Almost as if the House is pleased the Speaker isn’t in the chair for the Budget…
This new poster from UKIP will be going around Westminster on a truck today.
Remind you of anything?
Brighton Kemptown Tory MP Simon Kirby has spent the last five years praising the hunting ban, “campaigning for animal rights” and “fighting development to safeguard our precious green areas” as he tries to defend his 1,328 majority. Judging by his Twitter feed in the last 24 hours it appears he is backing the Green Party outright in his neighbouring constituency:
Have to wonder what the Tory candidate for Brighton Pavilion, Clarence Mitchell, thinks about his neighbouring MP backing his opponent…
Just in time for the Budget, former Tory whip Michael Fabricant has slammed the Tory election strategy, speaking out against the “dry economics lecture” currently on offer:
“The Long Term Economic Plan is a means to an end and so is lowering the deficit.
YouTube videos displaying a reduction in deficit are appropriate for a dry economics lecture, but they are hardly going to win the hearts and souls of the electorate.
We’ve got to say why we want a strong economy, what are those sun lit uplands?
We’ve not just got to win the battle of the minds but the battle of the heart.”
Whatever happened to David “let sunshine win the day” Cameron, who promised the Conservatives would be the “party of optimism”?
A handy coincidence for the Tory campaign to stop Nigel Farage in Thanet that the government is to announce £12 million of extra funding for HS1 services to the heart of the constituency today. Whether or not they will be painted in traditional colours has yet to be confirmed. UKIP are off on one:
Tory sources insist the wheels were set in motion months ago and the plans are simply on track: “These things don’t happen overnight”. But what was their real loco-motive?