Osborne leads the way

June 15, 2009

 

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Labour have wanted a policy debate for a long time and now that we are fully engaged in a sensible debate about public spending they are trying to shy out of it instead preferring to throw up a smokescreen of Tory cuts. This debate was sparked by Andrew Lansley’s gaffe last week but we have acted swiftly to once again move onto the front foot. Writing in the Times today the shadow chancellor George Osborne has written the kind of article on public spending that is long overdue. He says:

“There is a moment in Nineteen Eighty-Four when Winston Smith realises that “in the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it…the logic of their position demanded it”. The Labour Party reached that moment last Wednesday when Gordon Brown told it that his plans to cut real spending on public services and halve capital spending equalled more “Labour investment”.

Gordon Brown was at it again this weekend, talking about the Tory’s 10 % cuts – only for the Institute for Fiscal Studies to point out that this is exactly what his own plans involve if he, like we Conservatives, promises to protect health spending. Why is Brown treating us all like fools, Gordon Brown’s claim that real spending will rise under Labour is akin to his claim that the 10p tax rise didn’t hit the poor.

“The big discussion in British politics for the foreseeable future will be how to tackle the debt crisis and deliver quality public services when spending is tight, and Gordon Brown has taken his party to the sidelines of that discussion.

The real dividing line is not “cut versus investment”, but honesty versus dishonesty. We should have the confidence to tell the public the truth that Britain faces a debt crisis; that existing plans show that real spending will have to be cut, whoever is elected; and that the bills of rising unemployment and the huge interest costs of a soaring national debt mean that many government departments will face budget cuts. These are statements of fact and to deny them invites ridicule.”

This is excellent stuff. Rather than fearing Brown’s “cuts vs investment” dividing line, we are taking him on, exposing the truth behind his rhetoric. The old saying that a house built on shifting sands can not stand, seem to ring true for Browns argument. Thankfully no one in the media is being taken in by Browns lies, not even the Guardian and everyone knows that there will need to be cuts in spending. As Peter Hoskin says “Brown is now in danger of losing what is perhaps the biggest pre-election battle there is.” Good work George, keep it up!


Brown is Boyle!

June 13, 2009

 

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Continuing the general theme of poking fun at the PM the Daily Show has highlighted the surprising similarities between Gordon Brown and Susan Boyle. Guido has also posted on this and comes up with the corker of a joke.

“One is famous on YouTube as a slightly bonkers Scot with tragic mental health issues and unruly hair, who ultimately loses and the other is a singer in a talent contest.”

At least Gordon Brown can sleep safe in the knowledge that if being Prime Minister doesn’t work out he has a lucrative career ahead of him as a Susan Boyle impersonator.


Why don’t you like me?

June 11, 2009

 

This video that Dizzy highlighted on Tuesday is absolutely hilarious. I can’t stop watching it at the moment. Rory Bremner is a genius!


Iceberg Dead Ahead

June 2, 2009

 

It seems that today the Labour party has come to the crushing realisation that they are in for a hammering on Thursday and that the general election – when it comes – is all but lost. The rats are leaving the sinking ship days before the election results are even known. How can the Government expect people to have faith in its ability to govern when they themselves express such doubts? 

Today brought the news of a speight of resignations and retirements:

  • First David Chaytor (Bury North) announced his intention to quit at the election;
  • Then Patricia Hewitt (Leicester West) followed suit;
  • She was followed by Children’s minister Beverley Hughes (Stretford and Urmston);
  • Then came the news at lunchtime that Jacqui Smith will resign at the reshuffle expected to take place on Monday;
  • And news broke mid-afternoon that Cabinet Minister Tom Watson also wants to return to the backbenches next week.

Gordon Brown has quite clearly lost any remaining control or authority that he had, like a security guard at a rock concert he has literally being pushed aside and trampled under foot in the rush by the PLP to escape the inevitable. The ensuing reshuffle that will follow this great escape will be as fruitless as rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.


Make Labour’s next U-turn an EU-turn

April 28, 2009

 

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Yesterday the Conservatives launched a new campaign for a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty ahead of the EU elections in June. By highlighting again the injustice that Brown committed over Lisbon – by backing out of Labour’s manifesto pledge to hold a referendum on the treaty – people will see that Labour can’t be trusted in Europe. This will once again put Brown on the back foot during the campaign for the European elections and, limit the Government’s capacity to make any “Tory splits” arguments, as they’ve been desperate to do since the return of Ken Clarke to frontbench politics. 

 

Crucially, it also reinforces the general theme of the Tory response to the Budget, and the 50p tax rate – namely, that Brown can’t be trusted to keep his manifesto pledges. I think this should be yet another winner for us. Seriously, Brown is making it too easy for us at the moment.

