Monday, August 18, 2014

Philip Hammond: Update on Iraq, Gaza & Ukraine

Dear ****,

I wanted to update you on the situations in Iraq, Gaza and Ukraine.
Although thousands of miles away, these events affect us all - and you can follow the British Government's response on the Prime Minister's Facebook page.

IRAQ
As David Cameron wrote yesterday, we are in the middle of a generational struggle against a poisonous and extremist ideology.
ISIL is an extremely dangerous terrorist movement, determined to expand its influence and control well beyond Iraq and Syria. It is a clear danger to Europe and to our security here in Britain.
So while we are not going to get involved in another war in Iraq, we will do everything we can to push ISIL back: helping the Kurds fighting against these extremists; working with the Iraqi Government; and using our political relationships, our aid and our military expertise to help the Americans and others who are taking direct military action against them.
And we will continue to help deal with the humanitarian crisis in the region, providing aid to those trapped on Mount Sinjar and in refugee camps.

GAZA
We are calling on all parties to extend the current ceasefire and work towards a lasting peace.
The current negotiations are not easy. But there is no other viable option than a comprehensive negotiated solution that will allow both Israeli and Palestinian people to live in peace and security.
Ultimately, we must see a return to talks on a negotiated two-state solution, which remains the only way to resolve the conflict and end the human suffering it causes once and for all.
In the meantime, the UK has already contributed £17 million in emergency humanitarian assistance and deployed a world-class team of NHS medics to help those injured in the conflict.

UKRAINE
We are committed to Ukraine's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.
We condemn Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea and reports of Russian military equipment crossing the border into Ukraine - and we have been at the forefront of EU measures to impose sanctions on Russia, including asset freezes, export restrictions and an arms embargo.
Events in all three areas are changing rapidly - so please follow the Prime Minister's Facebook page today to keep up to date with developments.

Yours,

Philip Hammond

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Labour, Labour, Labour.....Lie, Lie, Lie


Y'see the thing with Labour is you just can't trust a word they say. Any of them.

Time after time after time after time they say one thing before getting elected and then, as if by magic, do the polar opposite once they get their grubby little feet under the table at Number 10.

Hence a track record of shambolic ineptitude.

Take Monday for example - Labour on the one hand pretend they're on the side of hard-working people.   Then Harman accidentally let the cat of the bag by revealing their true plans to tax the middle classes to the eyeballs - those plans they don't want you to know about.

So I decided we needed a timely reminder about the hideous things they did while in power. Those deliberate acts of recklessness that drained the Great out of Britain and dragged this country to its knees.


  • £22,500 of debt for every child born in Britain
  • 111 tax rises from a government that promised no tax rises at all
  • The longest national tax code in the world
  • 100,000 million pounds drained from British pension funds
  • Gun crime up by 57%
  • Violent crime up 70%
  • The highest proportion of children living in workless households anywhere in Europe
  • The number of pensioners living in poverty up by 100,000
  • The lowest level of social mobility in the developed world
  • The only G7 country with no growth in 2010
  • One in six young people neither earning nor learning
  • 5 million people on out-of –work benefits
  • Missing the target of halving child poverty
  • Ending up with child poverty rising in each of the last three years instead
  • Cancer survival rates among the worst in Europe
  • Hospital-acquired infections killing nearly three times as many people as are killed on the roads
  • Falling from 4th to 13th in the world competitiveness league
  • Falling from 8th to 24th in the world education rankings in maths
  • Falling from 7th to 17th in the rankings in literacy
  • The police spending more time on paperwork than on the beat
  • Fatal stabbings at an all-time high
  • Prisoners released without serving their sentences
  • Foreign prisoners released and never deported
  • 7 million people without an NHS dentist
  • Small business taxes going up
  • Business taxes raised from among the lowest to among the highest in Europe
  • Tax rises for working people set for after the election
  • The 10p tax rate abolished
  • And the ludicrous promise to have ended boom and bust
  • Our gold reserves sold for a quarter of their worth
  • Our armed forces overstretched and under-supplied
  • Profitable post offices closed against their will
  • One of the highest rates of family breakdown in Europe
  • The ‘Golden Rule’ on borrowing abandoned when it didn’t fit
  • Police inspectors in 10,Downing Street
  • Dossiers that were dodgy
  • Mandelson resigning the first time
  • Mandelson resigning the second time
  • Mandelson coming back for a third time
  • Bad news buried
  • Personal details lost
  • An election bottled
  • A referendum denied
Thanks to Lefty Two Drams for highlighting these.....I'm surely there'll be plenty more to write about before #GE2015

