Conservative manifesto shows their true colours

Sponsored post.

Dale Vince, Ecotricity founder, said:

“Over the last few years we’ve watched as David Cameron’s pre-election pledge to run ‘the greenest government ever’ has slowly but surely unraveled.

“Mr. Cameron has morphed from hugging huskies to claiming we had to ‘cut the green crap’ and finally saying he’ll end onshore wind energy if re-elected: something one of his own senior MPs described as ‘blind unreasoning hostility’.  I think that sums it up well.”

The cross-party consensus on renewable energy and climate change is over; David Cameron has broken this, along with his promise. In the same week that the president of the World Bank has said we need to scrap fossil fuel subsidies to halt global warming, the Tory manifesto has pledged to continue the most generous tax regime in the world for fracking and “halt the spread of onshore wind”.

“It’s a dangerous move and an existential threat – for our climate and our country.” 

Damian McBride: My 20/1 solution to the three-pipe problem that is the next DPM

Sponsored post

800x400_Damian_Mcbride_020415v2[1]

Former political spin-doctor and pub quiz enthusiast Damian McBride takes you through the runners for the post of Deputy Prime Minister with the latest odds from Paddy Power.

If you think the outcome of the election is difficult to call, just take a look at Paddy’s superb new market on the identity of the next Deputy Prime Minister. As Sherlock Holmes said in The Red-Headed League, “it is quite a three pipe problem, and I beg that you won’t speak to me for fifty minutes.” Well, pipe at the ready, let me try and solve the case a bit quicker than that.

Favourite in the betting is ‘no-one’ at 7/4, reflecting the fact that there’s no genuine need – either constitutional or practical – for the PM to appoint a deputy. That said, we’ve had a Deputy PM in place during 27 of the last 36 years, so whether we’ve got a minority government, a majority or a coalition, there’s a decent chance the modern tradition will continue. So my fellow detectives, who are the candidates?

Continue reading

Six Questions the Next Government Must Answer

Sponsored post

 

Everyone’s currently preoccupied with who will win the general election.

But, whichever party takes power, there are key economic issues that need to be addressed, says the Institute of Economic Affairs.

As part of its 2020 Vision programme of books, reports, films and events, the think tank tackled the cost of living, tax unfairness, rampant regulation and more.

And it identified six crucial questions the next government must answer to secure the UK’s economic well-being.

HS2: Going Nowhere fast

Sponsored

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee declared this week that the government has yet to prove that HS2 is a worthwhile project.

This is ground already well-trodden by the Institute of Economic Affairs. The think tank contends that the real cost of HS2 has been grossly underestimated – and that there are much better and more cost effective ways of improving Britain`s creaking transport systems. Watch this short film “Going Nowhere – Fast” here.

NOT MUCH SIN – JUST TAXES

George Osborne may have tinkered with beer and alcohol duties in this week’s budget – but he continued to increase duty on tobacco. This approach will only serve to boost the black market for tobacco, says the Institute of Economic Affairs. And, whilst welcome, the slight reduction in alcohol duties will only make a tiny difference to even the heaviest of drinkers.

In Sin Taxes, a short film from ieaTV, the think tank says these duties continue to have a disproportionately large effect on Britain’s poorest families

THROUGH THE ROOF…

Sponsored post.


This week David Cameron said a new Tory government would build many more new homes in the next Parliament than in this one.

But Britain`s housing problems will only truly be alleviated when suffocating regulation is removed and builders are allowed to build in areas where people really want to live, says Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Watch the think tank`s film on this issue – THROUGH THE ROOF.

Going Nowhere – Fast

Sponsored post.

Ready for Christmas? Ready for the tailbacks, delays and cancellations?

But it doesn’t have to be this way. As part of its 2020 Vision programme, the Institute of Economic Affairs is focusing on Fast Tracking UK Transport.

The think tank says Britain could soon be on the move again – if politicians took a back seat and allowed private enterprise to develop our roads, railways and airports.

Otherwise, the UK will just be Going Nowhere – Fast, as this stylish new short from ieaTV shows. Watch it here:

Going Nowhere – Fast

Sponsored post.

