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Brown takes you for a fool

24 June 2009

John Rentoul tries to dig Labour out of its own hole

21 June 2009

In the Independent, John Rentoul tries to paint the Tories as being more wicked than Labour regarding the expenses scandal, when in fact it is the other way round.

He says:

In the haste shown by both parties to set up procedures to judge the misdemeanours and hold back the tide of mob justice, mistakes have been made. But there seems to be a larger, systemic injustice, which is that those treated harshly tend to be Labour. Yes, I know many Tory MPs feel hard done-by. Last week, they circulated a letter accusing David Cameron of “Stalinism” – one of the least wounding insults in politics, fixated as it is with the idea of strong leadership. But the striking difference is between Blears and Ussher on one hand and Osborne on the other. There is, of course, one other difference, which is that the sums of money involved on the Tory side are much larger – according to the Daily Mail, Osborne made a £748,000 profit from the sale of his London house three years ago.

It may be only by his speed and decisiveness that Cameron has headed off awkward questions about why Tory MPs, including him, have done so well out of taxpayer-funded property investment. As the Government, Labour is obviously more exposed, but Gordon Brown’s clumsiness has made it worse for his side.

Firstly, we have no way of knowing whether the accusatory letter was even sent by a Tory. As far as we know, it could have been sent by the likes of McBride. He has form.

Secondly, There were more Labour MPs who ‘suffered’ than Tory, simply because more Labour MPs transgressed! And their crimes were of a greater magnitude.

Why is Alistair Darling not facing sanction, when he was guilty of the worst of the offenses – flipping in order to maximise his monthly income, and to avoid paying inheritance tax? Why should such a man be in the Cabinet, let alone in charge of the country’s finances, if he can’t be trusted with his own expenses? He should have been axed!

Making a profit on the sale of your property is not a crime. Were it a crime, why have we not seen the likes of Hoon prosecuted? He, after all, made a fortune, financed by the public.

Gordon Brown was at the heart of creating this expenses fiasco in the first place – do you not recall that he was the worst Chancellor ever, before he became the worst Prime Minister in British history?

Take off your rose-tinted spectacles Rentoul. We’ve all had ours torn off with a vengeance, years ago.

Make no mistake – Brown will be the ruination of the Labour Party. He destroys everything he touches. And he won’t go unless he is prized out of No. 10 with a crowbar, even if it destroys the Labour party and Britain.

Ipsos Mori Public Sector voting intentions

16 June 2009

Unison commissioned Ipsos Mori to determine the voting intentions of the population at large and a ‘booster sample’ of public sector workers. Public sector workers are more inclined to vote Labour than the public at large.

Public at large:

CON 39% (-1),

LAB 25% (+7),

LDEM 19% (+1)

… which leaves 17% undecided or voting for other parties.

Public Sector workers:

CON 32% (-1)

LAB 25% (+7)

LDEM 19% (+1)

… which leaves 24% undecided or voting for other parties.

Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,001 adults in Great Britain aged 18 and over. Interviews were conducted by telephone between 12th and 14th June 2009. In addition, Ipsos MORI conducted 251 ‘booster’ interviews among public sector workers

  • Data are weighted to match the profile of the population by gender, age, working status (including public vs. private sector workers), region, housing tenure, social class and car ownership.
  • Voting data percentages are based on all naming a party.
  • Trend data based on c.1,000 GB adults aged 18+ unless otherwise specified.

The march of the Eurosceptics

14 June 2009

There was a time when conservative types feared that Labour could win another election and that to get them out of power, we needed to vote Conservative – the latter being preferable to the former.

At the time, smaller parties had no hope of gaining power and the view was that votes for a smaller party would dilute the Conservative vote, ultimately letting Labour back in to power.

The MPs’ expenses exposés had the disaffected clamouring to support non-mainstream parties. This monumental switch has the potential to change the political status quo, diluting the power of the mainstream parties.

Most surveys of public opinion put eurosceptic sentiment at anywhere between 55% and 85%, the overriding sentiment being eurosceptic and gaining ground. Politicians who are europhile because they have the most to gain from “ever closer union”. They seem to care not for their country – just for their 30 pieces of silver.

If Labour’s fortunes decline further and with them, those of the europhile LibDems, we could see a surge in UKIP popularity around the time of the GE. Should that happen, the Tories have most to fear from UKIP – not from Labour.

