Say Three Hail Marys Kay Burley


Shame on Kay…

The Bunker Draws the Battle Lines

The Prime Mentalist is set to announce the themes and slogans of the Labour campaign this Saturday in  the West Midlands. Get ready to hear and see these entirely mundane and predictable, vague and hollow lines a lot until polling day:

Guido can’t help but think February is a little early to be unveiling this much with a May polling date in mind…

First Class Trougher

Guido thinks we may have found an example of a “scum sucking Tory pig”.  The troughing Wintertons are not standing at the election.  He thinks, like Lord Mandelson, that he deserves first class luxury on the back of the taxpayers, hasn’t he heard that for public servants it is the age of austerity from now on. Nicholas Winterton won’t be missed…

Listen to him defend his troughing on Radio 5:

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Double Dip Anyone?

Following the longest recession in history Britain posted its first-ever budget deficit for the month of January.  Usually January is a bumper month for tax receipts.  Unfunded government over-spending was £4.3 billion, when consensus economists were forecasting a £2.6 billion surplus, according to the median of 16 forecasts in a Bloomberg News survey.

Don’t rule out a double-dip recession.  With neither the Conservatives or Labour offering policies to kick-start consumer spending and GDP growth, we could be in a lot of trouble…

Quote of the Day

Sir Nicholas Winterton complains…

“They want to stop members of parliament travelling first class..”



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Quote of the Day

John Curtice on fiscal policy:

“Attitudes to taxation and spending are basically counter-cyclical. If a government comes in and tries to reduce spending and taxation, after a while people will get worried about the state of public services. If a government increases taxation and public spending, after a while they’ll get concerned about increasing taxation…. In as much as there are lots of ideologues out there who think the state should be this proportion of GDP, they’re all wrong. Because the public’s view is counter-cyclical to the recent experience. It’s basically impossible to satisfy the public.”

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