Christmas is just around the corner – the season of tailbacks, delays and cancellations.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. As part of its 2020 Vision programme, the Institute of Economic Affairs is focusing on Fast Tracking UK Transport.

The think tank says Britain could soon be on the move again – if politicians took a back seat and allowed private enterprise to develop our roads, railways and airports.

Otherwise, the UK will just be Going Nowhere – Fast, as this stylish new short from ieaTV shows. Watch it here:

Guido Readers Free Screening of CITIZENFOUR

Sponsored post

citizenfourCITIZENFOUR is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute as filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald encounter Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel room and he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the NSA and GCHQ.

The Times ****
“Completely Gripping”
Financial Times
“True-life spy thriller”
The Telegraph  ****
“Everybody needs to see it”
Guido’s co-conspirators should stay tuned for details of a free screening for readers to be announced shortly…

Defusing the Debt Timebomb

Sponsored post.

Government borrowing is currently running 10% higher than last year – exacerbating the already parlous state of the UK’s public finances.

This week, as part of its 2020 Vision initiative, the Institute of Economic Affairs launched its new report, Defusing the Debt Timebomb.    The think tank says spending restraint, pro-growth reforms and fundamental changes to pensions and healthcare provision are urgently needed to tackle this colossal problem.  Download the report for free here.

And a new short film from ieaTV Danny and the Debt Mountain shows why this story is unlikely to have a happy ending.  Watch it here.

Defusing the Debt Timebomb

Sponsored post.

Government borrowing is currently running 10% higher than last year – exacerbating the already parlous state of the UK’s public finances.

This month, as part of its 2020 Vision initiative, the Institute of Economic Affairs is looking at ways of defusing the UK’s debt timebomb.  Its book, “The Government Debt Iceberg, takes a comprehensive look at the colossal scale of the problem – and outlines the crippling tax rises needed to pay for the promises made by successive governments.

Download it for free here

And a new short film from ieaTV Danny and the Debt Mountain shows why this story is unlikely to have a happy ending.  Watch it here.

Through the Roof

Sponsored post.

Property prices and the soaring cost of living are never far from the headlines – and never far from politicians’ lips.

This conference season, all four main parties have discussed ways of cutting the UK’s cost of living. Tax cuts, price freezes and increasing the minimum wage have all been put forward.

But in this new short film from the Institute of Economic Affairs, Director General Mark Littlewood argues that suffocating planning restrictions have the most profound effect on housing costs in the UK.

Watch more videos from ieaTV.

I Don’t See Much Sin… Just Taxes

Sponsored post.

Have you seen “Sin Taxes”? This stylish video short – from the Institute of Economic Affairs – shows how the poor are hit hardest by sin taxes. It puts forward proposals that would ease that burden – and boost the economy at the same time. It’s the most watched video of the year on ieaTV – the think tank’s online channel. Find out more here.

Creating the Apprenticeship Revolution This Country Needs

Sponsored post.

Leading apprenticeship provider, Pera Training, and the Million Jobs campaign, are delighted to invite you to their Conservative Party fringe event: “Building a 21st Century Workforce”.

When: Tuesday, 30th September, from 1230 – 1400

Where: Soprano Room, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 2 Bridge Street, Birmingham B1 2JZ (adjacent to the conference centre and within the secure zone).

Speakers: Andrew Jones MP, Apprenticeship Ambassador to Parliament; Sara Caplan, Head of Further Education and Skills, PwC, Marion Osborne, Interim Director, Million Jobs and Lewi Griffiths, Director, Pera Training.

A buffet lunch and Prosecco will be served.

Both organisations are committed to helping policymakers from all parties set the path for the apprenticeship revolution this country needs.

The fringe event will also highlight the findings of a report, launched in Parliament earlier this month, entitled: “Varsity Blues: Time for apprenticeships to graduate?”

Varsity Blues is the first report of its kind in the UK directly to compare the earnings, employment and taxpayer returns of graduates with those of apprentices.

It shows apprentices have more favourable earnings and employment rates compared to a significant proportion of graduates, particularly those from ‘new’ universities.

Follow Pera Training (@peratraining) on Twitter.

