Labour MPs Posed With Price “Freeze” Sign
“Ed Miliband Will Freeze Bills Until 2017″

 Not a cap in sight…

Labour Scrap Crap Energy Price Freeze

Labour have quietly ditched their flagship energy price freeze policy after falling prices mean their genius master plan would actually leave consumers paying more. A truth-stretching Labour spokesman tells the Sun: “it has always been a cap”, rather than a freeze. Which is presumably why this page titled “Freeze That Bill” still exists on the Labour Party website, vowing “we’ll freeze your bills”.

Who would have thought Labour’s Chavista attempt to dictate prices would end up costing consumers more?

Via Rob Oxley

Cameron: “Disgraceful” Miliband “Did Say Those Words”

Time and time again Miliband refused to tell Andrew Marr if he used the word “weaponise” to discuss cynically politicising the NHS. The PM isn’t going to let him forget it:

“I heard that Ed Miliband had used this remark about ‘weaponising’ the NHS and that is why I put that to him in the House of Commons because frankly I think it was an appalling thing to say. The NHS is not a weapon… Having watched that exchange on Andrew Marr where he was wriggling like an eel, it is absolutely clear to me that he did say those words and that is why he wouldn’t deny it. And I think in one moment we learned more about Labour’s attitude to the NHS than we’ve learned perhaps for five years. They just see it as a political weapon and frankly I think that is disgraceful.”

Ed has to do better than “I can’t recall”…

McPangloss Makes It Official

John McTernan has never stopped spinning for Labour and today he makes it official, the party’s panglossian media cheerleader named as Jim Murphy’s chief of staff. The Blairites assemble north of the border…

Familiar Ring to Labour Spin

Labour were very quick to get a quote out about the 4Children charity childcare survey this morning, swiftly claiming the report showed “under David Cameron, childcare costs have rocketed by 30 per cent since 2010. Wages are down by £1,600 and the availability of childcare has plummeted”. Ed Balls’ spinmeister Alex Belardinelli had a particular interest in plugging the story, too:

By some strange coincidence, who is 4Children’s spin queen? Regular readers will remember Ellie Gellard, ex-Labour adviser and fiancée of one Alex Belardinelli, now Head of Communications for the charity. Surely not another case for the increasingly attentive Charity Commission to investigate…

Envy of the World Update

nhs

36 hours after the Tories launched their election campaign, these are the headlines in the popular press. It could hardly come at a worse time for the Sun to inform its 2 million readers that under Cameron:

  • A&E waiting times at worst since records began
  • Record low Christmas performance for major A&E units
  • 21,000 patients waited 12 hours on trolleys in two weeks up to Christmas
  • Number of people using A&E over Christmas period up 70,000 on last year

Andy Burnham is gleefully touring the TV studios this morning demanding a summit where he can tell Jeremy Hunt how he “repeatedly warned throughout this Parliament that severe cuts” would cause an A&E crisis. Forget the actual long-term structural causes, this is a political gold mine for Labour…

Pic via @DavidPrescott

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…

Labour Room Meat Turn on “Pillock” Norman Smith

Ed Miliband had to intervene after his crowd started heckling and booing the BBC at his first speech of the campaign. When Norman Smith had the temerity to question Labour’s NHS spin, the crowd erupted demanding the “pillock” should “go […]

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 […]

Labour Hit Back With Their Own Misleading Poster

Labour’s new poster out tonight is as deliberately misleading as the Tory effort earlier this week. What do the OBR say […]

Tories Stick to Deficit Halved Spin

It looks like the Tories intend to tough out the row over whether the deficit has really been halved. Today’s first election poster launch sees some crucial words missing: “as a percentage of GDP”. Plenty of space on there […]



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