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Grant Shapps letter to Harriet Harman following today's PMQs

A lot of huffing and puffing on Twitter this evening suggesting the deputy Labour leader didn't actually say he things she's purported to have said.

In his letter to Harman this afternoon Grant Shapps clearly outlines the issue.





Dear Harriet,

You state that it is “a lie” that you said it is Labour’s policy to put up taxes on people on middle incomes. This is a very serious accusation.

In your letter to the Prime Minister, you have only half quoted the transcript of your interview on LBC Radio yesterday. The full transcript states the following:

·         ‘Well I think that is a very interesting point actually Henry because sometimes people feel that they pay in a lot over a long period of time working hard but when they suddenly need unemployment benefit if they lose their job that actually it is nowhere near enough to actually make them feel that it was worth it for them to contribute. And one of the things that we are talking about is making a higher rate the longer you’ve worked to recognise the contributions you’ve paid in if you lose your job. But I would say Henry one of the things that I would argue that might, should probably make a really big difference to you is having a really good health service. Because you don’t want to have to pay for health insurance., You don’t want to have to pay to go private to get really good healthcare system. And I think that is not just for working class people it’s for middle class people as well. And the same with education, you know, really good school system that helps people from lower income families and middle income families as well so I think that actually the idea that there are some things that help people on low incomes and other that help people on middle incomes.Yes I think people on middle incomes should contribute more through their taxes. But actually they need those public services like the transport system’

As the transcript above makes clear, you state that Labour have a new a policy: ‘one of the things that we are talking about is making a higher rate [of unemployment benefit] the longer you’ve worked’.

This is a spending commitment. It has to be paid for. You then suggest that this increase in public spending should be paid for in the following way: ‘people on middle incomes should contribute more through their taxes’. Furthermore, when the Prime Minister read out your quote – accurately – in PMQs, you responding by shouting: ‘it’s true’.

Ed Miliband has previously defined a ‘middle income’ as: ‘above £26,000 and below’ and ‘either side of the average income’ (BBC Breakfast, 28 February 2011).

Labour’s policy is to raise taxes on people earning ‘either side’ of ‘£26,000’.

Our policy is clear – we have taken difficult decisions on spending, as part of our long-term economic plan, so we can cut income tax for over 25 million people on low and middle incomes. Next April will see a further income tax cut as the personal allowance rises to £805. Labour voted against these difficult decisions and these tax cuts. 

Your statement raises questions for the Labour Party to answer:

·         Will you rule out raising taxes on people on middle incomes?

·         What taxes will you raise?

I look forward to your response.

Yours ever,

Grants Shapps MP

Conservative Party Chairman

All seems pretty clear to me!

Harman says YOU should pay more tax.....and here's how!

Yes - you! 

According to Labour's deputy leader, who spoke on LBC radio on Monday night during Ian Dale's phone-in, the "squeezed middle" should fork out even more of their hard earned cash - presumably to fund another round of Labour profligacy - should the idiots get into power next year.

Questioned on government spending she said:

"Yes, I think people on middle incomes should contribute more through taxes"

This is how it went:

Questioner: I would like to know what you are going to do to help the middle classes of England, Britain. I really do feel the middle class contribute the most and take out the least. I will be honest I am a staunch Conservative, hand on heart but if Labour came up with one policy that would genuinely help me out I would vote for them.

Iain Dale: Like what?