New poll: Conservatives 16% lead

13 June 2009

The Sunday Times reports:

“The YouGov poll of more than 1,000 Scottish voters found support for the nationalists has almost doubled from 18% to 31% since 2005, up one point from April. But the Conservatives are toiling on 17%, down four points from April and on course to take only three of Scotland’s 59 seats.”

ICM Poll: Labour in 3rd place behind LibDems

30 May 2009

  • Labour is behind the LibDems for the first time since 1987 – 22 years
  • 22% is the lowest level of support recorded for Labour since 1984.

Asked who they’d support in the local and European elections on 4th June:

1st: Con 29%
2nd: LibDem 20%
3rd: Lab 17% (down from 22.5%)
4th: Greens 11%
5th: UKIP 10%
6th: BNP 5%

Asked who was most damaged by the MPs’ expenses scandal:

LibDems 2%
Conservatives 13%
Labour 54%

25% said that the three main parties had been equally damaged.

Asked when a general election should be held:

Now: 35%
Autumn 2009: 19%
2010: 39%

NO to the Lisbon Treaty: Vote UKIP

28 May 2009

If this were not such a critical juncture in British politics, I would cast my EU vote for the Conservatives – and Dan Hannan.

But I’ll be voting for UKIP because the Conservative Party refuses to pledge that it will repeal the Lisbon Treaty, should it be ratified by all EU members by the time the Conservatives come to power.

If you’re undecided about who to vote for, watch these videos:

The UK Independence Party has a wealth of videos, should you want to know more. Still undecided? Check out their vision, policies and manifesto.

Cameron adopts The Plan by Dan Hannan and Douglas Carswell

26 May 2009

In a speech to the Open University in Milton Keynes today, Cameron has set out a raft of policies to reform government and make it more accountable to the people. Many of the policies amount to a direct adoption of ideas produced by Dan Hannan and Douglas Carswell in their best-selling book The Plan: Twelve Months to Renew Britain.

The Plan: Twelve Months to Renew Britain clearly sets out their vision of a better Britain and it comes at just the right time, as I blogged a few days ago.

Not since the Winter of Discontent has the public been in such a lather over the state of the UK’s economy and its politics. The public is in a murderous mood, after suffering 12 years under the worst two Prime Ministers in our history – Blair and Brown.

Cameron has judged the public mood accurately and should be handsomely rewarded in the polls.

Update: Dan Hannan calls on the Queen to dissolve Parliament.

Dan Hannan predicts Tory victory in EU Elections

21 May 2009

As Conservative Party workers and activists despair at the public’s fury over sleaze, and newspapers foresee a hemorrhaging of voters from the big three to smaller parties, Dan Hannan predicts a good Tory win on June 4th.

He might be right. Over the past few months, both Dan and Douglas Carswell have electrified the political arena with their powerful logic and unmistakable integrity as they bashed together the heads of the venal, troughing MPs who have shamed the office they swore to uphold.

A timely book, co-authored by Dan and Douglas, The Plan: Twelve Months to Renew Britain clearly sets out their vision of a better Britain and it is just what we need.

Still, Nigel Farage is upbeat, as he is sure to hoover up support from Labourites and Liberal voters, disaffected by their parties’ refusal to stand by their manifesto pledges to offer a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

Labour and the LibDems are surely aware that UKIP’s ascendency is largely due to the referendum, immigration and big state issues. Were voters angry about the venality of MPs and political corruption alone, many would choose to spoil their ballot papers or not vote at all. All parties have seriously misjudged people’s anger over loss of sovereignty. After all, permission to lead Britain was lent to politicians by the electorate for a limited term; it was not theirs to sign away for a greedily trousered 30 pieces of silver.

The truth will dawn on Labour and the LibDems after the votes have been counted, that they played a shabby EU game and have been deservedly and decisively cast out into the wilderness.

Shock YouGov Poll – Landslide for Tories

14 May 2009

The Sun’s YouGov poll shows:

Conservatives on 41%,
Labour on 22%
LibDems on 19%
UKIP on 19% (up 12 points)

So LibDems are level-pegging with UKIP and just 3 points behind Labour.

The Sun claims that “Chancellor Alistair Darling, justice secretary Jack Straw, defence supremo John Hutton and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith would all be sent packing”.

Assuming that the Tories can maintain this lead, the Sun calculates that it would have a majority of 152 in a general election. But with more revelations on MPs expenses out this week, almost anything can happen to the political landscape.