 

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50% Income Tax

April 23, 2009

 

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One of the founding principles of new Labour was that there would be no increases in income tax for anyone, even the top rate was to be left alone. It was a great idea, and it worked. Tony Blair convinced millions of middle class people – who had previously never considered voting for Labour – to support him. New Labour was then swept to power in the 97 landslide. These people decided to vote Labour not just because they were fed up with the Conservatives, but also because they were no longer fearful of Labour tax and spend, and they felt confident that it would not cost them the Earth.

 

For quite a long time this worked. Yes other taxes increased rapidly as soon as Gordon Brown was cut loose from the shackles imposed on him by sticking to Conservative spending plans, but income tax remained the same. Stealth taxes went up and up, but because the economy was booming – largely thanks to a global boom in trade – people felt better off, and they just borrowed money to compensate for the extra tax burden.

 

All this started to unravel once “the great leader” assumed office, after his henchmen had ousted Blair, he felt emboldened. An “I can do what I want now I’m in charge” mentality took over Brown, and he jacked up spending and borrowing even more, despite the oncoming storm. Caution was thrown to the wind, dissent was punished, spin and smears reached new heights, or should that be lows? 

 

Then things really started to unravel. The spending was becoming unsustainable, and the economy was slowing down, so Brown dropped the 10p income tax rate to rake in extra revenue. This did not go down well with anyone, so he quickly retracted it and instead decided to borrow yet more money.

 

Things were still going badly for Labour, so Brown decided to bring back class warfare for the Crewe and Nantwich by-election to drum up core voter support – it didn’t work. The Labour party itself was now running out of money as private donors abandoned ship, so trade unions became more powerful as they took over bankrolling the party. 

 

Pretty soon we were in the midst of the deepest recession since WWII. 2.1 million people are now unemployed and this rate is rising fast, house prices have collapsed, banks gone bust, and peoples lives ruined. To pay for Gordon Brown’s incompetence the whole country will be saddled with debt that will take at least a generation to pay off, and now he wants to hammer “the rich” by taxing anyone who earns more than £150,000 a year at 50%!

 

These people that Brown has attacked this week are not millionaires living in mansions, with private jets – these people can afford to pay – it is the small-medium sized business owners that will be hardest hit. These people are the true drivers of the economy, they are the innovators, the wealth creators, the employers. These are the very people the government should be helping out most, because these are the people that will drag us out of this recession. Now all Brown has done is drive a spike through the heart of the recovery. The people affected by the 50% income tax will now emigrate, thus denying any money they earn to the UK economy, and they will take jobs and investment with them. Brown will now have roughly a year left in No. 10 before he is booted out but can we afford to wait that long?

 

 


Apology Letters

April 15, 2009

 

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The Brown “apology” letters have now been made public, so smear-gate lives on for another day. The handwritten letter (pictured) was written in Brown’s trademark – totally illegible- black felt-tip, spider’s web scrawl. It shows that the Prime Minister made no attempt to apologise for the smear campaign against the Tories.

 

Nadine Dorries MP, said: “I have read and reread my letter and I am frankly in a state of disbelief. It is totally devoid of emotion or sincerity. It feels like it was written by a robot. It is not an apology. I am disappointed as it does not reflect the seriousness of a situation in which one Mr Brown’s hand-picked lieutenants, his right hand man, who worked in the heart of 10 Downing Street, was fabricating deeply hurtful stories about me.”

 

“This letter did not come from the heart. It does not feel genuine. There is no attempt to emote. It is clear the Prime Minister has underestimated the scale of what has happened. He could have picked up the telephone. He could even have used the word sorry which is what normal people would have done. If he thinks he has drawn a line under this, he has not. He should just say sorry.”

 

Copies of exactly the same letter also went to David Cameron, the Osborne’s, and an unnamed Tory MP who was alleged to have solicited business for his partner. In a further blunder, the copy that was sent to George Osborne was addressed only to the Shadow Chancellor and made no reference to his wife Frances who was in fact the actual target of the smear.

 

Just in case you can’t read the Brown scrawl, a key phrase in his letter talked of his “great regret” that the emails from his former special advisor had brought “our politics” into disrepute! This has rightly infuriated the party, and one official said; “It is completely outrageous to try to imply that our standing is damaged too. It is Downing Street’s spin, which has brought the government into disrepute not us. Yet he seems to be trying to say all politicians have been damaged.”

 

Brown also dismisses the emails as a mere “prank” by a “political adviser” without naming Mr McBride. Obviously it’s too painful to speak his long time friend and schemer’s name at the moment. As I have said before sorry really does seem to be the hardest word for Brown to say, if he had just said sorry then he could have ended the story, yet by his actions he allows it to continue. Brown is obviously incapable of apologising because he thinks he and the Labour party have done nothing wrong.