Questioner: Well my suggestion would be if I lost my job the government would pay, say I have been working for 2 years the government would match my wage for 3 months afterwards. Give me some security.

Harriet Harman: "Well I think that is a very interesting point actually Henry because sometimes people feel that they pay in a lot over a long period of time working hard, but when they suddenly need unemployment benefit if they lose their job that actually it is nowhere near enough to actually make them feel that it was worth it for them to contribute. 

And one of the things that we are talking about is making a higher rate the longer you’ve worked to recognise the contributions you’ve paid in if you lose your job. But I would say Henry one of the things that I would argue that might, should probably make a really big difference to you is having a really good health service. Because you don’t want to have to pay for health insurance.  You don’t want to have to pay to go private to get really good healthcare system. 

"And I think that is not just for working class people it’s for middle class people as well. And the same with education, you know, really good school system that helps people from lower income families and middle income families as well so I think that actually the idea that there are some things that help people on low incomes and other that help people on middle incomes. Yes I think people on middle incomes should contribute more through their taxes. But actually they need those public services like the transport system."

And, if you want to know exactly how they're planing on taxing you, check this out:


A new tax on the family home. On 14 February 2013, Ed Miliband made a speech where he stated that if in power, Labour would reintroduce the 10p tax band paid for by a tax on properties (Ed Miliband’s Speech in Bedford, 14 February 2013, link).

Increasing the top rate of tax – putting at risk investment and jobs. ‘For the next Parliament, we will restore the 50p top rate of tax for those earning over £150,000. Reversing this unfair tax cut for the richest one per cent of people in the country. And cutting the deficit in a fairer way’ (Ed Balls, Labour Party Press Release, 25 January 2014, link).

A rise in National Insurance. ‘Radical plans to increase national insurance contributions to plug a looming £30bn a year “black hole” in NHS funding and pay the spiralling costs of care for the elderly are being examined by Labour’s policy review’ (Observer, 20 April 2014, link). 

A new tax on pensions. Labour would reinstate the stamp duty reserve tax charge to pay for restoring the Spare Room Subsidy – this would be a £145 million a year tax on pension (Liberal Conspiracy, 20 September 2013, link; HM Treasury, Budget 2013, March 2013, Table 2.1).

A rise in corporation tax. ‘Ed Miliband will on Tuesday announce plans to increase corporation tax if Labour wins the next election’ (Financial Times, 24 September 2013).

A tax on bankers. ‘A £2 billion tax on bank bonuses to fund a real jobs guarantee for all young people out of work for a year and build 25,000 more affordable homes’ (Labour Party website, Five Point Plan, accessed 12 July 2013, link).

...............and there's more

A new shop tax. ‘Secret Labour plans for a multi-billion-pound package of new “property wealth taxes” to hammer London and the well-to-do counties of southern England were leaked last night… All shop owners would be forced to pay a new “property owner’s tax” separate from existing business rates – and on top of existing income tax’ (Mail on Sunday, 8 June 2014, link). 

A new business tax for firms in well off towns and cities. ‘Emergency laws would impose a new “business tax” on firms in every prosperous city and town in England – backdated to before the election – to fund tax handouts to less well-off areas’ (Mail on Sunday, 8 June 2014, link). 

A new tax on farms.  ‘A new £500 million “farm tax” would be introduced by scrapping the exemption from business rates that has applied to agricultural land and buildings since 1929’ (Mail on Sunday, 8 June 2014, link). 

·Higher council tax. Chris Williamson, then Labour’s Shadow Local Government Minister, attacked this government’s council tax freeze as ‘nothing more than a gimmick’ (Hansard, 17 January 2011, Col. 531).

A graduate tax. In an interview in April 2014, Emily Thornberry MP, Shadow Attorney General, indicated that Labour were ultimately working towards a graduate tax, ‘I am in favour, Ed Miliband is in favour, many of us are in favour of the idea of a graduate tax. That has always been what we wanted to do. It is a question of what is practical and effective’ (Daily Politics, BBC Two, 2 April 2014).

