Ban This Sick Filth

Liz Kendall memorably told the Mail on Sunday’s Simon Walters to “f**k off” when he asked her if she is “about the same weight as the Duchess of Cambridge”. Liz was so outraged that she told John Pienaar:

“I just think it’s unbelievable that in the 21st Century women still get asked such very, very different questions from men. Can you imagine the Mail on Sunday asking the weight of the prime minister, George Osborne or any other leading politician?”

Well, now you mention it…

Here is Walters’ MoS interview with the Chancellor last year:

“it is more intimate matters that we discuss first. It is impossible not to notice his dramatic weight loss. He is a real skinny malink. ‘Am I?’ he says, modestly patting his slim line waist.

‘You reach that point in your mid-40s where suddenly the weight doesn’t drop off and you have to … it’s a hard fact of life. I found myself putting on weight being stuck in here [No 11] and the Treasury. I asked my doctor which diets he thought worked. He recommended the 5:2.’ Is he still on it?

‘No, the 5:2 diet helps you get down the weight – I lost a couple of stone – and once you’re there, you just have to be careful. I just eat less and go running round the park.’”

In fact the men of Westminster get scrutinised just as much as the ladies…

mdi-timer 20th July 2015 @ 12:28 pm 20th Jul 2015 @ 12:28 pm mdi-comment Comments
Liz Kendall For UKIP Leader

This is just getting silly, now:

When will the smears stop?

That escalated quickly:

No word yet on whether it was a Corbyn or Cooper backer who set it up. Though Guido suspects it is too witty to have been created by a Labour supporter…

mdi-timer 15th July 2015 @ 10:30 am 15th Jul 2015 @ 10:30 am mdi-comment Comments
Kendall: I’m Not a Tory, Honest

How better to respond to your rivals smearing you as a Tory than by listing all the things you don’t like about George Osborne? Liz Kendall has mastered the art of subtlety this morning:

“Let’s start with a quiz. Which part of George Osborne’s budget last week did The Economist describe as “perhaps the daftest economic policy of the decade”?

Could it be Osborne’s con-trick on the living wage, which in reality is no such thing, or his claim that Britain is getting a pay rise, when low paid families and public sector workers are in fact getting a pay cut? You might have expected greater cynicism from media commentators about the Chancellor’s apparent conversion to the cause of tackling low pay. But it’s not that.

Perhaps it was Osborne’s confession that he has failed once again to keep his promises on the deficit, and will take one whole extra year to close the gap in our finances, despite all his rhetoric?

No. The answer is neither of the above.

It’s Osborne’s sop to the all-ready lucky inheritors of property. His inheritance tax cut, which will benefit fewer than one in 1000 families a year, but costs nearly £1billion of tax-payers’ cash by 2021.

As The Economist puts it, this announcement in the budget was the point at which “things took a turn for the barmy”.

You couldn’t make it up. A Chancellor who is happy to see those with the least income lose most, yet with the same stroke of his pen, gives those who are already fortunate in life another bung.”

Unfortunate that she chose one of more sensible and popular parts of the Budget for her differentiation strategy, but still. Ok Liz, we get it…

mdi-timer 14th July 2015 @ 10:02 am 14th Jul 2015 @ 10:02 am mdi-comment Comments
“Tory” Witch-Hunt: Kendall and Harman Smeared

If the Labour leadership contest wasn’t already a spiralling descent into insanity, Diane Abbott has now accused Harriet Harman of “voicing a Tory agenda“:

The increasing use of the “Tory” smear is becoming a hysterical, McCluskeyite witch hunt, rooting out any sign of moderation among the leadership candidates. The language and rhetoric of the Unite-Zombie-Socialist tendency is becoming prevalent… 

Yvette used it in a barely disguised attack on Kendall:

“I will set out ideas for the future that don’t just involve swallowing the Tory manifesto and set out a Labour vision for the future.”

Then Burnham used the same line in a direct slap at Liz:

“This doesn’t mean copying the Tories. Labour wins when we are better than they are.”

It’s clearly cutting through to the Labour grassroots, providing Kendall’s tensest moment at this morning’s hustings:

Her comeback was a zinger:

“If you believe that a strong economy, sound public finances and backing businesses are simply Tory values, the Tories will be in power for ever.”

The blue menace is real, report all suspected Tory activity…

mdi-timer 13th July 2015 @ 3:38 pm 13th Jul 2015 @ 3:38 pm mdi-comment Comments
Quote of the Day

Liz Kendall responds to the ‘Tory’ smears:

“If you believe that a strong economy, sound public finances and backing businesses are simply Tory values, the Tories will be in power for ever.”

mdi-timer 13th July 2015 @ 10:21 am 13th Jul 2015 @ 10:21 am mdi-comment Comments
Kendall Backs Harman in Welfare Row

All eyes on Liz Kendall after Burnham, Cooper and Corbyn all rejected Harriet Harman’s call to support the Tories on curbing tax credits yesterday. The Blairite candidate prevaricated at this morning’s never-ending Victoria Derbyshire hustings, but she did broadly support her interim leader:

“Where there are things in the welfare bill that are wrong we should oppose them, like the cuts to tax credits without putting in place a real living wage that we can afford.

But I think Harriet was right to say that we have to provide an credible alternative. You said to us, we don’t trust you on the money, we don’t trust you on welfare reform. If we carry on making the same arguments as we have over the last five years we’ll get the same results. Harriet was absolutely right to say that.

I want to support what Harriet said, we have to listen to what people have said to us, that they didn’t trust us, and we have to change as a party. 

I think many parents who are on tax credits have to make difficult decisions about how many kids they can have and how many kids they can afford.”

The implication being that she supports curbing tax credits if Labour “put in place” a “credible alternative”. They’ll be mocking up new ‘Tory Liz‘ graphics before the hustings are over…

mdi-timer 13th July 2015 @ 10:01 am 13th Jul 2015 @ 10:01 am mdi-comment Comments
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