Sin Taxes Increase Inequality Disproportionately Harm the Poor

Sponsored post.

You may have seen Sin City 2, but have you seen Sin Taxes – a stylish new video short from the Institute of Economic Affairs?  It’s the poor who continue to be hardest hit by sin taxes – and here the iea puts forward proposals that would ease that burden.

Farage Swings For Europe

Sponsored post.

Some say we’re better together and for one week only Nigel Farage is certainly supporting that notion, but for Europe!

In an unexpected turn, notorious Eurosceptic Nigel Farage has joined forces with Paddy Power to back Team Europe (in the Ryder Cup that is).

To show his allegiance, Farage has filmed a mock party political broadcast urging the boys to show those fist-bumping, flag-waving Yanks what us Europeans are really made of once and for all.

With Ryder Cup fever primed to hit Europe with a bang this weekend, Farage has released a rallying cry of support for Team Europe who will be teeing off against Team U S of A, at Gleneagles tomorrow.

The video shows Nige, in the words of 2Unlimited (who coincidentally were No.1 when the yanks last took home a victory over on these shores – 1993 for all you golf boffins), claim that there’s quite literally “no no no no, limit to the talent of this young European team.”

Speaking on the strength of the competition, Farage questions Woods’ excuse as to why he’s a no show for this year’s showdown, “…hurt his back. How did you do that Tiger? Carrying the hopes and dreams of a nation?”

nige-swing-for-europe

Nigel Farage said, “I’m not the greatest fan of an ever closer union inside Europe, but when it comes to the Ryder Cup we’re better together. I’m urging all my fellow Europeans to get behind Team Europe and send Uncle Sam packing.”

A spokesperson for Paddy Power said “We don’t take sides when it comes to politics but we certainly do when it comes to the Ryder Cup. And when Nigel is coming out for Europe you know the whole continent is behind the team.”

Want to see behind the scenes and read more about Farage’s support of Team Europe? Visit the Paddy Power blog.

Come to TechCentral in Manchester at Labour Conference

tc-manchester

Sponsored post.

The UK political party conferences have seen health hotels and transport hubs; now it is time for TechCentral. An initiative from the teams behind MessageSpace and Big Brother Watch, TechCentral is putting technology and digital policy firmly on the party conference agenda for the first time.

With key players in the industry, including TalkTalk, Microsoft, EE, Facebook and a host of NGOs and start-ups, showcasing fringe meetings, debates, interactive experiences and workshops, TechCentral promises to be an exciting addition to the party conference season.

Conveniently placed in a marquee within the secure zone at the Labour and Conservative conferences and in the conference centre at the Liberal Democrat conference, TechCentral offers MPs, delegates, campaigners and journalists the chance to debate and explore tech and digital policy. MPs and candidates will also have the chance to brush up on their social media skills ahead of the general election through a series of workshops.

Emma Carr, co-founder of TechCentral says: “How technology and data are used can fundamentally improve the way that our country, and indeed the world, functions. Yet far more can be done to ensure that technology policy making is better informed and it is this that lies at the heart of TechCentral. We’re very pleased to have significant players in the digital industry supporting the project in its first year. The conferences will feature sessions on social media training for the general election and fringes on digital policy, all of which we very much hope the delegates will enjoy.”

TechCentral will be kitted out with free Wi-Fi from EE, the Facebook Geni Bar, live conference feed and a bloggers lounge (when fringes are not taking place).

For a full agenda of events taking place in TechCentral at each conference just click: Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat Conference, or head over to the TechCentral website.

Get In: TechCentral at the Party Conferences

Sponsored post.

tc-x-480
With the pace of dramatic change and innovation in the world of technology – from driverless cars to wearable tech – public policy in the UK has lagged behind technological advances. In many respects this is due to the technology industry being more distant from politics in comparison to other public policy concerns like health and transport. Despite Britain having a large and vibrant technologically advanced economy.

Key public policy issues have in the past all enjoyed dedicated zones at the party conferences, with delegates and politicians flocking to hear about the latest advances and discuss hot issues. It’s long overdue that there was such a public forum to bridge the gap between the tech world and the political world. That new forum is TechCentral – a dedicated technology space within the secure zones at Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat party conferences, which will be attended by thousands of delegates.