Higher fuel duty – Labour opposed this government’s fuel duty stabiliser. ‘We’re not committed to the fuel duty stabiliser; we think there are difficulties about doing it, we said it in government’ (Ed Miliband, Labour Press Conference Q&A, 11 January 2011

Feel depressed after reading that?

Imagine the state of the country if it actually happened!




Sunday, June 22, 2014

Clegg's holiday kit: white hanky, string vest and of course flip flops!


Interesting to read in The Sunday Times that Nick Clegg is set to dish out peerages to senior Lib Dems in a bid to shut them up in the wake of the party’s obliteration in the EU elections back in May.

The lucky line-up is said to include former MEP for SW England Sir Graham Winston, former Liverpool council leader Richard Kemp, Ming Campbell and Alan Beith.

Isn’t this the same Nick Clegg who, in his party’s 2010 election manifesto, vowed to:

"Replace the House of Lords with a fully-elected second chamber with considerably fewer members than the current House."

before introducing the House of Lords Reform Bill in June 2012 and dropping it the following month?

Or the same Nick Clegg who campaigned in 2010 on a promise to scrap tuition fees and then, once in office, voted to treble them?

Or, indeed, the same chap who campaigned against what he labelled the “Tory Vat Bombshell” on the run-up to the election, happily endorsing the rise from 17.5% to 20% in 2011?

Seems to me that the list of famous policy u-turns from the famous ginger flip-flopper is growing by the day, with the out-of-touch deputy PM willing to say anything to cling on to his personal position.

Not cool. And with Nottingham Lib Dems last week voting in favour of a leadership ballot….the domino effect may well just kick in before #GE2015

Let's hope.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Another step closer to a Tory majority in #GE2015 ?



Another step along the road towards a Tory majority perhaps?

According to a new poll by Lord Ashcroft it looks as if more than 12 Lib Dem seats could fall to the Tories at next May’s election.

The research involved 17,000 phone interviews in 17 marginals contested between the two parties.  Although it found that the Conservative vote had fallen by 8 points since 2010 - it highlighted the fact that the Lib Dem vote had fallen by nearly twice much - with voters defecting to the Tories, Ukip or Labour.

Across the battleground the poll found a 3.5% swing from Clegg’s party to the Tories which would be enough to unseat 15 Lib Dem MPs if repeated in next years election.

Lord Ashcroft told Tory Totty Online: "

"More than any other party the Liberal Democrats' fate will be decided at a local level. Though they have managed to consolidate their position in a few constituencies, the overall trend is clearly in the Conservatives' favour. 
"But like all polls, this is a snapshot not a prediction. There is nearly a year to go, and as my national polling shows, half of voters say they may change their minds before election day." 

View the full poll here 

Pretty damn encouraging I'd say!


Friday, June 20, 2014

Defining British Values (with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown)



The blog is back.

I can be silent no longer.

I was going to re-launch TTO with a post about the definition of what it means to be British….and then Yasmin-gate happened.

This bastion of Britishness (and self-proclaimed "leftie liberal, anti-racist, feminist, Muslim, part-Pakistani”) exploded onto our TV screens this morning - running to every news programme that would listen….. squawking like a constipated parrot about that nasty Mr Fabricant and his "offensive" tweet.




Ms Alibhai-Brown told Colin Brazier in no uncertain terms on Sky News that she had “made him (Fabricant) angry” and “this” (whatever “this” is ) just “broke out of him” like some Sigourney Weaver moment in Aliens!

For someone who describes herself as a “very responsible person” Alhibai-Brown is showing herself today to be quite the opposite.

One of the most defining traits of Britishness is our sense of humour. Our sarcasm, self-deprication, lack of subtlety and commentary of the taboo is what sets us apart.  Granted, this may appear insensitive to other cultures, but here, in our own land, we should have the right to be British - to exercise that unique sense of humour.

And we would have….. if it wasn’t for the leftie, liberal, feminists out there who form the backbone of the PC brigade.

