Ed Miliband was taking voters in Pendle for fools this morning:
“Under my government, there will be no hiding place for the hedge funds.”
That’s the same Ed Miliband whose campaign for the Labour leadership was funded by a Mayfair based hedge fund trader.
As Guido revealed in March:
“Ed, desperate to beat his brother David, quietly took £27,000 from GLC, a billion dollar Mayfair hedge fund run by the Cambridge educated maths genius Lawrence Staden. Staden also gave another £100,000 of his profits to the Labour Party – £80,000 to Labour HQ, £10,000 to the ultra-marginal Eltham Labour Party and another £10,000 to neighbouring Greenwich and Woolwich, the constituency which includes his £3 million home in affluent Blackheath.”
What’s more, one of Labour’s biggest non-union donors under Miliband has been Martin Taylor, another hedgie, who has given a whopping £600,000. “There will be no hiding place for the hedge funds” under Miliband. Except when they hide their money in the Labour Party’s coffers..
Interviewer: “Was the country in a worse position to deal with the recession because of overspending, that is arguably the question”
Powell: “Well if that’s the question the answer to that very clearly is no”
They just don’t get it.
Six days before polling day and it’s the end of the line for one candidate already. Labour have been forced to suspend their prospective MP for Wellingborough after he was convicted for fraud. Despite attempts to cover his tracks, Richard Garvie has been found guilty of buying train tickets worth almost £900 using a card for a closed bank account. His defence was that it was all a big conspiracy to stitch him up because “I have been active in helping people who have been treated wrongly by train companies”. He had the means, he had the opportunity, he had the loco-motive…
This 13 second video clip is the one moment from last night the Tories will be playing again and again until polling day. Listen to those titters in the audience and that collective sharp intake of breath as Miliband insists the last Labour government didn’t overspend:
No further questions m’lud…
Regular readers will be well aware that Guido has been banging on about Margaret Hodge’s shameless tax hypocrisy for years.
Back in 2012, he took a look at her 0.01% tax rate-paying family company, Stemcor. At the time she insisted her £1.5 million shareholding was “tiny, tiny, tiny” and she succeeded in scaring off the dead tree press from reporting her arrangements. Hodge even threatened to sue anyone accusing her of tax avoidance. Yet no writ or letter before action came.
Today’s Times splashes on the story:
“just under 96,000 Stemcor shares handed to Ms Hodge in 2011 came from [Liechtenstein], which is renowned for low tax rates. Three quarters of the shares in the family’s Liechtenstein trust had previously been held in Panama, which Ms Hodge described last month as “one of the most secretive jurisdictions” with “the least protection anywhere in the world against money laundering”. The veteran Labour MP was accused of sheer hypocrisy. She has repeatedly attacked big businesses and bankers who used offshore arrangements, but has not declared that she benefited from an offshore trust.”
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Ultimately, the IFS is scathing of all parties:
“the electorate is at best armed with only an incomplete picture of what they can expect from any of these four parties”
Even under the most ‘austere’ plans, those of the Tories, debt as a share of national income will still be 72%…
The Electoral Commission has fined a Tory fundraising group £1,200 for repeatedly failing to declare donations made to the Conservative Party in excess of £25,000. The National Conservative Draws Society organises lotteries for Tory supporters, giving the proceeds to the party, and it claims to be “one of the most powerful fundraising actvities to help the Conservative Party in recent years”. Yet while the Tories confirmed receiving the money, the Society did not notify the Electoral Commission it was making the donations. They’ve already rolled over and paid it…
With Owen Jones visiting South Thanet yesterday to campaign for Labour, Simon Moores – an economist, Guardian contributor, councillor and pilot – saw his chance to troll the his lefty colleague from a great height. And troll him he did, by flying this banner over the constituency for the afternoon:
Moores tells Guido:
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“I did it off my own back because I can’t stand Owen Jones.
The head of UK investment banking for Lehman Brothers when the doomed financiers went under has turned his life around and is now seeking revenge: to the tune of a £75,000 donation to the Tories. According to a profile in Globe and Mail, the appropriately named Michael Tory “went to bed on Sept.[…] Read the rest
Well that didn’t take long. The IFS verdict on Labour’s manifesto is in: “Literally we would not know what we were voting for if we were going to vote for Labour”. They aren’t the only ones who are confused…
Here is Jim Murphy blowing Miliband’s fiscal responsibility line out of the water this afternoon:
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“Ed was really clear at the UK manifesto launch today.
“Labour car war is over- New transport chief’s vow to help road users” screamed the Mirror late last year. The then new Shadow Transport Secretary Michael Dugher promised: “to stop demonising motorists and start championing them as it declared its war on drivers was over… he admitted drivers have for too long been seen as a “cash cow” for governments who cream cash off them with fuel taxes and penalties.”
Fast forward four months and Labour’s manifesto promises to scrap two of the most vital road upgrades in the country, to freeze rail fares for just one year:
“The cost, of just over £200 million, will be fully funded by switching spending within the existing transport budget from delaying road projects on the A27 and A358 for which the economic case is still uncertain.”
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