It is unsurprising, given the importance of this year’s conferences ahead of next year’s general election, that TechCentral has secured partnerships with Facebook, Microsoft, EE, and TalkTalk. For example Microsoft will be offering sessions about coding and Facebook will be giving social media training for candidates using blazing fast 4G and wi-fi from EE. Afterwards Talk Talk will have you singing the night away with their X-Factor contest. Many other organisations will also be holding events in the TechCentral venue.

480-x-ad

A small number of opportunities for technology related organisations to hold their fringe sessions within TechCentral are still available. For more information about TechCentral, including partnership opportunities, pricing and the current agenda for each party conference, visit TechCentral or for more info email andrew@techcentral.org.uk.

Cameron Must Show Leadership to Protect Shipping Industry

Sponsored Post

We support tough new laws on sulphur emissions, but the European Commission admit that the way they are being implemented will have a detrimental impact on the British economy.  In fact, figures show that 2000 UK jobs will be lost, and 12 million tonnes of C02 will be emitted unnecessarily.

We are working flat out to comply with new rules by 1st January 2015.  But the ‘scrubber’ technology we need has only just begun to work, and when it takes up to 50 days to fit to each ship, the EU should accept that doing a job properly takes time.

If the UK shows leadership, others will follow.  So, Mr Cameron, here is your chance.

House of Cards Season 2 Out on Blu-Ray & DVD

Sponsored Post

[jwplatform src=”http://content.jwplatform.com/players/ayJLTfbK-McbYz3Wd.js”]

“The first drops of blood have been spilt. The bullet grazed my cheek, but I haven’t fallen.”

Back-channelling, briefing against colleagues and undermining political rivals – today is an apt day for the release of House of Cards: Season 2 on Blu-ray & DVD.[…] Read the rest

+ READ MORE +



Tip offs: 0709 284 0531
team@Order-order.com

Quote of the Day

Michael Crick on Safe Seats:

“In effect, new MPs are being elected day by day now, as, amid huge secrecy, small cabals of party bigwigs pick candidates for safe seats.”

Sponsors

Guidogram: Sign up

Subscribe to the most succinct 7 days a week daily email read by thousands of Westminster insiders.

Facebook

Leader of Anti-UKIP Protest Embroiled in SWP Rape Scandal Leader of Anti-UKIP Protest Embroiled in SWP Rape Scandal
Hollobone Agrees Tory-UKIP Pact Hollobone Agrees Tory-UKIP Pact
David Mackintosh Quits David Mackintosh Quits
Happy Ed Balls Day Happy Ed Balls Day
Campaign Report: 42 Days To Go Campaign Report: 42 Days To Go
Zac Back? Watch Our Guy News Special Zac Back? Watch Our Guy News Special
Campaign Report: 43 Days To Go Campaign Report: 43 Days To Go
Gallery Guido’s PMQs Sketch Gallery Guido’s PMQs Sketch
Farron U-Turns and Sacks David Ward Farron U-Turns and Sacks David Ward
‘Spring’ Breaks: Jolyon’s Short-Lived New Party ‘Spring’ Breaks: Jolyon’s Short-Lived New Party
More Selection Shenanigans More Selection Shenanigans
Bouattia Ousted Bouattia Ousted
David Ward Becoming a Problem for Farron David Ward Becoming a Problem for Farron
Clive Lewis Slammed by ICM for Fake News Poll Clive Lewis Slammed by ICM for Fake News Poll
Radio 4 Gossips Link Peston to Today Radio 4 Gossips Link Peston to Today
Mirror Chicken Fattened for Election Slaughter Mirror Chicken Fattened for Election Slaughter
Len Tries to Stitch Up Liverpool Walton for His Bag Carrier Len Tries to Stitch Up Liverpool Walton for His Bag Carrier
Starmer on Corbyn: Then and Now Starmer on Corbyn: Then and Now
Updates: Who’s Standing? Who’s Standing Down? Updates: Who’s Standing? Who’s Standing Down?
Banks Bottles It Banks Bottles It