And it didn’t take long for the sisterhood to jump on the “I’m a Muslim woman being victimised by a nasty white man” bandwagon. Gloria De Piero and Hackney Abbott soon tossed in their two-penneth in response to Alhibi-Brown's wails of: "For Michael Fabricant and quite a lot of people in the Tory party and some in Ukip, it is not acceptable to have an assertive woman - and a woman of colour actually speaking out."

Violins please.

Now let’s be clear - no sane person in their right mind would advocate violence of any description- towards men or women. I don’t know Mr Fabricant personally but I’d stake my life on the fact that he too is of this view.

His tweet this morning was merely a flippant display of intense frustration at listening to a woman who has, time and time again, been shown up as a racist, feminist, Anti-British misandrist of the most reckless stupidity with a chip on her shoulder the size of Ayres Roack.

Writing in the Telegraoh in 2010 Douglas Murray, referring to Alibhai-Bonkers as “the most stupidest woman in Britain” exposed the nut-nut’s claims that Muslims in 21st century Britain live in the following Orwellian situation: 

"At weddings and birthday parties, in quiet, tranquil mosques, at dinner tables across the land, including those of millionaire Muslims, I am hearing murmurs of trepidation and disquiet – voices kept low, sometimes vanishing into whispers, just in case; you never know if they will break down the door.”

Not to mention this appearance on The Wright Stuff during which her racist, man-hating credentials were confirmed:


Or this rant to Gavin Essler in London's Dateline publication back in June 2006


There is nothing British about Alibhai-Brown in my opinion.  She clearly despises with a passion the traditions enshrined in Britishness which make us what we are today.  She loathes white British people and wrote a book entitled "Imagining the New Britain" which displayed a black Queen on the front cover.

And so let her continue her journey of hatred, self-servitude and victimhood.....for these are the very things on which she clearly thrives.  But in the meantime..... perhaps she'd be kind enough to return her MBE!






Saturday, January 07, 2012

Labour's silence on PLP debate speaks volumes

Women On, the independent, non-partisan campaign group seeking to transform the debate around women, said they welcome the Government’s announcement that all those with defective PIP breast implants will have the choice to have the faulty products removed, either by private clinics or the NHS.  


They added that it was "comforting" to know there will be no women left without any adequate support at this very challenging time.

Commenting on the announcement, Charlotte Vere, Founder of Women On said: “I am delighted that this solution has been reached and that the private healthcare sector is working with the Government to resolve this issues for tens of thousands of women”.

“However, one of the most striking things about the debate has been the lack of input from the usual suspects on the Left."



She added" "Where were the fighters for women? Where were the radical feminists, the women’s groups, the campaigners, the Labour MPs?

"The uncomfortable truth is that they don’t believe women should have the choice of cosmetic surgery and so entered into a heartless pact of non-aggression with those who used the implant debacle to rail against all cosmetic surgery with little resistance.

"I am pleased that this matter is coming to an end and disappointed there wasn’t more support from women’s groups and the Labour Party for the ordinary women caught up in extraordinary circumstances.”

Sunday, January 01, 2012

A very happy 2012 to one and all



I'd be the first to raise my hand in a poll of England's most neglectful bloggers during 2011.
That's because 1) I'm honest and 2) '11 was an interesting and time-consuming year to say the least.
Many changes, much accomplished, and everything to aim for moving into, what I predict will be, an ultimately triumphant year - both personally and nationally.
Whatever place you happen to be in right now, I truly wish you the very best for a happy, healthy and successful 2012 filled with love, laughter and anything else your heart desires.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Hold onto you camels - Kitty's about!

One could be forgiven for thinking 2011 was the year of the camel rather than the rabbit.

For the toes of the four-legged ungulate have put in two appearances in the space of a week.

The first toe popped up on the menu of the Greasy Spoon Caf in I'm a Celeb when famed Hamster-gobbler Freddy Starr chomped away on the middle-eastern delicacy with admirable fortitude.

The second toe popped up in Blue Water shopping centre.

Kitty showing she's a match for any four-legged ungulate (complete with two humps)